Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

The Intramuros area of Manila is actually pretty big.  There are still sections of the original wall wall running through the city, complete with rusty cannons and stone guardhouses, which people can still walk on.  These areas aren’t maintained well, though they’re kept relatively clean.  The inner area of the wall seems to have beenContinue reading “Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines”

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (AKA Manila Cathedral)

That’s a pretty big mouthful, but basically what I’m talking about here is the church that’s designated as the command center for the Archbishops of Manila.  To be precise, these esteemed gentlemen: A few posts ago I showed some photos of the cathedral in in Antipolo.  It’s pretty nice, but the Manila cathedral was designatedContinue reading “The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (AKA Manila Cathedral)”

Giant Billboards

One of the first things you’ll notice as you leave NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), besides the hellish traffic, are the gigantic billboards.  Ya, giant really isn’t even enough to describe these things. Billboards aren’t anything new to me.  They’re all over the place in the US, especially along highways, but Manila takes it toContinue reading “Giant Billboards”

Typhoon Ondoy Aftermath, More Disaster

(Image via bardagols on Flickr) The aftermath of Typhoon Ondoy is turning into a huge disaster.  I’ve been hearing bits and pieces of news and I figured I’d try to put it all together here.  It’s very disheartening to say the least.  Of course, you can’t expect a lot of good news in the middleContinue reading “Typhoon Ondoy Aftermath, More Disaster”

Heroes of the Typhoon Ondoy Tragedy

Rice Photos via Flickr / CC BY 2.0 This is a photo of the Laguna area, roughly 60 km south of Manila. It’s not the exact location where the following events took place, but it’ll give you an idea of what the area looks like. Also, I found the sign in the image to beContinue reading “Heroes of the Typhoon Ondoy Tragedy”