The Philippines’ version of Chinatown is located in Binondo, in the downtown part of Manila. Coming from the Intramuros area, you will immediately know that you are in Chinatown once you arrived in the area. Restaurants, banks and other commercial establishments have Chinese characters in their signs. Bright red and yellow lanterns hang on the doors and sides of buildings. Depending on which part of Binondo you are located, you can also smell freshly-cooked dimsum and pancit wafting through the numerous Chinese eateries.
Before Chinatown was formed, Binondo used to be a wetland area filled with tubers. Over the years, the area was transformed from a plain residential area to one of the busiest trade centers in the country. Ongpin Street is famous for its blinding array of gold from shops that sell original jewelry at low prices. The street is also the place to go to for genuine Chinese tea, traditional medicine, acupuncture services and mah-jong parlors.
Devotees should visit the Binondo Church, an ancient stone structure which houses the Cristo de Longos, a black wooden crucifix which have been known to produce miracles. Buddhists can worship at the Seng Guan Temple, also called The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.
Shoppers should be able to find pretty much everything that they need here in Binondo. There are certain streets in the area that specialize on a particular type of merchandise. Sabino Padilla former Gandara Street is the place for upholstery materials. Carvajal in Nueva Street sells imported vegetables and fruits. Fruits like cherries and pears can be bought here cheaply.
Of course, Binondo would not be complete without the wide variety of talismans, charms, calendars and Buddha images being sold by stores and street vendors. In order to complete your Binondo experience, you must dine at one of the genuine Chinese eateries which promise absolutely gastronomic delight. Feast on hopia, machang, pancit and dimsum after a long, tiring day of shopping.
DPWH Director for Planning Service Melvin Navarro revealed that per the DPWH’ Metro Manila Urban Transport Integration Study (MMUTIS), Metro Manila’s traffic speed is now among the worse in Asia. Traffic in Manila moves at an average of 10 kilometer per hour at peak hours which is slightly faster than Bangkok and but 20 kilometers slower than Singapore with most other major Asian cities with speeds in between. EDSA, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard and Roxas Boulevard are the areas most affected.
Navarro says that the sexy billboards add to the traffic slow down. “It will lessen travel speed because people slow down to get a good view of the sexually explicit billboards. There is a co-relation between the travel speed and the sexy billboards,”; Navarro alleged. Navarro said that he too gets distracted by a huge billboard of an alcohol company in EDSA where a girl with an “Egyptian two-piece attire” and “enhanced breast” beckons to motorists to give her a glance. “It’s so huge, you can’t help but look and in the thick of traffic, a split-second distraction can mean slow-down, if not accident,” he said.
Philippines Department of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebane Jr. has already asked outside advertisers to remove sexy billboards. “They themselves know that some of these billboards are sexually suggestive. They (outdoor advertisers) should voluntarily remove these billboards,” said Ebdane, who admits that he too gets distracted by the sexy billboards. Earlier, Ebdane ordered Undersecretary Rafael Yabut to speed up the dismantling of illegal, unsafe and sexy billboards. Several billboard operators pulled down 20 of 37 billboards displaying indecent and immoral contents, but some of the sexually explicit billboards have remained.
It seems that potholes, non synchronized traffic lights and buses that weave and cut you off have no influence on the speed of traffic in Metropolitan Manila. In the next few weeks after the incriminated billboards are removed shall we see an increase in traffic speeds? Or, will the DPWH issue another statement giving a different reason for the worsening traffic situation.
Wazzup Manila! I just got here 6 months ago. I love a lot about my life here and the Filipino people that I have met, but there are things here that drive me crazy. Some I am getting used to. I don't even complain about the traffic any more.
My journey started on the Internet. A friend of mine told me that I should get a girl friend, so I signed up for one of those internet match making sites and oh la la, did I get one! I married her and that is another story in it self.
The thing that never ceases to amaze me is that in a city of 14 million people I still stand out! In America there are many different nationalities including many Filipinos.No one will notice you if you are from another country. But here! Everyday when I walk down the street someone will inevitably yell Hey Joe! My wife says ignore them but a lot of times I feel compelled to say something. Usually I say What's up man? and immediately wish I hadn't. Today some young boys were yelling HEY JOE! and I turned around and said I'M NOT JOE! Who is this Joe? This amused them very much.
You know I really don't think I am that much different from anyone else. So when you see me on the street just say Wazzup' up Man?! And I will just say Wazzup' Jose!
Till next time, Joe
If the people of Tondo will be made to choose who will be the next president of the United States, the answer will Barrack Obama.
A US news team covering the government's subsidized rice distribution program (NFA rice) in Tondo was surprised when the locals started offering their opinion and preferences regarding the upcoming US presidential elections. Without being asked, a number of people approached the team at different times and gave their piece about US politics. Based on the crude and unofficial tally, Obama seems to be way ahead.
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D-Cinema is the Philippines’ first real digital cinema. It shows high-quality 3D or 2D films in a regular cinema and because it is a digital system, every film is guaranteed to look amazing. It utilizes hi-definition video projectors which allows moviegoers to experience unparalleled quality in vision and sound and ultimate perfection in projection. The digital technology also makes it easy to operate: the movies are installed, replaced, and screened with a single press of a button.
D-Cinema has changed the cinema experience as it makes movie reels a thing of the past, making ways for more modern methods of distributing movies. The technical set-up was made by the joint efforts of Arrays Tech Inc. and Christie Digital Systems USA.
D-Cinema is located at The Block, SM North EDSA. For inquiries and ticket reservations, please call D-Cinema at 929-5452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH in full 3D format in SM D-Cinema
Inspired by Jules Verne’s renown novel Journey to the Center of the Earth, the movie stars Brendan Fraser ( The Mummy) as a science professor whose untraditional hypotheses about an undiscovered habitat within the Earth's core have made him the laughing stock of the academic community. But on an expedition in Iceland, he and his nephew Sean (Josh Hutcherson of Bridge to Terabithia) together with their guide stumble upon a major discovery that launches them on a dangerous journey deep beneath the Earth's surface, where they travel through a strange world inhabited by giant fishes, man-eating plants, and vicious reptiles — a world unlike anything you have ever imagined!
Journey to the Center of the Earth is the first live-action feature film to be shot and released entirely in digital 3D. With spectacular photo-real environments and revolutionary new filmmaking techniques, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is an epic adventure, one that takes audiences directly into the heart of our heroes’ adventure, bringing them along for an unprecedented, wild and visceral ride.
Journey to the Center of the Earth is directed by Academy Award-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig (The Day After Tomorrow, Men in Black &Pearl Harbor) from a screenplay by Michael Weiss and Jennifer Flackett & Mark Levin. The film is a co-venture between Warner Bros./New Line Cinema and Walden Media.
The movie will be shown entirely in digital 3D only at The Block, SM City North Edsa’s D-Cinema starting July 10.
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Last night, we started upgrading our servers and we received reports that the site was unreachable. Server update has been completed and full service has now been restored. Hopefully, we are now more than adequate to handle future surges in visitor traffic. The first and only other time that WazzupManila.com experienced server interruptions was on June 28, 2008 when thousands of people scrambled to watch the Pacquiao Vs. Diaz video.
For the meantime, here are two materials that we stumbled upon. Below are videos of old Manila taken in the 1930’s.
1st Video (1930’s Manila)
2nd Video (Manila, Queen of the Pacific)
Among other things, WazzupManila wants to give its dear readers a change to be better acquainted with Metro Manila and the rest of the country. In this regard, the site welcomes one of the country's better backpackers who will narrate in print, photo and video presentations some of his experiences as he went all over town. Ivan Henares is a young man who is well on his way to exploring the country’s 7,107 islands and more. His candid and well-written travel journals in Ivan About Town, named Best Travel Blog at the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards, give his readers a glimpse of Philippine culture.
Have you ever tried backpacking around the country? If not, you’re definitely missing a lot for the Philippines has so much to offer. Ivan has given backpackers and backpacker wannabes a whole new perspective about the Philippines and how beautiful the country is.
Among the well read adventures in his blog are about his encounters with sea turtles at the Pawikan Conservation Center, an afternoon in Lake Sebu, the Butanding and firefly encounters in Donsol, Sorsogon, Capones Island and its lighthouse, religious Good Friday rituals in Pampanga, the Hinulugang Taktak, Daranak and Batlag Falls, summer fun in Aurora and the infamous Rice terraces.
Unbeknownst to a lot of Metro Manila residents, there actually are a lot beautiful places to explore within the Metropolis. Ivan will share his narrative and breathtaking photos of the Manila Bay sunset, the beautiful but rarely noticed angles of Quiapo and other parts of old Manila and many other places. When not taking snapshots or eating exotic delicacies in the Philippines, Ivan may also be found exploring other destinations in distant lands.
Welcome to WazzupManila, Ivan.
Despite its high price compared to all competitors, Krispy Kreme Donuts remain a big hit in Metro Manila. While in line and waiting for their turn to be served, customers can't help but closely watch through glass dividers how the donuts are done, hoping to find a secret process or ingredient that is the key to the products wonderful taste.
Don't despair, here is the entire process documented on video, for people to watch and scrutinize over and over again. Please scroll down this page.
HOW KRISPY KREME DONUTS ARE MADE