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Old February 15th, 2011, 09:59 AM   #81
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Very nice photos from Manila, keep it up shyaman
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Thanks for the Manila pix.

I'm actually starting a quick East Asian trip (Tokyo-Kyoto, Hong Kong, and Manila) later this week. And although I have been to all the cities before, I sort of feel that it's been a while...

You seemed to have been in Manila in December, is this right? (I see Christmas lanterns in many of your pix.) I should expect the temperature to start getting warmer now... But I think you were there at a very nice time of the year, weather-wise.
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Nice photos! Manila seems to have more colonial old architecture then I thought. On most pictures of Manila, only skyscrapers, malls and highways are visible. I like both sides, the contrast between the old and new.
Intramuros used to be all of the Spanish Colonial city. Much of it was destroyed in WW2, but they have been restoring much of the old architecture since then. The Cathedral is in fact the nth (was it n=6, 8, or 11?) reincarnation of previously destroyed structures -- all of them following roughly the same style as the previous ones. Tradition is hard to break..

As for the other Intramuros churches, most of them are gone. San Agustin is the lone survivor, I think. Gone are the old Jesuit and Dominican churches, San Ignazio and Santo Domingo.

What many now think of as "Manila" is actually the inner ring of suburbs surrounding the Walled (i.e., Spanish) City prior to the 20th century: Binondo, Santa Cruz, Quiapo, etc. There, you can still see pockets of colonial architecture (and not just the churches).

Many of the "neo-classical" public buildings actually date from the American Colonial period. Daniel Burnham, the great Chicago planner and (relatively conservative) architect had a hand in planning much of the city in the early 20th century. The best example of this is Roxas (formerly Dewey) Boulevard, which hugs Manila Bay. It was patterned after Lakeshore Drive in Chicago.

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ORTIGAS CENTER

Ortigas Center, with an area of approximately 100 hectares, is located at the junction of 3 cities in Metro Manila (Pasig, Mandaluyong and Quezon Cities). It is Metro Manila's second most important commercial and business district after Makati City.






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Great photos of Metro Manila you have here!
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Indeed the downtown of Manila its great, thanks shyaman
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