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Rizal Monument at Rizal Park

Twenty Things I Love About Manila

A portion of this article was published in The Manila Bulletin as part of a larger list of things people love about Manila. You can view the edited version here

When I was first asked to write about the things I love about Manila, I was a little apprehensive. I love this city, there’s no doubt about that, but it isn’t because of any one thing (or any twenty things for that matter). If Manila was a person, it would be a 100 year old veteran of several wars, a romantic, cultured but slightly off kilter, and broke. It would have a ton of character, would be a little seedy, would probably refuse to take a bath every day, and might stab you at the slightest provocation. But it would also be very charming and lovable, if you knew where to look.

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Montalban

Off The Beaten Track: Summer Destinations In Montalban, Rizal

I grew up in Montalban (now known as Rodriguez), and I’ve always wondered why people in Manila know so little about my hometown, notwithstanding its relative proximity. Honestly, if only it can attract the right type of investors, it can become the next hot spot of tourism, with its majestic view of the Sierra Madre and other natural attractions.

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