Trip to Manila on Labor Day

I went to Manila over the weekend in the hopes of going to Enchanted Kingdom for the second time to accompany Eds (who has made it his obsession to see the place 😆 ) and Wena, who’s fresh from her trips to Singapore and Baguio. However, Wena backed out of the plan at the last minute. I was really lucky though to have friends in Manila and Laguna who went out of their way to show us around the places we wanted to visit even though we were short of 1 company. My trip to Manila was still a huge success!

After being awake for 48 hours, I still managed to arrive in Manila at 8 o’clock in the morning on the 1st day of May. I immediately went to the UP AyalaLand Techno Hub to meet up with Eds.

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Still bringing my backpack with me, we went straight to UP Diliman since Eds wanted to take pictures of Oble.

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The Oblation statue is the iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines, one of the best schools in the country, also my alma matter (different campus though – UP Cebu College). This statue shows a man facing upwards with arms stretched out and it symbolizes selfless offering of oneself to its country. This famous icon of the state university was created by Filipino National Artist Guillermo E. Tolentino.

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the famous Sunken Garden

After taking some shots of the school, we went to Greenhills Shopping Center, famous for its cheap clothes, to buy some items for some colleagues. Then we went to The Music School of Ryan Cayabyab in Robinson’s Galleria to find a mass piece that somebody from the office also requested. We weren’t so lucky since the store was closed for Labor Day … tsk tsk tsk.

On the second day, we met up with my highschool/college buddy Cecille. She is based in Laguna and it was so kind of her to drive us all the way to Manila to fetch us and show us Laguna and then drove us back to Manila. The trip going to Laguna was a tiring 2 hour drive (one way). Accompanied by her BF Titus, we met at Waltermart Makati (another shopping mall). At almost 10 am, we started the drive to Laguna. Our 1st stop was Caleruega.

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“Caleruega is a house of prayer and renewal. It is open to activities like retreats, recollections, prayer, and renewal workshop, study, research, youth camps, marriage and family encounter celebrations, skills training, leadership seminars, art, music, and liturgy workshops, and environment and agriculture-related activities.”

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Because of the beauty and serenity the place brings, it is considered as one of the most sought after places to hold church weddings. As of date, the place is fully booked for weddings till January of 2009.

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The Transfiguration Chapel

Our next stop involved finding a cheap place to have lunch. We stopped over a place in Tagaytay, overlooking the Taal Volcano and Taal Lake. We ordered bulalo, fried tawilis, grilled shrimps and chopsuey. We also bought pineapple for dessert from a peddler selling pineapples (4 for P100).

After lunch, we didn’t bother to stop over People’s Park in Tagaytay since we were already running out of time and traffic was starting to build up too. We went straight to Enchanted Kingdom. While driving to the place, we were joking around and asked Eds questions like “What if the place is closed?” And when we finally reached the place, we were speechless for the place was indeed closed for the public. SMART Communications was holding their Family Day in Enchanted Kingdom for three Saturdays straight, that Saturday being the third. If you could have only seen the look on Ed’s face! I pity the guy. The management was really strict. They didn’t allow us to enter the place and when we made excuses to get in and have a photo taken of the wizard at the entrance someone had to accompany us to make sure we immediately go out of the place after taking pictures. The company was really bad. They mentioned that notices were placed on exit tolls and even on newspapers. We never saw any exit toll notcies. We also had a copy of Philippine Daily Inquirer that day and I scanned the pages. I never saw any notice.

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We had no choice but to go back to Manila. We just spent the rest of the afternoon at Serendra in Fort Bonifacio and took pictures of the place.

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When we were done, we went to Donnie’s (another buddy of mine) place and spent the night there. He was such a gracious and wonderful host and made sure we were well fed 😆 He prepared Carbonara Pasta and Chicken Afritada for dinner and even served banana split at midnight while we were watching the movie “The Golden Compass”, which was shown in HBO. Too bad for Eds coz he slept early 😆 I’m sad though that I never got the chance to eat the Mango Float Donnie prepared while we were watching the movie. I think we forgot about it.

We woke up early the following morning and breakfast was superbly delicious too! Tocino, Hungarian sausages, the Chicken Afritada left over from last night’s food feast and fried rice with ham was definitely one sure way to start our day. Eds was thinking about going to Enchanted Kingdom that day and tried to call the ticketing office to determine the damages it would incur. At 3k, he opted to go home instead and finally accepted that EK was not for him yet. 😆

Before heading to the airport, we made a side trip to the Mall of Asia (MOA) to buy us some Krispy Kremes as “pasalubong” for my family and colleagues at work.

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Red Apple Cheesecake and Strawberry Filled Krispy Kremes Doughnut

The ride to the airport was so thrilling since the taxi cab driver was listening to a live feed of the Pacquiao vs Hatton fight. We heard voices screaming overthe radio that Pacquiao managed to blow punches at Hattonwhich made him fall twice on the floor during the 1st round. And before we realized it, Pacquiao yet again released another strong blow at Hatton on the 2nd round which resulted to Pacquiao’s victory by TKO. We were so hyped by what we heard and got ecstatic at the same time. After 2 rounds, Pacquiao did it again! I couldn’t wait to watch the fight and when I got home, I immediately looked for a replay video of the fight.

I’ll be posting more pictures from our trip as soon as I receive a copy of the photos taken from Ed’s DSLR. Although we failed to go to Enchanted Kingdom, I was still happy that I went on this trip. I’m so happy to see my old buddies again. And when I asked Donnie and Ody if they want to join us for our next adventure, they were so game! I can’t wait for the next trip. CamSur, watch out!!!

Comments

  1. waaa. doi, you published first. haha. didn’t have much time to post this one though. I’m still sorting out the pics. hahay, enchanted kingdom will have to wait.

    Ed’s last blog post..Manila trip again

  2. lami kaayo ang mango float doi sayang wala ka kakaon!!

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