Sunday, July 8, 2007

Nightlife in Manila

How many of you have set foot in Manila? Not too many, I suppose.

Then, why don’t you try so that you’ll feel how it’s like to enjoy the fun out there, and join the restless shadows of the night.

I bet you won’t regret it. Unlike any other megalopolis in this world, Manila portrays a unique character that is distinct from the rest of highly urbanized centers, where amenities and conveniences are just within reach. Besides, the value for every dollar that you spend is worth more than enough to get you somewhere. Add to this the Filipinos’ way of pampering their foreign guests with lasting hospitality and warmth smiles.

The best to start your nightlife is through the stretch of Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City. This street was named after the former mayor of the city, where big shady trees, a variety of restaurants and videoke bars dot the streets. In Manila, try visiting the Ermita District. It is here where a variety of business establishments, ranging from restaurants, hotels, souvenir shops, money exchange shops, parks, abound. But what makes the place distinct is its proximity to the famed Manila Bay. Try to loiter along Roxas Boulevard and witness the beauty of the sunset as it sinks beyond the clear horizons. Along Roxas Boulevard, you will be thrilled to see one of the biggest shopping malls in the world, close to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, one of the pet projects of former First Lady Imelda Marcos. In Makati City, one of the best known sancturary for nightlife habitues is the Rockwell Center and The Fort, used to be part of the military camp that is now transformed into a veritable class of a community that could give a run for your money.

In the eastern part of Metro Manila lies Marikina City, dubbed as one of the cleanest cities in the Philippines. Why? The local government here strictly imposes proper cleanliness programs that make other cities envious. Visitors can start to explore the Riverbank Mall and then, leisurely head towards the lengthy stretch of the Marikina River on both sides. But your visit to this city will not be complete without visiting the city’s shoe museum, where the expensive collections of Mrs. Imelda Marcos’ shoes are housed. This is not to mention the biggest pair of leather shoes in the world, now being displayed in one of the city’s centers.

This is only part and parcel of the beautiful amenities that could greet visitors. And once you get used to the fast-paced of life, the traffic and the chaos, you will be thinking of going back once more. Then, you will be thinking as to whether to leave or stay for good. That is the magic that pulls visitors to this vibrant megalopolis that never sleeps.

Try it and surely, you won’t regret it.

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