- must be a publicly accessible place (i.e. - you don't have to pay to get in, or buy anything to get in)
- preferably outdoor, or largely outdoor
- democratic (not just for the burgis)
- must contribute to making life in our metropolis just a little bit better
1. Baywalk (Manila)
2. UP Sunken Garden
3. Manila Cathedral
4. Las Pinas Church
5. The Wall (Intramuros)
7. Liwasang Bomnifacio
8. Plaza Miranda
10. San Sebastian Church
I like Baywalk for its sunset, the people and the seabreeze. Manila City government did a good job in sprucing up the place a few years back. (Manila Bay photo from Manila Photos.)
Sunken garden for the greens and the sight of young people studying, chatting and doing their own things. It energizes and inspires me to watch the kids who, in a few years time, will rule this country (oh well, some of them anyways).
Manila Cathedral for its architecture, the dome and history. A conquistador's remains were interred there, right?
Las Pinas Church for the bamboo organs and the courtyard.
The Wall, especially those fronting Mapua, Lyceum and Letran. I had great memories of The Wall. It was our tambayan back in college. After classes in Mapua we'd buy a Tanduay lapad and we'd chitchat and drink at The Wall until we're pretty smashed. hehehe. (The Wall Photo from Webster.)
Chinatown for the sights, the sounds and the smell. Love the food there.
Liwasang Bonifacio and Plaza Miranda because these two places symbolize freedom of speech and assembly. I attended countless rallies there!
After a rock concert at the Coconut Palace 15 years ago we decided to spend the night at the CCP's lawn! Libreng tulog. May guard ka pa. Hahaha. Remember our drunken stupor days, Reggie and Orly?
San Sebastian because of its awesome Gothic spires and it is the only steel church in Asia.