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was finally able to join a walk this way tour… carlos celdran was already doing the preliminaries when i arrived but i made it to the national anthem. that’s him in the middle, i think he was throwing ixora flower petals at that point, what a jolly person, haha.

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so the walking tour was divided into three parts, which of course started with the spanish colonization followed by the american occupation and ended with world war 2. we roamed around fort santiago and intramuros for the tour with our theatrical guide, so that’s about three costume changes for him.

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i didn’t exactly like philippine history when i was studying because we were made to memorize all those dates… had my teachers explained the consequences of the war or why rizal was chosen as our national hero instead, that class would have been more interesting. and those things were discussed during the tour, in a super fun way too!

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i took a lot of pixxors during our break, it was lucky that we started late in the afternoon when it wasn’t so humid, you could snoop around the gates and barracks or look at curious sentries, follow rizal’s footsteps, and even watch snoozing cats.

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carlos celdran’s props… i sneaked around when no one was looking, teehee. we all loved the chocnut including the foreigners.

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our guide gave his best performance during his discussion about the japanese occupation and the war, when it was all death and destruction, he kind of cried in the end too, and for some reason, i found that so moving or mabilis lang talaga ma-antig ang puso ko, haha.

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we ended the day with halo halo, i knew it had milk but surprisingly i didn’t smell the milk that much so i was able to eat it. i kept the bottle, haha. so eun, if you’re looking for a bit of a history refresher with free chocnut and halo halo, carlos celdran’s walk this way tours is a good one… he sometimes wears bunny headbands too, teehee! will try his other tours soon.

yun lang.

♥ melai

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aside from all that history, there were also lots of stray cats around the streets, heto o…

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this cat secretly goes around town in a motorcycle at night…

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grooming and doesn’t give a frak about the world, hehe.

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this one secretly drives a car and chauffeurs lost souls…

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thinks he’s invisible, also about to pounce on an invisible prey…

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this one will sell you chinese take out but will only accept yuans, teehee.

i still have a penchant for cats, wish those were a little bit fatter though.

yun lang.

♥ melai

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so i joined a walking tour on november 30th, which is bonifacio day here in the philippines. for those who don’t know andres bonifacio, he’s one of this country’s national heroes. you can wiki search him too, heehee. we started the tour at tutuban plaza, you’d find a statue of him in the middle.

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after some preliminaries, we walked to the kkk founding site. there are markers along the way, complete with bits of information about the site… totally reminds me of the good old grade school days when we’d literally inhale our history textbooks before an exam.

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on a side note, the area is sort of filthy and had a lot of funky smells, my neo’s almost got destroyed here. i wish the government would spend our taxes in cleaning the streets and sanitation.

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we also dropped by the site where the kalayaan was printed, beside the marker are some bags of trash and a homeless family. insert same wishful thinking as above, haaaay.

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we also checked some old houses along the streets, they’re obviously been left to rot, but they’re still pretty in a way, specially the intricate designs that are in the woodworks.

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we also dropped by the house where antonio luna was born, he’s another national hero. his place is somewhat cleaner and even had our flags all over.

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final stop for the bonifacio day tour was binondo church. i did mention before that i’m not extremely religious and not particularly interested in church history but i did like this church’s architecture, also it’s lined in a beautiful shade of red.

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we had to cross carvajal market to check out some buildings and stuff that’s not part of the bonifacio tour, it’s usually crowded and there are usually lots of good stuff like fruits and meat and chinese cold drinks, although not bumping into a mad chinese auntie or having wares in front of your face was kind of ok too.

so eun, had a blast walking around and taking pixxors… learned a few new things about bonifacio and uh… the state of our streets in manila. on a side note, this was a good exercise, might try other walking tours soon!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


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