No matter what time you go to Chinatown in Manila, be prepared for chaos and a crazy day. There are people everywhere. If you love the crowd and the market shopping, Chinatown is the place to go. Here you will find plenty of shopping for jewelry, clothing, souvenirs, and anything you want to find in Manila. There are fresh fish markets you can buy from and just about everything.
You will see plenty of vendors, people giving rides on tricycles, homeless people, and even beggars. Careful giving to the beggars because once one person sees you give, you will have many more come to you. It is best to fill your pockets with change and give the change away.
Casa Manila is an amazing museum that takes you back to the Spanish Colonial era. You will learn how the Spaniards lived during these times and even see their homes. The museum will show you true architecture from back in these days that is real.
This is an amazing day trip and very educational for anyone who wants to learn the history of Manila. The architecture and the housing are exactly as people lived in the Philippines in those days. The reconstruction of the lifestyle and the rich culture of the Filipinos are amazing. If you are looking for a museum in Manila, you might want to add this one to your list.
Father Blanco’s Garden is actually a part of the San Agustin Museum and the San Agustin Church, which are connected together. The garden is partly walled in the back of the museum. Father Blanco’s garden was kept because Father Manuel Blanco was known for using his plants and herbs for medicinal purposes and healing.
The garden includes a statue of Father Blanco adjacent to the garden. If you go to visit the garden, you must see the museum and the church, which are amazing. You must pay an entry fee into the museum for a dollar anyways if you want to see the garden, which is why you might as well visit everything while you are there.