University of Santo Tomas

University of Santo Tomas
University of Santo Tomas

The University of Santo Tomas is located in the Philippines. This is the world’s largest catholic university with the most students on a single campus.

Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul VI have visited this campus three times, where no other university has been given the grace. This university contains many faculties, schools, institutes, and colleges. Students can take basic education, undergraduate programs, graduate and postgraduate degrees. The degrees are accredited.

There is also a lot of history at this University, including that it was the location the prisoners of war were taken during World War II, and some of the most brutal war crimes against prisoners occurred here.

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Taal Volcano

Taal Volcano
Taal Volcano

The Taal volcano is an amazing site to see in the Philippines. This volcano is located in the middle of Lake Taal and appears as a mountain in the middle of the lake.

Recently, there has been seismic activity and rumbling coming from the volcano, which leads experts to believe it may be getting ready to erupt. If you are traveling through the Philippines, you must see this volcano.

It is amazing from an aerial view in a helicopter also. Experts study this volcano closely because of the history. However, it is known to be a part of the Pacific ring of fire.

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Club Intramuros Golf Course

Club Intramuros Golf Course
Club Intramuros Golf Course

If you are thinking about golfing while in the Philippines, the Club Intramuros Golf Course is the best place to go. This is not a huge golf course, but there are many challenges for every golfer. Almost every hole includes hazards.

There is a driving range for practicing your swing and shot. You can practice on a putting green. Equipment is available for rent for everyone who wishes to play on the course. There are changing rooms for women and men.

You can enjoy dining in the restaurant, banquet hall, piano bar and more. Many businesses even have the opportunity to rent rooms out in the banquet hall or executive board rooms if they would like a business meeting on site.

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Rizal Park

Rizal Park
Rizal Park

Rizal Park is a common place for families to take their children for the day and picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Rizal Park is the famous Rizal monument in memory of Jose Rizal. Jose Rizal was a patriot of the Philippines, a poet, and a writer.

The monument is not just a statue of the Philippines hero, but also the location of his remains. In addition, on the monument is the highest flagpole in the Philippines, representing the full independence of the republic of the Philippines, declared by Harry S. Truman.

Rizal Park holds a lot of history for the country. It is the location where new presidents elected into office are sworn into oath and give their inaugural address as well.

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Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

You can plan almost an entire day at Manila Ocean Park where you can see just about everything.  You can walk through a rainforest section, which includes 8 different tanks of freshwater fish.  The reef exhibit includes more than 45 tanks of artificial corals to view.

There is a fishing ground which includes a long tank with eagle spotted rays in them. 

The oceanarium is a long tunnel designed in under the ocean with glass walls.  This underwater world is absolutely amazing and goes on for 25 meters.  Manila Ocean Park allows you to see all different types of marine animals, walking through exhibits and even under them while the fish swim above you.

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Coconut Palace

Coconut Palace

Coconut Palace is the resident of the Vice President in the Philippines.  Its name is the Coconut Palace because the structure is made entirely of coconut lumber from the hardwood of coconut shells.  The entire palace has the shape of a coconut. 

The entire palace expresses the coconut tree from the dining room table designed with 40,000 pieces of coconut shells, a chandelier made of 101 shells, and more. 

The Philippines has highlighted the Coconut Palace as one of the most amazing architectures and deemed it a cultural center of the island.  The entire architecture and structure is amazing to see.

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Museo Pambata

Museo Pambata
Museo Pambata

If you want to take your children somewhere while you are in the Philippines, you might want to check out the Museo Pambata. This museum is designed for children and is not your typical museum where everything is behind glass and you cannot touch it.

The Museo Pambata is a museum that allows children to touch the exhibits and teaches them about each exhibit while they interact physically with them.

Children can go through exhibits like a simulated rainforest, where old Spanish clothing and ride the Spanish Galleon, walk through a miniature cathedral and see children from around the world. Children can play and learn at this museum and it is a lot of fun.

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Manila Light Rail Transit System

Manila Light Rail Transit System

If you are traveling around and through Manila, chances are good you will end up on the Manila Light Rail Transit System, also known as the LRT.  The LRT provides excellent transportation around the city in almost every direction or place you need to go.  Today, you don’t have to pay with tokens anymore. 

If you plan on riding the LRT a lot, you can get a Flash Pass, which allows for quick payment and access to the railways.  Almost all of the bus routes can take you to an LRT station if you are not near one. 

This makes it convenient for anyone needing transportation to hop on the train.  The trains are not the most comfortable, but they are quick and very inexpensive to use.

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Binondo

Binondo
Binondo

Binondo is known as the Chinatown of the Philippines, populated primarily by ethnic Chinese. Binondo used to be controlled entirely by the Spaniards. This China town is known as the central location for all commerce and trade for all of the merchants.

Because of the centralized locale of Binondo, it became a mainstream place for business and finance in Manila. Binondo is famous for the financial and banking communities during World War II, where many financial institutions, insurance companies, and financial institutions existed.

The city was known as Philippines ‘Wall Street’. Today, Binondo is no longer considered the ‘Wall Street’ or known as the banking community. However, the land value in the city is the highest throughout the Philippines.

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San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church
San Agustin Church

The San Agustin Church is not the most beautiful church, but known for its strong architecture, made of stone. This is the third structure for the San Agustin Church, as the first two churches burned down in fires on different occasions.

The stone structure of this church has withstood many series of earthquakes, but still remains standing today. There are many cracks in the structure of the church from the earthquakes and the tower, which once accented the church, has been removed permanently due to the damages.

The interior of the church is in the form of a Latin cross, with 14 side chapels. It contains several different tombs of well known Spanish conquistadors such as Juan de Salcedo, Martin de Goiti, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and even some early archbishops.

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