Brightly painted and adorned with gaudy accessories – this is the Philippine jeepney, a post-World War II innovation and the undisputed “King of the Road”.
On our tour, ‘Exploring the Sights of Manila by Jeepney’, enjoy an extraordinary experience that is uniquely Filipino.
In one of these iconic vibrant vehicles, travel through the financial district of Makati and down Ayala Avenue lined with gleaming skyscrapers. Continue to the bustling metropolis of Manila, past the Cultural Center of the Philippines and on to Roxas Boulevard along Manila Bay. Stop at Rizal Park, named after the country’s hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
We’ll continue to the Walled City of Intramuros which was the nucleus of the old Spanish town. Venture into Fort Santiago in its strategic location overlooking the Pasig River and Manila Bay – and take a stroll along its ramparts.
Continue to San Agustin Church, the only church built within Intramuros that has survived the collective onslaught of numerous calamities. Beside the church is a museum that houses a collection of manuscripts, rare books, and religious arts and artifacts. Across from the San Agustin Church is Casa Manila, a reproduction of a 19th century house equipped with oriental and European décor, as well as Philippine antique furniture.
Crossing the Pasig River, we’ll move on to the Chinese Cemetery, a virtual ‘town for the dead’ complete with streets and houses. Some of its ostentatious mausoleums are two-storeyy high, equipped with air-conditioning units, kitchens, furniture, stained-glass windows, running water and electricity.
Winding our way through traffic, we’ll end up in a small side street in La Loma, Quezon City, where rows of native food stalls selling lechon line the street. Suckling pigs of every size and shape can be observed roasting in charcoal pits – a mouth watering feast for the hearty gourmand.
End the tour with a drive down the narrow street of Dimasalang and the busy highway along Quiapo which houses the Shrine of the Black Nazarene, a 17th century miraculous life-size statue of Christ bearing the cross.