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These Metro Manila Tours Will Give You a Fresh Perspective

by Angel C. Aquino

Whether you’ve been living in Manila for a few months or for as long as you can remember, there’s always room to fall in love with its rich history, fascinating culture, and diverse cuisines.

Reignite your relationship with the city through these fun, guided tours that allow you to see it in a whole new light.

The Intramuros Performance Tour

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Imagine yourself starring in a play about old Manila—only this time, the walled city of Intramuros is your stage. Performance artist Carlos Celdran is more than just a tour guide. He will take you on a theatrical ride through popular sites such as Fort Santiago, Plaza Moriones, and the Manila Cathedral and reveal tidbits about Filipino society that your history teacher never told you.

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The Intramuros Performance Tour
(0908) 897 5515
(0920) 909 2021

Tour Duration: 3 hours
Tour Fees:
- P1500 (adults)
- P1200 (senior citizens and PWDs)
- P750 (students)

The Big Binondo Food Wok

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Weave through the colorful streets of Chinatown and sample the best food it has to offer in this culinary tour of Binondo. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the Chinese in Manila, then take you to restaurants where you can feast on lumpia, siopao, and pancit, among others. And when your stomach can’t take in any more food, you can buy tasty Chinese delicacies from neighborhood stores to bring home.

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The Big Binondo Food Wok
(0918) 962 6452
fun@manilawalks.com

Tour Duration: 3.5 hours
Tour Fee: P1500

Bambike’s High Street (BGC) Art Tour

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This tour is for art enthusiasts who want to explore the different works of art around Bonifacio Global City. There’s only one caveat: You have to ride a Bambike for the duration of the tour. The durable, handmade bamboo bicycle is not just eco-friendly, it’s also a great way to explore BGC. You can cycle at a leisurely pace and see things you normally wouldn’t see when you’re zooming through the streets in your car.

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Bambike’s High Street (BGC) Art Tour
(02) 525 8289
info@bambike.com

Tour Duration: 1.5 hours
Tour Fee: P1200

Makati City Historical Tour

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This city is known for its high-rise buildings, five-star hotels, and glitzy shopping malls. But Makati is also home to churches that are several centuries old, such as Saints Peter and Paul Parish and the Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church. The tour also stops by the American Cemetery and Memorial, where you can learn more about the feats of the American armed forces of World War II. Finally, you have the option to visit the Ayala Museum, which has impressive exhibits about Philippine art, history, and culture.

Makati City Historical Tour
Tour Duration: 5 hours
Tour Fee: starts at P2,263

Makati City Food Walking Tour

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You don’t need to travel far to taste authentic cuisine from around the world. Just go to Makati, where you can feast on gastronomic delights from India, the Mediterranean, Africa, Middle East, Mexico, Korea, and much more. The tour starts at 5 PM and can go on till the wee hours of the night, so come on an empty stomach and be prepared to eat, drink, and be merry!

Makati City Food Walking Tour
(Tour is available upon request.)
Tour Duration: 4 hours
Tour Fee: P1500-P1900 (fees vary depending on the number of people in your group)

Manila Heritage Home Tour with Market Visit

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Visit the local seaside market or dampa together with your host Greg, an American who has lived in Manila for over 28 years and speaks fluent Tagalog. Watch as he chooses the best seafood and produce for your meal. Then, visit his traditional colonial home, where he lives with his Filipino partner Jorge, who’s a talented chef. Learn more about Filipino culture and cuisine as you cook and share a meal with the couple.

Manila Heritage Home Tour with Market Visit
Tour Duration: 5 hours
Tour Fee: Starts at P3,637 (fees vary depending on the number of people in your group)

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About Angel C.
Angel C. Aquino is a freelance writer, editor, and fiction author based in Manila. She believes she can make her tiny corner of the world just a little bit brighter by writing stories filled with positivity, hope, and love. Check out her tips on writing, traveling, and healthy living at angelcaquino.com.

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