Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
On board with us during the tour was a Philippine Coast Guard with M-16 in tow to make sure we won't take pictures of Malacanang when we pass by splendid edifice that ironically-- gets flooded when the metro is flooded-- offering some sort of consolation that the president's home is also prone to the problems of the common folk
I don't have picture of Malacanang Palace, the Goldenberg Mansion and Mabini Shrine all visible when we passed by. the guard alighted upon reaching Mabini bridge.
Shown also on the photo are Quezon Bridge leading to Quiapo and green Arroceros Park, known as the city's last lung, haven of artists and birds, and site of a legal battle between Winner Foundation, the caretaker of the park, and Manila City government, (in)famous for tearing down heritage structures.
El Hogar Filipino 1914 Beaux-Arts style buidling. I can only imagine how grand this building would have been in its heyday. This is also a favorite venue for shooting music videos of Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo et al as well as commercials-- even the current "Kapuso Walang Kinikilingan" boast has this building as a background! Old headquarters of HSBC is also visible behind the building the Neo-Classical Pacific Commercial Bulding right across El Hogar the colorful Gawad Kalinga community on the Mandaluyong riverbank near Guadalupe, said to be the Filipino's legacy to the world and a brainchild of Tony Meloto (hope to volunteer someday for this worthy endeavor). It was said the house owners were given different colors of paint resulting to a multitude of colors the imposing Makati City Hall with fishermen in a small banca providing contrast to the house of power and simple folks of the country's commercial capital
other pictures I made into a slideshow to save on bandwidth and for added impact :)
next in line: Bridges of Pasig and its riverine inhabitants until next time, folks!
Great pictures! You really have to look clearly to see that our country is beautiful. Parang Venice - especially the El Hogar and the Pacific Commercial Building pictures. Just wondering... how does it smell?
di man perfect pero malaki na ang inilinis ng pasig ilong, nakakapag boat na ngayon, dati punong puno ito ng water lily at di ka tatagal sa amoy. nice pic of the river and some structures along the river.
naalala ko nakunan ko na rin ng picture yung concepcion village, pero di sing tingkad ng kulay ng kuha mo. curious ako ano ibig sabihin yung isa pang water mark sa pictures mo, parang arabic ang style.
This photo has captured the El Hogar building to give a nostalgic feeling to the viewer. Can someone, or the city government do something to help preserve such a beautiful structure? Thanks to the photographer, a feeling of pride was instilled. HELP PLEASE!