Manila Walking Tour
I’ve lived in Manila while I was in college. There’s nothing more cultural and hypnotic and tempting as living in Manila. Writers have lived here and wrote about its vulgarity, its beauty (both hidden and explicit) and most importantly, its food.
So, I dragged my sleep deprived self to go on this Old Manila Walking Tour with my family. I was initially skeptical, having lived in Manila previously; I thought there would be nothing new to see. It was my city and I had this belief that I knew her well. She had nothing to hide from me and that I knew her folds and crevices.
I think I have never been so glad to have been so wrong. Apparently, my Manila still had secrets she kept from me.
The tour starts at the Binondo church, now more popularly known as the San Lorenzo Ruiz church – named after the very first Filipino Catholic Saint. You can go ahead and Google the church but nothing out of the ordinary can be seen. Then again, that’s just my own religious view. Purists may have their own opinion.
So far I was unimpressed. There was nothing about the church and the place that I didn’t already know from my own research and from old school field trips (yes, we do field trips to different churches. It is a predominantly Catholic country after all). Of course, I was being grumpy as the toll of being sleep deprived was starting to bubble its way through my skin. After a talk about history and trivia about the church, we officially started the tour.