Cultural Institutions Category

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

June 9, 2018

Arguably the most popular attraction in the town of Nagcarlan, Laguna is the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery (Wikipedia). Touted as the country’s only underground cemetery, this octagonal-shaped tourist attraction was constructed by the Fransciscans in 1845 to serve as the town’s cemetery. Due to its cultural importance, it was declared as... (read more)

National Museum of Natural History

May 18, 2018

Today, May 18, is International Museum Day and to celebrate it, the National Museum of the Philippines officially opened the Natural Museum of Natural History (Wikipedia). This culminates the renovation project that was first conceptualized in 2013 to convert the then Department of Tourism Building into the current museum. The... (read more)

Iglesia ni Cristo Museum (Punta)

July 27, 2014

Today, July 27, 2014, is the 100th founding anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo, which is the largest religion founded by a Filipino, Felix Y. Manalo. To mark this milestone, I am featuring the site of the original temple of the church’s very first congregation in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila. This... (read more)

Filipino Community Center in Seattle

March 13, 2014

It’s been almost two years since I’ve last featured an overseas Filipino-related sight here in Vista Pinas, so I’m now featuring the Filipino Community Center (website) in Seattle, Washington in the United States. This is actually the second sight found in Seattle (the first one is the Dr. José Rizal... (read more)

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

February 27, 2014

I’ve previously featured two sights in Bagac, Bataan and these are the Friendship Tower and Montemar Beach Resort. I’m now going to feature another sight from this town and this is the popular Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (official website, Wikipedia). Named after José “Gerry” Acuzar, owner and chair of the... (read more)

UP Fair

October 11, 2010

While I prefer blogging about mostly permanent structures here in Vista Pinas, I have, on rare occasions, featured ephemeral stuff especially if they’re interesting and lucky to have been caught on satellite camera and then subsequently selected by Google to be included in Google Earth and Google Maps. Two of... (read more)

Pamintuan Mansion

June 12, 2010

Happy 112th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine independence! To celebrate this historic day, let’s go to Angeles City and virtually visit the Pamintuan Mansion, the site where Gen. Aguinaldo celebrated the first anniversary on June 12, 1899. By that time, the fledging Philippine Republic was in the midst of... (read more)

Blanco Family Museum and Academy

December 31, 2009

Photo by my friend Nina Fuentes Jose “Pitok” V. Blanco, his wife Loreta, and all seven children are all accomplished painters versed in the “Folk Realism” style. What’s quite intriguing is that most of them have had no professional art training, especially the children. This celebrated art family is commemorated... (read more)

Aquino Center

August 3, 2009

To honor the memory of the late President Corazon Aquino, let’s virtually visit the Aquino Center in Tarlac City. This museum, which lies just a stone’s throw away from the previously featured Plaza Luisita, houses the legacy of Sen. Ninoy Aquino and Pres. Cory Aquino. The museum houses various memorabilia... (read more)

Baguio Convention Center

May 12, 2009

I’ve always gone to Baguio for vacation and not to attend an event or a conference so I’ve never had a reason to step inside the Baguio Convention Center although I’ve seen its edifice often enough. Anyway, the Center, is (or was?) arguably the best convention center of its kind... (read more)

HILAGA Philippines (Paskuhan Village) and Ligligan Parul

December 26, 2008

Merry Christmas everyone! To celebrate this wonderful season—Vista Pinas style, let’s go to the acknowledged Christmas Capital of the Philippines, San Fernando City in Pampanga. At the San Fernando Exit of the North Luzon Expressway, across from the previously featured SM City Pampanga and Robinsons Starmills Pampanga is the former... (read more)

National Arts Center

November 16, 2008

The National Arts Center is a picturesque institution located at the sides of Mount Makiling 200 meters above sea level in Los Baños, Laguna. This is one of former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ numerous architectural projects and was established in 1976. (Other such projects that have been featured here in... (read more)

Barasoain Church

September 15, 2008

Last week, Google updated their satellite image data in Google Earth (see my main blog post) and now that the update finally arrived in Google Maps sometime in the past few days, we can now see the poblacion of Malolos City in high-resolution goodness and this means that Barasoain Church... (read more)

Nagacadan Rice Terraces

June 22, 2008

Well, what do you know? Last month’s update of Google Earth and Google Maps data gave us a patch of Ifugao’s mountains in high-resolution. This fortunately gives us our first satellite view of one of the five rice terraces that are part of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras... (read more)

Payatas Dumpsite

April 22, 2008

Wondering what am I doing featuring the Payatas dumpsite in Vista Pinas? Well, today is Earth Day and instead of showing some ecological site (like the La Mesa Ecopark), I though that there’s no better way to drive home the point about the need to take care of Mother Earth... (read more)

Antipolo Cathedral

March 14, 2008

Next week is Holy Week for Roman Catholics and while many will take advantage of the holidays to go Boracay or Puerto Galera, you might want to swing by Antipolo Cathedral on a pilgrimage instead. Like the Manaoag Shrine in Pangasinan, the cathedral in Antipolo City is a popular pilgrimage... (read more)

Fort San Pedro

February 24, 2008

If Manila has Intramuros and Zamboanga City has Fort Pilar, then Cebu City has Fort San Pedro (Wikipedia), ordered built by Miguel López de Legazpi in 1565 and only finished in 1738. The fort lays claim to being the “oldest, smallest and well preserved colonial fort” in the Philippines and... (read more)

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

September 19, 2007

It’s hard to describe what the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village really is. It’s a botanical garden. It’s a resort. It’s a mini Nayong Mindanao. It’s a mountain park and picnic area. Whatever it is, the Gardens of Malasag is a major tourist attraction of Cagayan de Oro City, nestled... (read more)

Manila Film Center

August 28, 2007

Located at the southwestern end of the CCP Complex, the Manila Film Center is arguably the most well-known “haunted” building in Metro Manila. The story goes that then Manila Governor Imelda Marcos had the Film Center constructed for the 1982 Manila International Film Festival. On November 17, 1981, a scaffolding... (read more)

Philippine Center in San Francisco

August 24, 2007

The San Francisco Bay Area in California is definitely one of the places where many Filipino Americans and Filipino expatriates work and live. Well, located in downtown San Francisco, just one block away from the famous Union Square, is the Philippine Center (official website). The Philippine Center is composed of... (read more)

Rizal Shrine (Calamba)

July 24, 2007

Besides the Canlubang Golf Course and Country Club and Barangay Pansol’s numerous hot spring resorts, Rizal Shrine is one of the top tourist draws in the developing City of Calamba. This shrine is is a reconstruction of the ancestral home of Calamba’s greatest son, Dr. José P. Rizal. The original... (read more)

Historic Filipinotown in Los Angeles

July 8, 2007

There are approximately 4 million Americans of Filipino descent. They comprise almost one-fourth (22%) of all Asian Americans and is the largest group within the Filipino diaspora. Most Filipino Americans are concentrated in Hawaii and California and in the latter, can be found within the metropolitan areas of Oakland-San Francisco... (read more)

Aguinaldo Museum

May 29, 2007

Today, May 28, is National Flag Day and the beginning of the Independence Day celebrations that will culminate on June 12th. The first flag was sewn in Hong Kong by Marcela de Agoncillo, her daughter, and Rizal’s niece, and was officially unfurled at the Philippine proclamation of independence at Aguinaldo’s... (read more)

Balay ti Amianan

May 4, 2007

Way up north in Paoay, Ilocos Norte, along the northern shores of the town’s lake, is the Balay ti Amianan, which served as the rest house of former President Ferdinand Marcos. As such, the house is also called the “Malacañang of the North.” “Balay ti amianan” is Ilocano for “house... (read more)

Mount Samat Shrine

April 10, 2007

Today is the Day of Valor (in Filipino, Araw ng Kagitingan), a national holiday in the Philippines. On April 9, 1942 during World War II, the Bataan Peninsula fell to the Japanese Imperial Army and the American and Filipino forces were forced to surrender and then the infamous Bataan Death... (read more)

Fort Pilar

March 28, 2007

If Manila has Intramuros, Zamboanga City has Fort Pilar. The fort is officially called the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, which roughly means the “Royal Force of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza.” The Virgin Mary reportedly miraculously appeared on a pillar in Zaragoza, Spain,... (read more)

Bamboo Organ

July 3, 2006

You can find at the poblacion of Las Piñas City the world-renowed Bamboo Organ. You can’t actually see the organ in Google Maps but the Parish of St. Joseph church’s building instead. The parish and the Bamboo Organ are part of the Las Piñas Historical Corridor that also includes the... (read more)

National Museum, Caraga Branch

June 6, 2006

In Butuan City in Mindanao is the Caraga Branch of the National Museum . This museum is right across the Butuan City Hall to the east, and to the southwest is the museum’s lagoon and park. This regional branch of the National Museum houses important artifacts relating to the history of... (read more)

Aguinaldo Shrine

February 24, 2006

What a better site to show first than the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite This historical landmark is where the Philippines declared itself independent from Spain. The Aguinaldo Shrine is essentially the ancestral home of Emilio Aguinaldo. The house is now a museum showing memorabilia from Emilio Aguinaldo’s life. To the... (read more)