Metro Manila Category

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)

Felix Y. Manalo’s Birthplace

May 10, 2014

As you may know, 2014 is the centennial anniversary year of Iglesia ni Cristo or INC, the largest religious denomination founded in the Philippines and one of the most politically influential groups in the country. Today, May 10, is the 128th birthday of the founder of Iglesia ni Cristo, Ka... (read more)

Embassy of the United States in Manila

April 29, 2014

To mark the 2-day historic state visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Philippines this week, let’s now visit the Embassy of the United States in Manila (official website, Wikipedia). The embassy’s main Chancery Compound is located at address 1021 Roxas Boulevard in Ermita, Manila near Rizal Park, and... (read more)

EDSA Shrine

February 26, 2011

Today is a milestone for the Philippines as the country celebrates the silver anniversary of the 1986 People Power Revolution. Twenty five years ago, Filipinos took to the streets and staged a peaceful protest on EDSA to support the defectors of the Marcos dictatorship. The nearly bloodless mass action led... (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)

Southern Terminus of C-6 Road

July 31, 2010

I’ve featured the controversial C-5 Road Extension before and there is still a long way to go before the full circumferential road will be completed, linking R-1 Road (or the Coastal Road) all the way to R-9 (or the MacArthur Highway). Complementing the C-5 Road is the C-6 Road, which... (read more)

Pasig Rainforest Park

June 10, 2010

I’ve featured the La Mesa Ecopark here in Vista Pinas years ago and it’s one of the very few forest-setting public parks in Metro Manila. Well, another such park is Pasig City’s Rainforest Park and this one is probably a better destination for those who think the La Mesa park... (read more)

Pinoy Big Brother House

February 13, 2010

So, which among Melisa, Johan, Jason, Paul Jake, or Tibo are you rooting to become the Big Winner in ABS-CBN’s Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up (The show’s producers are certainly milking the Melason affair for all its worth, no?) Since the Big Night to determine the Big Winner is just... (read more)


December 1, 2009

Today, November 30, is the 146th birthday of Andres Bonifacio who founded the Katipunan and is considered as one of the Philippines’ greatest heroes. Act No. 2946, which was enacted by the Philippine Legislature in 1921, declared November 30 as Bonifacio Day and a legal holiday. What’s interesting is that... (read more)

Provident Village

September 29, 2009

Provident Village is an upscale residential subdivision in Marikina City that is one of the most devastated by flooding due to Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana). If you look at the satellite thumbnail image, it’s easy to see why. Provident Village is located right at the corner of one... (read more)

Iglesia ni Cristo Central Temple

September 26, 2009

This year has brought some prominence to the Iglesia ni Cristo denomination. First they celebrated their 95th anniversary last July 27 prompting President Arroyo to declare that day as a national working holiday. Next is the death of their Executive Minister Ka Erdy Manalo last August 31. Just like with... (read more)

Cry of Pugad Lawin Shrine

August 23, 2009

Today, August 23, is the anniversary of the historic Cry of Pugad Lawin, an event that traditionally marked the start of the active phase of the Philippine Revolution and occurred shortly after the underground Katipunan movement was unmasked. During the 1896 event, about a thousand Katipuneros gathered at Pugad Lawin,... (read more)

25 Times Street

August 11, 2009

To conclude the three-part Vista Pinas tribute to President Corazon Aquino (after the Aquino Center and the Manila Memorial Park), let us now virtually visit the Aquino family residence at 25 Times Street, West Triangle, Quezon City. The Aquino family has been living in this modest bungalow house for decades.... (read more)

Manila Memorial Park, Sucat

August 6, 2009

Following the article on the Aquino Center, let’s continue the tribute to President Corazon Aquino by featuring the Manila Memorial Park, Sucat, where Cory is to be buried today. She will be entombed at the Aquino Mausoleum right next to her husband Sen. Ninoy Aquino. Earlier in the morning, a... (read more)

World Light Expo

July 7, 2009

In a first for Vista Pinas, I will be featuring something that can only be seen right now in Google Earth (the 3-D desktop application) and not in Google Maps (the Web application). This is the World Light Expo that ran during the early part of 2007 in Parañaque City.... (read more)

Manila Cathedral

June 4, 2009

Our next featured sight is the magnificent Manila Cathedral, which is officially known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and is located inside the walls of Intramuros. The cathedral is the seat of the powerful and wealthy Archdiocese of Manila, which is the primary see of the Philippines.... (read more)

Balintawak Cloverleaf

March 16, 2009

As far as I am aware, the Balintawak Cloverleaf in Quezon City is the only cloverleaf interchange found in the Philippines. This type of interchange is named such because the loop roads resemble a four-leaf clover when viewed from above or on maps. And you can see this form quite... (read more)

Latter-day Saints Manila Philippines Temple

January 31, 2009

I’ve always liked the look of the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (popularly known as the Mormon Church) in Southeast Asia and Micronesia. The Manila Philippines Temple, located in Brgy. Ugong Norte in Quezon City, has a very nice view since it overlooks the Marikina... (read more)

Star City

December 15, 2008

Christmas season is here and one Filipino Christmas pasttime that I remember from my childhood are the fairs, carnivals, and amusement parks. You’re definitely a Manilenyo child of the 80s if you remember Big Bang sa Alabang and Payanig sa Pasig. Big Bang sa Alabang used to be located where... (read more)

Mabuhay Rotonda

November 25, 2008

Many people have the mistaken impression that the Mabuhay Rotonda marks the boundary between Manila and Quezon City. The whole intersection is actually found around 50 meters from the border and completely within Quezon City. Formerly called the Welcome Rotonda until it was renamed on May 17, 1995, the Mabuhay... (read more)


October 19, 2008

Today marks the first year anniversary of the Glorietta 2 explosion that killed eleven people and injured more than a hundred. Glorietta is one of the numerous shopping malls in Makati City and is managed by Ayala Land, Inc. Police investigations say that a gas-buildup in the basement of Glorietta... (read more)

C-5 Road South Extension (Las Piñas Segment)

October 15, 2008

One of the surprising things I found while “roof-surfing” in Google Maps back during the time the Philippines was starting to have high-resolution satellite imagery is that the construction of the south extension of C-5 Road in Metro Manila (to connect SLEX [R-3] with Coastal Road [R-1]) is already ongoing.... (read more)

Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure

September 18, 2008

Did you know that Pasig River, the main river of Metro Manila, sometimes reverses its normal flow and instead brings saltwater from Manila Bay to Laguna de Bay? Well, during the summer months of April and May and in times of high tide, the sea level is actually higher than... (read more)

NAIA Terminal 1

August 22, 2008

Today is the 25th anniversary of the death of Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and I guess it’s only fitting to feature the place where this eminent statesman was assassinated and that is the tarmac of NAIA Terminal 1. I was only a day over three years old when Ninoy... (read more)

11th World Jamboree Scout Memorial

July 29, 2008

Ever wondered why several streets in Quezon City near Timog Avenue and Tomas Morato have “Scout” in their names? It’s because these streets were named after the 20 boy scouts, 2 veteran scouts, and 2 chaperons who died en route to the 11th World Jamboree in Marathon, Greece. The plane... (read more)

Malacañang Palace

May 27, 2008

Everyone who reads this blog should know that the Malacañang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Officially called the Malacañan Palace, this residence has been used by the Spanish Governor-Generals and the and American Governors before being turned over to President Manuel L. Quezon... (read more)

Festival Supermall

May 12, 2008

Among the monolithic malls I’ve ever seen, Festival Supermall has the best shape or building footprint, in my opinion. As you can see from the satellite image of the mall, its unusual shape is a far cry from the boring, blocky exteriors of most SM Supermalls. Festival’s sprawling shape is... (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)

People Power Monument

February 25, 2008

Today is February 25, 2008, and it is the 22th anniversary of the People Power Revolution of 1986, which saw the overthrow of a dictator by a civilian population and the restoration of democracy in the Philippines. This is one of the proudest moments in Philippine history and Bob Simon,... (read more)

Pinaglabanan Shrine

February 21, 2008

The Pinaglabanan Shrine in San Juan City, Metro Manila commemorates the very first battle of the Katipunan against the Spanish colonial government during the Philippine Revolution. This is the Battle of San Juan del Monte also known as the Battle of Pinaglabanan. Pinaglabanan is Tagalog for “place of battle” or... (read more)

LRT-2 Depot

November 30, 2007

Would you believe that I have never taken a ride on the 13.8-kilometer LRT-2, also known as the Megatren or the LRT Purple Line? Well, the main reason is because I take private transportation to and from work and secondly, I travel north-south and not east-west as is the general... (read more)

Manila South Cemetery

November 2, 2007

Today is All Saints’ Day and Filipino Catholics, like many other Catholics around the world, spend this holiday and the next, which is All Souls’ Day, by visiting the graves of their departed loved ones. The Manila South Cemetery within Makati City is one of the several large cemeteries Filipinos... (read more)

Old Nayong Pilipino

October 26, 2007

I remember going to the original Nayong Pilipino located beside one of the runways of Ninoy Aquino International Airport a couple of times for field trips when I was in Grade School. This public park, whose name literally means “Philippine Village,” aims to showcase the various tourist spots in the... (read more)

Libingan ng mga Bayani

October 13, 2007

From an airplane or a satellite, the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Cemetery of the Heroes) is an intriguing site with its concentric tree-lined arcs. This cemetery is the Philippine equivalent of America’s Arlington National Cemetery and is where the soldiers who have fought for the country are buried, among others. The... (read more)

Eastwood City

October 1, 2007

I’ve been working in Eastwood City for almost four years now. (No, I don’t work in a call center.) So I pretty much know the ins and outs of this micro commercial/business/residential district in Quezon City. Owned and managed by the Megaworld Corporation Eastwood City is located on 16 hectares... (read more)

Batasang Pambansa

September 21, 2007

Located along Batasan Road, in Brgy. Batasan Hills, Quezon City is the Batasang Pambansa, where the Philippines’ House of Representatives hold their sessions. Batasang Pambansa is Tagalog for “national legislature,” although its official English translation is the “National Assembly.” The Batasang Pambansa is also the building where the joint sessions... (read more)

La Mesa Ecopark

September 11, 2007

Want to go on a picnic in a forest setting without leaving Metro Manila? Well, you should seriously check out the La Mesa Ecopark, which is within the La Mesa Dam watershed in Novaliches, Quezon City. Officially named as the La Mesa Watershed Resort and Ecological Park, the ecopark provides... (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)

Smart Araneta Coliseum

August 17, 2007

The last time I went inside Araneta Coliseum was when I got to watch Jars of Clay’s concert back in March 2005. And I can’t remember the first time I got inside The Big Dome; I was likely a kid back then. Anyway, did you know that the Araneta Coliseum is... (read more)

Boracay Mansion

August 8, 2007

More than six years after President Joseph “Erap” Estrada was forced out from office, his plunder trial was finally concluded in June at the Sandiganbayan. The court should release a decision within 90 days or until mid-September. Among the evidences the prosecutors point as proof of Erap’s wrongdoing is the infamous... (read more)

Quezon Memorial

August 2, 2007

Here be Quezon Memorial, the monument dedicated to the memory of Manuel L. Quezon, who died 63 years ago today. Quezon, the Philippines’ first internationally-recognized president, died of tuberculosis while in exile in the United States during World War II, and was briefly interred at Arlington National Cemetery before being... (read more)

Philippine Relief Map at Rizal Park

July 11, 2007

Some of you may not know this, but at the extreme eastern end of Rizal Park in Manila lies a gigantic relief map of the Philippines. I believe that this is the largest relief map of the Philippines anywhere. I couldn’t find any information on the Web, but using Google... (read more)

Golden Mosque

June 19, 2007

The Masjid al-Dahab, more popularly known as the Golden Mosque (Wikipedia), is the religious center of Muslims in Metro Manila. While there are sizable Muslim communities in Diliman and Taguig, most of the metropolis’ Islam adherents live in Quiapo and Binondo, close to the largest mosque in Metro Manila. The Golden... (read more)

Bonifacio Circle

May 31, 2007

Our next sight is Bonifacio Circle in Fort Bonifacio Global City. Unfortunately, it is only in Google Maps and Google Earth that you can still explore this sight. Why? Well, Ayala Land, which is a co-manager of the Fort Bonifacio area, decided to destroy this rotunda up to the outer... (read more)

PBCom Tower

May 16, 2007

If you plan on joining the Nokia N95 Wireless Adventure (I know I do), then one Metro Manila trivia that you should learn is that the Philippines’ tallest building is PBCom Tower right at the heart of the Makati Central Business District. Standing more than a quarter of a kilometer... (read more)

San Sebastian Church

April 6, 2007

In the heart of the Quiapo district of Manila is the San Sebastian Church, also officially known as the Basilica Minore de San Sebastian. This minor basilica has the distinction of being the only all-steel church in Asia. The church was originally a wooden structure which was destroyed and rebuilt numerous... (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)

NAIA Centennial Terminal

June 26, 2006

In the Pasay City side of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the airport’s second terminal which is more known as the Centennial Terminal. This terminal was opened in 1998, in the centennial year of the Philippine Declaration of Independence, hence the name. To the east is Terminal 1 and... (read more)

U.P. Diliman Academic Oval

June 22, 2006

Our first featured sight from the new satellite images is the Academic Oval of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. (Okay, so I’m a proud alumnus.) The Acad Oval consists of the Osmeña, Roxas, and Ma. Regidor avenues and it surrounds The Oblation, Quezon Hall (aka Admin), the U.P. Lagoon,... (read more)

Zapote Bridge

April 27, 2006

Spanning the Zapote River between Las Piñas and Bacoor, Cavite is the historic Zapote Bridge. While it is a traffic hellhole nowadays, this bridge is significant because this is where the Battle of Zapote Bridge took place. The Battle of Zapote Bridge was the largest battle of the Philippine-American War. 3,000... (read more)

Las Piñas-Zapote Flyover

March 18, 2006

At the end of the Alabang-Zapote Road is the Las Piñas-Zapote flyover, officially called the Alabang-Zapote Centennial Flyover. By themselves, flyovers are not really notable, but this particular flyover is quite important for the City of Las Piñas. First of all, it’s the only flyover in the city. (Follow it to... (read more)