Traffic and pollution can be a nightmare,
so tour on two wheels instead with Bambike, an ecofriendly, fair-trade that
uses bikes with bamboo frames. Take an
educational romp through Intramuros,
the historic core, to see plenty of
the Spanish colonial heritage,
or marvel at the beautiful murals decorating the walls of Bonifacio Global City.
The Philippine creative scene is not
only booming, shoppable. Among the
most internationally renowned talents
is Kenneth Cobonpue, whose collection
of colorful luxury furniture available in a
variety of avant-garde shapes is available
in his showroom in Makati. Nearby, visit
House of Laurel for celebrity-approved
designer Rajo sophisticated and
on-trend clothing and accessories for
women, men and children.
got an extra day to kill in the Philippine capital.
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while manila has been a massive business hub for years (especially recently
thanks to the strengthening economy), its tourism cachet was never nearly as robust. Until now. The metro area has become a target for big hospitality brands hoping to take advantage of the increase in tourism, which has led
to a spate of hotel, casino, mall and restaurant openings. Add an expanding local design scene plus a culinary tradition becoming more and more globally recognized, and got an exciting and contemporary capital that has
nowhere to go but up. Summer starts in March, when school is out and the metropolitan region of roughly 13 million people is guaranteed to be at its liveliest.
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from top left:
Taal Lake and
a heritage house
in Taal; Chicken
An aerial view
of Manila; The
Kenneth Cobonpue showroom.
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There are fantastic, easy-to-reach
destinations near Manila. Audley
Travel can customize a fun day trip to
popular Taal and Vulcan Point, an island
in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.
This picturesque region offers more than
just Instagrammable vistas; you can also
visit Casa Villavicencio (an immaculately preserved 19th-century home),
traditional embroidery workshops and
factories that specialize in meticulously
hand-crafted knives, an
artisan craft the province is known for.
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Taste why, for many years now,
foodies have been clamoring about
Filipino cuisine. At local minichain
Kitchen+Bar, which modernizes dishes
from the island of Negros, the chicken
is a favorite. Rustic-chic Grace Park in
Rockwell is the buzzy farm-to-table
project from chef Margarita
named best female chef for 2016.
Here, she reinterprets adobo with tender
chunks of lamb and serves a lovely
avocado pie for dessert.