Metropolitan Manila - Metro Manila (National Capital Region)
(Filipino: Kalakhang Maynila, Kamaynilaan), commonly known as Metro Manila, the National Capital Region (NCR)
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KAISA HERITAGE CENTER (Bahay Tsinoy)
Kaisa Heritage Center houses Bahay Tsinoy, a museum showcasing an impressive heritage exhibit in dioramas tracing the history of the Philippine Chinese pre-Hispanic times to the colonial period. Rare prints and photographs, interesting porcelain collection and famous names of Filipino-Chinese in nation building are likewise part of the exhibit.
Open to the public as well is a library containing the most extensive collection of materials and information about the Chinese in the country.
From Ermita, take a PIER jeepney and get rid off at Anda circle. Access Intramuros through the Andres Soriano (Aduana) gap then turn right at Gen. Luna and walk towards the corner of Anda Street. From here the Center is a short block away.
The most economical but more exciting and more interesting way to Kaisa Heritage Center is by foot. From Rizal Park, follow Orosa Street (north bound) until Puerta Real, the southern entry to Intramuros, the walled city. Stroll the length of Gen. Luna to the corner of Anda Street, then walk the short block to Kaisa Heritage Center.
Founded during the Hispanic colonial period to accommodate the Chinese who were not allowed to be buried in Spanish cemeteries, this extraordinary funerary grounds is a rousing 54-hectares expanse impressively lined with unique and magnificent mausoleums. Remarkably, these structures are opulently built, lavishly adorned and furnished, some even annexed with private kitchens and bathrooms with full airconditioning systems, purposively useful during visiting days.
Much of an ancient Chinese tradition to honor the dead, the mausoleums does apparently speak of the socio-economic status of the family as well.
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Desserts Food, Philippine Cuisine
As a tropical oriental country it should come as no surprise there are many treats made from rice and coconuts. One often seen dessert is bibingka, a hot rice cake optionally topped with a pat of butter, slices of kesong puti (white cheese), itlog na maalat (salted duck eggs), and sometimes grated coconut. There are also glutinous rice sweets called biko made with sugar, butter, and coconut milk.
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