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.
Travel Quotes: We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot
Philippines Cuisine Characteristics
The traditional way of eating is with the hands, especially dry dishes such as inihaw or prito. The diner will take a bite of the main dish, then eat rice pressed together with his fingers.
This practice, known as kamayan, is rarely seen in urbanized areas. However, Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating amidst nature during out of town trips, beach vacations, and town fiestas.
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