Baclaran Church (National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help) | Things to do in Parañaque City-Metro Manila
|Open:||Daily, 6am to 6pm|
|Address:||Roxas Blvd., Baclaran, Parañaque City, Metro Manila|
Next to Divisoria, the shopping mecca of the Philippines, Baclaran Market sells some of the cheapest merchandise in Metro Manila. The market sells an assortment of kitchenwares, clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, school supplies, electronics, and devotional souvenirs like candles, vestments, rosaries, sampaguitas, and religious icons. When visiting Baclaran Market, be prepared to haggle with the vendors, and watch out for pickpockets. The market is hot and cramped, all the more so on Wednesdays, or Baclaran Day, when the nearby church attracts 120,000 visitors. The market comprise the whole Redemptionist Street, and forks off to various streets and alleys.
GSIS Museum of Art, or GSIS Museo ng Sining, is famous for its two notable masterpieces, which are Fernando Amorsolo’s “History of Music” (1931) and Juan Luna’s “The Parisian Life” (1892). The two artists are iconic giants in the Philippine art industry. Besides these two paintings and other works from established painters, the museum has a diverse collection of visual art from the colonial period up to the present. A majority of the artworks come from budding artists and winners of the annual GSIS Art Competition. Other than paintings and murals, the museum displays sculptures, installations, religious art, and even antiques, cultural decorative items, and some pieces of furniture. Established in 1996, GSIS Museum of Art was created to develop an appreciation of Philippine visual arts. Apart from the free viewing of artworks, the museum also hosts art activities, workshops, performances, special tours, and film viewing, mostly for free.
Like stepping into your grandmother’s attic, walking into Barangay Bangkal in Makati City offers unique vintage treasures you can’t find anywhere else. Comprising a whole barangay, Bangkal mostly sells secondhand furniture and antique, from beds, cabinets, and dining tables, to vinyl record players, typewriters, instamatic cameras, and rotary phones. Residential apartments in Bangkal are turned into makeshift thrift stores, where big items are displayed outside, and small items inside. Each store offers a variety of interesting junk from the past. Some smell exactly like your grandmother’s attic, some smell like a moldy library, while some, the collective smell of used, old shoes. Aside from furniture and outmoded technology, other stores specialize in selling secondhand clothing, bags, books, toys, paintings, old music and movie records, and a host of other interesting things.
Things to do nearby
The Dessert Museum is 8 mouthwatering rooms of sugar-filled happiness. This is the only museum you’ll ever slide into! Follow our Candy Rabbits through our Donut Hole and slip down our sprinkle slide into the most magical food-filled fantasy you will ever experience. Choose your path through our Candy Cane Groves or go Cotton Candy Picking in our sweetly enchanted forest. The adventure is just beginning!
As you slide, jump, play, and swing through The Dessert Museum, prepare to explore uniquely themed rooms tailored to each dessert, creating a one-of- a-kind tasting experience. We aspire to provoke the imagination by featuring popular desserts in fun, creative, and Instagrammable rooms. These rooms are not only for pictures; they also contain ultra-cool facts about our sweet after-dinner past times.
The Dessert Samples
Every dessert we feature is carefully selected, from hand-made artisanal chocolates to our fairy-dusted cotton candy! Sweet-tooths beware you are in for a sugar overdose!
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Ang Huling El Bimbo is a story of friendship told through the songs of the most iconic Pinoy rock band from the 90’s. It is an original story that should resonate with people who understand how the powerful bond between friends shapes our lives. It will also be a nostalgic journey, driven by songs that have become part of the collective Pinoy psyche.
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Where to stay
Mahal Kita Drive Inn and Restaurant offers practical lodgings that cater to the needs of businessmen and tourists in Pasay City who are on a budget.
Mahal Kita Drive Inn and Restaurant stands along Taft Avenue Extension. From there, Ninoy Aquino International Airport is only less than 3 kilometers away, making it a smart choice for jetsetters. It is also within walking distance to some bus terminals.
This cozy hotel has all the basic features that make for a pleasant stay: comfortable guestrooms, a variety of facilities, and impeccable services. It features free WiFi in select areas around the property and has parking spaces for private vehicles.
Choose among Mahal Kita Drive Inn and Restaurant's array of well-kept guestrooms for your lodging needs. Each has its own air conditioning system and an en suite toilet and bathroom equipped with hot and cold shower and bidet. There is also WiFi internet, TV, some towels, and bath essentials in each of the cozy accommodations. Cleaning services are likewise provided.
Mahal Kita Drive Inn and Restaurant offers 24-hour room service so you won't need to look far for a bite to eat. Through this service, you can enjoy hot and savory meals in the comfort of your own room.
Pasay City is nicknamed as the "Gateway to the Philippines" as it serves as the location of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country's main international airport. There are lots to do in this city with its urban setting, giving way to a variety of commercial and business establishments. SM Mall of Asia offers endless shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities, while the Mall of Asia Arena hosts the hippest concerts and sports games. There are resort casinos here, like Resorts World Manila and Solaire Resort & Casino, if you want to try your luck.
The Selah Garden Hotel is an 83-room boutique hotel, which offers an alternative relaxed lifestyle in and urban setting.It has a clean and simple yet elegant accommodations and offers exceptional amenities.The Selah Garden Hotel is nestled in the suburbs of Manila, right in the smack of the middle of the fast-paced Makati Business District and the historical walled city of Intramuros. The Hotel is very accessible as it lies next to Manila's major road arteries EDSA, Roxas Boulevard and fairly new Macapagal Avenue it is a ten-minute drive from the airport.It is close to the emerging Entertainment city of the Philippines where the Mall of Asia and the other trendier casino hotels are situated. The Selah Garden Hotel strives to be globally motivated while upholding its Filipino flavor.
One of our top picks in Manila. Located in Pasay City, Golden Phoenix Hotel - Manila offers modern and elegant accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the property.The hotel is conveniently 2,400 feet from Mall of Asia Arena and 0.8 miles from the famous SM Mall of Asia. Cultural Centre of the Philippines is 1.9 miles away, while Ninoy Aquino International Airport can be reached within a 3.7 miles drive.Offering city views, air-conditioned rooms come with a wardrobe, iPod dock, a personal safe and a flat-screen TV wit cable/satellite channels. Electric kettle and minibar are also included. The en suite bathroom has shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and free toiletries. At Golden Phoenix Hotel, guests can indulge in a pampering massage at the spa or enjoy refreshing drinks at the bar. The 24-hour front desk staff can assist guests with luggage storage, laundry services, airport transfers and tour arrangements.
Getting there and around
Roxas Blvd., Baclaran, Parañaque City, Metro ManilaGet directions