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Befriend the Real Manila - GK Philippines - Explora
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Earliest availability: June 07, 2020
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Up to 10 hours

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From a unique community cooking experience to learning about social enterprise, these tours allow you to discover Metro Manila from another perspective.

Why visit a Gawad Kalinga Community?

Get a unique taste of Filipino Culture
Take a cooking class, visit the market, or take an impromptu language course.

It really is more fun in the Philippines
No one does fun like the Filipinos, and visiting a community is the best way to experience unique Filipino hospitality!

Authentic stories of inspiration
Hear first-hand the remarkable stories of resilience, hope, and solidarity which have brought transformation to over 2,500 Gawad Kalinga villages nationwide.


Visit a GK community
See a different side of Manila, through the eyes of a transformed Gawad Kalinga community. Hear the stories of the titas (aunties) and children who live in colorful homes. Cook and eat with them and have a taste of Filipino cuisine as you listen to their accounts of hope, dreams, and rehabilitation.

Bambike Tour of Intramuros
Hop on a bamboo bike and take a tour of the city’s historical center. Acquaint yourself with the nation’s story, dating back as far as 300 years ago. At the same time, discover the Bambike social enterprise — a business that inspires us to do things in a different, purposeful way.

Human Nature Visit
Visit the flagship store and headquarters of the award-winning social enterprise, Human Nature. Discover their radical approach to business, which includes paying ethical not minimal wages, and a no-firing policy for the poor.

Package A: Pinoy Food and History 

  • Meals: 1x Welcome Drink 1x Dinner in GK Community Fil-Am  
  • Activities: 
    • Bambike Intramuros: Take a ride on a Bamboo Bike and discover the secrets of Intramuros.
    • GK Fil AM Pinoy Cooking Class: Learn how to cook a traditional Filipino meal with the mothers of GK Fil AM.
Package B: 1 Day Manila Hope Discovery Tour   
  • Meals: 1x Snacks 1x Lunch in GK Community Silver Heights
  • Activities: 
    • Kusina ng Kalinga (Kitchen of Care): Be a hero for one morning and help prepare lunch for kids in school!
    • GK Silver Heights: Make you own peanut butter. 
Package C: Pinoy Cooking Class
  • Meals: 1x Welcome Drink 1x Lunch in GK Community Fil-Am  
  • Activities: 
    • Visit if GKonomics: Urban hub for Social Entrepreneurship 
    • GK Fil AM Pinoy Cooking Class: Learn how to cook a traditional Filipino meal with the mothers of GK Fil AM.
Package D: 1 Day Social Enterprise Discovery Tour    
  • Meals: Lunch 1x in GK Silver Heights
  • Activities
    • Rags to Riches + Human Nature Social Enterprise Talks and Workshop 
    • GK Silver Heights: Make you own peanut butter

Who can come

Guests of all ages can attend. If you bring guests who are under 18 years of age, it’ll be the responsibility of the guardian to make sure the activities they participate in are age-appropriate.

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  • Non-refundable
  • Non-transferable


08:00 AM

Take the Bambike Eco-tour of Manila

Head to the heart of Manila’s old walled city of Intramuros. Take a tour on beautiful handmade  bamboo bikes by Gawad Kalinga villagers, and learn about Filipino history the fun way!

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Community cooking class

Hidden within the busy streets of Metro Manila, you will find a peaceful spot - a Gawad Kalinga family where mothers will share the secrets of Filipino cuisine with you. Learn some typical Filipino recipes and spend time with the community for a truly authentic experience.


Getting there and around

Intramuros, Intramuros, City of Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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