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Manila Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Manila. The current structure of the church was completed in 1958 (its sixth incarnation) after having been destroyed several times by fire and natural disasters.
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San Agustin Church is the oldest standing church in the Philippines. It blends with the historical architecture of the famous Intramuros site.
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San Sebastian Church is the seat of the Parish of the San Sebastian and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It is noted for its architectural features - the only all-steel church in Asia.
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Binondo Church (or the Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz) was founded by Dominican priests in 1956. It is largely funded by the Catholic Chinese community. Masses are held in Filipino, English, Mandarin, and Hokkien.
(photo by Romeo E Barcena)
Quiapo Church (or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene) is among the most popular Roman Catholic churches in the country. It houses the Black Nazarene, a revered statue of an ashen Jesus Christ.
(photo by Chris Villarin)
Isetan is a five-floor mall located at Recto, Manila. It offers a grocery store, shops, movie houses, and arcades. It stands right next to the LT2-Recto station.
(photo by Azrael Coladilla)
Divisoria is a market district at the heart of Manila. It is a shopping-haven for consumers looking for low-priced goods. Clothes, accessories, toys, novelties, decorations, pirated films and music, electronics, fruits, dry goods, school, office and household supplies, fabrics, textiles, crafts, novelties, decorations and “everything under the sun”.
Hopia is a bean-filled pastry that was originally introduced by Fujianese immigrants. It comes in round and diced forms. There are two types of hopia. First is the flaky type or the Chinese (photo). Aside from mung bean curd (Hopiang Munggo), other flavors include pork (Hopiang Baboy) and purple yam (Hopiang Ube). The second type is the Hopiang Hapon (Japanese) usually filled with sweet adzuki bean paste and resembles the moon cake.
This delicacy is offered in both street stands and stores all over Manila.
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Suman is a rice cake made of glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk and steamed in banana leaf or palm leaf wrappers. It is usually eaten with sprinkled white sugar.