04/24/15

It’s Intramuros Pasyal Sunday Again

It’s been a while since the Urban Roamer checked out the last Intramuros Pasyal Sunday event, the one I last attended was last year. So I’m glad to be back at such an event.

Throughout the afternoon until the evening, a portion of Gen. Luna Street was closed off to vehicles as that part of the road became a lively outdoor fair of sorts as various stalls were set up to offer their different wares and goods.

Team Manila posters

colorful sungkas from The Manila Collectible Co.

friend, blogger, and graphic artist Paolo Bustamante of The Filipinas was there with his Manila-inspired artworks

There is also al fresco dining, or some street food choices as well if you’re into it.

Intramuros Pasyal Sunday is also an opportunity to promote biking as a healthy and green form of transport. Thus, apart from people, there were those biking along the street, some of them riding bamboo bikes. The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was also there to provide free bike rentals as a way of supporting the initiative.

The only downside was that the sveltering summer heat especially in the afternoon when I was there, which was a hindrance in a way. Still it was nice to be back at the Walled City to check out the of the changes there, like the initiative to make some streets there car-free and promote a walkable Intramuros that this event aims to champion.

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The recent Intramuros visit was also an opportunity to check out the new location of one of my favorite Filipino culture gift shops, the Manila Collectible Co.,  which is now located within the premises of Fort Santiago.

To be honest, I’m kinda torn about this move of the stote. On one hand, I’m glad to see the store within a famed tourist destination which means more people will get to visit it. On the other hand, the space in their new location seems to be a bit cramped compared to what it had before in its old home that it feels that it was a bit of a shame that they’re no longer in that bigger venue.

Nevertheless, they still offer some great Filipino products that are worth checking out at least so visit them in their new home at Chamber 8 in Fort Santiago.

05/27/14

Checked Out: the Sunday Intramuros Pasyal

Traditionally, Sunday is day to unwind. For families, Sunday is also family day when families do some bonding together somewhere, especially after attending a Sunday religious service. These days, the venue of choice for these moments would be a modern, air-conditioned shopping mall which offers many amenities and sights to see. While I have nothing against shopping malls, it;s just that they have become so much ingrained in our culture and lifestyle that we tend to forget to look beyond the mall, so to speak. There are many things to discover outside the confines of the mall that may surprise and perhaps enamor you if one takes the time to do so.

That being said, allow the Urban Roamer introduce you to a one-of-a-kind Sunday experience right in Manila’s Walled City one should not fail to miss: the Sunday Intramuros Pasyal.

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