• Pateros

    Roaming Pateros (Part 2: Alfombras and Ancestral Houses)

    With its small land area, it would easy to dismiss outright Pateros and what this town has to offer, save for its well-known duck-raising and balut industry. While Pateros prides itself for such a distinction, it would be disingenuous to say that it is only thing going for this town. In fact, even with its size, Pateros has some surprises in store of its own. In particular, we shall see here that Pateros has a vibrant industry beyond duck-raising, as well as some remnants of a rich heritage that still exist in this part of the metropolis.

  • Pateros

    Roaming Pateros (Part 1: A Duck-Raisers Town)

    In the midst of rapidly urbanized Metro Manila, Pateros is one of those places that are considered an “anomaly,” if that is the correct word to put it. For one, Pateros is, at this time of writing, the only remaining municipality in the metropolis.  Then there is its land area, the smallest for a city/town in Metro Manila at 2.25 square kilometers, which itself is a factor as to why any cityhood plans for this town is a challenge. (those vying to become cities should at least have a land area of 100 square kilometers) Perhaps because of these factors, Pateros still exudes a small town charm that has managed…

  • The Guide

    the Metro Manila City/Town Name Guide

    There are questions that are not asked often but never fail to make heads scratch whenever they are asked. One of them being “how did this place get its name?” Today, we will attempt to answer this question with regards to the origins behind the names of the cities and town (yes, as in one town) that comprise Metropolitan Manila. Some of the information that will be shared here may be of common knowledge to some, but it is still worth knowing. Who knows, you may be asked about in in a game show or something. 😉

  • Makati,  Pateros,  Taguig

    The Battle for Fort Bonifacio

    While the current talk in global affairs is about the conflict of Syria and the possible involvement of the US and whoever of its allies willing to join, Metro Manila is seeing a conflict of its own too as two highly-urbanized cities and a small municipality are engaged in all-out war of sorts for the control of the most disputed territory in the country right now, the almost 730-hectare territory which was once part of a vast military complex known as Fort Bonifacio. The battle for the control of this former military base turned into a bustling commercial and business district has been subject of a long ligation that has…

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