I keep coming back to you,
We went down the Legarda Station of LRT 2,
walked by a former estero then turned left to the
closed off area where part of the University Belt is
located and finally we get to see the edge of the
palace grounds. Thirty years of being a Filipino
citizen, half of that time was spent studying and
working in Manila and yet it was our first time to see
the Malacanang Palace up close.
We walked the whole stretch of the complex and were quite impressed.
“Hindi na nakakahiya for a third world.” was what we kept saying. Being a Sunday,
there were only a few joggers to distract our view every now and then. I took photos but
a soldier roaming around in a motorcycle told me to delete the photos and being a good
citizen I did just that but found out later on that I had saved two snapshots.
We decided to hear mass at the San Miguel
Church located right next to the palace.
This Baroque church is known for the
perfect symmetry of its twin bell towers
and it looks magnificent on the outside
especially when you take a shot and include
the statue of St. Michael. Inside it’s like any
other old church. It has a balcony for the
choir but we highly doubt they still use it as
much and other antique details but nothing
as splendid as the exterior.
After mass we walked back a bit to
JP Laurel corner Aguado streets to have
dinner at Casa Roces. The old house
was charming with very nice little details
of history. Only two tables were occupied
so our big group had the place practically
to ourselves. We chatted like we would in
our own homes pausing every now and
then to ask for the menu and add on to
an already long list of orders. We knew of
the mixed reviews of the food but were
pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed
most of what we ate.
Another area of Manila ticked off the list,
we’ll make sure to find time to check out more.