Friday, June 28, 2013

Philippines - Manila, To Do (ayala Museum, Gren Belt Malls and Church)

Manila - To Stay
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Manila - To Do
Exploring the Makati Area
Ayala Museum, Green Belt Malls & Church

A four story museum, which houses the art and history of the Philippines. Despite it being ranked number 3 out of 14, of the attractions to do in Makati, it fell short of expectations.

Special mention goes to the gold exhibit on the top floor, crafted into various ornamental/functional/ceremonial pieces were amazing. With the price of gold that it is today, it was a wonder why no one had attempted to steal it. The crowning piece was a ceremonial gold sash of sorts weighing in at near 3kg.

Overall, its alright place to get away from the heat of the day, however the no photography policy did put a downer on things. For just the gold section it would be worth 75peso for the exhibit, but not the rest of the museum.
Entry charges, Peso 350 for Level 1-3 +additional 75Peso for 4th floor gold exhibit.Click here for ABBA location of Ayala Museum Dela Rosa Street, Lungsod ng Makati, Philippines 
Click here for ABBA details on Ayala Museum 
Greenbelt Mall, Garden and Church
Also located within the same area as Ayala Museum are the green belt malls and enclosed garden space. All the major brand names are available, but perhaps most welcoming are their wide selection of fine bistros and alfresco dining over looking the garden oasis.
Also located in the middle of the garden space is a quaint, spherical church which at first glance got mistaken for a floating piazza bistro.
Click here for ABBA location of Greenbelt mall, Park and Ayala Musuem, all located within the same area

Balikbayan Handicrafts
If you are looking for home furniture/retro sound speakers or misc decorative items for the house hold, you could visit this establishment which was chanced upon after having had a seafood dinner at Dampa Macapagal(click for ABBA details)
Click here for ABBA location of Balikbayan Handicrafts, HK Sun Plaza, Along Diosdado Macapagal Avenue 1300, Philippines , located opposite Dampa-Macapagal Seafood. 

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