I actually had nothing planned for the day but thanks to an emergency invite from a blogger friend, I was able to experience another offbeat corner of old Manila.
For a pre-holiday treat of the local government of Ermita Malate, bloggers were invited to witness a night of Christmas caroling and gift giving for the marginalized families of the community. Mayor Ejercito Estrada opened the ceremonies and students from Philippine Women’s University and Universidad de Manila spread the holiday spirit and delighted spectators around Remedios Circle.
Aside from the festivities, we were also invited to visit hotels around Ermita Malate. This treat is in the efforts of the local government to promote the district of Malate as a another cultural heritage hotspot in Manila. Lucky me, I got myself into another free historical tour. [Read more…]