Monday, July 27, 2009

an invitation

it was when i was 10years old when i missed a tour to the country's strongest political structure, the Malacanang palace. it was because a day before the trip, my parents found out that i was infected by chicken pox. ever since, i only see it from outside the gate when i drop by the church of Saint Jude.but not until two weeks ago, when i received an email inviting me for a tour by the streetwalker and uber witty tour guide Ivan Man Dy of Old Manila Walks. along with other travel bloggers byahilo, ironwulf, lagalog, lawstude and nina plus other balikbayans, travelers and foreign tourists.it was a privilege to have met Ivan and took part of this tour invite. he's also famous for touring Anthony Bourdain on a food trip in Binondo for the international culinary and cultural adventure program No Reservations.up next comes a series of posts of the Power Palace and a shot of Beer tour. that may lead you to wondering if we get the chance to see the president.

44 comments:

gillboard said...

looking forward to the pics... haven't seen how it's changed since 89 when I last visited the place.

sheng said...

It's a very good opportunity to be visiting the Palace, when will I get mine kaya?

Blue Rose said...

wow! looking forward to the pics dongho.

happy monday to you!

Skippyheart said...

I haven't been there yet...surely be interesting to see the photos..

Have a great week dong! TC

Ax said...

Ow, it's Ivan Man Dy!

Haven't gone there yet. Sigh.

juleste said...

parang suspense yata :-)
did you see the president?

ALiNe said...

I went there before I think I was only 10 , but can't remember anything, except for Imelda's shoe collection... hmmm

alicesg said...

I think you could see the shoes collection of Mrs. Marcos. :) I wish I could have such a huge collection too...lol. Looking forward to seeing the interior of the palace.

Luke Wiley said...

Its great you got to go on the tour! looks like a great guide!

witsandnuts said...

Looking forward to your next post. =)

karmi said...

ang huling punta ko ata dyan kuya eh field trip namin, si FVR pa ang presidente. :) hehehe

Lawstude said...

nice intro. expect more images to come. i did enjoy the tour. will post mine soon.

I am Xprosaic said...

Galing! ni minsan di pa ako nakaapak diyan o kahit malapit man lang diyan... jijijijijij

attyjurita said...

Wow very lucky to be invited...i wanted to visit malacanang again it was 20 years ago then...i hope u took a pic of imelda`s shoeses...hahaah...

luna miranda said...

you read my mind (hehe). so, did you get to meet GMA?:P

my first visit to the palace was in the late 80's pa yata. Tita Cory was president, and i brought American friends there [to see Imelda's shoes haha].

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Heard so many good reviews about Ivan and his walking tours. Would love to join one of his tours one day. With Ivan and fellow travel bloggers with you, that must have been a great excursion!

nuts said...

Wow, na-meet mo na si IVAN. Watched him sa food trip with Anthony Burdain, galing niya! Sana di mo na binitin next post of Power Palace and.. what's this? a shot of Beer tour? post it na, now na!

bluedreamer27 said...

i never been in Malacanang... i wonder how it looks inside....
by the way sorry for not being here around lately
i just got sick
but now im okay and im back with my daily blogging routine hehe
thanks for your support for my blogs and for your visits too
have a great day and God Bless!!

Theonoski said...

huwat?/there is such thing as that????sayang shuld have tried it before!!! Malacanang and its surrounding area is one of Manila's historical place.

Dennis Villegas said...

Exciting. I've never been to malacanang Palace before. This is something I must also do in the future. Thanks, will wait for the next photos ;)

Photo Cache said...

Parang creme de la creme of photobloggers yang list of invited ah.

Ang saya siguro ano?

wanderingcommuter said...

awww... bigla ko tuloy namiss ang mendiola! at ang malacanang gardens!

Christian Bryan said...

madalas kami nag-iinum sa tabi tabi jan ng malakanyang dati but never had the chance to tour the inside! hehehe

grabe, dami daming tour! dami daming raket Kuya Doms! hehehe

Tita Beng said...

I grew old in Manila but never had the chance to see the inside of Malacanan Palace. You're Lucky!

backpacking philippines said...

i was also invited there but i had prior commitments and begged off... must've been the time to finally meet you guys...

Rico said...

Dude! Bigatin ah! Astig yan! Looking forward to your posts soon!

Layrayski said...

ivan and the fishball with anthony bourdain. cool.

Nanaybelen said...

nakapunta kami dyan after Edsa 1 tinignan yung magarbong bed ni Imelda Marcos at napakarAMING SAPATOS

NenNen said...

waiting for the next post. I need to see your own pics, not the tour guide. haha.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

ha ha ha to be continued..:)

REDLAN said...

binitin.... tsk tsk

Allen Yuarata said...

wow. Does he do regular tours at the Malacanang?

I doubt if you could ever get a glimpse of her. She's way too busy running the country. ^^,

Allen Yuarata said...

So then I'm wrong. I read from another blog that you saw the President. Nice indeed!

Bengbeng said...

looking forward to the palace pics

princess_dyanie said...

balita ko nung nakita nyo daw si gma eh walang nakapaglabas ng cam haha! nakita ko ibang pics kay nina eh ;)

Shionge said...

This is so cool Dong :D I have yet to visit Philippines and my sis-in-law is still residing there plus many friends from your country too :D

Lalaine said...

wow galing... sana ako din mapasok ko din yan minsan. hintayin ko yung iba pang pics :D

Reena said...

wow, exciting! hehe.. curious na ako sa beer tour. hmmm.. si erap ba may pakana nun? hehe.

i learned about his tours just now. Interesting. Sana we can schedule a visit to that museum too. And it must have been fun touring with foreigners. :)

Looking forward to the rest of this series!

Ely said...

sa pictures lang at videos ko nakikita ang malacanang. i've never been there, kahit silip lang.

merce78 said...

Ang saya!

Sana may ganoon din ako na imbitasyon...ngek...pangarap!

paano ba ang pagpunta dyan dong?
para maipasyal ko naman ang aking mister.
ngayon ko lang yata to nalaman..

Thanks dong at magandang umaga!

SandyCarlson said...

What a great opportunity!

dencios said...

a iyun na pala yun. hehe. may entrance ba? ang layo kasi sa bulakan nyan e

Pasyalera said...

I've been to Malacanang during our field trips when I was a kid. Kelan kaya ulit ako makakablik don? :(

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