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Hinahanap-hanap kita, Manila. Ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga. Mga jeepney mong nagliliparan. Mga babae mong naggagandahan. Take me back in your arms Manila . And promise me you’ll never let go, promise me you’ll never let go”
Yep, Manila – a very unique city, where everything is possible. A place where old and young people come together. A venue where old and new architecture merge, just like Vienna, but still, so different that those cities couldn’t be compared at all.
Sometimes, I don’t know if I either love Manila or if I just rather “hate to love” Manila.
Let me try to explain this: I looked forward to be in Manila again to see my “kababayans” and to explore city life. I was all excited when we finally got there, but all of a sudden, it was terrible, seeing poverty everywhere. I saw kids at the age of four or five, knocking at people’s car windows, begging for money. I passed by small houses (you actually can’t even call these houses) where families of eight or nine people have to share one single room to sleep. Being here and seeing the people’s lifestyle have made me ashamed of myself, always thinking about all my little complaints even though there are people with very serious problems. And still, all these things will never keep me away from coming back to Manila. I love this place too much. Do you know what I mean? It’s like eating a cake with five-thousand calories and knowing it’s bad for you, but you still go on eating eat because it really tastes delicious.
Another reason why I love Manila is because of the activities you can do there. There is this famous “Oceanarium” in the center of Manila and we visited the place.
A very memorable experience was the Sea Lion Show. I was fascinated by those Sea Lions being able to clap and wave to the audience. At the end, the trainers wanted someone to come up on stage and surprisingly, they chose me! So I went up there and shook hands with the Sea Lion and he even gave me a kiss!
Manila, I’ll come back for sure!