The Philippines 2011 – Quiapo, Chinatown, Laguna
A few days after my return from Batangas,
we went to Quiapo in Manila to fix the digital camera
and paid 1200 pesos for re-aligning the lens.
We entered the famous Basilica of the Black Nazarene,
then walked aroundin the also famous Quiapo market –
very colorful and very crowded.
Vegetables and fruits, clothes and shoes, electronics, souvenirs,
various foods, sweets, native art…Also good looking Arnis sticks,
but from skinned rattan, which makes them not a good choice
in hard contact training.
We weren’t able to find a ”Datu” vest, not even in the muslim market.
From Quiapo we go to Chinatown – also overcrowded
and in full preparations for the chinese New Year – just two days ahead.
We buy Hopia and a meaty delicacy named Kokiam.
We spent the next week-end in Los Banos – Laguna,
with Annie’s best friend and her parents – who were so sweet
and kept feeding us with one dish better than the other!
We slept outside, on the veranda, under a mosquito nest
and we visited the beautiful campus of the UPLB
(University of the Philippines – Los Banos)