GK or Gawad Kalinga, is a voluntary organization that works for the upliftment of the poor by providing them with homes for a better living. It aspires to make sustainable villages coupled with a safe environment. There can be many types of volunteering options with the organization so that this must be done on a visit to the city. One can be able to see some great development sites and even meet some truly inspiring souls.
Watching the sunset from the Manila Bay Waterfront can be quite an experience as a mesmeric view can always be expected on the horizon. One can always expect a huge crowd at the place, partly due to the Mall of Asia but then the ambiance can always be party-like. The ice-cream carts over here can always make it all the more pleasurable with their catchy tunes.
While feeling lonely or lost-out, it can be one of the best things to do. Visit a Filipino Karaoke booth and enjoy the high-tech sound systems in whichever song you want to pair with. One can always expect a typical Filipino vibe by the crowd so that no one will ever feel not being Sinatra over here! On the positive side, it can really help in feeling good and getting a boost from within.
Cockfight is a popular pastime and gambling that is enjoyed in a Cockpit. People sitting on benches try to predict the top of their voice and place odds on the fiercest rooster. Once the fight is called, there is a pin drop silence till one of the roosters get killed and money is collected from the unfortunate bookies. The atmosphere of the place can be electric at times and a visit to such a place in Manila can be absolutely fantastic.
Balut is a type of egg that has egg white and soup in it and there is a particular madness in drinking the contents correctly! Many food stalls across the capital sell the item by advertising it on cheap Styrofoam chests announcing “BALUT”. It can be one of the most bizarre foods that one can taste in a lifetime but the pleasure can be all the more defining.