JP Ordona

JP Ordona leads Manilakad Walks in Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and more. In between, he writes, climbs, and dives.

Siama: Of Anam, Advocacy and the Art of living

"Is this a beach resort?" I asked quietly. After a tiring day of whale shark watching and beach hopping, I fell asleep inside our van and woke up to a...

The seven lakes of San Pablo

Way back, while walking around San Pablo, I asked a bystander how to get to the seven lakes of San Pablo. He gave me a bewildered look and said he...

DAD BOD, HIP KID: Where to take your dad on Father’s Day (2022 edition)

Get off your chair and stretch your muscles. No more online games and classes. It’s time to sweat it out. One way to celebrate Father’s Day this...

Belle of the hills (La Bella Boutique Hotel, Tagaytay)

At first glance, La Bella seems to be one of the most Instagram-worthy places in Tagaytay. This Santorini-inspired four-hectare property in Barangay Neogan has picture-perfect spots from its hotel lobby,...

Festive fever: Lucban Pahiyas 2022

Rain or shine, the feast must go on. Excluding the two-year pandemic, Pahiyas in Lucban has never been postponed due to inclement weather. It has been said that Mt. Banahaw...

Blessed be Banahaw

Banahaw is many things to different people. It conjures images of thick foliage, holy waters, and solemn sites. As a young man, my first attempt to scale this mountain was...

Lakadasal : A walking Visita Iglesia

A priest once said, "A pilgrim is always in danger of being a tourist." Ironically, the seven-church visitation was encouraged as a counterpoint to the raucous behavior of the Carnival....

Bataan: Our heroes’ brave stand

Bataan is the embodiment of bravery. Filipinos sometimes use the word “Bataan” to refer to a plucky group of people. On April 9, we will celebrate “Araw...

A visit to The Farm At San Benito

When the word “farm” comes to mind, some visualize the bucolic charm of Fernando Amorsolo’s paintings. Indeed, The Farm at San Benito is as picturesque as the...

The “unseen” Cubao

A Cubao walking tour is not common but for the three batches of participants I have guided, they were surprised to see places hidden in plain sight. Gateway Mall may...

Into the forest

Growing up in Quezon City, I was fascinated with the “green zones” which used to abound especially in the Diliman area. I would climb up our roof and using my...

A different kind of Valentine’s Day

On Feb. 14, 1986, I joined a throng of people who walked all the way from Baclaran Church to Ateneo de Manila in Loyola Heights, Quezon City, in a funeral...

JP Ordona

JP Ordona leads Manilakad Walks in Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and more. In between, he writes, climbs, and dives.

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