JP Ordona

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

The Battle of Katipunan

When the University of the Philippines (U.P.) clashed with Ateneo de Manila University for the basketball title in the UAAP, the sportswriters billed it as the “Battle of Katipunan”. It...

Scouting the spirits

(Lakad sa Dilim) “This is not a ghost tour,” I emphasized to the tour participants. I’ve always wanted to get a closer look at...

Soul searching this halloween

You don't need to search for lost souls because the stray spirits will come to you," tipped a seasoned senior student to a guileless freshie, both students of the forested...

Embracing mother nature through regenerative architecture

Bathe in the forest at Maka Forest Villa We are all polluters. Unless we live totally off-grid like the foraging and hunting indigenous people, we will always...

Weekend market weakness (Part II)

In the provinces, a weekend market is a magnet for locals and tourists for fresh harvest of fruits and vegetables. In Sagada, woven cloth and smoked pork are sold. In a coastal town...

Weekend market weakness (Part 1)

Palengke is a dirty word. At least that's what I remember as a child when my mother left me in a stinky corner of Trabajo Market in Sampaloc. Trabajo, which...

Cruising Sta. Cruz

Going downtown? That was the question for most weekender Manileños up until the late ‘70s when malls were just starting to sprout. Downtown Manila meant Quiapo, Sta. Cruz, and Binondo....

Dad bod, hip kid: Where to take dad on father’s day

“It’s not time to make a change. Just relax, take it easy. You’re still young, that’s your fault. There’s so much...

Lying on the beach of Laiya

Matabungkay has become too popular while Calatagan and Nasugbu have become semi-exclusive. On the other side, Anilao attracts divers, while Masasa, Fortune Island, and Isla Verde are a boat ride...

Vintage Cubao

(Part I - Araneta City) Before Eastwood, there was Cubao, and before Cubao, there was Avenida. When Avenida lost its luster, people flocked to Cubao for cinema,...

Dare to dive?

“Not knowing how to dive is like having a Ferrari and not driving it,” quipped a foreign diving instructor who lamented Filipinos’ indifference toward scuba diving. He was merely emphasizing...

Prepper is better (forever)

Preppers are paranoid! That was the misconception, pre-COVID-19. Now, they are part of the "new normal." For a country constantly ravaged by super typhoons, volcanic eruptions, and tectonic earthquakes, the Philippines...

JP Ordona

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

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Nothing’s sweeter than being able to reap the rewards of your hard work. All those hours you’ve put in and lessons you’ve learned in the process, have...

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A new year often inspires new beginnings. For many, a fresh start signifies exciting possibilities, new hope and optimism—something...

Spacious living in the South at Rockwell Carmelray

Living outside of Metro Manila is very attractive these days. With the lush greeneries, fresh air and wider spaces, this residential setting...

Federal Land Inc.: Investing in the Manila Bay Area

The potential is endless for the Manila Bay Area, that part of the metro which is seeing sustained transformation and growth.