JP Ordona

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

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...

Maginhawa ka ba?

Roughly translates to "Are you comfortable?" Maginhawa St. is now synonymous with community pantry which has spawned more than a thousand clones all over the country including one in East...

Binondo: From cramped ghetto to financial hub

Bruce Lee brought me to Binondo. In the ‘70s, every Asian kid idolized the martial arts icon. I watched all his movies, bought all his magazines, and enrolled in martial...

Travel light, travel tight

"That's all you've got?" I asked a European traveller when he showed his backpack with four t-shirts. I was then manning the check-in counter of Philippine Air Lines at the...

The sacred road to Penance (Visita Iglesia de Manila)

Holy Week meant searing days when I was a child.  I remember going to a hilly grotto somewhere in Bulacan. As an adult, I skipped the hot grotto for a...

Revisiting the Makati of old

Most people picture Makati as a rich land of skyscrapers. Some are aware of the other side, the not-so-posh face of the city beyond the gated villages. But not many...

Ermita & Malate: Reliving their genteel past

Was it in the movie Alabang Girls where the uptown leading lady looked down on Ermita girls? Well, she was partly right for the once genteel district turned sleazy sometime...

JP Ordona

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

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