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

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...

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...

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 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...

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...