JP Ordona

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

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...

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...

JP Ordona

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

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