Eating and Drinking like home? At least if you are coming from Europe or Northern America, this promise can be fulfilled. As shown in our HotSpot section, there are a lot of good restaurants featuring international cuisine. Even if you don't like to go out, you can have a more Western lunch or dinner.
This public holiday celebrates the birthday of Andrés Bonifacio on November 30, 1863. As a young man, Bonifacio became the military leader of the Philippine revolution against the Spanish colonizers, making him one of the national heroes of the Philippines.
Get your Philippine flags ready, it's the country's Independence Day! Find out more about this national holiday and what Filipinos do to celebrate it.
'Instituto Cervantes is a worldwide non-profit organization created by the Spanish government in 1991. It is the largest organization in the world dedicated to the teaching of the Spanish language and to increasing knowledge about Spanish and Hispanic culture.'
The island province of Cebu is composed of 167 islands and islets surrounding a larger land mass where the capital Cebu City is located. If you are planning to visit Cebu this summer, take a look at this Megacitizen guide.
1952 – Don Anastacio de Alba set foot in the Philippine islands with his Casino Español experience in tow. He opened his first restaurant two years after arriving in the Philippines and called it Alba Cocina Española – a restaurant that sat on Peral Street now known as United Nations Avenue.
Located in the hip dining complex at The Fort, Rastro sits alongside a number of restaurants that serve international cuisine. While its neighbor Cantinetta offers authentic Italian cooking, Rastro serves authentic Spanish food in real huge servings – one order is enough for two or more.
Established in the 1970s when the art community in Manila dominated this part of town, Café Adriatico is still as artsy as it was decades ago.
Barcino is an authentic Spanish wine and tapas bar with a great selection and an interior in proper style.
For a long time, the history of Manila was shaped by foreign powers. In fact, few cities in the world have such a long history of colonization. Here is a brief overview of the city's and the country's checkered past.
The museum Casa Manila gives a detailed impression of upper-class life and style back in Spanish colonial times. However, the house is not an authentic relic, but a replica built in the 1980s.
Paco Park was once Manila’s municipal cemetery for an exclusive circle of people. Decades later, the former burial ground was converted into a park.
The fortified city of Intramuros was built during Spanish colonial times to protect the seat of government. Located along Manila Bay near the southern bend of the Pasig River, Intramuros’ location was very strategic for trade and for defense. Today, museums and old buildings bring centuries of Philippine history back to live, making Intramuros one of the top tourist spots.
Terry´s offers excellent Spanish and international cuisine paired with good wines in an elegant, bright setting.
The 2014 Spanish Film Festival Pelicula presents the best and brightest of contemporary Spanish cinema.
The Dia del Libro 2014 at the Instituto Cervantes was smaller than in the last years. Nevertheless, many visitors still came to look for Spanish books, watch Spanish movies, and eat tortilla or paella.
The International Book Day is the annual holiday for all the bookworms around the globe. If you love literature and poetry, do not miss the Dia del Libro, a book fair and cultural event organized by the Instituto Cervantes!
Paella is a traditional Spanish dish served in many restaurants in the Philippines. One wonders how the modern Spanish restaurant Las Paellas Café keeps up, considering how delicate this traditional dish is.
Siesta feeling on a hot Saturday afternoon in April. People are sitting on the rich green grass of Bonifacio High Street, listening to a multilingual poetry recitation or browsing in newly bought books, while a guitarist plays flamenco music in the background. Instituto Cervantes has invited to the yearly Dia del Libro (International Book Day) and booklovers as well as fans of Spanish culture flock to the Fort.
Quaint and romantic, the rather secluded Casa Armas offers fans of Spanish cuisine a respite from the business of Malate. The tapas bar was nominated in 2010 for the Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards.
Christmas is not only a time for family and friends but also for networking and getting together with Manila’s international community. The Spanish Chamber of Commerce welcomed guests from the world of business and politics to its Christmas Party.
Werdenberg International’s Säntis Delicatessen is one of the go-to places for many Europeans in the Philippines. The high end shop sells great tasting food products usually not available in the country – at least not in one convenient venue.