A lot of people ask me what travel is like around the Metro Manila area. Manila is unlike any other city in the world. While most cities have downtowns and layers of contrasting areas around them, the Metro Manila region is a megalopolis. Downtown is a difficult thing to understand.
Downtown Manila feels very old style Spanish with long streets and elevated train tracks reminiscent of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Downtown Pasay City, where I am located, feels like one very long junction of major roads with different businesses all setting up all around, mainly docks, hotels, and casinos. Off to the edge of the map facing Manila Bay is the Mall of Asia, the biggest mall I’ve seen. The list is endless. It has been wonderful to explore the layout of all of the different parts of the Metro Manila I have been fortunate enough to explore.
Paul Fontelo '13