GUIDES GALORE! TRAVEL AGENCIES TOO!
Should you need a tour of Manila, allow me to recommend the following guides. I'm not the only game in town, you know. Bookmark this page in case you need them.
This is an updated version. January 2013
For the best guides in town:
The ONLY other tour group that does it theatrically like I do. They're good for groups, kids, businessmen, academics, dogs, and everything else in between!
Check out their site here: HEROES SQUARE
The Blue Badge trained MABUHAY GUIDES of the Department of Tourism.
Call Miss Susan Calo-Medina for details and arrangements. Perfect for touring around dignitaries and visitors of distinction. They are young, fun, street smart, and are the kind of people you would want to hang out with anyway.
Ms. Goya Reynoso (63)917 8465729
GREG DORRIS - Tall American (easy to spot when walking through crowded areas). Also has a book of archival photos of Old Manila like mine. My official alternate.
(63) 916 7669170
IVAN MANDY - The master of Chinatown. Does tours of Binondo, San Miguel, and Chinese Cemeteries. Check oldmanilawalks.com for his schedules.
ARMANDO HILDAWA - One of the smartest tour guides in town, if not THE smartest. Also does Corregidor.
TERRY QUITEVIS - Veteran tour guide of Manila. The standard to beat.
(63) 917 8911182
VITO HERNANDEZ - Smart dude from University of the Philippines. Really really nice guy. Knowlegable in history, sociology, and geology. It's like hanging out with a college buddy with this guy.
(63) 916 6349649
OLIVIER BORTEN - Frenchman with extensive knowledge on fun in the Philippines. Speaks English and a bit of Filipino too.
(63)947 965 9136
PATRICK TUDANCA - Speaks German.
(63) 917 5266786
MILA ALCUAZ METHARAM- Great Spanish Guide
(63) 926 6669908 / 0917-8204747
NATALIE ESPENILLA - Great Japanese Translator and Guide(632) 6227626 - landline(63) firstname.lastname@example.org
KUYA LUIGI MANZANO - Fluent Spanish speaker and Manila tour guide.
JOAQUIN BUENAFLOR - Does tours especially geared for KIDS!http://historycomesaliveforkids.blogspot.com/
FOR THE CITY OF VIGAN AND ILOCOS AREA:
JOANNE GUTIERREZ - Gregarious and extremely knowledgable of Vigan. Knows all the ins and outs of it's history and then some.
+63 77-722-8771 (land line)
CARLO CALDITO - Premier Tour Guide of Laoag. The act to beat up north. Very Theatrical and knows all the cool places in the great North.
+63 917 4396759
FOR PUERTO PRINCESA AND HONDA BAY:
GENER - Does a highly recommended Honda Bay tour on a traditional sailboat and picnic. Amazing.(63) 9052646377
Ka Balbino Guerrero - A guy who certainly knows the Queen City of the South. Check out his facebook profile here.
(63) 9328151975Tell them I sent you.
And these are my recommended Travel Agencies.