Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 2014
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 8411246
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. Owns his own walking tour operation called: Old Manila Walks.
(63) 917 3291622
MANILA FOR A DAY - Dustin Ancheta does really creative tours of Manila. Time travelling he calls it. Intramuros is his specialty and he can tailor make tours to your preference. Check his site here: MANILA FOR A DAY
BRYAN OCAMPO - Blue Badge trained veteran of the Mabuhay Guides. Aside from his Manila tours, he now has his own operation which specialises in food tours of Pampanga (1.5 hours out of Manila. Check his website: www.mangankapampangan.com
(63) 917 899 3948
ARMANDO HILDAWA - One of the smartest tour guides in town, if not THE smartest. Also does Corregidor.
(63) 916 4940623
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
PATRICK TUDANCA - Speaks German. Affable and organized. He does out of town trips too and is quite knowledgable
(63) 917 5266786
PJ CARITATIVO - Department of Tourism trained French speaking guide. Charming and knows the ins and outs of Old Manila. She's part of a whole bunch of DOT accredited guides.
(63) 915 1426468
JULIUS GERARD MAGNO - Department of Tourism trained Spanish speaking guide. Perfect for those who want to learn about Manila's Hispanic past. Also part of a whole bunch of DOT accredited guides.
(63) 917 8664137
MILA ALCUAZ METHARAM - Great Spanish Guide. Been around the tour guiding scene for a while. Can tailor make a day for you.
FOR THE CITY OF VIGAN AND ILOCOS AREA:
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 (TAO TOURS) - 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.