Sunday, April 13, 2008


Now this is really the guide to Manila that I would have written myself should I have had the time and well, the idea to do so. Produced by Aaron Frankel, a retired cartoonist, longtime resident of Bangkok, and certified groovy traveller, The Groovy Map N' Guide has been around since 1996 and has grown from a 3 man operation into Asia's Best Selling Orientation Map. Since then, Groovy guides to Chang Mai, Singapore, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, Samui, Shanghai, and Tapei have already been written and Manila is the latest addition to Aaron's groove collection. Designed for the short time traveller to Manila, it's a collection of ONLY the greatest and grooviest that you can see during your stay in the City of Man. I assure you that it has NONE of the useless crap, advertising and flagrant product placements that the other city maps have. Filled to the brim with useful information about dining, sightseeing, gay and straight bar hopping, and shopping, the map gives you the insider's view of what to expect as seen through the eyes of someone who you assume is as groovy as you might be. The choices are also rather progressive, the map features underground insider secrets like Fat Michaels, Filling Station, the Evangelista flea markets, and the fantastic Cubao X art scene among many others (like yours truly). Best of all, the map is printed on super thick lamination paper so that it wouldn't rip or get soggy on the streets steamy ol' Manila. Be sure to pick one up before you arrive in the city. Or if you are a resident Manileno, just buy a whole bunch to give to visiting friends who wish to independently explore Manila in a fast and funky way. No surprise, that the Groovy Guide was the 2006 Winner 'Best Tourist/Free Map' Award from the International Map Trade Association (IMTA) and a recipient of a 5 star rating from Read the reviews here. Read about it's founder, Aaron here, and log onto their site here.

The map sells for about U$8.95. and is distributed by EZ Maps.
Tel: (+63)(02) 551-0196
Tel: (+63)(02) 551-0927

Stay posted for the Groovy Map Launch of the Party. It will be a hoot and a holler.