Thursday, May 08, 2008


Some thoughts by eazytraveler about the Casa Vizantina in San Nicolas, Manila. Log on here. According to my sources, the house is still up. The demolition has not happened yet. But in light of this, I am announcing my farewell "All The Way Down To Chinatown Tour" this coming June 1. Instead, I have decided to combine both Chinatown and Quiapo into one tour. Perhaps without the Calesas and without visiting San Nicolas (which has become depressing with the loss of all the 19th century houses there). In the last three years that I have been doing "All the Way..", I have seen at least twelve beautiful (and perfectly intact) houses torn down. Time for me to move onto other things. Hope to see you all on June 1.

And if you haven't been to John Silva's tour of The National Museum yet, you have to go soon. Due to popular demand, more dates have been added. John L. Silva has been Senior Consultant of the National Museum for close to ten years and has the most incredible stories and insights about the collection. Proceeds from the fees (700 pesos for adults, and 500 pesos for children up to 18 years) will go to John's I LOVE MUSEUM PROGRAM, which brings public school teachers to the National Museum and to their local museums, taught the importance of arts appreciation and transmit that information to their students. Studies show that an arts educated child raises their academic achievements, promotes love of reading, and makes them better citizens. The tours are three hours in duration, and begins at 10:00 am sharp (ending at 1:00 pm) at the rear entrance of the Museum of the Filipino People, (former Finance Building) Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park. Attendees are requested to wear walking shoes (please no heels) and reservations are strongly encouraged by texting or calling John Silva at 0926 729 9029. The tours will be May 2, 10, 17, 18, and 24, and June 7, 11, 21 and 25.

Cheers all. Over and out. For now.