See the best of Manila through a virtual tour
It’s been more than a month since the community quarantine started in Luzon. This month is supposed to be the start of the summer vacation season for many but due to COVID-19 pandemic, everyone needs to stay at home for their safety. Though many summer plans were cancelled — including travels and food trips — that doesn’t mean you can’t bring home the fun of the city inside your home.
You can now take a tour of Manila and the wonderful spots and experiences it has to offer without leaving the house. Yes, it’s now possible! You don’t have to miss out on the things you could do and places you could visit by taking LRT-1 because with the help of technology, you can “visit” and enjoy it from home!
ikotMNL, the tourism campaign launched by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), shares a list of virtual tours of different places in Manila as well as food trip ideas that don’t require you to leave the comforts of your home. Get ready—mamasyal, mag-food trip, mag-shopping around Manila online by doing these:
1. Visit museums online
Museums might be closed now, but on the internet they’re always open. Some museums have taken to the internet to display their exhibits to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. The Museo de Intramuros, Ayala Museum, and Presidential Museum and Library in Malacanang Palace have partnered with Google to put their works online, making sure you’ll never run out of new things to learn at home.
2. Watch CCP shows, concerts, and plays on Youtube
Those looking for a more refined form of entertainment to watch online can now turn to the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ YouTube account, on which they’ve been uploading recorded shows. While their list of full shows is still small, you can be sure that this will grow in the coming days as the organization recognizes the need for a wide variety of performances.
3. Have your favorite food from Binondo delivered
One good thing that’s worth mentioning is that a number of restaurants have already reopened for delivery! This includes some of your comfort food from Binondo, such as Eng Bee Tin, Ying Ying Tea House, Sincerity, Chuan Kee, and Salido. Ordering from these establishments is also a great way to support them during this time!
4. Enjoy Divisoria-like deals by shopping online
Those hankering for a shopping spree in their favorite Manila shopping centers can still get the same experience by shopping online at your favorite e-commerce sites and local shops’ social media pages. For local food and products, how about browsing through the various partnered regional merchants in the online leg of the Philippine Harvest?
These inventive and innovative ways to get the best of Manila through the internet will definitely keep you busy while staying safe at home!
Get info on Manila’s popular tourist spots, as well as important LRT-1 updates such as announcements, train schedules, crowd status, and more through the ikotMNL app which you can download for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.