Manila: A day with the Mabuhay Guides in Binondo

Mabuhay Guide Charisse at Binondo Church

Mabuhay Guide Charisse at Binondo Church

Most of us know the famous Street Walkers in Manila, like Ivan Mandy and Carlos Celdran. They have made a name for themselves simply by their informative yet entertaining walks around Manila. They are the perfect model ambassadors to show around foreign visitors here the Best of Manila. But of course they couldn’t accommodate everyone so DOT (Department of Tourism) created a Mabuhay Guides Program and trained a few select individuals to be accompanying guides.

Mabuhay Guides Old Shoe Shop

One of the Oldest Shoe Shops in Manila

Joining the media launch of the upcoming 20th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) to be held on September 4-6, 2009 at SM Mega Trade Halls, we got a glimpse of how good these selected batch of Mabuhay Guides are on the field. Coming from a Pasig River Ferry Ride, we started our tour of Manila in Escolta Station.

Mabuhay Guides Dried Plums

Trying out some plums

The guest were divided in color coded groups. We had Charisse as our main guide for the yellow group. With portable mikes and speakers in tow, she led us to the streets with insightful information one would not normally know. Also whisked us to some hidden eating places I didn’t know about then.

Mabuhay Guides Pho Hen Lumpia

Discovering New Pho Heng Lumpia

Of course we can never replace the aforementioned Celdran and Mandy but these Mabuhay Guides as I observed are really good in their own unique. They are very articulate, knowledgeable and most importantly humorous and entertaining.

Mabuhay Guides Making Dong Bei Dumplings

Watching them make their Dong Bei Lumpia

The Mabuhay Guides can be booked throught the DOT. The Mabuhay Guides Binondo Culinary Tour is one of the “Beyond the Usual” tours and Travel packages which are availabe at the Upcoming 20th Philippine Travel Mart which would be held at September 4-6, 2009 at Megatrade Halls in Megamall.

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