Hundreds of years before the modern day sprawl of modern Manila, there was only Intramuros, literally “within the walls”. This small district of old Manila simply was old Manila before the city began to grow too big to fit inside. Today it conjures a mixture of emotions for visitors.
Travel is an expensive hobby. For anyone considering a long-term trek across Asia, hosteling is almost a financial necessity. But for those who are on shorter journeys or are hotel-inclined, it’s time that you considered the alternative. You’re missing out on a lot.
More than half of the residents in the Filipino capital of Manila live in slums. Few are as notorious as the aptly named Smokey Mountain, a massive landfill that produced so much methane gas that it repeatedly burned for over 40 years. Here’s what I found in the Philippines’ most infamous slum.