In the morning we started to explore the surroundings. It was sunny morning. Makati is a business district in Manila, there are a lot of skyscrapers, banks, modern shopping arcades etc. What is very specific to Philippines, are the Jeepneys.
Jeepneys are popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. The original jeepneys were made from US military jeeps left over from World War II and are well known for their colorful decoration and crowded seating. However, since the U.S. military has long since run out of surplus jeeps to give away, today jeepneys are quite literally manufactured from scratch.
Our hotel was situated just next to the shopping centre Glorietta and also close to another very modern shopping centre Greenbelt.
We visited Marsman Tours office in order to buy the trip and get suggestions for what to see and which island to visit. We had an appointment with Mr. Pedro B. Young, who was really patient and friendly with us. He was a good tourist agent because he really wanted to understand what kind of trip would please us. Finally we bought a 3 day trip to Palawan.
At that day we also visited Rizal Park, Chinese and Japanese Gardens and just wondered around in Makati City.
Rizal Park is named after the Philippines' national hero Dr Jose Rizal, who was executed in this Park. Rizal Park can be considered the symbolic seat of the nation's heart and soul. The park is spread over 60 hectares of gardens, walks, open spaces and wooded areas. Points of interest in the park include Rizal’s monument, Fountains in the Central Pool, Chinese and Japanese Gardens and huge relief map of Philippines Archipelago. A few of the numerous offerings of this park include playgrounds, restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, fountains and an open-air concert hall.
The most striking thing about the park, however, is its namesake. José Rizal was a Filipino doctor, poet, scholar, and most of all, a patriot. He was one of the leaders of the independence movement from Spain in the later half of the 19th century. Unlike many of his predecessors who advocated revolution (there were some 100 revolts and rebellions prior to this); Rizal advocated peaceful means for independence.