Walk Through Heritage: the Santa Ana Walking Tour

Philippines, Manila Guide (B): Walk Through Heritage: the Santa Ana Walking Tour

"But there's nothing to see in Santa Ana." My sister and husband's voices rang inside my head as I stepped out of the cab to the bustling pavement. 

On the outside, Sta. Ana looks pretty much like the rest of Manila: chaotic, trafficked and perennially populated. Save for Sta. Ana church and the to-die-for P35 pancit palabok at the public market, to me, there wasn't anything else impressionable about this district.

It was that curiosity that led me back there, along with travel bloggers Kim and Sol, one rainy December morning upon the invitation of the town's residents. 

Our tour commenced at Sta. Ana Church's St. Francis Convent, where we received a briefing on gorgeous Santa Ana residents like Piolo Pascual this half-a-millenium heritage zone. 

And while home-grown guides Ernesto Panis and Boyet Magala - members of the non-profit Santa Ana Heritage Tourism Association (SAHTA), a congregation of town residents involved in the promotion of the heritage and culture of Santa Ana, along with Fundacion Santiago - are masterful storytellers, treading the age-old halls of Santa Ana Church, I felt that the district's colorful stories are best told by the structures themselves. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Walk Through Heritage: the Santa Ana Walking Tour
Guide Location: Philippines » Manila
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Sta. Ana church   Lichauco House   Meckie's   Phil-Thai Friendship Circle  
Author: Gretchen Dublin
Read it on author's website: http://www.filipinaexplorer.com/2015/04/walk-through-heritage-santa-ana-walking.html

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