I am by heart a true Manilenya, I know my city like the back of my hand. I was a typical "tambay" in the late 80s at Malate and Harrison Plaza. Yes, I am an old soul, probably the same age as your mom, a "tita" to you. You name the streets, restaurants, and discos around Malate during those times, I would most probably been there with friends and exes. If there is one place that I would love to live in, it is "Manila" for I have fondest memories worth remembering when I was young.
On April 26, we had a time of our lives touring Manila's hidden gems together with Celebrity Tour Guide Ivan Man Dy. We met with him at Avida Towers Prime Taft along Taft Avenue.Manila. Before we proceed to the "best kept secret gems" we checked out Avida Towers Prime Taft's bare and dressed up units model rooms first. The units are well suited for students, newlyweds, yuppies and or OFWs looking for an investment in Manila.
Avida launched the third and final tower at the Avida Towers Prime Taft Sales Pavilion on April 26. Dubbed “Urban Places, Vibrant Spaces” the event features Old Manila Walks’ Ivan Man Dy as he did an interactive talk highlighting Manila, Makati and Pasay.
The walk is based on a specially-curated MAPA Prime Manila map that showcased the vibe of the property’s unique location and offer different perspectives on the best of urban living, owing to the development’s proximity to three major cities.
|Ivan Man Dy|
The first stop was at UP College of Medicine, Museum of a History of Ideas, we toured the then "infirmary". I had my picture taken inside and posted it at Instagram, my doctor friend replied agad agad " Maraming multo dyan"!. I panicked but then again, I calmed myself thinking that the multos would probably not up in the daylight. My friend told me that he used the "dental chair" inside the exhibit.
Ive been to Henry Hotel last year for a blog event. I wasnt able to explore the hotel during that time. I was glad, I was able to see the old white house (finally from the walk tour) still intact with furnitures and fixtures from the late 50s or so. There were trees everywhere. We were also able to check out Avellana Art Gallery. I had a grand time taking pictures of the stairs, vases, machuka tiles, retro stuff from the 50s. I suddenly remember the black and white movies from the 50s and 60s, vibe.
|2nd stop The Henry Hotel Manila|
The third and last stop was at the ancestral house of National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio. We had our sumptuous lunch inside the house which was turned into a garden restaurant run by his bridal gown designer daughter, Malu Veloso. You can book your lunch there via appointment. My Mother's Garden boasts of garden and ponds view and sumptuous food. The ancestral house is wide enough to sit 50 people.
Architect Pablo Antonio was declared a national artist in 1976. he designed the White Cross Hall, De La Salle Chapel, Far Eastern University, Orchid Garden Hotel, etc.
In today’s ever-increasing vibrant world, an ideal work-live-play lifestyle is hinged on having everything within quick and convenient reach, where driving passions and achieving goals means living at the center of the bustling metropolis.
At the heart of Manila, Taft is one distinct area that has never ceased to develop and constantly evolve with the demands of changing times, making it an ideal community, even for younger generations of urban dwellers.
The Taft district connects three major cities—Manila, Makati, and Pasay—serving as a gateway to some of the biggest commercial, business, lifestyle and cultural hubs in the metro.
As a center of everything in the metro, Taft has been thriving for decades, with throngs of people converging in the area daily on their way to nearby schools and markets, central business districts, commercial and cultural centers, and manufacturing and industrial areas.
Avida realizes the potential of Taft’s strategic location to a growing number of urbanites and has developed the Avida Towers Prime Taft in a secure community along Taft Avenue.
This masterfully-designed and well-appointed three-tower high-rise property will offer young urban professionals and their families an inspiring haven where they can kick off their activities or a restful refuge where they can relax. It will also be home to people who don’t want to spend hours in traffic to get to school, work, markets, shopping malls, hospitals, churches, and parks.
As the final leg of its development in the bustling area, Avida is set to launch the third and tallest tower of the Avida Towers Prime Taft. At 30 floors, the structure will be part of the Manila skyline as it provides residents in 865 units with inspired living right at the center of everything.
Urban dwellers can discover “hidden gems” within Manila which highlights the modernity, heritage and urban culture of the community surrounding Avida Towers Prime Taft. These best-kept secrets include the Museum of a History of Ideas in UP Manila, the Avellana Art Gallery and a fashion gallery of Project Runway’s Jojie Lloren inside the Hotel Henry Manila, and an ancestral house of National Artist for Architecture Pablo Antonio.
To date, Avida has 77 projects in 29 locations nationwide, comprising of more than 60,000 homes. Visit www.avidaland.com to learn more about “Urban Places, Vibrant Spaces” and to pre-register for free seats to the April 30 event.