Take a tour of Manila from the comfort of your home

CCP Manila

Save for the occasional trips to the grocery and markets, most of us have been stuck in our homes because of the enforced community quarantine to curb the spread of COVID-19. And being isolation for over a month now, many of you are itching out to go out and places.

Unfortunately, we can’t go out just yet with the government’s quarantine measures still in place. Plus, even when the quarantine has ended, we should continue to observe social distancing and avoid crowded areas. It’s a bummer, right? Not entirely. Being stuck at home doesn’t have to mean that you miss out on the things you could do and places you could visit.

ikotMNL is a tourism campaign of the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) in 2018. It aims to connect foreign and local travelers to Manila’s rich history, cultural heritage, and top food destinations by riding the LRT-1 to areas such as Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and many more.

Now, ikotMNL helps you enjoy a tour of the historic city from the comforts of your homes. All you need is your smartphone (or computer) and a good internet connection. Excited to know what’s included in the (virtual) package tour of Manila? Read on.

Museum hopping online

Manila museums

Museums may be closed for now, but on the internet they’re always open. Some museums have taken to the internet their exhibits for anyone who wants to see them. The Museo de Intramuros, Ayala Museum, and Presidential Museum and Library in Malacanang Palace have partnered with Google to put their works online, making sure you’ll never run out of new things to learn at home.

Watch CCP shows, concerts, and plays on YouTube

Those looking for a more refined form of entertainment to watch online can now turn to the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ YouTube account. Several recorded shows are now available for viewing, with more content to come in the next few days.

Have your favorite food from Binondo delivered

A number of restaurants in Manila have already reopened for delivery. This includes Binondo favorites such as Eng Bee Tin, Ying Ying Tea House, Sincerity, Chuan Kee, and Salido. Ordering from these establishments is also a great way to support the businesses during this time.

Get Divisoria-like deals by shopping online

Philippine Harvest

Hoping to do a shopping spree in their favorite Manila shopping centers? Get the same experience by shopping online on your favorite ecommerce sites and favorite local shops’ social media pages. For local food and products, how about browsing through the various partnered regional merchants in the online leg of the Philippine Harvest?

Did you enjoy the virtual tour? Get more information on Manila’s popular tourist spots, as well as important LRT-1 updates such as announcements, train schedules, crowd status, and more through the ikotMNL app which you can download for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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