Day 4 – (pt. 3) Baclaran

After leaving Tondo we traveled to another part of Manila called Baclaran.

01 traffic
Sometimes a 30min destination becomes 1.5 hour trip because of Philippine traffic
02 market crowd
First stop: Baclaran Market. Saying it was crowded is an understatement.
03 market food
The market is filled with a whole array of street food (none of which we ate).
04 Santo Nino
Everything from food, clothing, electronics, pets, and religious icons can be purchased at the market.
05 locks
Hundreds of couples have placed a lock on this fence and thrown away the key in the fountain, promising to always remained “locked” to one another.
06 Natalie and Kalyna
Bargaining is the name of the game at the market
07 church
We left the market just as it was getting dark and gathered outside of this church as we waited for the bus. Off to dinner.
08 singers
We had dinner at “Singing Waiters and Cooks.” As you can see, they actually do sing and cook.
09 Dancing
We turn the restaurant into a dance party!
10 more dancing
Yup, this is actually a restaurant!
11 student dances
Some of us even perform some solo dances.
12 eating
Eventually we even ate 🙂
13 leaves
We ate traditional style, on top of a banana leaf.
14 group shot
We will always remember our time at this restaurant.

What a eventful jam packed day:
– St. Martin de Porres Orphanage
– Slum visit through Tondo
– Baclaran Market
– Singing waiters and cooks

Tomorrow we go to AVANAI. The group’s 2012 buildsite to reconnect with the community, play with the kids, and spread some Christmas joy.

Thanks for following our travels.

16 thoughts on “Day 4 – (pt. 3) Baclaran

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  1. The market was crazy… Imagine Canada’s Wonderland on Canada day, but with double the people & half the space. Don’t get me wrong, the experience was more than worth it, but it was definitely unexpected & crazy. The surprises didn’t just stop there, as the restaurant bombarded us with a great entertainment. I had no idea that it would be so fun. On this trip, I’ve rediscovered my love for dancing. Although I may not be the best at it, as long as I feel a slight tinge of embarrassment, yet excitement, I know I’m doing it right.

  2. Amazed to see how populated it is there, I feel happy to see all of you having such a good time. Keep it up you’re doing well

  3. Whoaa!! It’s like boxing day x100 everyday in the markets. However, I think the street is filled with an interesting and different culture than ours. All the different little things and foods truly make the experience memorable. The market looks like an adventure that is filled with locals and vendors willing to sell anything to make a living. The singing cooks restaurant seems like a fun time and made me smile just thinking about it. It’s a party in the Philippines! I would personally love to eat off a banana leaf and dance before dinner. It’s important to smile and make the best memories out of every moment spent together!

  4. you guys look like you are having so much fun. i hope everyone is enjoying them self and just remember you are doing an amazing thing and i am so proud of all of you keep up the amazing work and help people in need 🙂

  5. This looks like it was such a fun-filled, happy day!! 🙂 It’s so lovely to see that you are all taking some time to explore the culture of the Philippines and relax a little bit after all of the wonderful deeds you are doing for others (although the dancing must have been quite tiring ahaha; working up an appetite!). Exploring cultural markets is always a great idea when visiting a new country, and that lock fence of love reminds me of the one I saw in Paris! ❤ That restaurant looks like the cutest place ever; I wish there was one like that in Toronto! Keep up the amazing work everyone, and enjoy this incredible adventure! 🙂

  6. “the singing waiters” was honestly the best restaurant the I’ve to. The employees had had such an energy that words couldn’t describe. I also enjoyed how everyone had the opportunity to engage in the performances, which made it such a memorable night!!!

  7. The market was insane! You guys think Wonderland or Black Friday is populated, this place was just PACKED with people. Shoppers, vendors, the noises, the smell of the street food, this place was just filled with people. This funniest thing about the market was the amount of fake products there were. Nikes for $10 or a Rolex watch for $15. Even though the market was a great experience, it was probably the most unsafe I have felt on the trip. People would drive through the roads packed with people so casually, being pressed up against a moving vehicle and more people. It is mostly my mom’s fault but brushing up against so many people made me feel as if I was going to get pickpocketed at any time. Add in the fact that it is so easy to lose your group in the amount of people. It was easy the scariest part of the trip.

  8. These photos were so lovely to look at! The marketplace is so interesting, definitely different from what we have here in Toronto. And I’m so happy to see everyone having such a good time, this was so heartwarming!

  9. SINGING WAITERS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES ON THIS TRIP!!! It was so much fun! i just loved how they got us so involved with the singing and they had such good voices! they even made us stand up and go to the front just to dance, it was so much fun i loved it so very much! Especially when they got Veronica to dance with the pineapple, she totally worked it! The market was really busy, filled with people, they had some really nice stuff. It was fun!

  10. This reminds me my family trip to the Philippines and how crowded it was, the pictures make me miss the Philippines even more

  11. The market was so crowded!!! I’m never complaining about Boxing Day or Black Friday again hahaha!! The prices were really good though, unfortunately I didn’t buy too much. The singing waiters were sooo amazing!!!! I had so much fun. I even got up to dance (even though I’m a terrible dancer). Overall, the restaurant was full of surprises and kept me entertained the whole time. -Canada should definitely consider opening a singing restaurant chain!!!!

  12. It was absolute craziness going into the market today. It was something that I never thought i was going experience ever before. Like I have been to a huge market place before but I’ve never seen into that extreme. It was new and different. I don’t think I would ever go back again I would die.

  13. The bustling aliveness of the market made me feel so alive! There was so much choice everywhere that it was almost harder to commit to begin anything. The Singing Waiters was amazing! However, seeing the amount of food that we ordered, I couldn’t help but think of the people that we visited in the slums earlier that day. The two extremes that we saw today was crazy.

  14. The market was so busy, so many people just trying to make a living selling their items. There was a kid that followed us almost the whole time we were walking through the market asking for money. I knew that if we gave him money he would just continue to ask for more so I waited for the very last moment to give him some extra pesos I could find in my pocket. All I had was 3 bills of 20 pesos and when I put it in the boy’s box of money you could see him cute little face light up, truly something I will never forget. You could tell this doesn’t often happen for him since he shook his box and all you heard were coins. That 20 pesos to him is like giving a $10 bill to someone on the streets of Toronto except for us it really costed less than a dollar. Less than a dollar to give that boy so much joy, I can’t even explain how it feels. When we went to Singing Waiters I felt guilty because of all the extra food we ordered and how luxurious it was. But the talent and commitment from the staff was amazing, especially from the security guard!

  15. ?Truly a life changing experience from beginning to end!

    Peace, Joy and Hope, Steve De Quintal Teacher, St. Mary’s CSS, 66 Dufferin Park Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6H-1J6. 416-393-5528 ext. 84293 “that they may have life and have it the full.” “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” – Vesta M Kelly ***You can always email but a call or a visit will get a quicker response*** ________________________________

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