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The ceaseless crowds are part of the city’s personality: it’s lively, it’s pulsing, it’s on all hours, and it can be a lot to take in. But innovative and self-styled spokespersons for the city have found and organised ways to better appreciate pockets of the city: on foot.

Lively tour hosts like Carlos Celdran, who takes visitors around the walled city of Intramuros, and Ivan Man Dy, whose expertise is on his home turf of Binondo, offer great insights into how this dense city evolved – from an important port town during the years of the Galleon Trade, to an American project paved with wide boulevards, and finally, to its present sprawl of dining, entertainment and cultural hubs.

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