Wow Macau

Wow Macau!

The lights and colors of Macau are just dazzling!

I was invited by the Macau Government Tourism Office-Philippines (MGTO) together with other travel writers and bloggers for a familiarization tour to this interesting place last May and it was a beautiful experience with its cuisine, glitz and old world charm. Its barely one hour and a half flying time from Manila or a brief boat trip from Hongkong. Its smaller than the whole of Metro Manila but Macau, a rising tourist haven with its big name casinos, dancing lights and glitzy glamor is one place that Pinoys should visit.

Beyond the lure of the gaming tables found in the major hotels, there is great fusion cuisine to be had, a result of many cultures coming together (it was a Portuguese colony in the 16th century until 1999, when it was handed back to China) as a strategic trading hub. It has a rich religious heritage with many churches as well as traditional chinese and colonial structures: the Leal Senado strip is a UNESCO World Heritage Site attesting to its rich history. And there is this old world charm that one just has to experience and be surprised.

A new series is in the offing as I start my posts on beautiful Macau. Check it out!

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


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    January 7, 2011 @ 8:43

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