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Walking around Old Macau

Dragon head sculpture at a temple. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Walking the streets and alleys in Old Macau is perhaps one of the most rewarding things to do in this territory. Not only that you get to get familiar with the way of life of most Macanese, you also get a glimpse of its old soul.

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. A series of narrow alleys crisscross from the main street that it can get confusing and the probability that one can get lost gets bigger. But then, I wasn’t complaining as we had our guide, Joao, leading us: Travessa do Armazem Velho, Motociclos, Edificio Cheong Wa, Rua Norte do Mercado de S. Domingos, Centro, Ponte No. 16, Fundacao Oriente… signages whether street names, establishments or markers were everywhere that I lost count of where we were going.

But it was all interesting. From the Protestant Cemetery’s interesting tombstones, a street side market’s wares, a temple, to a square where young people were dancing traditional Portuguese/Macanese dances, was more than enough to offer a glimpse of what the Old Macau is.

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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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