All eyes are on London with the Summer Olympics Opening ceremonies commencing a few hours ago.
Just to be relevant, and because I feel an unexplained affinity towards London after traveling there early this year, I want to ask: What does London and my hometown, Manila, have in common?
To most foreigners, the place they know as London is London the capital of England, and the one they call Manila is Manila the capital of the Philippines.
But not many know, until they set foot in the cities and unless they’re geeky like me, is that there is a London within London and a Manila within Manila.
What we know as the capital of England is also known as Greater London. It is composed of burroughs whose names you can easily Google. The original London founded by the Romans is now called the City of London, located pretty much at the heart of Greater London where most of the tourist spots are.
Meanwhile, Manila City, originally founded by the Spaniards, is only one city out of 16 and 1 municipality that comprise Metropolitan Manila, sometimes called Greater Manila Area.
Being a Manila resident of course i take this for granted and just reply,
yes, there is a Manila within Manila
to questions from foreign friends.
Well, it was my turn when I visited London!
Go Philippine Team!!