THE SOLO DRIFTER | Manila Bay Cruise: A Quick Getaway

20 January 2019 – While moving my 2016-2018 photos and videos to cloud, I found a three-year-old memory from our Manila Bay cruise. I couldn’t afford to share this story on my blog last December 2016 so allow me to share this experience.

By the way, thanks to Krizzalyn for giving us – Rogelio and Bernadette – the rest of her tickets.

It’s an escape away from the audit season and the busy metro. Imagine enjoying the evening with buffet dinner while watching a band. Sun Cruises delivers this extraordinary experience with its cruise ferry.

We had a view of the Manila skyline by sunset and the lights of SM Mall of Asia by night for an hour and a half.

For only PHP550 (inclusive of set dinner), you get to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience. If you want a premium buffet dinner, it will cost you PHP1,499.

The ticket is exclusive of terminal fee so we paid PHP30 at the Esplanade Seaside Terminal in Seaside Blvd of SM Mall of Asia complex. It has a daily trip.


From South
– Ride LRT 1 from Baclaran to Buendia/ Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
– Ride Multi cab going to SM MOA
– Get off when you reach One Esplanade
– Walk going to Esplanade Seaside Terminal (EST)

From North
– Ride LRT 1 from Roosevelt, Balintawak or Monumento to Buendia/ Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue
– Ride Multi cab going to SM MOA


Sun Cruises offers daily trips to Corregidor island which departs from Manila at 8:00AM and arrives in the island at 9:15AM. It also offers tour packages from day and overnight (PHP5,250) tours to historical tram (PHP3,358) tour.


Reservations Office
21st Floor Times Plaza Bldg., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. (632) 354-7005, (632) 6289751 and (632) 6289752
Mobile (63)998 968-3256, (63)998 968-3056

Sales Office
21st Floor Times Plaza Bldg., Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos. (632) 527-5555 local 4511 and 4512
Fax No. (632) 527-5555 local 4513

You may also buy a Manila Bay Cruise (with premium dinner buffet) ticket at SM Tickets.

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Paul Michael Jaramillo
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Paul is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a youth and environmental advocate, leader, writer, blogger, filmmaker and an organist. He’s the former Chairperson of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-Ilocos Chapter. As a writer, he has found focus and interest on reproductive health, deaf rights, youth development. At the age of 14, he has fully embraced the call of leadership by leading student organizations and college publications. He was a recipient of the PGMA Campus Journalism Award. He joined and won national contests and published some articles related to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals in a Spanish paper and website. Some of his articles were also published in leading Philippine news websites and featured in international organizations website.

He launched his career as a CPA in KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. Paul is currently leading the Data and Analytics Network (and its university arm) of KPMG in the Philippines. He is also the Business Lead for Innovation. He provides trainings to KPMG professionals in the Philippines. He also joined Financial Services Academy for Shared Service Centres (SSC) as a presenter. He is part of the Technical Advisory Group of the Firm's Department of Professional Practice, focusing on data and analytics, audit methodology, accounting standards, root cause analysis, system of quality management, and financial statement quality control review. He represents the Firm as a resource and motivational speaker, arbiter, adjudicator and judge in academic conferences, audit conventions, accounting and audit cups, and audit case study competitions. He sits as a member of Root Cause Analysis team of the Firm. Paul is an Audit Methodology Champion and Workforce of the Future Champion of the Firm. He is also the Firm's System of Quality Management Implementation Manager.

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