I visited this place on last Friday 14th February. As I arrived at the front yard of San Augustin Church by cab, a tricycle cyclist in his late fifties offered to take me around the 17 attractions in the vicinity of Intramuros for just 200 peso. It is definitely a good way to tour the area as it would take quite a while on foot if you are short on time. I said yes and took up his service in good intention of letting the old man earn some income. At the end of the two hour tour, the cyclist tweaked his offer and said that it was 200 peso PER HALF AN HOUR. He pinpointed me the fine print at the bottom of his brochure which has the phrase ' per half an hour' trailing the 200 peso. Obviously he revealed none of that at the start of the tour. I was so frustrated, flabbergasted, and disgusted at such a dishonest act. As I was travelling alone and there were a bunch of tricycle cyclist around the area, I did not want to get into a dispute with him even though I was boiling, for my own safety purpose.
Along the way in my journey in Philippine, I have encountered despicable crook one after another in various form and tactic to prey on the tourist money. They easily overcharge tourist from 5-10 times more than what a local would pay. I know that I should not stereotype but it leave me a real bad impression of the Philippine. And I am sorry to say that it is such a shame for a country of staunch Catholic believer, they commit such unscrupulous and sinful act to all the visitors without having any sense of righteousness.
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