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About Manila

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. New and old are interwoven with each other in this city which integrates eastern and western culture. Because it was once ruled by Spain, this place has quite the southwestern European atmosphere. Manila has a forest of skyscrapers. Its many streets and churches hold a hundred years of history, as well as gardens, alleys and byways full of blooming flowers. Downtown Manila is an excellent place to appreciate the city’s Spanish style. The Manila Cathedral, or Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, San Augustin Church and the Casa Manila museum are all located in the city. You can take a horse-drawn carriage tour around to visit them. Manila Bay, especially the waterfront Roxas Boulevard, is a beautiful place from which to watch the sunset. You also visit some places in the suburban outskirts of Manila, such as Tagatai to hike up the volcano or Pagsanjan to take part in exciting activities like rafting.

Popular Attractions in Manila

Manila Cathedral
4.4/5
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Church
A true merging of traditional Catholic architecture, modern influences and Philippine culture, the Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines, offers a melting pot of faith and art. The current cathedral was erected in 1958 in the same spot as once stood the original church, decimated during the Philippine Battle of Liberation in 1945. The cathedral was created by world renown architect Fernando Ocampo, and, though it encapsulates many of the original's qualities, the church also displays many modern influences. Once inside, you discover that the heart of it is quite majestic in it's Philippine nature, making the Manila Cathedral a must see.
Chinatown
4.2/5
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Featured Neighborhood
The oldest recognized Chinatown, Binondo's Chinese enclave was documented as early as 1594, though it was already a focal point of Chinese trading when Spanish explorers first arrived in 1521. Start at Binondo Church and follow the savory scents of oranges and sweetmeats, lychees and mooncakes. The area bordered by Ongpin, Quentin Paredes and Gandara Streets offers the heart of Chinatown, where you can browse to your heart's content and pick up noodles, yellow Chinese gold, and mysterious remedies for illnesses you may not have known you had. Then stop by the Bahay Tsinoy Museum for a look at the place's rich history.
Intramuros
4.5/5
296 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Historical Site
Located on the banks of the Pasig River, Intramuros is the old site of Manila and the ancient city district of Manila. The city is surrounded by trenches and medieval walls with 7 gates. There are the governor's residence and 12 churches in the city. You can experience the city by taking an ancient carriage shuttle on the streets. Here you will enjoy the elegance of Spain as it preserves the architectural features of ancient times. There are many attractions to visit, including Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila Museum, St. Augustine Church, Santiago Castle and many more.
San Agustin Church
4.5/5
297 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Church
Founded in 1571, St. Augustine Church is an ancient stone church in the Philippines and is listed as a World Heritage Site as a representative of the Baroque Church. The church is located in the city of the city and is a symbol of the history of the Philippines. The early church was built with bamboo, coconut leaves and mud, and was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1599 and changed into stone building. The reliefs in the church are meticulously realistic, with precious religious paintings; the stained glass refracts the sun and sets off the nobleness of the church. The choir on the top of the church overlooks the church.

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Borawan Island from Manila (Private Tour)
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Siargao Island Hopping
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Tagaytay Day Tour From Manila (Shared Tour)
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A Walk Through Old Town Manila
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Manila
Intramuros of Manila is a good place to stroll. It is also known as Wall City. The castle was then built by Spanish people to rule the Philippines. Now, you can see carriages run through the city freely. Buildings here are old and historic. You only need to take one day to feel like you’ve gone back in time.
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The Philippines: A Country of a Thousand Islands
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Boracay
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Known as the “country of a thousand islands,” the Philippines is full of surprises. Travelers can explore history and the arts in Manila, relax along some of the world’s best beaches on Boracay, dive under the waves on Bohol, or explore countless coves and bays on Palawan. With delicious cuisine, friendly people, and a proud culture, there are near infinite possibilities available to travelers. In this short article, we will survey several popular destinations and recommend things to see. When planning a trip to the Philippines, focus on what you hope to experience and narrow your focus to a few locations.
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Aquatic Adventures: A Submarine Safari in the Philippines
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Manila
Known as“the country of a thousand islands,”the Philippines is full of surprises. Manila overflows with history and culture. Boracay has some of the world’s best beaches. On Bohol you can explore magical underwater realms. Ever fancied swimming with whale sharks? Visit Cebu and you can.
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Trip Moments

Maky & Matt   
THE PHILIPPINES 3 weeks guide Book your accommodation in part of Manila called Makati, where all the restaurants, street food, and shops are. On the morning of day 2 catch a flight to Coron. After arriving in Coron town, get yourself a bike for around 600 pesos per day. One day will be enough as Coron Island on its own is not really exciting so you won't really need much time for exploring. The best thing about Coron is the surrounding islands around and therefore the Island hopping tours. On day 4 in the morning, you will board the ferry to Palawan, El Nido. It costs around 1760 pesos per person and takes around 5 hours. But it´s worth it because now you are at one of the most spectacular places of this Philipines El Nido is a town on the very north of Palawan Island and is home to many pristine white sandy beaches and chilled vibes. From El Nido on day 7 in the morning join a van going to Puerto Princesa. In Puerto Princesa, you can visit Iwahig Open Prison and treat yourself in some nice accommodation as we did. Cebu Island is where the best waterfalls are. Words can´t describe how much fun it is to hike all the waterfalls levels! On the morning of day 8, you will arrive by plane from Puerto Princesa to Cebu Island. From the airport make your way directly down to Moalboal. That is where all the accommodation and restaurants for tourists are and you will be closer to all the waterfalls and sunrise hikes. Just a 2 hours long ferry ride from Cebu will bring you to Bohol Island. An Island with such unique landscapes has a lot to offer! Rice terraces, sunrise hikes, the chocolate hill, waterfalls, cave... But the main reason for a lot of people going to Bohol is Tarsier. The tiny little monkey-like looking animal is endangered spices and active only during the night. Stunning waterfalls, lovely local people and slow life are waiting for you on Siquijor Island. From Siquijor Island to Siargao - your last stop.
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Mortdekai   
Posted: Jul 19, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

I recommended Roxas Boulevard, Rizal Park, Tagaytay, Pagsanjan, Hundred Islands National Park.
Here are the absolute best restaurants in Manila: Kamayan, Makan Makan Asian Food Village, Korean Palace Restaurant.
Here are the best places to visit in Manila, including: Manila Ocean Park, San Agustin Church, Coconut Palace, Binondo Church, Roxas Boulevard.
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