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Welcome to Manila


Country: Philippines
Population: 1,780,14,813,308,097  (2011)
Dialing Code: +63 (0)2
Currency: Peso
Time zone: PST (UTC+8)
Official language: Fillipino, English






Manila is the Capital of Philippines and the nations centre of education, business and transportation.

Holding the record for being the most populous metropolitan city had its upsides and obvious downsides. Where it basks in a rich history and a multitude of experiences to offer with bustling, complicated and varied nightlife, it also commands a reputation of being a congested, polluted concrete jungle.

Fast paced and frenetic, first impressions of this metropolis can be daunting and overwhelming but give the city some time and it might just grow on you. Manila is not the easiest place to explore, not least because of the road congestion, but a ride on one of the city’s outrageously decorated jeepneys is a tourist attraction all by itself. And if it all gets too much, buses, flights and ferries connect Manila to every corner of the Philippines.

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Loads of activities awaits visitors in Manila. Night time Golf? Check. Mountain biking trail? Check. Mind blowing views from the volcanic peaks of Luzon Island? Double check. How about making a splash with a white water raft ride? Yes you can.

Choose from a variety of tours such as the Intramuros Tour, Rizal Park Tour, Downtown Manila Tour and so much more. you can also attend any of the numerous festivals occurring at different times throughout the course of the year

The main tourist sites of Manila are located along Manila Bay. Manila has seen a drastic improvement in its museum offerings with the recent renovation of old favorites such as the National Museum of the Filipino People and the Ayala Museum (located not in Manila but in nearby Makati City). Other must-see museums in the city are the Bahay Chinoy (Chinese House), Casa Manila, San Agustin Museum the Museum of Filipino Political History, the "Museo Pambata" children's museum'.


Manila experiences two distinctive climatic seasons. The best time to visit is during the drier season around November to April with warm and generally dry days. It gets cooler in the months of December to February - down to around 21°C (70°F) - and warmer during March to May - up to around 34°C (93°F). Christmas and Easter time coincides with numerous colourful pageants and processions. May to October sees heavy rain and high humidity and is typhoon season.

Eating Out

Since Manila is part and parcel of the fabric of Metropolitan Manila. Manila is a national hub of regional cooking and has almost all the regions of the Philippines represented - either in exclusively regional eateries or featured with other cuisines. General restaurants, either catering for the working class or the elite, can offer varied dishes coming from every region and cater for almost everyone's taste palette.

Eating out in Manila is one of the city’s joys. Seafood is sumptuously fresh while the country’s distinctive cuisine ranges from lechon (roast crackling pig) to big-flavoured soy and vinegar-infused sauces. Even the most ‘expensive’ restaurants marked below are reasonably priced by ‘western standards’.

Getting Around

Public transport in Manila is a mix of light rail, buses, jeepneys and taxis. Single-journey fares are cheap and dependent on destination. You can buy stored-value (multiple-use) tickets for the three lines at stations.

Tricycles and pedicabs are, in the City of Manila, limited to short distances as it can access hard-to-reach areas. Tricycle and pedicab terminals are found throughout the city. In Ermita, Intramuros and Binondo, it is still possible to ride a calesa, or traditional horse-drawn carriage. While no longer used as a meaningful form of transport by most locals, calesas are useful for navigating through narrow streets (similar to tricycles and pedicabs), as well as getting a feel of transport in colonial Manila

Kids Attractions

When it comes to dining, in a nutshell, Filipino food can be described as timid in flavor, not much creativity, as well as care for presentation. Food is trained to have only one dominant flavor - either the bitterness, the sweetness, the sourness, the saltiness, or the umaminess is enhanced. For some reason, the ingredients used don't have that wide range like those in Malaysia, Vietnam or Thailand, its closest neighbors.

Filipino food is safe to say more as a comfort food, a peasant food concocted at a time when all Filipinos were all living on agricultural-fishing existence, contented to eat simply on rice and one or two-dish meal - one dry and the other wet or soupy.

Night Life

Many first-time foreigners are dazzled by Malate and Ermita’s nocturnal street scene, buzzing with lively clubs and gritty music alongside sleazy girlie bars. Meanwhile, dedicated clubbers and ice-cool cats are likely to be slinking off to Makati City or Quezon City to seek out drum and bass DJ sets or sip the latest imported vodkas.


Far from uniform, malls in Manila possess their own specialities and clientele. Amid splendid greenery replete with man-made lake, the Greenbelt malls in Makati are loaded with high-end designer and imported goods as well as fine restaurants and fashionable bars. Tiendesitas at the edge of Ortigas highlights local handicrafts, souvenirs and furniture, as well as local agricultural produce.

Greenhills Shopping Centre on Ortigas Avenue bursts with electronics goods and cut-priced freshwater pearls. SM Megamall, also in Ortigas, is an earthier, non air-conditioned mall with bustling crowds seeking out fake brands, jewellery and brightly coloured artwork.Balikbayan Handicrafts (HK Sun Plaza, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City) is popular for handicrafts, local clothing and wood-carved souvenirs.

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