An evocative blend of history & culture

Manila is a city with more sights to see than Imelda Marcos had shoes. There’s the UNESCO World Heritage Site San Augustín Church, the scenic Baywalk , and largest Chinatown in the world, and that’s just the ABCs. But one of the best known, and not to be missed sites is Intramuros—the remnants of the walled settlement founded by the Spanish in 1571. Spanish colonial-style buildings house an eclectic mix of ruins, churches, and some of Manila’s most interesting museums like the Bonsai Library and Museum, the Light and Sound Museum, and the Rizal Shrine Museum just to name a few.

The best way to travel between these sites is to take a ride in the unofficial symbol of the city, the Jeepney. Originally created by enterprising Filipinos out of surplus Jeeps left behind by the US Army, today these elaborately decorated and brightly colored taxi busses jam the streets and lend a certain attitude to the commute.

And if you need a break from the heat and chaos of this bustling metropolis, head to the air-conditioned sanctuary of one of Manila’s shopping malls. Considered one of the best shopping destinations in Asia, it’s the perfect place to grown your own shoe collection.

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Step back in time in this Spanish Colonial walled city, strolling cobbled streets, admiring historic buildings, and hearing the clip-clop of horse drawn carriages. Explore Fort Santiago, the Rizal Museum, and Casa Manila.

American Cemetery And Memorial

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American Cemetery And Memorial

American Cemetery And Memorial

The final resting place for over 16,000 Americans and 500 Pilipino who lost their lives in WW2. This dignified cemetery is a solemn reminder of the cost of freedom and includes the Tablets of the Missing.

Banahaw And Makiling Mountains

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Banahaw And Makiling Mountains

Banahaw And Makiling Mountains

Hike these mountains, created by ancient volcanic activity that are covered with tropical forests and house countless natural springs and cascading waterfalls.

Manila, Philippines At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 14°35'58.24"N 120°59'3.19"E
Size: 38.55 KM2 (14.88 MI2)
Population: 25,500,000
Density: 661,479 Pop/KM2 (255,398 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +63

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