Beautiful vacation in Manila: what to see in the Philippines
The capital of the Philippines, Manila, is a densely populated place that travelers often ignore. But it is a worthy cultural center, filled with colonial churches, museums, and vibrant nightclubs.
Some of the sights are simply unmissable. Surprise yourself with adventurous activities and visit many interesting places described in the msn.com article.
1. SM Mall Of Asia
It is the largest retail center in the Philippines, part of the SM Malls group and covers thousands of square feet in Bay City, Pasay. It is a shopper's paradise with over 700 stores representing a wide range of brands.
2. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
A well-known commercial district of the city, where glamorous shopping centers with stores of famous brands are located.
Cocktail bars, trendy cafes and massive nightclubs are adjacent to elite international restaurants.
3. Carriedo LRT station
This is the only station with a canopy in the entire LRT system. The line now has 20 stops and runs along a fully elevated route of 19.65 km (12.21 miles).
4. The National Museum of the Philippines
Here you can see exhibits and information about the beginning of the Philippines and the Filipinos. The museum preserves the cultural values of places and reservations throughout the country.
5. National Museum of Anthropology
It is also called the Museum of the Filipino People.
Tourists can see everything related to ethnology and archeology in the museum. The museum's permanent collection consists of about 10,000 exhibits, including cultural materials, objects, tools, musical instruments, personal jewelry and decorations from different cultures of the Philippines, from baskets, weapons and textiles to wooden artifacts.
6. Manila Baywalk
A fantastic place to watch the sunset. This promenade runs along Roxas Boulevard and overlooks Manila Bay.
7. Paco Park
A recreation area that used to be Manila's municipal cemetery, founded by the Dominicans during the Spanish colonial period. Look for the park on General Luna Street and at the eastern end of Padre Faura Street.
8. Casa Manila Museum
Here you can learn about the colonial way of life. The museum is located in an old house in Intramuros. The typical house was built in the Plaza San Luis complex in the 1980s and the facade is similar to a house that was built in the 1850s in San Nicolas. The two-story house is divided into rooms such as Sala, despacho, Comedor, curators, cocina, baño, etc. Each room is decorated with early 19th-century furniture, dishes and books, all donated from different sources.
9. San Agustin Church
A Roman Catholic church that survived the Second World War.
It was built in 1607 and is considered the oldest stone church in the country. San Agustin Church was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is said to have been standing for almost 413 years.
10. Fort Santiago
A famous citadel in the Philippines, built in 1593 by a Spanish navigator and governor. The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila. During the Spanish Empire and the Second World War, many people died in its prisons. Before his execution in 1896, Jose Rizal, a national hero of the Philippines, was imprisoned here.
11. Rizal Park
A historic city park with an area of 58 hectares. It is one of the largest parks in Asia. It is located near the ancient walled city of Intramuros.
12. Manila Cathedral
The oldest church in the country with the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila and at the same time the Basilica of the Philippines with the highest residence of the archbishop in the country.
13. Manila Ocean Park
The first marine park in the Philippines. It has an integrated hotel with marine animals, which makes it a great resort destination. There is an oceanarium with a tunnel, a sea lion show, and wonderful colorful fish with jellyfish. This ocean park is a great walk through aquatic marine life.
14. Pasay seafood market
Fresh fish from Manila Bay during rush hour is here. A small market with lots of fish.
15. Riding a Manila jeep
An interesting trip on vehicles that are painted to suit every taste. This is not only an artistic value but also an interesting Filipino culture. You can also take them on any route by saying the word "para po", which roughly means "please stop".