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MANILA - Pearl of the Orient

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the oldest cities and is situated on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, one of the finest harbors in the country. The city was the seat of power for most of the colonial rulers and is one of the most populous cities in the world.

Things to do in Manila

Visit historical landmarks – One must not forget to visit the most famous park in the country – Rizal Park or simply, Luneta. This park was named in honor of the Philippines National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Another historical site that should be on the list is the Intramuros or the Walled City. These walls were built to protect the city from foreign invasions during the Spanish era. The National Museum is also a must-see. This is where work of arts, specimens, and cultural and historical artifacts of the Philippines are preserved and exhibited.

Shopping – Divisoria is a commercial center in Manila which expands an area of above 0.5 square kilometers is known to be a place for low-priced goods. A lot of products from fashion to housewares, hardwares, school supplies, party needs, perishable goods and more can be bought at low prices along the streets and inside the malls. For electronics and communication needs, Raon St in Quiapo Manila is the best place to go, they sell almost everything from appliances, lightings, sound systems and electronic parts and supplies.

Dining – Around Manila are hotels, malls and restaurants offering various dishes especially Filipino and Chinese cuisine. There are also a lot of local street foods to enjoy along the streets of Manila and rolling stores selling short orders of hot noodles and soups.

Sight-seeing – Local and international tourists must not forget to witness the world's famous sunset in Manila Bay. It's really a relaxing and romantic view when the sun starts to kiss the sea.

Manila is home to many cultural heritage landmarks and historical places, shopping destination, hotels, parks, leisure and more. There's just so much to see and experience within the city that will really make one's stay unforgettable.

Places to Visit in Manila

Rizal Park - This urban park is the largest of its kind in Asia. Rizal monument was built here where the remains of the National Hero lies. Kilometer zero or the distance reference marker of the country can also be found inside the park.

National Museum – This Renaissance-inspired building preserves the national collections of the Philippines which includes the Manunggul jar which was made before Christ was born; one of the world's most famous and most precious paintings, The Spoliarium by Juan Luna; the anchor from the Galleon San Diego which sank in 1600; the Balangay boat which is dated 1250 A.D.; and a lot more.

Manila Ocean Park – It is the first world-class marine theme park in the country. See the wonders of marine biodiversity in one place. Interact with sharks, stingrays and starfishes; enjoy a walkthrough with 14000 marine creatures, watch jellyfishes dance and enjoy a relaxing spa with the fishes are only some of the activities to enjoy inside the park.

Quiapo Church – It is a prominent Roman Catholic basilica and famous home of the Black Nazarene which many claim to be miraculous. It was first constructed in 1574 but was destroyed around 5 times due to war and earthquakes. It was only in 1984 when the church has finished reconstruction.

Intramuros - Another popular historical site is Intramuros (within the walls) or the Walled City. The place was the seat of the government during the Spanish colonialism. Man-made and natural disasters have challenged the walls, but it showed strength throughout the decades.

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