About Manila, Philippines
Bustling Manila is the second largest city in Southeast Asia, with its towering skyscrapers and remarkable joie de vivre. Yet amid the big-city turmoil are oases of calm: lush tropical parks, magnificent cathedrals, dramatic Spanish forts. Choose from the cultural riches of the Metropolitan Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Intramuros, Manila's famous walled city, was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. A "must see" is the Malacanang Palace with its opulent displays of Ferdinand and Imelda's decadent indulgences.
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Cruise line tours are limited. Beware of tours that include shopping - you will be dropped at the Mall of Asia for two hours and miss more of what Manila has to offer.
Visited: Jan 17, 2016
Walk to old city, amongst the chaotic traffic
Visited: Mar 05, 2017
This was my first visit to the Philippines. We were here for two days. On day 1, we toured Old Manila. Our first stop was historic Rizal Park & the walled city of Intramuros. Then we took a walking tour of Fort Santiago. At Manila Cathedral we admired the magnificent architecture, the stone carvings, stained glass mosaics and rosette windows. Next we toured Casa Manila, a reconstructed mansion. There was time to walk across the street to the oldest structure here, San Augustin Church built in 1571. On day 2, we visited Modern Manila on a 4-hour tour with a drive through the Cultural Center of the Philippines. We saw the Philippines International Convention Center & the Folk Arts Theater. Watch for the Coconut Palace - a building made mostly of coconut material. After a drive through the financial and commercial center, we visited the Ayala Museum. The dioramas really captured my interest.
Visited: Jan 04, 2018
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