A November 2005 trip
to Manila by marseilles
Quote: A tour of some of the most interesting districts of and around metropolitan Manila.
What most people call "Manila" actually refers to Metropolitan Manila, the primary metropolis of the Philippines comprised of 17 adjacent cities and municipalities, including the city of Manila, the nation's capital. Within its borders can be found the main business districts of the Philippines, industrial areas, the buildings that house the seats of national government, many of the Philippines' best colleges and universities, and 10 million residents, most of whose families originally hail from other parts of the country.
As a major metropolis, Manila has all the conveniences that any traveler needs: a working (though sometimes chaotic) transportation system, banks and ATMs, a plethora of malls and shopping centers, and restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines (and at least one restaurant in the city for each kind of diet). At the same time, Manila has many of the same problems that many big cities do: pollution, traffic, petty crime, and some impoverished neighborhoods. Many travelers treat Manila merely as a stopover to the paradise that is the Philippine rural countryside. Nonetheless, for the patient and open-minded traveler, Manila presents a rich and unforgettable experience that is worth a trip in itself.
- Tour historical Manila. This is a 500-year-old city that has seen two colonial occupations (Spanish and then American), a world war, a dictatorship, a violent revolution, and a peaceful revolution.
- Enjoy the wonderful Manila nightlife! The Philippines has the best local bands and hippest bars in Asia.
- Dig more deeply into the folk culture that lies deceptively hidden beneath the veneer of westernization.
- Indulge in all kinds of shopping, from brand-name shopping in the swankiest malls, to bargain shopping at incredibly low prices.
- Live as the middle class locals do: like kings. Pamper yourself with weekly massages, weekly trips to the hairdresser, and daily foot scrubs. Pampering is incredibly affordable in this city.
Attraction | "Casa Manila"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2005
Casa Manila Museum
Calle Real del Palacio (Gen. Luna Street)
Manila, Philippines 1002
+63 2 527 4084
Ivan Dy's Walking Tours
A short, fast boat ride away from Manila is the fascinating island of Corregidor. This is one of the most important historical spots in the Philippines as the site first of the headquarters of the Allied forces and the Commonwealth Government after Manila had been flattened by bombing, then as the site of the last stand of Filipino and American forces against the Japanese during the Second World War.
On Corregidor Island the ruins of the war still remain. Commonwealth headquarter buildings, tunnels and barracks, and even an official government vehicle remain on the island where they were when the war ended in 1945. The full guided tour is rewarding, educational, moving, and worth every cent. At the wall, which pays tribute to the heroes of World War II, a World War veteran himself describes his memories of the war and its significance for the Filipino people. In the Malinta tunnel, where soldiers hid during the siege of the island, a haunting light-and-sound show, created by the late National Artist Lamberto Javellana, brings to life the pain and horror of the heroism of the war but also the heroism of so many soldiers who fought and died in it.
Allot a full day for this trip. The guided tour is about US$30, including lunch and transfers, and there is also an option to stay overnight at the only hotel on the island. Interested parties can see the Sun Cruises, Inc., website at http://www.corregidorphilippines.com.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2005
Corregidor Island Tour
Roxas Boulevard (tour Is 25 Miles West Of Manila)
Corregidor Island, Philippines 1004
+63 2 524 8410
Attraction | "Windsurfing around Manila"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2005
Caliraya, Anilao, Taal, Subic
Children's Museum (Museo Pambata)
Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive
Manila, Philippines 1000
+63 2 523 1797
Attraction | "Carlos Celdran's Walking Tours"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 7, 2008
Celdran Walking Tours
+63 2 484 4945
Metro Manila, Philippines