Overview Manila

Visiting Manila

Situated on the eastern shores of Manila bay, Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, and with its vivid history, great recreation and tropical climate, proves an enduring favorite for travelers the world over.

Under Spanish control for centuries, Manila’s colonial past remains indelibly ingrained on its architectural landscape. Intramuros, the “Walled City” of Manila, contains many of its most important historical landmarks, including Fort Santiago, which has served as a fortress, dungeon and prison in its five centuries. More recent history remains vivid and alive on Corregidor Island, where allied and Filipino troops warred against the invading Japanese in WII.

Like any modern city, Manila boasts plenty of family-friendly recreation like the Manila Ocean Park. Shopping malls like ... Read More
Situated on the eastern shores of Manila bay, Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, and with its vivid history, great recreation and tropical climate, proves an enduring favorite for travelers the world over.

Under Spanish control for centuries, Manila’s colonial past remains indelibly ingrained on its architectural landscape. Intramuros, the “Walled City” of Manila, contains many of its most important historical landmarks, including Fort Santiago, which has served as a fortress, dungeon and prison in its five centuries. More recent history remains vivid and alive on Corregidor Island, where allied and Filipino troops warred against the invading Japanese in WII.

Like any modern city, Manila boasts plenty of family-friendly recreation like the Manila Ocean Park. Shopping malls like Greenhills Shopping Center a welcome respite from the heat of the outdoor markets, where local handicrafts and favorite foods like longganisa (Philippine sausage) and puchero (beef in bananas and tomato sauce) are never in short supply.

So once you’ve booked your flight and picked a hotel, peruse our pages to create an itinerary inspired by fellow Philippines travelers.    Close

Stories and Tips Manila

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How to Eat Balut (Unhatched Duckling)

Written by BratinelangKikay on 01 Apr, 2011

When I watched the episode of Fear Factor where contestants were made to eat Balut, I laughed like a loony. It was hilarious seeing the horror and disgust on those poor people's faces upon seeing the egg that is considered a delicacy in the Philippines.…Read More


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Madness in Manila

Written by Opcon LLC on 06 Aug, 2007

This past June my wife and I traveled to the Philippines for a much needed vacation to unwind from the hustle & bustle of daily urban life. We visited Manila, Palawan, and Boracay during our three-week trip. My first experience with the Philippines was back…Read More


Manila's Public Transportation

Written by Pinoy Traveler on 06 Jul, 2006

In this complex city, getting from Luneta to Cubao or Zapote, Las Pinas to Santa Cruz, Manila can be a grand odyssey in itself. Manila's more privileged residents get to negotiate traffic from the comfort (or discomfort) of their own cars. Those who are vehicle…Read More


A Sanctuary in the City

Written by RaquelKato on 10 Feb, 2007

Housed in one of the restored historic Hispanic houses in Manila, Sanctuario Spa is really a destination for locals and tourists who crave relaxation or simply would want to try something refreshing. My husband treated me here as part of his birthday gift to me…Read More


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Roomful of Filipino paintings and sculptures

Written by writeonthespot on 09 Aug, 2006

The tour guide told us a story wherein two Filipinos bagged the first and second prize at a Madrid painting competition. Giving a toast for the winners, the national hero, Jose Rizal, said that if Filipinos can win over its colonizers through arts, then…Read More


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Christmas in the Philippines

Written by Seaotter71 on 21 Jan, 2006

I admit to being a Christmas nut. And boy, did I find my tribe in the Philippines. To say that Filipinos are aggressive holiday decorators is an understatement. Anything that stands still for more than 5 minutes will be strung with enough Christmas lights to warm…Read More


A Platinum Cinema!

Written by CasualTraveler on 23 Apr, 2006

Last December, I got treated to one of my best movie experiences. Mind you, by that I don’t mean that the movie was fantastic (the King Kong re-make – all hype and no substance, but that’s another review), but the Globe Platinum Cinema was.It’s located…Read More


Infested Rice Timbales and Other Strange Eating Encounters

Written by Close to Home on 10 Jan, 2001

On my first day in Manila, I ate lunch in the company cafeteria even though I had been amply warned from colleagues who had been to Manila previously about the poor quality of the food. I didnt' want to offend my Manila counterparts on…Read More


Eating out in Manila

Written by Quan on 08 Jan, 2001

I don't remember going to many restaurants in the three days we spent in Manila--instead, I reveled in eating at the stalls or cafeterias where you just point to a selection of dishes on display. Compared to the food of other parts of Southeast…Read More


Shopping Mall Culture

Written by Kontesssa on 02 Sep, 2000

Manila's shopping mall culture rules. I always suspect this is because aside from malls, there is pretty much nothing to do during the day in Manila. The government does not make an effort to curb air pollution, thus making parks and promenades unhospitable to pedestrians.…Read More


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