Capital of the Philippines, Manila is one of the topmost tourist destinations of South East Asia. Manila, a metropolitan city, boasts to be the most exciting city of the South East Asia. Manila offers a unique blend of various cultures, many historical monuments and sights, green areas. The city is famous for its lively nightlife and extravagant shopping areas too.
Manila is given the status of Global City due to its social, economic and political importance. The location of the city makes it an interesting tourism, destination as it is located in Southern Luzon on the isthmus between Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay. The city is divided into nearly two equal parts by the Pasig River. The city also serves as the perfect base for excursions to other islands and provinces in the Philippines. People just love the view of sunset at Manila Bay for its charm. Vacations in Manila are a great fun for all kinds of travelers.
A walled enclave of Intramuros is the oldest part of Manila and belongs to the Spanish era. Located on the southern bank of the Pasig River, Intramuros houses a large number of churches and historical structures, constructed during the colonial era. Adding on to its historical character, Intramuros is home to many art galleries, parks, performing venues, restaurants, souvenir shops and a lot more entertainment. It is a must visit place; heart of old Manila. San Agustin Church located in this part of the city is the oldest stone church of Manila. It leaves the viewer captivated by its intricately carved doors, 18th century pipe organ and baroque Pulpit. Do not miss visiting the museum within a Monastery nearby that showcases the collection of paintings of saints and other religious art.
Named after Dr. Jose Rizal, Rizal Park is the largest park of South East Asia and popular for recreational and entertainment activities. It is the venue of many ornamental gardens, skating rink and an interesting chess plaza. Within the park are placed some public buildings and museums such as the National Museum of Philippines. It is also the venue of light and sound show. The most exciting attraction of this park is a miniature Philippines archipelago, created in a pond within the Rizal Park.
Sunset at Manila Bay
Do not miss the opportunity to have a leisurely stroll at Manila Bay and watch the most exciting scenery ofenchanting sunset. Manila Bay is lined with charming coconut trees, cafes, tall lamp posts and many more spots to enjoy. Nearby Cultural Centre of Philippines is a must-visit place to enjoy an array of Western and eastern art, dance and music.
Shopping In Manila
Manila is a shopper’s heaven, and you can shop till you drop! Manila offers all kinds of shopping experience; from street side vendors, small shops to huge shopping malls. Here, you can find everything you wish to have such as handicrafts, art object, textiles, fashion accessories, branded electronic products and a lot more. SM Mall of Manila is the largest shopping mall of Asia. Other shopping malls Glorietta Shopping Mall and Greenbelt Shopping Mall are housed in a sprawling Ayala Shopping Complex.