Mesmerizing Manila: Hub of the Philippines
A beautiful metropolis with a vibrant culture.
Manila the Melting Pot
Historically, Manila has accommodated a wide variety of ethnic groups. In addition to the (dwindling) native Filipino population, Manila is inhabited by Spanish, Chinese, American, Latin, Malay and Indian peoples. The country prides itself on its diverse and resilient culture, which has emerged through a history of occupation, liberation, and independence. Quiapo (one of sixteen areas inside Manila) alone contains a church for the Roman Catholics, a temple in Chinatown for the Chinese Buddhists, and a Mosque for the Muslims. Cathedrals in Manila are among the most beautiful in Asia, so take a short detour to San Sebastian Church (the only one in Asia built entirely out of steel!) and Manila Cathedral, the oldest church in the Philippines.