Mesmerizing Manila: Hub of the Philippines
A beautiful metropolis with a vibrant culture.
Sights to See
While you’re in Manila, book a walking tour with one of the most sought-after tourist guides and socially influential personalities in the country: Carlos Celdran. He’ll take you on a witty, uncensored, and unforgiving tour of the walled city of Intramuros. If you have enough time to spare, take a tour of Corregidor Island, a rocky island off the coast of Manila Bay that pays homage to the Filipino, American, and Japanese soldiers who fell there during the war. You can also visit the National Museum of the Philippines, home to multiple collections of historical Filipino art and artifacts. Lastly, don’t miss the Metropolitan Museum at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, featuring an astonishing gold collection with pieces that rival today’s most intricate jewelry.
While there, you’re certain to catch a glimpse of the Philippines’ trademark transportation – the Jeepney.
I think it’s a beautiful city. “Most densely populated” means it’s very crowded, tho. But I guess that’s where the fun is. Also, from what I learned, Filipinos’ fascination about everything white’s crazy! Filipinos’ seems to be everywhere, too, especially here on the US! All in all, I believe Manila’s an exciting place and their people are fun.
Intramuros is the testimony of the Spanish colonial influence that impacted the Philippines profoundly. It makes Manila different from other cities in Southeast Asia. A fusion of eastern and western culture virtually almost anywhere you look. The only problem in the capital city is the traffic and the beggars living in streets or slums area. You’ll also find waterways clogged with filth and garbage.
I remembered a fellow student in college who is a Filipina, and she’s so sweet and friendly. She said she grew up and studied in Manila, but was born in the southern regions. I thought they were not that bright, but the way she speaks with confidence and clarity, she is on par with native English speakers. She’s one intelligent girl! (Which explains the scholarship grant she had.) She said that Manila is like the dream city for those who are in the poorer provinces, and many seek opportunity there that makes the city crowded. And, man! Isn’t she a hottie!?
I never thought that the Philippines, and Manila for that matter, has so much more than slums and typhoons and monsoon floods or crazy politicians. The news here about the country is all about disasters and politics that they often bury the beautiful side of this place. This article is very informative and will help or encourage us to learn more about this city and all its cultural and historical richness.
I have friends in Laguna and their hotsprings are so relaxing. Would choose that over Manila anytime.
I thought I’d feel out of place in this country but I was wrong. Met tons of friends here and I really hope I could stay longer.
Locals are insanely polite and they don’t really ask you for anything in return. Not only that, when you ask them something, they’re smiling at you and even if you’ve spend more than 10 minutes trying to get the directions right, some of them would even accompany you if they had the time.
Because of work, I had to travel here and stay here for a year and I’ve learned to fall in love with the culture of this country. I think it’s the people that make the experience of staying here.
Traffic here is insane especially in Manila. I also don’t like the fact that the weather here is humid and too hot for my liking. In the end we had to book a place somewhere else so that we can enjoy the Philippines more. Our first stay was in Manila but we went to book a flight to Bohol. It was hot there too because what can you expect in a tropical country, but the breeze was definitely better and the traffic was less. There are tons of historic places here.
El Nido Palawan is so much better than Manila. Went here twice in the Phils already and I liked the countryside better. Great beaches that are hidden gems.
Not sure where in Palawan this is but the Underwater River is quite a sight.
Palawan has some of the 7 wonders of the world, right?