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What to see in Manila

Manila Attractions


The cosmopolitan capital of the Philippines, there is plenty to see and do in Manila. The city is full of history and this is evident in the ruins that still stand in Intramuros, located on the south bank of the Pasig River, which was the original capital of the Spanish East Indies, founded in 1571. The surrounding area is full of performing venues, art galleries, shops and restaurants, making it a popular tourist hub. History buffs will love the National Museum, which exhibits sunken treasure from one of the Manila galleons dating back to 1600, and the Ayala Museum, which educates visitors on the history of the Philippines. Manila sustained heavy damage during WWII, but has since rebuilt itself into a major tourist destination in Asia.

Travellers should note that many Filipinos are Catholic, which is evident in the multitude of ornate churches such as the San Agustin Church, which dates back to 1606 and has survived invasions, earthquakes and wars. Manila has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, where one can find exotic Chinese goods and delicious cuisine. The Malacanang Palace, which is the residence of the Head of State, is also well worth a visit, while the American Cemetery and Memorial honours those who died during WWII and is a peaceful retreat from the buzz of the city.


American Cemetery and Memorial

Providing a quiet spot to retreat from Manila's rat race, the American Cemetery near the Makati commercial centre is…

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Binondo (Chinatown)

Established in 1594, the city of Manila's enclave of Binondo is the oldest 'Chinatown' in the world and remains to this…

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Intramuros

The oldest part of Manila is the medieval Spanish walled enclave of Intramuros on the southern bank of the Pasig River,…

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Las Pinas

Although the village of Las Pinas, 12 miles (20km) from the centre of Manila, has now been swallowed up in the suburban…

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Malacanang Palace

The name of the Malacanang Palace, now the seat of government and official residence of the Philippines head of state,…

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National Museum of the Philippines

The large and comprehensive National Museum and Art Gallery of the Philippines preserves and showcases the cultural,…

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Rizal Park

The 58-hectare (143 acre) Rizal Park is named for Dr Jose Rizal, renowned Philippine anti-colonialist, writer and philosopher,…

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San Agustin Church

Within Intramuros stands Manila's oldest stone church, San Agustin, which was completed in 1607 and has since survived…

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Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Subic Bay is a unique project on the site of a former United States Naval base. It was buried under ash after the eruption…

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Tagaytay City

Tagaytay is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Philippines, famous for the Taal Volcano. The volcano…

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