Things to do in Manila
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 from the original capital of
the Spanish East Indies which was founded in 1571, Intramuros,
located on the south bank of the Pasig River. The surrounding area
is full of performing venues, art galleries, shops and restaurants,
making it a popular tourist Mecca. History buffs will also love the
National Museum which exhibits sunken treasure from one of the
Manila galleons dating back to 1600, while the Ayala Museum
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, evident
in the multitude of ornate churches, such as the San Agustin Church
which dates back to 1606 and has survived invasions and world 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 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.