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It is the country's major commercial, financial and educational centre and the heart of the country's national government.
Founded by the Spanish in 1571 by López de Legaspi and developed mainly by Spanish missionaries, Manila remained under Spanish control until the Spanish-American War in 1898, when it was seized by U.S. forces ... More three months after the battle of Manila Bay.
Manila was held by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945 during World War II and unfortunately much of the city was destroyed.
Since then however the city has expanded widely on both sides of the Pasig River, absorbing a number of surrounding towns and smaller cities.
Today, Manila is a lively metropolis with a delightful mix of old and new: age-old traditions and modern-day attractions; centuries-old buildings and gleaming high-rise structures; quaint street stalls and modern shopping malls; stately museums and discotheques and bars.
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