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Manila Travel Guide  

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Info about Manila

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Manila, capital of the Philippines and one of the great cities of South East Asia, is built on the edge of the wonderful natural harbour of Manila Bay in the central island of Luzon, the largest and northernmost Philippine island.
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 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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Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : Manila is a blend of cultures and flavours that offers an endless serving of places to see, sights to behold, and unforgettable experiences. Right in the heart of Manila is found the “Walled City” – Intramuros, built by... more the Spanish as a fort in 1590. At the centre of Intramuros you can admire the impressive Manila Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. Then there is San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in Manila and one of the four Philippine Baroque Churches inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Moreover, Inframuros contains something as 15 churches and six monasteries. Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the Philippine President, stands regally on the banks of the Pasig River. If you love culture, you can’t miss a visit to the Casa Manila Museum, the Museum of the Pilipino People and the Cultural Centre of the Philippines. There is, as in most SE Asian cities, a spectacular Chinatown in the district of Bimondo. Other attractions in the city include the Rizal Park, Casa Manila, Bahay Tsinoy, Plaza San Luis and the Coconut Palace.
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : People were so nice... they are so respectful to the old much love is the way they talk with po and opo its there way to show their respect ... I love also their food, specially the BALOT and IHAW... more - IHAW ... in places i love Rizal Park and Intramuros they keep the history of there country!
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Manila is the center of all learnings: education, growing up, maturity, everything that influences an individual's character can be found in Manila. It is where all classes in the society of Filipinos intermingles.
Not to be missed baseco , ermita
Michael Woodburry
Overall rating 9
Overall Guide : My visit in Manila is totally great. This place is incomparable to anywhere else in South East Asia. Plus the awesome food, hospitable people, not-so-expensive-goods, and Nice places makes this City a home to tourists like me! Ill definetly comeback... more here!
Reuben Monterey
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Couple, Friends, Solo, Family
Overall rating 4
Overall Guide : Sometimes this place looks like a big trash can. However the community is quite good, but the youth are getting liberated. I enjoy going to the places like quiapo, raon, recto, binondo, and divisoria. There are lots of things to... more see there and learn there, especially in technology.
Not to be missed Divisoria , Raon , Quiapo
magpale mark
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 8
Overall Guide : I live in Manila, I love manila, I see manila more landmarks build, I love malls, I love Manila bay and Rizal Park "Luneta", we always visit this place every family bonding time. I love politics in Manila. Manila had... more many historical places.
Not to be missed Manila Ocean Park , Quiapo , Mall of Asia
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Its boring if you dont plan your activities, transportation is very accessible, .. you need to be familiar with the places you go, choose to go to safe places, people are kind to help..and not very expensive
Not to be missed Baguio , Tagaytay , city tour is a must
Federico Alcantara
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : The development of Manila is good but expansion should be even more more progressive evenly on the suburbs, like Marikina, Rizal (San Mateo}, Quezon City, Caloocan, and not mention Makati which is Too Progressive.
Level 9     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : I'm very proud in manila !! because they always keep clean the surroundings .. but wait I see the very dissapointing place I just want to remind everyOne to also keep the cleanliness of the seashore :)
Fernando CRUZ
Level 9     1 Trophy    Viaggia: Family
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Actually manila is paradise, im in n out the country, it seems to me mostly manila area its becoming a shanty town, very very congested. I'm not happy about this especially transportation, no respect for traffic.
Not to be missed Fort Santiago , Paco Park , Rizal Park
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