The Philippines is one of the most ideal places to explore if you’re a tourist. While some might see it as ‘blowing one’s own trumpet,’ that’s simply not the case for this country.
From its numerous historical landmarks, antique architecture, diverse communities, unique traditions, affordable accommodation, and most importantly its warm people – the Philippines should be on the top of your list of places to visit – if not already part of it.
And you don’t even have to go that far to experience all of that. A quick but meaningful trip to the country’s center – the City of Manila – will open your eyes to the wonders that the rest of the country has to offer. Treat it as an initiation of some sort – one that would leave you wanting more.
To make this easier for you, we’ve curated a list of spots you can visit around the city. So, what are you waiting for? Keep scrolling and start packing your bags!
Rizal Park is a landmark attraction in the City of Manila. It’s a place that honors the country’s National hero – Jose Rizal. In its heart, a monument dedicated to Rizal has been erected.
Inside Rizal Park, several other monuments can be visited. The park complex also hosts a planetarium, which is located between the Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden.
The Manila Cathedral is considered to be the ‘Mother of All Churches’ in the Philippines – established in the year 1571. It was the first church to be elevated as a Basilica in the country and houses the highest authority in the Philippine Church, the Archibishop.
Besides its historical significance, Manila Cathedral’s allure lies in its architecture, which is in the Romanesque Revival style.
The National Museum is one of the places you shouldn’t miss when visiting Manila. It’s a place that showcases most of the country’s history, specifically through art and artifacts.
It houses Juan Luna’s – a Filipino painter and hero – ‘Spoliarium,’ which earned him a gold medal from the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in Spain in 1884.
4.Fort Santiago, Intramuros
Visiting Intramuros will give you a look into Manila’s history, specifically Fort Santiago. This place served as the city’s citadel during the Spanish colonization era and played a key role during World War II.
A shrine for Jose Rizal is also located inside the fort – the place he was imprisoned in before his death in 1896.
5.San Agustin Church
While you’re in Intramuros, you can also drop by the San Agustin Church. The church is one of the only four ‘Baroque Churches’ in the Philippines and has been a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1993.
It was built in 1859 and is the only church in Manila that survived World War II.
Binondo is the ‘World’s Oldest Chinatown’ – established in 1594 during the Spanish Era in the Philippines. The area is home to a rich community that prides itself in having a diverse culture, which extends to its food and traditions.
The historical spot comes alive during the Chinese New Year celebrations, which is the best time to visit.
Escolta Street is located downtown of Binondo and is a place rich in historical significance. It runs parallel to the Pasig River, which used to be an important transport route in Manila.
The area is also a haven for architectural enthusiasts, hosting several fine examples of early skyscrapers in the Philippines.
After a long day of adventuring in the streets of Manila, the perfect way to end your trip is with Manila Bay’s famed sunset boulevard.
The area is perfectly situated in the Port of Manila, where the sea and the city converge. Hotels and restaurants line up along the boulevard, which provides you with places to rest after your exhausting adventure.
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