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Explore Manila

Staying true to its role as the capital of the Philippines, the city of Manila never fails to attract attention with its undying vivaciousness. It covers an area of close to 40 square kilometres, and accounting for its entire metropolitan region further pushes this figure to over 600 square kilometres. Its sheer vastness is saturated with dining options, distinct landmarks, shopping opportunities and a vibrant lifestyle—all of which live up to its nickname, ‘The Pearl of the Orient’.

Explore Other Must Do in Manila

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)

    Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)

    To See

    Plaza Miranda’s Quiapo Church receives numerous visitors throughout the year because of its image of the Black Nazarene. This life-sized image, which originates from the 17th century, is believed to possess miraculous properties. The church building is also a sight to behold, with its cream-coloured façade that dates back to the 16th century.

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  • Fresh Lumpia

    Fresh Lumpia

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    Also referred to as ‘lumpiang sariwa’ by locals, fresh lumpia is a Filipino delicacy that belongs to the ‘spring roll’ family. Pieces of meat, vegetables, herbs and spices are wrapped in lumpia wrappers to create this dish. It is usually enjoyed with its own sweet sauce, alongside servings of crushed peanuts for a nutty punch.

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  • Malate Church

    Malate Church

    To See

    Formally called Our Lady Of Remedies Parish in honour of its patroness, Malate Church is a Catholic worship place of great historical value. It served as the headquarters for the British upon their arrival in Manila in 1762, and was severely damaged by the Japanese during their occupation of Manila. However, the church was rebuilt each time it fell, preserving its European Baroque architecture.

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  • Fort Santiago

    Fort Santiago

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    The enchanting 16th century structure that is Fort Santiago stands as a memoir of the Philippines’ rich history as a Spanish colony. It was built by the conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi to protect Manila, which was then a newborn city. It was later used as a holding cell for José Rizal, the legendary champion of the Philippines, prior to his execution. It is often regarded as one of the best places for picnics and relaxing strolls in present-day Manila.

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  • Empanadas

    Empanadas

    To Eat

    Empanadas are fried—or sometimes baked—pastries of Spanish origin that have become a favourite snack of Filipinos. Their golden shells usually contain fillings of ground chicken, pork or beef, along with raisins, green peas and cubed potatoes. Empanadas are said to be a cousin of karipap (curry puff), a scrumptious teatime snack that is enjoyed in Malaysia and Singapore.

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  • San Agustin Church

    San Agustin Church

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    Built in 1589, San Agustin Church is possibly the oldest stone church in Manila—and by extension, in the Philippines. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, due to its importance as a symbol of the spread of Catholicism by the Spaniards, as well as for its architectural magnificence. History explains that it has been rebuilt thrice, with its first structure having been made of bamboo and nipa.

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  • Manila Ocean Park

    Manila Ocean Park

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    Primed as the Philippines’ first marine theme park, Manila Ocean Park also doubles as a facility that educates visitors on marine life. Its highlights include a 25 metre-long tunnel in its Oceanarium, a penguin park called ‘Trails to Antarctica’, and a colourful exhibit of jellyfish. After a day in Manila Ocean Park, you can retire to the nearby Hotel H20 for a relaxing night in.

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  • Adobo

    Adobo

    To Eat

    Adobo is arguably the national dish and favourite comfort food of the Philippines. Usually featuring chicken as a main ingredient, preparing adobo requires the meat component to be marinated in a combination of soy sauce, vinegar and garlic for a few hours, before being cooked in the very same marinade. Bay leaves and black pepper are also common ingredients of this flavourful affair.

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  • Suman

    Suman

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    Suman epitomises the official Filipino way of enjoying glutinous rice, and with good reason. This simple dish, made of glutinous rice that is cooked in coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves, is a sweet delicacy to have as either a snack or dessert—especially when it is served with sugar. Locals, however, prefer to have it with latik (a cooked coconut cream sauce).

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  • Bahay Tsinoy Museum

    Bahay Tsinoy Museum

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    Bahay Tsinoy is a museum that commemorates the important role that the Chinese community played in the development of the Philippines. This is shown through exhibits like photos, lifelike dioramas and artefacts which depict the life of the Chinese community at different points of the Philippines’ history. The Chinese are especially known in the Philippines for supporting the growth of trade and business.

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  • Manila Chinatown

    Manila Chinatown

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    Manila’s Chinatown—or as it is popularly known, Binondo—is a testament to the prominence of the Chinese community in the Philippines. It was initially designed as a settlement for the first of wave of Chinese immigrants to arrive in Manila, and has since gone on to become a prime shopping destination for items of Chinese origins, such as traditional herbs and teas.

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  • Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila (Binondo Church)

    Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila (Binondo Church)

    To See

    Binondo Church is a structure near Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz that is hard to ignore due to its unique architecture. Much of the building demonstrates clear signs of European Baroque styling, but its bell tower of five levels is unmistakably Chinese in design. This fusion is primarily due to the fact that the church was built in 1596 to serve as a worship place for Chinese Christians in Manila.

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  • Manila City Hall

    Manila City Hall

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    Manila City Hall is the complex from which the city’s mayor and council govern it. It is an especially prominent attraction after nightfall, when its architecture comes to life with the use of spectacular, colourful lights. It is easily recognised by its clock tower, which was built in 1930 and has since held the position of the largest clock tower in the Philippines.

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  • Paco Park

    Paco Park

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    Since the 1800s, Paco Park has been celebrated as a serene and green escape from the hustle and bustle of Manila city. It is also historically significant, as this is where the remains of José Rizal were buried in 1986 after his execution in Rizal Park (Luneta Park). Prior to that, its centre served as a municipal cemetery. This is why many of its monuments appear to be echoes of the past. (Image credit: Mike Gonzalez)

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  • Robinsons Place Mall

    Robinsons Place Mall

    To Shop

    Featuring seven levels of outlets, Robinsons Place Mall waits to pamper visitors with an unforgettable shopping experience. Aside from its Robinsons Department Store and Robinsons Supermarket, the mall has a Movieworld in which you can treat yourself to a movie or two after a day of retail therapy.

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  • Greenbelt Chapel

    Greenbelt Chapel

    To See

    Since its opening in the late 1990s, Greenbelt Chapel has become an important place of worship for the Sto. Niño de Paz community. However, it also receives attention for its scenic environment, as it is located in the midst of a garden-like setting in Greenbelt Park with a river flowing past. The church’s domed architecture is a truly remarkable sight too.

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  • City of Dreams Manila

    City of Dreams Manila

    To Do

    Manila’s City of Dreams offers guests a taste of luxury that is best described as being dreamlike. It brings together three renowned hotels, a range of casinos, lavish dining outlets and a colourful nightlife scene in one locale. It is also decorated with a variety of shopping and entertainment options, such as the eminent Dreamplay by DreamWorks Animation.

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  • Cultural Center of the Philippines

    Cultural Center of the Philippines

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    Commanding a total area of 62.4 hectares, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is the country’s prime location for the performing arts industry. It dates back to 1969, and has seen a countless number of performances, workshops and activities unfold in its halls. It aims to promote the growth of the arts in the Philippines. Drop by to have yourself a taste of the Philippines’ energetic arts scene.

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  • Rizal Park

    Rizal Park

    To Do

    The beauty and magnificence of Rizal Park—or Luneta Park—is a celebration of its rich historical importance to Filipinos. This is where José Rizal, a revolutionary figure in the Philippines, was executed—an event that led to an uprising against the Spanish colonists by the people of the Philippines in 1896. A marker in the park indicates where this execution took place.

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  • SM Mall of Asia

    SM Mall of Asia

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    Covering a whopping 4.38 million square feet, Manila’s SM Mall of Asia is regarded as one of the world’s largest shopping malls. It has a series of specialized cinemas for different types of movie screenings, and is also renowned for its large indoor ice skating rink. Outlets like Topshop, Thomas Sabo and Uniqlo are some of its famous retail offerings.

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  • Halo-halo

    Halo-halo

    To Eat

    Halo-halo is a dessert which is literally what its name means: ‘mix-mix’. Its base of shaved ice and evaporated milk is layered with ice-cream, fruits, nuts, beans and jellies to create a treat of various flavours and textures. Popular toppings include yam cubes, mango, shredded coconut and nata de coco. If you’re looking for something to combat Manila’s heat, your search will probably stop here.

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  • Intramuros

    Intramuros

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    Intramuros is arguably one of the oldest parts of Manila, consisting of a stone bastion of 64 hectares that was founded back in 1571. Located on the southern bank of the Pasig River, this structure has lived through wars, natural disasters and numerous invasions on various occasions. Its name means ‘within the walls’ in Latin, and it served as an important administration point for the Spaniards during their time in Manila.

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  • 168 Shopping Mall

    168 Shopping Mall

    To Shop

    What differentiates 168 Shopping Mall from its counterparts is the establishment’s primary attraction: wholesale items. Located in Binondo, this mall is a go-to place for shoppers on a budget. Its offerings include apparel for men and women, as well as gifts and toys.

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  • Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden

    Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden

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    The Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden—known simply as the Manila Zoo—is an establishment of 5.5 hectares that houses various flora and fauna. It looks after roughly 500 animals from 106 different species, including indigenous creatures like the bearcat. This is the place to be if you’d like to see what the wildlife of the Philippines is like.

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