City of Manila Things to Do

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City of Manila Things to Do

  • Luneta - Rizal Park

    Manila Things to Do

    This is the equivalent of Central Park New York . The Philippines has somethiing to offer similar - what they call the Rizal Park (formerly Luneta Park ) located at the capital city of Manila . It is the countryy's most popular park. It is also historical that goes back as far as the Spanish colonization of the country in 1521. This park was named...

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  • Ayala Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Makati Things to Do

    Saturday January 7, 2012 It was suggested by many of our Filipino friends that we must visit THE AYALA MUSEUM and it was just a five minute walk from our condotel. So, on the day of Jane's visit with us, I suggested that we all go there - it was awesome! The Museum is in the heart of Makati and offers four levels, each with their own individual...

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  • Manila Bay

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Manila Things to Do

    IF YOU'RE in Manila and in need of a nice, inexpensive place to while away a late afternoon or an early evening and really enjoy it, try The Baywalk. Manila Baywalk has done wonders to the city of Manila. It became a thriving, cosmopolitan, cool to be seen area. With crowds in excess of 200,000 on the weekends, Manila Baywalk has captured the...

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  • Ayala Triangle

    Makati Things to Do

    Ayala Triangle The Ayala Triangle is a sub-district of the Makati central business district, comprising of the parcel of land between Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, as well as the buildings on those streets. Many multinational companies, banks and other major businesses make their home on the triangle, noted by the many...

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  • Intramuros

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manila Things to Do

    While wandering around Intramuros you will come across a few guys in old uniforms. These are actually the old uniform of Guardia Civil (the Civil Guard) and you can see them at the entrances of some of the older buildings in the area. The Guardia Civil was introduced by the Spanish Colonists in 1868 and had one division of 1,200 men who usually...

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  • Shopping

    Makati Things to Do

    lots of activities at the Powerplant Mall as the basement level host seasonal activities and tiangge's (flea markets). Luxe car shows by famed brands like BMW, Volvo, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, etc. Besides these seasonal activities, the mall host a number of nice and luxe retail outlets like Marks & Spencer, Lacoste, Nautica, Tommy Hilfiger,...

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  • Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Manila Things to Do

    Just near the Goodwill Gate you will come across this Feng Shui Store which is a popular place for the local Chinese to buy their Feng Shui items and Yin Yang Charms. The store is packed to the ceiling with all types of items.

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  • Greenbelt 3

    Makati Things to Do

    it has several state of the art movie theaters that feature digital surround sound plus a cost of a movie here is just 170 pesos, way cheaper than in other countries. (movies in the US Costs $ 8 for matinees and $ 10 for primetime). Plus there are lots of food selections to choose from after watching a movie and you got a variety of international...

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  • Malate

    Manila Things to Do

    Malate District, together with the Ermita District, is the main tourist districts of the City of Manila and both districts have their seedier and sleazy areas as this are the main tourists areas and are like a mini Bangkok or Bali. Malate District also houses some of the famous Colleges and Universities in the Philippines such as St. Scholastica's...

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  • Fort Santiago - Intramuros

    Manila Things to Do

    It is located in Intramuros. The entry fee is not expensive and there are many places and things to visit, all are interesting since an historical point of view, especially devoted to Jose Rizal. It was erected by Miguel López de Legazpi during the XVI century.

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  • Shopping - Shopping Malls

    Manila Things to Do

    This will be my things to do tip, I have a separate shopping tip. If you are staying in the touristy Malate/Ermita Districts of Manila and have no time to try out the other shopping areas in the Capital Region such as Glorietta and Greenbelt in Makati or the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City or SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, then the Robinsons Place...

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  • Makati

    Manila Things to Do

    "Fort Bonifacio" is an urban development in Taguig City, Metro Manila. It also has residential condominiums, restaurants, bars, clubs, and many retail outlets. Mostly expats living in Manila, and also many locals are there daytime for shopping and enjoyment and as sun goes down, bars and restaurants are full of people till late night hours .......

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  • Manila American Cemetery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Manila Things to Do

    Part two of my Manila American Memorial Tips with more pictures the Manila American Cemetery, Located in the luxe Fort Bonifacio Global City, was formerly part of the Fort William Mckinley (now renamed Fort Bonifacio) of which large tract of land besides the Cemetery where sold by the Philippine Government to Private Investors and is now a Luxe...

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  • Manila Ocean Park

    Manila Things to Do

    Manila has an Ocean Park which is located at the seafront near the Luneta Park. This complex has shops, seafood retaurants, bars and of course the marine park. There's a massive aquarium and various aquatic entertainment such as performing mermaids, dancing fountains, and even a foot spa where your feet are massaged by fishes! Overlooking the...

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  • San Augustin Church - Intramuros

    Manila Things to Do

    Situated inside the historic area of Intramuros, San Agustin Church is the oldest church in the Philippines. It was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1993 in recognition of it's exceptional cultural value. The facade, although massive in size, is not that ornate but this rather dour exterior conceals an beautifully ornate...

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  • Paco Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    Manila Things to Do

    Paco Park is just a 5 minute walk from the Padre Faura exit of Robinson's Shopping Mall in Ermita. There is a small entrance charge which was 10 pesos i think, but it is quite a pleasant place to sit and relax for a while. The park was originally a cemetery for the better off aristocrats during the Spanish colonial times The cemetery was originally...

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  • City Scene

    Manila Things to Do

    Malacañan Palace is special to me because... We were treated as VIPs during dad's promotion. The main picture here shows former President Corazon Aquino (I just came from the beach so I had an extra tan)...the others are from a recent tour I had with some VT brothers and sisters. :) ;p According to history books: It was originally built as a...

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  • Local Food

    Manila Things to Do

    yum yum! Halo Halo is the quintissential Filipino Cold Shaved Iced Dessert and is the philippine version of the Singaporean Ais Kacang, the Indonesian Chendol and is the favorite dessert and snack during summer time. The Halo Halo literally means mix mix, of which you can mix many varieties of candied fruits and beans like kidney beans, garbanzos,...

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  • Casa Manila - Intramuros

    Manila Things to Do

    Casa Manila is a restored spanish type house/museum located in Intramuros area.It costs 75 peso,s to enter but there is no camera/picture taking permitted.Most of the furniture in the house was made in the New England area of the U.S as this was where the furniture was imported from to the philippines in these early days.Well worth a visit.

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  • Star City - Amusement park

    Manila Things to Do

    One big amusement park for your enjoyment! Enjoy rides such as Surf Dance, Galactic, Wild River and Zyklone Loop. We wanted to try the Star Flyer, but it was closed. There were a lot of interesting rides and booths but we weren't able to try them all due to lack of time(we were on a tour so our time was very limited).

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  • National Museum of the Philippines

    Manila Things to Do

    The museum is located at one end of Rizal Park in Manila an is well worth a visit. It is a building with four floors with a courtyard in the middle so it is limited for the amount of displays that it can show. However a visit will be extremely beneficial as what is on offer is of a good quality. Sunday is a good day to visit as entrance is free,...

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  • Malacañang Palace

    Manila Things to Do

    The Malacanang Palace was built as the official residence of the Spanish and American Governor Generals when the Philippines was under it's colonial masters. After the country gained it's independence it became the official residence of the Philippine President. You can take a short tour around the building and can learn more about the history of...

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  • Manila Cathedral

    Manila Things to Do

    Within the old Intramuros area of Manila stands the rather impressive Manila cathedral, whose history begins with the Spanish conquest of this area in 1571. They soon established the Church of the Immaculate Conception hereabouts. In 1579 the Pope declared Manila a bishopric and thus the Church was elevated to the status of Cathedral with the first...

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  • Day Trip - Corregidor Island

    Manila Things to Do

    Malinta Tunnel Light & Sound Show is interesting for history buffs. It relates the happenings of World War II before the island was occupied by the Japanese. Fees of P150 is charged this being an optional tour. The tunnel tour lasts 30 minutes.

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  • Manila Zoo

    Manila Things to Do

    For animal lovers, a visit at the Manila zoo is recommended. Although the collection of animals is no longer that plenty compared during the 80s. One can marvel animals like siberian tigers, lion, zebra, hippo, deers, crocodiles and others. There is also an aviary area for bird lovers. There is a lagoon intended also for boating.

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  • Churches

    Manila Things to Do

    Wander around the grounds of the church and you will see a plaque commemorating Pope John Paul II visit in 1981. Also by the entrance there are many people selling souvenirs and icons. In the garden there is a statue of the Virgin Mary that devotees flock towards, just to touch the statue.

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  • Trip to Boracay

    Manila Things to Do

    ON A budget? Looking to clean out the bank? Need a full body tan in a hurry? Like to leave your footprints on a genuine picture postcard beach? In Boracay anything goes. The hottest, crispest, best white sand beach in the Philippines (possibly not only in Asia but in the World! it is better than Pattaya or Phuket or Waikiki or North Shore, please...

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  • Fun Sport

    Manila Things to Do

    For me, the best and nearest nice beach to manila is Montemar in Bataan. The beach has white sand, not coarse but not as fine as that of Boracay but better than the sands at Batangas. They have many activities there at Montemar alone. Also, there are other historical sites that you could visit on your way and back. Like the ones on Mt. Samat, the...

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  • Chinese Cemetery

    Manila Things to Do

    Having lived in Philippines for 20 years i was searching for somewhere new to visit on a recent trip to Manila and was not disappointed when i chose the Chinese Cemetery. The gate is guarded by security officials and the area is patrolled to keep out squatters. The Chinese have built huge mausoleums for their dead, usually lavishly decorated and...

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  • Coconut Palace

    Manila Things to Do

    Coconut Palace is well worth the visit, admission costs P100, including a guided tour which takes just under an hour. This former guesthouse of the Marcos regime, superbly made of the best tropical timbers, was erected in 1981 especially for the first visit of Pope John Paul II who, in fact, refused to use it. Open Tue-Sun 9-11:30am and 1-4:30pm.

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  • Kalesa - Horse-Drawn Carriage

    Manila Things to Do

    You will find Kalesa's hanging around the vicinity of Rizal Park and near the entrances to Intramuros and also across the river from Intramuros in Chinatown. A kalesa is a horse drawn carriage designed to take two or four people and is fun to ride around in but bargain hard as the owners are used to tourists with lots of money.

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  • Spa Treatment

    Manila Things to Do

    I realized upon living in Manila and living in Singapore that cost of living is very much different. And what I look forward the most when i go home is getting a massage due to how cheap it costs. In the case you are visiting Greenhills, you can go try it out in Ahavia SPA. You can get as cheap as 200php for 1 hour on weekdays.

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  • Entertainment - Exhibitions

    Manila Things to Do

    The World Trade Center, located in Pasay City, near the Sofitel Hotel Manila is the primary venue for exhibitions, road shows and trade fairs both local and international. this huge area also is the primary hub of auto shows in the Philippines with different themes at different dates around the year and I sometimes go to these car shows if I am...

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  • Manila North Cemetery

    Manila Things to Do

    We visited here on our recent trip to Manila after seeing a program on TV ( either DONT TELL YOUR MOTHER or ROADS LESS TRAVELLED) . It is reported that up to 15,000 people live in the cemetery,: they say they are caretakers but they are squatters and they are happy to sleep in the mausoleums and set up their kitchen or bed on top of a tomb. The...

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  • Events

    Manila Things to Do

    Cocoa de Flores is a anual celebration held on the second week of april. This cultural celebration lasts all week, on Monday its more calm, all the roads are closed and shops and restuarantes usually have somesort of disscount. Most people are preparing for tuesday-friday's celebrations. On Tuesday the "fair" opens; its not really a fair, but it...

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  • University of Santo Tomas

    Manila Things to Do

    University of Santo Tomas is the oldest and largest university in the city of Manila. Inside can be found the oldest museum, line of eateries & popular fastfood chains, bank, public pay phone, elevator & a very huge ground. The complex is so huge that cars can get inside & park. It is a very impressive structure with very nice architectural design.

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  • Street Markets

    Manila Things to Do

    One of the closest markets to visit will be under the train lines and surrounding area at Carriedo LRT Station, which is a few stops from Ermita area. it is crowded so be careful of pick-pockets. Clothes, bags, tools, electronics and a multitude of other items are to be found here.

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  • Central Post Office

    Manila Things to Do

    The GPO is near Intramuros and Immigration, rather an imposing building which can be seen from the Jones Bridge. Notice the Pasig River which is rather dirty, but passenger boats do use the river, but the nearby terminal was closed temporarily when i was there recently. You can cross teh Jones Bridge and you will be in Chinatown.

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  • Binondo Church

    Manila Things to Do

    Basilica de San Lorenzo Ruiz Located in the Chinatown area of Manila, Binondo Church is one of the oldest church in the Philippines (built in 1596). The original structure suffered a lot from typhoons and earthquakes over the past years since its erection. The only thing that remains as original is the octagonal bell tower. Patron is Saint...

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  • Marikina City Footwear Museum

    Manila Things to Do

    Imelda Marcos Opens Footwear Museum Notorious shoe collector and former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, has opened a footwear museum in Manila. Renowned for her shoe excesses after about 1200 pairs were discovered in the presidential palace when she fled with her late husband - and former dictator - Ferdinand in 1986, Marcos now...

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  • Dinner Cruise

    Manila bay is located to the west of the city, and is considered to be one of the best natural harbours in Southeast Asia. Take a Manila Bay dinner cruise and watch the lights of Roxas Boulevard as you savor a set dinner on board while a live musical performance promises to complete your memorable night.

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  • Manila Chinatown

    Known as the oldest and the largest Chinatown in the world. Binondo offers scrumptious food from authentic Chinese restaurants. Also a place to get goods and knickknacks for the lowest price imaginable. It's great places check out, only if you don’t mind going through traffic.(photo from Google images)

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  • Midget Boxing

    Watch the midget boxing Find the little fighters at the Ringside Bar near the red light district in Makati City. You are either going to like it or hate it but it is something to see while you’re in Manila; you can watch on the side lines or be the referee. The drinks are $6.50 to 7 and the people that work there will do everything to hustle for...

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  • The Walled City

    Walk around Intramuros also known as “The Walled City”Intramuros is protected by an impressive 64-hectare stone citadel, which we guess could tell plenty of tales of wars, invasions and natural disasters. Sadly, most of the city was destroyed during the Second World War, but plenty of interesting ruins and monuments remain today.You can one of the...

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  • San Agustin Church

    This is the only intact building left over after the bombing by American forces in the Battle of Manila in WWII. This church was originally built in 1587 and was a monastery as well as a church. Today, it is still actively used and is very popular for weddings.

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