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What You Should Know More About Manila

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Do not entertain the beggars.

    ·         Make sure you have at least one proof of your identity.

    ·         Do not let anyone deceive you. It is always a good idea to gather sufficient information whenever you are traveling to any new destination or location.

    ·         When getting involved in any adventure sport or water activity, make sure you hire a professional to help you.

    ·         Never neglect your safety when trying any adventure activity.

    ·         Do not leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Ensure that the hotel you have book has a room safe.

    ·         Do not book a room in the hotel that is not recognized or known.

    ·         Do not get involved in any form of drugs.

    ·         Keep away from the drug peddlers.

    ·         Educate yourself about some of the instances of local culture and traditions.

    ·         Learn some of the words from the local cultures and traditions that are prevalent in the region.

    ·         Carry at least one proof of your identity with you at all times.

    ·         Do not get involved in any fight or brawl with any of the locals here.

    ·         Never film or make videos without the necessary permissions.

    ·         If an area calls for a dress code adhere to it.

    ·         Do not travel alone in the night hours. 

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Manila is 20 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Rizal Park

    There are many places to see in Manila and Rizal Park is among the most popular ones among them. It is one of the largest urban parks in Asia. Situated along the Roxas Boulevard, it's a favorite visiting spot on Sundays and national holidays. The park is also known as Luneta National Park or you can also simply call it as Luneta. Rizal Park is the venue for national museums, bayside restaurants, a planetarium, an open gym for early morning jogging. It is also a night ballroom, an orchidarium, an aquarium, and a children's museum. Classical Music concerts are also held here at the open-air auditorium. Rizal Park is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Manila.

    Fort Santiago 

    Fort Santiago is a citadel located along the Pasig River in Intramuros district, Manila. It was the first citadel built by the Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi. Fort Santiago is one of the most important and prominent historical sites in Manila. The fort is named after a Spanish Saint called James. It is said that Philippines National hero, Jose Rizal was imprisoned here before his execution. The fort is designated as a National historical landmark. Fort Santiago is an amazing tourist attraction which you cannot afford to miss if you are visiting Manila.

    Manila Cathedral 

    Manila Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Basilica situated at Plaza De Roma in the district of Intramuros. It was originally called as the “Church of Manila”. The cathedral was established in 1571 by a secular priest, Juan De Vivero.  Manila Cathedral was destroyed and reconstructed several times. The cathedral crypt is a resting place for former archbishops of Manila. Pope Francis celebrated his first papal mass at Cathedral on January 16, 2015. The mass was exclusively for bishops, priests and the clergies. Visit Manila Cathedral to learn about its rich history and to spend a peaceful time here.

    Manila Zoo

    Manila Zoo is located in the district of Malate. It was formerly known as Manila National Park and Botanical zoo. The Zoo is spread across 14 acres of land. It is home to thousands of animals which include the famous elephant named Mali. Other animals residing in the zoo are a Bengal tiger, Malayan civet, monitor lizard and hippopotamus. The area also has Kinder Zoo designed especially for children. It features a butterfly sanctuary, a hanging bridge, a flamingo pond. Kinder Zoo was opened for public on 23rd June, 2000. Various other activities are also carried out within the zoo.

    National Museum of the Philippines

    This museum is also popularly known as the Museum of Anthropology because a certain part of the museum handles the anthropology division. If you want to know more about Manila's historical culture and see its artifacts, there is no place you would rather be at than the National Museum of the Philippines. Moreover, entry to the museum is completely free and there is no reason why you wouldn't go see the lovely museum.  

  • What you will like there?

    Sunsets on Manila Bay

    Manila is just one of the few cities in Asia which looks over to the west of the sea. Throw in one of the few plus sides of the pollution problem of the capital – the smoggy clouds here tend to disperse the colour and the light over the place and give way to the most beautiful sunset that you have ever seen, anywhere.


    Maybe gaudy, maybe cramped, belching fumes, but you just can’t take away the fact that jeepneys happen to be the most integral part of the Manila’s character. These privately owned jeeps are long and painted in just about every color that the driver can get access to. Many a times, these are also adorned with some political or religious slogans. Routes here are obviously too tricky to be worked out and there’s no surprise that you may even not end up where you ought to be however, hopping aboard in one of them is indeed the best way to interact with the locals and dip into the local vibe.


    If jeepneys bring forth an ardour which is severed from the familiar Asian reserve, then the very presence of karaoke bar in every corner of Manila will confirm it. You know what’s the best Filipino trait? Bursting into song at any given opportunity. Well, frankly, fighting on this is waste of time. So, go ahead, pick up your microphone and go belting. You can find the list of the most popular song choices on the walls. Attending a karaoke indeed the most important thing to do.

    Carlos Celdran

    Now, you may ask me who Carlos Celdran is? Legit! He is one of the most popular tour guide of the city and when you know a tour guide has a Wikipedia page, he really got to be someone big and good. He hosts theatrical tours around historic Intramuros that will tell you about the often tragic history of life in Manila. Attending one of his tours will only be one insightful journey that you must attend.  


    If there is just one activity that Manila locals enjoy more than karaoke, then it has to be shopping malls. You too should be inclined to that as there are a number of bargains to have been made. The gigantic, Mall of Asia is believed to be one of the biggest shopping centres of the world. It has the Olympic size skating rink that is equipped with plenty of room to spare and the IMAX theatre to keep you engaged. However, one thing that’s the major draw here is the international luxury designer labels. You can go to the Greenbelt malls in Makati's Ayala Centre to find all the leading designer brands at an attractive price.

    river and cannon-laden bastions evoke the city's rich history.

    A very odd golf course

    Amidst the Rizal Park and Intramuros lies one of the most absurd golf courses of the world. It is constructed around the erstwhile moat around the walled city. The reason it is so odd and absurd, is something very likeable about it. You definitely must see this place of attraction in Manila.  


    Discounting the garish halo-halo desserts and the claims of the sickly, one of the best or the national dish of Filipino is adobo. There’s just no correct way of doing it however the very difference in its interpretation is partly the reason why it is so tempting to find place in your every meal. Going by the general rule, it is chicken or pork in a garlicky vinegar or soy sauce but you would never find two that taste alike. If you wish to try out an inventive version of the dish, you must head to the third level of Greenbelt 3. There is a restaurant by the name of Sentro 1771, which is definitely a great place to visit in Manila.

    Hobbit House

    Hobbit House is a trap! It is a Tolkien-themed bar and a restaurant that is managed and staffed by the ‘little people.’ Sounds crass? Never mind, it is one of the best places to drink in Manila. This is majorly because it has a good line up for live music. You really have to visit this place because it always keeps your inquisitive nature satiated with something new every now and then. Enjoyable and curious, it is a great place to chill in Manila.

    Hotel H2O

    If you enjoy the hotels on the quirky side, H20 can be the hotel for you. Hotel’s Ocean Park complex has inward facing rooms that have aquariums instead of windows. If you like the walls of the hotels with clownfish swimming up and down them, this could be the great choice of stay. You can also opt for an outward facing room so that you can open the curtains to see the sea lions performing in the packed arena of the hotel. Attending the sound and light show here is indeed the most important thing to do.

    Hilot massage

    It is a traditional massage form of Filipino that has recently spread all round the world in the past few years. It is however best experienced in homeland. Hilot translates to healer in Filipino. The practitioners insist there there’s so much to it than it just being a generic deep-tissue massage. It has an intuitive healing reputation associated with. Most of the spas as well as the 5 star hotels of the Manila offer this massage.

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