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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.


    Jeepneys


    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.


    Karaoke


    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.  


    Mall-hopping


    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.  


    Adobo


    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.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?
  • When is the best time to visit Manila?

    One of the most popular climates in Manila is the dry season witnessed by the travelers in between the months November to April. This is the major time when the country is most accessible. Also, the beauty exhibited at this time of the year is worth watching and relishing to the extremes. The islands and remote area in Manila favour the best to the tourist visiting this location. During the months in between March to April, the temperature is extremely high. Therefore, it is wise and best if you travel the city of Manila during winter in between the months December to February. The rainy or monsoon season falls in between May to October. But the rain at this place isn’t prevalent or constant for long duration and hardly has a drastic impact on the travel plans of the tourists at large. Visit Manila at this time will make you relish the best time – you will still fathom and enjoy the pleasant tranquil weather accompanied with sunny days, lesser crowds and greenery and lush all over. The months between May to November portrays excellent value for the money spent on travel to Manila. Though the city promises the best the weather here in Manila can be highly unpredictable causing typhoons in between the months August to January.

  • How to reach Manila?

    You can reach Manila by the following:

    • Air

    Officially known as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, it is the only airport in Manila serving the city. However, both the airports, Clark International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport operates in the region of the city. Clark Airport caters only to the low-cost carriers, which is destined to take the place of Ninoy Aquino International Airport as the basic Philippine’s primary airport in the upcoming future. Not connected internally, Ninoy Aquino International Airport exhibits in total four terminals. Some terminals operate on both domestic and international flights while the other terminals operate only on the domestic flight. International airlines like the Qatar, Quantas, Omar and Korean link Philippines to the other cities systematically.

  • What are the things to do in Manila?

    The best things to do in Manila are as follows:

    • Visit Intramuros, the oldest part of the city of Manila.
    • Explore and pay a wonderful visit to San Agustin Church, one of the enthralling buildings of Manila.
    • Stride on to San Agustin Museum, a reformed piece of structure catering huge learnings
    • Visit the noisy, vibrant and jolly Manila’s China Town.
    •    Exhibiting wide form of art, archaeology, and ethology, Ayala Makati is a 19th-century old wonder.
    • Stroll through Manila Baywalk.
    • With an old knitted story of treasurable past, Fort Santiago out lives the best and displays retrospective past.

  • What is the local food of Manila? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local food of Manila are as follows:

    • Filipino fusion
    •    Kare-Kare
    • Kinilaw
    • Max's fried chicken
    • Buko pie
    •    Halo-halo
    • Fresh Lumpia
    • Chicken Sotanghon
    • Beef Mechado
    • Paksiyo Baboy Bisaya
    • Leche Flan
    •    Chicharon
    • Lechon
    • Bibingka
    • Lomi
    • Chami
    • Kilawin Na Tanigue
    • Pancit Bihon Guisado
    • Crispy Pata
    • Sinigang
    •    Kaldereta
    • Adobo
    •    Ginataang Papaya
    • Bacolod Chicken
    • Balut
    • Tablea Tsokolate
    • Bulalo
    • Buko Pie
    • Turon
    • Ilocos Empanada
    •    Longaniza
    • Banana Ketchup
    • Isaw
    • Bangus

    The best places to tastes the local food in Manila are as follows:

    • Abe Restaurant
    • Manam Comfort Food
    • Milky Way Café
    • Romulo Café
    • Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
    •    Gilligan's Restaurant
    • Mang Larry’s
    • Isaw Republic
    • Lola Ote
    • Skinita Street Foodz
    • Grill Queen
    •    Rapsadoodle
    • Three Sisters
    • Urban Street
    • Ookini Yakitori

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Manila?

    The best public transport to commute around in Manila are as follows:

    • Rapid Transit
    • Light Rail
    • Jeepney
    • Taxicab
    • Commuter Rail
    • Bus
    • Tricycle

  • What is the local language in Manila and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    The local or official language of Manila is Filipino. The most commonly used greetings are as follows:

    •    Magandang Tanghali – Noon
    •    Magandang Gabi - Evening
    •    Magandang Hapon - Afternoon
    •    Magandang Umaga - Morning

  • Which are the best shopping places in Manila and what are they famous for?

    The best shopping places in Manila along with its specialty are as follows:

    •    Divisoria Market – This place is known as the mother of all markets. The market exhibits a great variety of apparels.

    Greenhills – Greenhills is a marketplace basically for shopaholics who endeavor the desire to purchase branded clothes like Vans, Adidas, and Nike. The market also displays various types of options to choose from like pants, tops, satchels, purses, accessories, and dresses.

    • Quiapo Market – Endowing the Catholic culture vividly, Quiapo Market gets you the best type of apparel, bags, toys, shoes and baby products.
    • Baclaran – This is the cheapest and best marketplaces to purchase goods like pets, plants, clothes, and toys.
    • Recto – The marketplace exhibits goods like shoes, exercise gadgets, pet and shoes.

  • Which are the famous pilgrimage spots in Manila?

    The famous pilgrimage in spots in Manila are as follows:

    • San Agustin Church
    • Manila Cathedral
    • Casa Manila
    • Quiapo Church
    • Binondo Church
    •    Monastery of Saint Agustin
    • San Sebastian Church
    • Banal Na Bundok
    • Kamay ni Hesus
    • Marian Orchard
    • Ang Kalbaryo
    • Regina RICA
    • Cutud flogging
    • Field of Faith
    • Tayak Hill
    • Tatlong Krus
    • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
    •    Kapitagan flogging

  • Which are the best nightlife experiences in Manila?

    The best nightlife experiences in Manila are as follows:

    • Exklusiv
    • Royal Club
    • Che'lu Bar
    • Prive Luxury Club
    • Revel at The Palace
    • Valkyrie Night Club
    • Guilly's Night Club
    • Hobbit House
    • Nuvo Bar and Restaurant
    • Central BBQ Boy Grill
    • Central BBQ Boy Taft
    • White Bird Disco Theater KTV
    • Amber's Best Restaurant and Ihaw-Ihaw
    • Bank Bar
    • Klownz Comedy Bar
    • Draft Gastropub Manila
    • 7840 TIME in Manila
    •    Club ZZYZX
    • Strumm's
    • Bé LOW Club
    • Chaos Manila Nightclub

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