For those who are seeking complete serenity and do not like to be amidst the crowds, head to Manila in Philippines. All thanks to its distant location in the South China Sea. But, this is also the reason why many tourists overlook this great holiday destination. But, all your effort of traveling will be rewarded with alluring attractions in Manila Philippines. The archipelago of Philippines itself is surrounded by more than 7000 islands.
My first visit was Railay beach, then I explored manila – a town of great charm and tranquility. On this vast ocean of Pacific, you will really find yourself on the dreamland with cool and breezy atmosphere and alluring attractions. So, let’s take a tour of attractions in Manila Philippines.
Among all the attractions in Manila Philippines, one of the most interesting one is the 0 km Post located opposite of the Rizal Monument across Roxas Boulevard. Holding geographical significance, this is the spot from where the distances between any two destinations are measured in the country.
The Ayala Museum is really a dazzling museum that is must a visit. Herein, you will come across the short-term exhibition of Filipino culture, art, and history. The Bahay Tsinoy is another great museum with its three-dimensional dioramas and photos to impart knowledge regarding the Chinese role in the growth of the town. The name of the museum comes from the living tribes of Chinese-Filipinos known as Chinoys or Tsinoys. One more historic site that is famous is known as the Bahay Nakpil-Bautista nestled on a busy street of Plaza Miranda. In this mansion, if you are lucky enough, a cultural exhibition would be displayed, which is quite attractive. Historically, this was the residence of the widow of Andres Bonifacio who was the father of the Philippine Revolution.
Do visit the Binondo Church where the bell tower of the octagonal shape at the northern end of Paredes Street and a stunning statue of a bloody Jesus are the attractions. To continue with religious sites, I then headed to the restored Ermita Church that suffered at the time of the World War II. It is dedicated to the Nuestra Senora de Guia (Our Lady of Guidance) who is revered here. As per the legend, Legazpi founded the present lavishly dressed image of the Virgin Mary in 1571 during which the Spanish forces had conquered Manila.
The Malate Church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the form of Nuestra Senora de Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies). One more worth visiting Christian building is the Manila Cathedral that was damaged in World War II. However, it yet maintains its original look with its Romanesque look. Look for the chic cupola, a gold altar, a 4500-pipe organ, and striking stained glass windows. The Golden Mosque is really an awesome edifice as it was formerly the location of the Globo de Oro hotel.
The Intramuros is a splendid citadel built on the ruins of an Islamic settlement. Made by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, it is also called the Legazpi’s walled city. Its history is quite inspiring in the sense it could survive in spite of many attacks until the end of World War II. Unfortunately, an US bombing ruined it.
If you are a cultural cum nature fan, come to the Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP). This is where you will see many white elephants on the broken land in a bay and the active arts centre packed with beautiful legacy of the Marcos era.
The next attraction is solely for a history lover – Fort Santiago at the entrance to the Pasig River is abode of the Spanish army. Represented as a Shrine of Freedom since 1950, it is a memorial dedicated to the detained Dr Jose Rizal who raised his voice against the Spanish revolution and to all those Filipinos who strived for freedom.
Looking for some stylish zone? Head to the Greenbelt Complex across Makati Ave surrounding the Greenbelt Park. Here, the Ayala Museum and the open-air Sto Nino De Paz Chapel are worth visiting. There are also cafes and restaurants here. Besides, shopping is the famous activity here at Greenbelt 1, 2, 3 and 4 (malls).
The GSIS Museo Sining is where you can find a great display of the modern national art including paintings, sculptures, and tapestries of famous national artists such as Fernando Amorsolo and Hernando Ocampo. Do visit the Malacanang Palace that is the legal home of the President.
Best Time to Visit
January to March (peak tourist season)
June to December (off-season)
Bayview Park Hotel (3 star Hotel) – $56
Colors Hotel Manila – $8
Renaissance Makati Hotel (4 star Hotel) – $76