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The Best Things to Do in Manila

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Though Manila's rising dining scene could fill all of your time in the city, make sure you get out and about a bit. The busy city is home to history sites, gardens, and much more. If you just have one day to spend in Manila, head straight to the walled city of Intramuros. The oldest district of Manila, it's a good way to explore the history of the Philippines and find out why so many local dialects sound kind of Spanish. Don't miss the Rizal Shrine, a museum that honors the Filipino national hero, Jose Rizal.

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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Intramuros plays an important part to our country's history and it is one of the popular destinations for a visitor to our hometown. It is the oldest district and is called the Walled City. Historically, it is the seat of the Spanish government...
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Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Manila, like many other large Asian cities is taxing on the nervous system. It can be brutally hot and humid, it is extremely polluted, and the traffic is some of the worst I have ever experienced (I would compare it to that of Bangalore, India)....
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1 Sierra Madre St, Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal, Philippines
On a recent visit to Manila, friends suggested getting out of the heat and traffic and visiting the Pinto Art Gallery & Museum. Situated on a hilltop in Antipolo with grand views of the city, the museum houses a substantial private collection...
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Taguig City, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
Almost a decade after WWII, the United States asked the Philippines for a piece of land in Metro Manila and assembled the largest war dead cemetery and memorial for American troops (including unknown soldiers and those still classified as missing...
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666 Behind, Quirino Grandstand, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila, Philippines
Take the kids here for a nice break, especially when it's really hot outside. There are many different sealife-based attractions and shows, including this exhibit that makes you almost feel like you're swimming along! (My favorite was the Jellies...
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General Luna St, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila, Philippines
Located in Intramuros (the Walled City), the oldest part of Manila, this is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Construction began in 1586 and was completed in 1607. I truly consider this to be a miracle church after all it has been...
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Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Makati houses most of the big hotels like Makati Shangri-la, The Peninsula, Mandarin Hotel, New World Renaissance Hotel. It is the largest and most central business district where most major companies and banks are situated. It's a relatively safe...
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In the oldest area of Manila, known as the Intramuros district, history can be felt through its weathered buildings. There is a makeshift sign indicating the garden is closed, but you'll likely see curious travelers taking a peek beyond this...