City of Manila (Metro Manila)

The city of Manila is included to the region Metro Manila

Presentation of the destination

- An Introduction

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is one of several cities that populate a region of the country near the shores of Manila Bay. With such a small available landmass and relatively large population, Manila has been labelled the most densely populated city on the planet. Featuring a vibrant economic and cultural industry, Manila has become one of the more popular tourist destinations in this particular region of the world. Visitors to this island have the unique opportunity to explore a city that successfully inhabits both time-tested tradition and a bold, powerful vision of the future. The official currency of the Philippines is the peso. The country has adopted Filipino and English as its primary languages. Citizens of Manila live within the UTC +8 time zone. 

Points of interests / things to see

- Helping To Establish Cultural Identity

Located within the Intramuros, also referred to as the Old Walled City, the Bahay Tsinoy museum was first erected in 1999 with the goal of nurturing, supporting and promoting cultural identity and the rich interactions between native Chinese and Filipino citizens. The museum includes a variety of exhibitions, featuring material related to early colonial culture, the development of the Chinese community within the Philippines, ceramic artworks and historical insight into the 1800s, a formative century for the nation. For travelers looking to better understand the historical context of Manila's diverse ethnic community, the Bahay Tsinoy museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the development of the country as a whole, as well as an intimate, enriching first-hand look at the lives and interactions of local residents.  The museum is typically open weekly between the days of Tuesday and Sunday. Standard operating hours are 1 PM to 5 PM. The official website of the Bahay Tsinoy museum is http://www.bahaytsinoy.org/. More information about current exhbitions can be found by directly contacting the museum through their e-mail address, info@bahaytsinoy.org. Standard admission fees are P100 for adults and P60 for children and students. The museum is located at:32 Anda corner Cabildo Streets, Intramuros, Manila 1002 Philippines

- A Haven For Children Of All Ages

A unique addition to the cultural landscape of Manila, the Museo Pambata is specifically designed to engage children from both the Philippines and abroad. Featuring an array of exhibits, including installations related to visual art, history, science and health, among others, the Museo Pambata has successfully developed an entertaining and engaging learning experience. The museum is open on a weekly basis, with standard operating days of Tuesday through Sunday. That being said, visitors from abroad  should ensure that they have checked with the museum prior to arriving in order to ensure that the facilities have not been closed for special holidays. The Museo Pambata also hosts a variety of social engagements for those wishing to plan parties, festivals or meetings. Although this may not be of interest to casual travelers, this particular feature of the Museo Pambata has made it quite popular within the community at large. For those wishing to learn more about the museum, the official website, http://www.museopambata.org, includes an array of helpful information. Individuals wishing to directly contact the museum can do so using the provided e-mail address, info@museopambata.org The physical address of Museo Pambata is: Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila, Philippines. 

-Looking Exploration Of The Past

The Museum Of Philippine Political History serves as both an exhibition space and archive for the people who inhabit Manila and the Philippines at large. Highlighting the diverse social and cultural changes that have occurred within the Philippines through the use of interactive technology and engaging exhibits, the Museum Of Philippine Political History is designed to present the complex subtleties of nation building and political reform in a way that is informative, accessible and entertaining for both adults and older children. Although some may interpret political history as a topic that does not necessarily require "innovation," this particular institution has created an ingenious blend of technology and information.  The museum borrows significantly from theatrical conventions, creating an environment that allows visitors to immerse themselves in a dynamic historical "scene" as opposed to more mundane methods of browsing and reading. For those interested in visiting the Museum Of Philippine Political History, standard operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Travelers who have questions about the exhibits or general admission should contact the museum directly at (02) 254-74-82. An e-mail submission form is also available on the official website of the museum, http://nhcp.gov.ph/museum-of-philippine-political-history/. The mailing address of the Museum Of Philippine Political History is: NHCP Bldg., T.M. Kalaw St., Manila, 1000 2547482 

- Defining A Culture

In keeping with the rich cultural and ethnic heritage of the Philippines, the Museum Of The Filipino People has been designed to provide local residents and foreign visitors with a lasting cultural "resource." This particular institution has become an iconic element of Manila, due in large part to the fact that, on a symbolic level, the museum represents the "soul" of the Philippines. With an array of exhibits, including installations related to the origins of the Philippine Islands, ancient historical treasures that have been unearthed during archaeological excavations, and a general survey of Filipino culture, the Museum Of The Filipino People is both enduring and perpetually "fresh." The content seen here will remain a lasting reflection of the current belief systems and demographics of the Filipino people. Travelers can particularly benefit from the exhibitions provided here when attempting to immerse themselves in the culture of Manila. One of several museums related to Filipino history and identity within Manila, the Musem Of The Filipino People acts as a testament to the commitment to the Filipino people employed by both the city and the country. The official website of the museum is http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/#page=page-1. Guests can reserve tickets for their visit through the online system featured here. The physical address of the Museum Of The Filipino People is: National Museum of the Philippines Padre Burgos Drive, City of Manila, Philippines.

- Fusing Old And New

Intramuros is widely considered to be the oldest known district within Manila. Featuring some of the most historic buildings and institutions within the city, Intramuros functions as an anachronisitc oasis within the greater metropolis of Manila. With a unique architectural fortification of sturdy walls, Intramuros holds particular interest for tourists who are looking to explore the "authentic" culture of Manila and the Philippines. The Intramuros was first constructed in the closing years of the 16th century at the request of the presiding Spanish colonial government in an effort to thwart potential invasions from enemy powers. Unfortunately, the unique design and construction of the Intramuros was heavily damaged during the Second World War. In a city which features such a high population density, the respite offered "within the walls" of Intramuros can also serve as a refreshing change of pace for both locals and travelers. Within the Intramuros exist a number of religious institutions, including multiple churches and educational institutions founded on religious convictions and practices. Intramuros also hosts mutliple museums and monuments, including the popular statue of Queen Isabella. What is most enticing for many people regarding the Intramuros is the freedom available when exploring the streets of this historic area.

Taal Volcano

The second-most active volcano in the Philippines, Taal volcano is situated on the island of Luzon in close proximity to Manila. Although the Taal volcano has a documented history of eruption, it has become a popular tourist destination for ambitious trekkers looking for an unforgettable experience in this unique island chain. Typically, travelers interested in exploring the volcano will embark upon a guided tour that includes transporation to the island via boat. More information about these tours can be found at http://www.taalvolcano.org/. Visitors can contact tour organizers directly via e-mail at laketaal@filipinotravel.com.ph. These tours are managed through the Philippines Department of Tourism.

Corregidor Island

Located at the entrance of Manila Bay, Corregidor has been used as a fortified, defensive position throughout the history of occupation and conquest in the Philippines. Because of this, visitors have the unique opportunity to explore a range of historical artifacts, including the popular Malinta Tunnel. The U.S. Government erected the Pacific War Memorial on Corregidor in order to honor both the Filipino and American soldiers who fought during the Second World War. The memorial is situated at the highest point of Corregidor's Topside.  This memorial has become a focal point of tourism within the region for visitors interested in Manila's historical signficance.

Rizal Park

As stated previously, the incredibly dense population levels in Manila make "personal space" a luxury. Rizal Park provides much needed tranquility and peace for those living within the city. The park is located in close proximity to the Museo Pambata and the San Augustin Museum. Rizal Park has gained particular acclaim and attention due to the immaculate condition of its grounds, the majority of which are maintained by the city. The park is named after Dr. José Rizal, a national hero who was executed in 1896 during the Philippine Revolution against their Spanish occupiers. The Rizal Monument within the park functions as the point of origin for all roads in Manila.

Paco Park

Paco Park is one of several natural spaces developed under the auspices of the National Park's Development Committee. Originally designed as a municipal cemetery during Spain's colonization of the area, Paco Park has since been converted into both a tranquil natural haven and area of historical significance. Notable memorials within Paco Park include the first burial plot for Dr. José Rizal as well as the well-preserved burial site for Jose Burgos, Mario Gomez and Jacinto Zamora, three Filipino priests who were executed in the Cavite mutiny of 1872. The park is located within the Paco district of Manila. Although significantly smaller than Rizal Park, Paco Park includes points of interest for visitors and travelers.

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Local time and timezone in manila

Manila time
Timezone
UTC +8:00 (Asia/Manila)
Summer time UTC +7:00
Winter time UTC +8:00

Figures

Country :
Philippines
Locality :
Manila
Administrative area 1 :
Metro Manila
Country code :
PH
Latitude :
14.5995124
Longitude :
120.9842195

Surrounding towns

  • Quezon City ~11 km
  • Makati ~7 km
  • Pasig ~11 km
  • Parañaque ~14 km
  • Antipolo ~15 km
  • Valenzuela ~11 km
  • Pasay ~7 km
  • Las Pinas ~17 km
  • Taguig ~12 km
  • Marikina ~14 km
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Getting There

Thanks to Manila's significant influence in the region, traveling to the Philippines can be accomplished relatively easy. Due to the Philippine's relatively isolated location, the majority of travel to the region is accomplished via air travel. The majority of major international air carriers offer daily flights to the Philippines, allowing travelers to schedule their vacations to this region without excessive difficulty. That being said, it's important to remain updated on any possible delays or cancellations caused as a result of weather-related conditions in the area. Upon arrival in Manila, visitors can use a variety of pre-existing public transportation options, including two rapid transit systems, the Manila Light Rail Transit System and the Manila Metro Rail Transit System. For those seeking a more "unique" transit experience, Manila's trademark "Jeepneys" function as a shared taxi, allowing travelers to quickly commute around the city at an affordable price. The Philippine National Railways currently maintains two large, main-line systems within the city, allowing both travelers and commuters to quickly find their way in and out of the larger urban areas. The Philippine National Railways is particular useful for those who are seeking to explore other areas of the country in addition to this fascinating city.

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