Manila, Philippines Travel Guide
Manila Bay at night
Author: Vanessa David (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)
Cities of Metro Manila
- City of Manila - national capital
- Caloocan City
- Las Piñas City
- Makati City
- Malabon City
- Mandaluyong City
- Marikina City
- Muntinlupa City
- Navotas City
- Pasay City
- Pasig City
- Parañaque City
- Quezon City
- San Juan City
- Taguig City
- Valenzuela City
- Municipality of Pateros
Places of Interest in Metro Manila
Oldest district of the City of Manila, with most of its historical buildings.
- Fort Santiago
Defense fortress built by the Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi.
- Rizal Museum
Museum within Fort Santiago housing the memorabilia of Dr. José Rizal, the Philippine national hero who was executed in 1896.
- Manila Cathedral
Cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila.
- San Agustin Church
Roman Catholic church under the auspices of the Order of St Augustine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Acuraio de Manila
Manila Aquarium, located at Puerta Real, at the southern entrance to Intramuros.
- Bahay Tsinoy
Museum of the Chinese people in the Philippines.
- Liwasang Bonifacio (Freedom Park)
Public square with statue of Andres Bonifacio, a revolutionary leader.
- Rizal Park
Public park bounded by Roxas Boulevard, venue for Independence Day parades.
- Rizal Monument
Memorial to the Philippine national hero.
- Manila Hotel
Historic hotel which served as General Douglas MacArthur's former headquarters.
- Manila City Museum (Museo ng Maynila)
Museum chronicling the historical development of Manila
- National Museum of the Filipino People
Museum housed in the Greek-style Department of Finance building.
- National Museum
Museum housed in the Old Congress Building.
- Museo Pambata (Children's Museum)
Museum offering entertaining exhibits and activities to children.
- Malate Church
Church dedicated to Our Lady of Remedies, patron saint of women in childbirth.
- Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Museum housing collection of pre-Hispanic gold artifacts and old masters.
- Money Museum
Museum within the Central Bank of the Philippines, with collection of Philippine currency and those of other countries of the world.
- Manila Zoological and Botanical Gardens
One of the oldest zoos in Asia opened in 1959.
- Cultural Center of the Philippines
Also called the CCP Complex, center established in 1969 to promote and preserve Filipino arts and culture.
- GSIS Museo ng Sining
Museum showcasing works by Filipino painters such as Fernando Amorsolo and Hernando Ocampo.
- Coconut Palace
Former Marcos guesthouse.
- Star City
Amusement park in Manila.
- World Trade Center
Facility for exhibitions, conventions and concert venue.
- Redemptorist Church
The National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, one of the largest churches in the Philippines.
- Makati City
City within Metro Manila which is the major financial, commercial and economic hub of the Philippines.
- Ayala Avenue
The financial hub of Makati, with tall skyscrapers and gated communities of the affluent.
- Ayala Museum Galleries
Museum housing Philippine art from various historical periods.
- Manila American Memorial Cemetery
Resting place of over 17,200 Allied soldiers.
- Ortigas Center
Another business district of Metro Makati.
- Quezon City
The largest city in Metro Manila.
- Quezon Memorial Circle
27-hectare greenery with orchid farm, Manila Seedling Bank and Ninoy Aquino Parks.
Chinese enclave with Chinese shops and restaurants.
- Quiapo Church
One of the most popular Roman Catholic churches in the Philippines.
- Bahay Nakpil Bautista
A stone house that was home to four Filipino freedom fighters.
- San Sebastian Church
Reputedly the only prefabricated steel church in the world.
- Malacañang Palace
Office-cum-residence of most Philippine presidents and previous rulers, now housing the Malacañang Museum.
Sights around Manila
- Corregidor Island
Small rocky island at the entrance of Manila Bay.
- San Jose Church in Las Piñas
Church with the world's only bamboo organ.
- Cavite City
City on a hook-shaped peninsula in Manila Bay.
- Tagaytay Ridge
Site for viewing the Taal volcano and its massive crater lake.
- Tagaytay City
Highland city at an altitude of 600 meters, center for growing pineapples, papaya and other tropical fruits.
- Taal Volcano
One of the smallest and most active volcanoes in the world.
- Taal City
Culturally preserved site of the Spanish colonial era with the Basilica of St Martin de Tours, one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia.
Birthplace of Jose Rizal.
- Riceworld Museum
Museum showcasing the history and science of rice cultivation.
Site of a fascinating underground cemetery.
- Pagsanjan Falls
Torrential waterfall along the Magdapio River.
- Lake Caliraya
Reservoir dug by the Americans in the 1930's.