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Things to do in Manila

Manila, the Philippines' capital, is frequently used as a launching pad for exploring the country's wonderful beaches, breathtaking islands, and distinctive natural wonders. However, just in Manila, there are several tourist attractions to see! It's a lovely city full of surprises and incredible things to do!


Before the twentieth century, Manila was only the oldest part of the city.

It's a tight grid system enclosed by robust 16th and 17th-century walls that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding high-rise cityscape.

From the 16th century to 1898, this was the capital of the Spanish East Indies, and it includes the requisite churches, courtyard palaces, and administrative buildings in superb colonial architecture.

Intramuros, like many other historic colonial communities, has the peculiar sense of a European city center far away from Europe.

The statue of King Carlos IV on Plaza de Roma, the freshly rebuilt Ayuntamiento building, and the Puerta de Isabel II gate, featuring a statue of the Queen, are among the attractions on this list.

The tour can be done on foot, by calesa horse-drawn carriage, or by motorized tricycle.

Rizal Park

A park and plaza essential to Philippine history may be found on the southern outskirts of Intramuros.

In 1946, the Philippines declared independence, and in 1896, hero José Rizal was shot here, bringing the Philippine Revolution to a close.

On the 17th anniversary of his death, a monument was erected on the location where he was slain in 1913.

It houses his remains and is guarded by Marine Corps soldiers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Quirino Grandstand, with a seating capacity of 10,000, was built expressly for the 1946 proclamation of independence. Aside from its historical value, the park is a rare open space in the city, a green oasis amid some of the world's busiest streets.

National Museum

This museum, located on the east side of Rizal Park, houses paintings and sculptures by some of the most well-known Filipino painters of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Juan Luna, Fernando Zóbel, and Félix Hidalgo, for example, were part of a wave of Filipino artists that swelled while the country fought for independence from Spain.

The Spoliarium by Juan Luna, the museum's highlight, is set in this atmosphere.

The symbolism of this artwork, depicting dead gladiators being hauled away from the circus, was not missed on José Rizal, who received the gold medal at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in Madrid in 1884.


It is a promenade on Roxas Boulevard in Manila City, Philippines, that faces Manila Bay. The Baywalk runs for two kilometers from the United States Embassy to Rizal Park and the Philippines Cultural Center, right past the Manila Yacht Club.

Manila Ocean Park

The Oceanarium in the Philippine Archipelago, which opened in March 2008, is the park's most famous drawing. The Oceanarium houses around 13000 ocean animals from 277 different species unique to Southeast Asia, and it spans 3,000 cubic meters of ocean water divided into seven sections.

The water utilized in this attraction comes from Manila Bay, which has recently been improved. The facility must filter the water using several procedures to make it suitable for marine species.

The Park is also quite educational and informative, especially when it comes to sightseeing excursions.


Prepare your bellies because you're about to embark on a culinary journey! Binondo is Manila's Chinatown, with quaint, budget-friendly cafes around every corner. You'll get dim sum and roast duck here, as well as Filipino Chinese favorites like lumpiang Shanghai (egg rolls with meat, fish, and veggies), mami (noodle soup), and hopia (bean-filled pastry).

You may create your gastronomic itinerary or join a food crawl with Ivan Man Dy, who formerly escorted culinary legend Anthony Bourdain around Manila. On the tour, you will not only learn about Binondo's food culture but also about the town's historical sites.