Metro Manila. It’s a megacity with a huge appetite for fun. From its historic neighborhoods to the outrageous housing developments, Metro Manila is a maze of vibrant energy with bits of calm in between. This mighty megalopolis, is a grouping of 16 cities and one town. Eleven million people live here—that’s more than double the population of the entire Republic of Ireland!
HOW TO GET THERE
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are the premier international gateways. More than 30 airlines fly to Manila through here, from different cities around the world.
Manila is also accessible from the international airports of Cebu, Clark, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Puerto Princesa, and Zamboanga; as well as the other domestic airports throughout the Philippines.
All major provincial cities would have bus services to Manila. Inquire at your local terminal for schedules and ticketing.
You can take a passenger ferry from major ports around the Philippines to the port city of Manila. Inquire at your local port for schedules and ticketing.
It is also possible to travel from Sandakan, Malaysia to Zamboanga City, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi via the Weesam Express. Then take a flight, boat ride or series of bus rides to Manila.
MUST SEES HISTORICAL LANDMARKS & MONUMENTS
- Intramuros (the “Walled City)
- Casa Manila à Fort Santiago
- Rizal Monument (Rizal Park)
- Malacanang Palace
- People Power Monument
- Manila American Cemetery
- Libingan ng mga Bayani
- Corregidor Island
- Paco Park
- Binondo / Chinatown area CULTURAL / RELIGIOUS BUILDINGS
- Baclaran Redemptorist Church
- Manila Cathedral à San Agustin Church à Basilica Minore of the Black Nazarene
- Ayala Museum
- Central Bank Museum
- Malacanang Museum
- National Museum
- National Museum of the Filipino People à UST Museum
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