The other half of Manila is a modern metropolis which is gaining more im-portance as a major artery in the
fi-nancial life stream of the country. The first stop is the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex,
a reclaimed land situated long Roxas Boulevard, remi-niscent of the glorious years of the Marcoses.
The drive through the com-plex starts with a glance of the foun-tain -adorned Cultural Center of the Philippines,
the country’s seat of cul-tural awareness. Then move on to the Philippine International Convention Center and
Folk Arts Theater which are favorite venues for both local and international events, concerts and performances.
Adjacent to the structures are the Coconut Palace, A building made mostly of coconut materials and Sofitel
Philippine Plaza, a deluxe hotel which gives a magnificent view of the Manila Bay. Tour then proceeds to the
financial and commercial center of Makati, passing through the plush residential village of Forbes Park dubbed
as “Millionaire’s Row”. The last stop is the American Memorial Cemetery, the largest and most beautiful outside