Manila, capital and chief city of the Philippines. The city is the centre of the country’s economic, political, social, and cultural activity. It is located on the island of Luzon and spreads along the eastern shore of Manila Bay at the mouth of the Pasig River. The city’s name, originally Maynilad, is derived from that of the nilad plant, a flowering shrub adapted to marshy conditions, which once grew profusely along the banks of the river; the name was shortened first to Maynila and then to its present form. In 1975, by presidential decree, Manila and its contiguous cities and municipalities were integrated to function as a single administrative region, known as Metropolitan Manila (also called the National Capital Region); the Manila city proper encompasses only a small proportion of that area.
Manila is a year-round travel destination. Regardless of when you go, there is always a place that is worth visiting.
The main airport in Singapore is Singapore Changi Airport. The airport is located in Changi, at the eastern end of Singapore, approximately 20 kilometres northeast from Marina Bay. Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA (IATA: MNL, ICAO: RPLL), also known as Manila International Airport, is one of the two international airports serving the Metro Manila Area, being the main international gateway to the Philippines. NAIA is located along the border between Pasay City and Parañaque City in Metro Manila. It is about 4 miles (7 km) south of the city, and southwest of Makati City's Central Business District. China Southern Airlines, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scoot and Singapore Airlines offers a direct flight from Singapore to Manila.
Generally, the climate pattern in Singapore and Manila are fairly the same. Average temperatures in Manila vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some when compared to other tourist destinations worldwide. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Manila, the hottest months are May, April, and then June. The warmest time of year is generally mid-May where highs are regularly around 34.2°C with temperatures rarely dropping below 27.1°C at night.
Metro Manila is the metropolitan region surrounding the capital, Manila City. This region itself is composed of no less than 16 cities, all portraying a unique character. Although each possesses a different charm making them worthy of a visit, the older historical town is where most of the top places to visit in Manila are centred.
1. Rizal Park - Named after the country’s national hero, inclusive of the huge commemorative monument, this park is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle and traffic which plagues the city. Spread over an area of 58 hectares, this urban park has as a centrepiece the tallest flagpole in the Philippines (32m) commemorating the country’s independence. The park is divided into three sections, with the middle section considered as the park proper, and home to an artificial lagoon equipped with a dancing fountain. The lower side of the park incorporates the Manila Ocean Park (more of that later).
2. Manila Ocean Park - At the far end of Rizal Park is Manila’s huge aquarium, even bigger regarding floor space than Singapore’s own Sentosa Aquarium. While commanding great views of Manila Bay, the aquarium focuses mainly on marine life which is indigenous to Southeast Asia and features more than 14,000 creatures.
3. Intramuros - Intramuros, which translates to ‘within the walls’, is the fortified historical centre within Manila city. Within its perimeter, you’ll find both the Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago, the latter forming part of the same defensive structure. The whole area is mostly closed off to vehicles, reserved only for residents and special permit holders.