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Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the most populated capital in the world. The Philippines was formerly colonized by the Spaniards. Thus in 1571, the city of Manila was established. It is known as the Spanish City of Manila. It was discovered by the Spanish Empire, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. 24 June 1571 is the official date of the discovery of the city of Manila.
The Manila terms are usually used to describe the entire metropolitan area. It is then known as Metro Manila. Manila is one of the cities with the highest population in the country and in the world. Manila is also one of the richest cities in Southeast Asia.
There are many attractions in Manila that make the city very attractive. Manila City is the place where their first university was built. Apart from that, the water system, hotel, electrical system, livestock exchanges, zoos and so on began to be built in Manila. Thus the city is filled with many new systems. This makes the city very interesting.
Manila and other parts of the Philippines have a tropical climate influenced by the Southeast Asian monsoon system. It is located on the equator line. Therefore, the Manila temperature is hot throughout the year. Most of the time in Manila, it is hot with a temperature of 21.0 ° C to 39 ° C. Most temperatures in Manila are about the same as Singapore and only have a difference of less than 1 - 2 ° C. Manila and Singapore have no time difference and climates for both of the country is almost similar. The inhabitants of Manila will speak their native language, Tagalog. But since Manila was once colonized by Spain, English is also widely used here. All the city signs are also written in Tagalog.
You can reach Manila by flights. The airport in Manila is Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA: NAIA). It is one of the two major airports in Metro Manila Area. It is the busiest and most important Airport. It is located along the boundary between Pasay City and Paranaque City. It is about 7 kilometres South of Manila. Apart from that, Manila also has the Subic International Airport (IATA: SBIA) but now it focuses mostly on domestic flights only.
From the airport, taxis are the easiest way to get to the city as the distance between the airport and Manila city is just 7 kilometres away. However, although the distance between the two places is close, it can take from 20 minutes to 1 hour due to traffic jams. There are two types of taxis at the airport. The first is the Taxi Coupon where you have to pay the added amount of the taxi according to the distance of the airport to your destination. The second option is Yellow Taxi where it uses the meter. Therefore, the fares between the two taxis might be different. It is very important to take a taxi at a registered counter because too many fraudulent syndicates use a taxi.
Ninoy Aquino Airport is linked to a Rail Commuter called Light Rail Transit or LRT. The connected LRT station is Baclaran Station from route 1. This LRT operates from 5am to 9.30pm on weekdays, while it stops at 9 pm on Sunday. Ticket prices are between 15 Pesos, 20 Pesos and 30 Pesos or SGD 1, SGD 1.5 or SGD 2.
Apart from taxi and LRT, another way to get to Manila is to take the bus. There are 9 bus routes that stop differently in the city of Manila. Eight of them go to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue and another one bus route will take the Circumferential 5 (C-5) route. For tourists, it is encouraged to pick up a one-way bus ticket at Terminal 3, Route 2. This is due to the fact that the route stops at tourist attractions. Buses leave every 20 minutes from the airport. Ticket price is 100 Pesos or SGD 7. You can buy a bus ticket from the bus driver itself.
Manila is one of the cities in Southeast Asia that has a lot of attractions and a very deep history. Apart from that, Manila can also be regarded as a shopping paradise as there are many items sold at very low prices. Additionally, the city offers many interesting tourist attractions, whether for stunning architecture, unique cultural art, tantalizing festivals or historical riches.
Intramuros is the oldest part of the city of Manila and the state of Manila before the 20th century. Here, it is possible to see Spanish influence in their architecture. Intramuros has churches, castles and administrative buildings built with the colonization architecture. You can find the statue of King Carlos IV at Plaza de Roma as well as the statue of his queen. Visitors who come here can explore the Intramuros area on foot, horse-drawn carriage or motorcycle.
San Agustin Church
The church was built in the 16th century. It is now a UNESCO site because it is the oldest stone church in the Philippines. The church also has a Baroque design on the outside while the interior design is filled with very beautiful carved art. The church's sign was built in the 15th century. You are encouraged to visit this church early in the morning or late evening as it is closed to the public if there is a wedding there.
Pasay Seafood Market
This is a market adjacent to the Mall of Asia. Here, they have all stalls selling seafood such as giant prawns, crabs and various kinds of fish such as tuna. You can choose the seafood you want and then bring it to the restaurants outside the market for them to satisfy your needs. Prices are a bit expensive but the freshness of the seafood is guaranteed.
San Agustin Museum
The San Agustin Church has a monastery but it was destroyed in the 2nd World War. It was then rebuilt in 1970. Here there are all of Manila's history during colonization and the history of Catholic religious beliefs in the Philippines. The museum also has a lot of information about the history of the city of Manila from the arrival of Spanish colonists in 1500 until the destruction of Manila in 1945.
Manila has a lot of delicious food. What makes it heaven is that most of the food in Manila is cheap. Travellers can try local food at luxury restaurants, streets restaurant or even in booths or markets.
This is classic Filipino food. It is known as Adobo. Almost all restaurants serve this dish. It is meat boiled after being marinated with oil, soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. It is then fried to give a juicy texture to the meat. It is an ideal dish to be enjoyed with friends and family.
Balut is a very famous exotic food. It is food that can also be easily found in Manila. But it is not something that everyone can accept. Balut is a boiled duck egg eaten after the duck embryo is almost perfect. Many tourists do not like it because the shape of the duck body has already made the egg texture thinner.
Fresh spring rolls are like popia combined with Mexican food, burritos. It is a popia skin where the essence is meat, salad, carrot, beans and coconut. Then it is fried in hot oil and eat with sweet sauces.
Anilao town located in Batangas is just 3 hours from Manila. It is the spot for divers. This place is also suitable for those who are new to diving. The waters of Batangas have great sea life. Many fish and rocks can be seen here. You can catch a bus from Manila to the city of Batangas. Then you have to take Bolbok to change to jeepney to continue to Anilao.
This place is suitable for those interested in volcanoes. Tourists who come here can climb up to the volcano. From Talisay, Batangas you can take a boat to the volcano island. From here you have to get to the mountain. For those who do not like to climb the mountain, horses are available for rent. Despite the challenging route, Taal volcano is one of a perfect weekend getaways.
From Manila, you can take a bus to Tagaytay. From there, tourists can take the jeepney to the desired destination. In this city, the Taal Volcano can still be seen. You can also spend some time in one of the city's parks. There is also a very large Ferris wheel that you can ride it to see the whole area of Tagaytay city. After that, you can also spend some time in the café to enjoy coffee and enjoy the city's views.
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Day 1 Tour Ideas
1. Arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Take the LRT train to Baclaran station. From there, take the jeepney to the hotel. Check in and take a break.
2. The first destination is Intramuros. Here you can see the history and origin of Manila city.
3. The journey goes to San Agustin Church. Tourists can see this church's architecture. It is one of the sites of UNESCO.
4. In the evening, visit Pasay Seafood Market to enjoy fresh seafood and cooked at a restaurant near the market.
5. Return to the hotel and relax.
Day 2 Tour Ideas
1. Visit the San Agustin Museum to learn about the arrival of Spanish colonization as well as the history of Catholic religious beliefs.
2. Next, go to the Manila Church where tourists can see beautiful architecture after its destruction from fire, earthquake and war.
3. Enjoy Adobo dishes which are popular in the Philippines.
4. You can go to the Greenbelt Shopping Centre. Here you can shop as much as you want as there are many shops in the mall.
5. Return to the hotel and relax.
Day 3 Tour Ideas
1. Depart to Anilao by bus.
2. Dive in the water to see the rocks and marine life.
3. Enjoy the Spring Rolls at nearby restaurants.
4. In the evening, you can go to the Divisoria Market to try the food sold at stalls and shop at a low price.
5. Return to the hotel and relax.