Destination of the Week - Manila


For many the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Manila is a chaotic metropolis, but there’s so much more than that which makes Manila a worthwhile destination in its own right. Founded on the bank of the Pasig River by Muslim-Malays, by the 16th century the Spanish started colonizing the city which lasted over three centuries. This is none more evident than with the city’s architecture, especially churches, as well as forts and other colonial buildings now mostly centered in the neighborhood of Intramuros.

It doesn’t stop there, however. Manila is home to one of the world’s oldest and largest Chinatowns making it a buzz of life and food to explore. Visit the beautiful art deco Metropolitan Theater and after have a picnic in the Arroceros Forest Park in the heart of downtown or head to the top of one of the city’s towering skyscrapers for bird’s eye views of the city and its surroundings. Whether you want to visit museums, shop, or walk along the water’s edge, make sure to check out our top picks in Manila.

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