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Manila Holidays Overview

Manila, the capital of The Philippines, is also known as the Pearl of the Orient, a name which couldn’t be more apt for this beautiful city. Manila has known to suffer from numerous invasions, countless wars and more natural disasters than any city can possibly handle. Despite all the problems that time threw at it, the city has still managed to evolve into one of the most popular cities in Southeast Asia.

Manila offers tourists with typical southeast Asian sights where expansive skyscrapers share the roads with shanties and chic boutiques run side by side to hawkers selling their wares on nearby footpaths. The roads are famous for their pathetic traffic snarls and the urban sprawl is daunting, but the uninhibited nightlife of the city is something that would put most bars of Bangkok to shame. Manila also offers its own share of designer boutiques and gleaming malls that sell high end products. Those looking for something more tender can revel in the age old courtyards and ancient cobblestone streets where nothing has changed ever since the Spanish left the city.

The city is located on the Manila Bay and offers its guests with a beautiful mix of old world sights and modern day attractions, rich malls and restaurants and poor roadside hawkers and eateries. Some of the most popular sights in the city include the ancient walled area of Intramuros, the beautiful Corregidor Island, the majestic Fort Santiago and the Rizal Park. Manila is also full of numerous parks, restaurants, museums, churches and nightclubs which should ensure that you have enough to see from morning to night and enough to do from night to the next morning.

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Manila holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Intramuros

What is it? The oldest part of Manila is the medieval Spanish walled enclave of Intramuros on the southern bank of the Pasig River, packed with historic buildings and churches, many of which are being or have been restored. The reconstruction of Intramuros has allowed for the inclusion of several parks and performing venues, art galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants, so that the area has become an attractive, entertaining and interesting tourist Mecca. Fort Santiago, for example, was where political prisoners through the ages, from Spanish to Japanese occupation, were held, tortured and sometimes executed. Today it is a lush park full of flowering trees and homing pigeons where visitors can take a ride along the promenade on a horse-drawn carriage. Then, in the Barrio San Luis along Juan Luna Street there are five colonial residences that have been beautifully restored. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Rizal Park

What is it? The 58-hectare (143 acre) Rizal Park is named for Dr Jose Rizal, renowned Philippine anti-colonialist, writer and philosopher. The park is one of the largest in South East Asia, and is a green lung much used by the residents of Manila for recreation and entertainment. The park features numerous ornamental gardens, a chess plaza and a skating rink. In a pond on the east side of the park the Philippines archipelago has been recreated in miniature. There are also some museums and public buildings within the park, and after sunset a sound and light exhibit featuring the martyrdom of Dr Jose Rizal is to be seen. On Sundays there is a free concert in an open-air auditorium. Hours of Operation: Daily 7am to 7pm Phone:



3. San Agustin Church
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What is it? Within Intramuros stands Manila's oldest stone church, San Agustin, which was completed in 1606 and has since survived the ravages of time and successive invasions. The church has a magnificent intricately carved door, Baroque pulpit, and an 18th century pipe organ. A museum is housed in the Monastery alongside the church, which holds a collection of paintings of saints and other religious art. The Sacristy houses a collection of richly embroidered vestments and Philippine notables are buried in the crypt. Hours of Operation: Daily 7am to 7.30am and 5pm to 6pm. The museum is open daily 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm Phone:(0)2 527 4060



Manila holidays - Top Events


1. Fête de la Musique in Manila

From 2007-06-21

To 2007-06-21

What is it? Originally an idea conceived in France, the Fête de la Musique festival is now celebrated in about 100 countries around the world on the same day. Manila has one of the biggest and best of these musical meetings, with 150 bands of different musical genres pounding it out simultaneously on seven different stages in one venue on a single night. The music itself is a cocktail of everything of the best from jazz and rock, blues and alternative to electronic, reggae and ethnic percussion. For more information contact the project director on 0917 849 5959 or email Where is it? Ortigas Center, Pasig



2. Feast of the Black Nazarene

From 2007-01-09

To 2007-01-09

What is it? Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country flock to Manila to be part of the procession accompanying the Christ statue known as the 'Black Nazarene' through the streets in the hope this will protect them from harm and ensure health, wealth and happiness for the coming year. The raucous cacophony of the procession lasts for about six hours. Traditionally all devotees marching along with the carriage bearing the statue and the colourful brass bands have to be barefoot. Traffic is disrupted in the city centre for the duration. For more information email Where is it? From Quipo Church and through the streets of Quipo




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