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15 Places to Go Visit in Metro Manila, Philippines

Updated on June 18, 2013

Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and one of two main places that you are likely to visit when you are traveling to this part of the world. The term “metropolitan Manila” or simply “metro Manila” refers to the city itself as more than one dozen other small cities and suburbs that surround the main city and make up the larger metropolitan area. Depending on which areas are included, this region includes anywhere from eleven million to nearly twenty million people (some sources distinguish Metro Manila as a smaller area than the larger surrounding “greater Manila” which accounts for the difference in population between sources. Whatever the case, this is a large area and one of the most thriving portions of the Philippines so you can bet that there are a lot of things to see and places to visit when you travel here.


For the traveler who wants to know the “must-see” things in this area, here are 15 hot spots to hit up when you visit Metro Manila for the first time:


1. Rizal Park. This historic park has been the site of some very important moment’s in Manila’s past and is a great place to start if you really want to learn about the history of the area. Memorial plaques and monuments will give you this type of education throughout the park. There are also more leisurely things to enjoy here including the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion and a chess plaza. In fact, if there’s only one thing that you get to experience during your stay in Metro Manila, you’ll want it to be this park because there is simply so much to see and do in this one area.


2. Nayong Pilipino. For a more modern “park”, you may want to check out this theme park which draws tourists from around the world. Various historical points of interest and cultural celebrations can be experienced here at this all-ages adventure area.


3. Manila Ocean Park. Those people who are fans of Sea World in the United States may find that they also enjoy this oceanarium in Metro Manila. There is also a boutique mall here and some other things to do while you’re visiting.


4. Intramuros. Visitors who are truly interested in the history of the region will want to make sure to check out this district which is the oldest district of Manila. It’s a “walled city” which harkens back to the days when fortresses were required to keep the people of an area safe from outsiders. Just exploring the old architecture (particularly the churches) here can really help you to gain a great understanding of what this region was like years ago. Various forts, statutes and monuments can also be enjoyed here.

5. Manila Cathedral. Those people who are interested in the religious history of the area will specifically want to check out this cathedral which was first established as a church in Manila way back in the sixteenth century.


6. Fort Bonifacio. This is a section of a city in Metro Manila where you can learn more about the military history of the Philippines. Various landmarks are located throughout the district with the main place to visit being the Heritage Park memorial park. Memorial cemeteries can also be visited here.


7. Villa Escudero Plantation. This historic coconut plantation located South of Manila is reportedly an amazing place to experience. It combines a museum tour / history lesson with an astoundingly beautiful natural setting to give you a terrific overview of the beauty of days past in this area. Note that their website is down as of the writing of this report.


8. Manila Zoo. Many people have expressed some sense of disappointment with the Manila Zoo as compared to some of the other great zoos around the world. However, it’s something that other visitors think is worth checking out because of the fact that it is the oldest zoo in Asia.


9. Walk along the Roxas Boulevard Baywalk. There will be times during your stay when you don’t necessarily want to “do” anything but you do want to continue to experience Metro Manila. For those downtimes, a walk along the Baywalk is ideal. It’s particularly known as a great place for watching the sun set into the Manila Bay but you can also just people watch and enjoy the scenery here.


10. Pasig River Ferry. Another really relaxing way to take in the sights and other senses of Metro Manila is to indulge in a tourist-y ferry ride.

11. Photograph Taal Volcano. This active volcano has caused a lot of devastation to the area surrounding Manila in the not-so-distant past. However, when it’s not erupting, it’s a beautiful “mountain” located on VolcanoIsland in LakeTaal. The scenic beauty is worth taking photos of while you’re enjoying a stay in Metro Manila. There are nearby resorts and outdoor activities in this area.


12. The malls. Even if shopping isn’t your thing, it’s worth it to check out at least one of the three major malls in Metro Manila because they’re history-making in their size and development. These three malls (SM Mall of Asia, SM City North Edsa and SM Megamall) are all on the list of the world’s largest malls, making them historic attractions as well as intriguing sightseeing opportunities.

13. Manila wet markets. For a more traditional shopping experience than what you’ll get at the malls, you’ll want to make it a point to visit one of Manila’s “wet markets”. These are open-air food markets where you can purchase fresh local foods from the people who live in the area. It’s a great cultural experience and one travelers should take the opportunity to enjoy while they are in the area.


14. The skyscrapers. Some people want to make sure to visit the tallest buildings in the places where the travel to and there are definitely some worth seeing in Metro Manila. Two of the ones that you’ll want to go take pictures of while you’re in the area are PBCom Tower and G.T. International.

15. Experience the nightlife of Makati. There are many places throughout Metro Manila where you can experience the bar and nightclub scene but this district within the city of Manila is the most well-known. If this type of thing is something that you like to take advantage of when traveling then that’s the district that you want to do it in.


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    Md Noh 2 years ago

    I 'vn to Manila n Angeles for more than 6 times i find the people there very polite,

    .Every times when they meet us they will say,Good Morning sir",Infront of the hotel entrance they will vow as a sign they respect the visitors@guests.Keep it up !

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    Kyle Briggs 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    The sites mentioned are truly great. I used to love riding the ferry along Pasig river. I wish could do that again. Anyway, it's sad to hear that Manila is being described by Dan Brown as "gates of hell". Sad but true.

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    Greg 4 years ago

    This web page was very helpful, I,am going to manila in 2 weeks and cant wait to tour this beautiful country. I will be staying there for a month. sooo hyped

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    Daterd 4 years ago

    I love my girlfriend sooo muuuuch!! Its more fun in the philippines!! :-)

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    Children of the 80's 4 years ago

    With all due respect, Nayong Pilipino does not exist anymore in Metro Manila.

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    ayalee 4 years ago

    it really is fun n the philippines

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    jobchristian 4 years ago

    wow!nice !manila is awesome!!

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    e.a gonzales 4 years ago from Philippines

    Thank you for promoting my country. Try to visit. I know you will love the place especially the pinoys! We will welcome you with grate joy:)

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    prea 4 years ago from Philippines

    Nice hub! I am currently starting my own :)

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    feh 4 years ago

    so far ive never been there in manila.Its nice to see the places .AWESOME AND AMAZING

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    earl 4 years ago

    THANK YOU!!!

    i am shocked that somebady appreciate our cities

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    mikey 4 years ago

    Awesome city was ther in sept last year and wil be back in three weeks! Love the culture,food and the curteous people.

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    ryan 4 years ago

    this are good suggestions but do not be disappoint to some problems you may encounter when you're planning to visit some places in manila.

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    mrvinze 4 years ago

    one word. awesome!

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    jose 4 years ago

    I got my list clear now

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    SAEED 5 years ago

    Thanks I visiting soon

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    onlinecashdigest 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    Wow, the picture at the top is a spectacular view of the Makati intersection at Ayala Avenue and Makati Avenue.

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    CZCZCZ 5 years ago from Oregon

    Excellent hub on places to go and visit in Manila. It is a massive city that has a lot of interesting places and culture to experience.

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    shenzhen sansun 5 years ago

    this is very informative post thanks for the share

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    onlinecashdigest 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    yup the malls are good and we can even write a very long hub about them.

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    jeffrey 5 years ago

    who want's to have some ?

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    xavier 5 years ago

    try also to visit Hundred island philippines 260 km. away north of manila. very nice beach and scenery, and also the neighboring beaches like bolinao beach, agno umbrella rocks. the good thing here is..very cheap to go there. you dont need to spend a lot of money. the food,hotel,spa,resort,transportation, their cheap.

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    rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

    wowowowow

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    bananatravels 5 years ago

    to view some of the philippines best and luxurious resorts and hotels, best value restauratns and world class tourist spotsa visit www.bananatravels.com

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    bachanesh kumar agrawal 5 years ago

    its beautiful city.i found it as was narrated

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    epic talker 5 years ago

    EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    wit 5 years ago

    wawawawawa nice! nice!

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    nanetteparker 5 years ago

    thanks for featuring the some of the best places to visit in metro manila. hope you don't mind if i share some additional information.. my mother is a native-born citizen of the Philippines that's why i already visited these tourist spots of metro manila for several times.. but the villa escudero plantation and the taal volcano are not located in metro manila. they are from the nearby provinces of manila. villa escudero plantation is in san pablo city, laguna and that is about 10km (6.2 miles) away from metro manila. meanwhile, the taal volcano is in the province of batangas and that is 50km (31 miles) away from the heart of manila.

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    Marlina 5 years ago

    Hi..i will be visiting Manila next month, is there any budget hotel or a nice place to stay in Manila?

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    dexter olisa 5 years ago

    nice one,. good job

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    Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

    Thanks for info.. hope I will visit there one day!

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    Vinod 5 years ago

    Have been to Manila e times before. I am going again on August 14th. I love this place, the people, the food, I like just about everything here. I have always stayed at the Crowne Plaza and will be there again next month. Of course, this is the first time I'll be in Manila during the monsoons and I'm sure I'll have a great time as I am going there with my wife.

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    BestAbsWorkouts 5 years ago

    This took me down memory lane. I spent a month in the Philippines back in 1990. Wonderful country, wonderful people.

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    htodd 5 years ago from United States

    Great post..Thanks

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    kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    Thanks for this hub! I'm from Quezon City, just north of Manila. People visiting Manila can stop over the city to head off to other interesting places in the Philippines like Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, and even Batanes :) Guests usually go scuba diving, sun bathing, or simply eating Philippines' famed halo-halo ;)

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    Web World Watcher 5 years ago

    Wow, I've never been to Manila, but after reading this I am putting on my list of go to destinations

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    applejuic3 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

    this makes me want to go to the philippines now!

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    abu dhabi yacht charter 5 years ago

    nice article! Philippines is on my list of countries to visit. Soon!

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    abu dhabi dhow cruise 5 years ago

    Thank you so much fun at Oceania Water Park in Cavite... A very good place to enjoy with your family and friends.

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    Xanthine 5 years ago

    Had so much fun at Oceania Water Park in Cavite... A very nice place to enjoy with your family and friends. My kids had so much fun the whole time. Would definitely be going back next year. try to visit this post http://www.dumaguete-hotels.com/oceania-water-park...

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    rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

    WOW! I LOVE MANILA....this is my birthplace! Hey, try some patok jeeps along Aurora BLVD with STop N Shop - Marikina Route :)

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    mecheil 5 years ago

    but as you jump off to each site, be prepared for bouts of nasty traffic jams.

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    ajcuaresma 5 years ago from NJ

    Awesome article! I visited over a year ago, and I wish I read your article first! That really would have helped me decide where to go next!

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    Toby Simon 5 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

    wow!! nice hub..i wish to see pacquiao when i visit Philippines..haha..

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    borge_009 5 years ago from Philippines

    I have never been there to Manila...hoping to visit these wonderful places

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    Carolina 5 years ago from Switzerland

    I have been in Manila 3x, wish to visit Manila again. Very informative hub. Thank you...greetings to my kababayan.

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    jslyde 5 years ago

    Manila here we come..

    will come there on 25th-28th of Nov. :D

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    youngdubliner 6 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    nice hub. Philippines is on my list of countries to visit. Soon!

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    Slim 6 years ago

    I lived i Subic for 3 years when I was in the Navy, I was young and stupid, I never seen the outside of a bar. I'm going back to P.I. in 6 more weeks, I will be visiting manila, subic, and Baguio, there are so many places I want to see. first on my list is to hick up the Taal volcano, I can't wait !!! but I'm still going to enjoy the night life in Makati, Angeles, and Olonapo...lol

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    Saluke 6 years ago

    I have been to mall of asia and mega mall and thoese are really nice place from many perspective.

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    Nicolas Simons 6 years ago from San Francisco

    I've never been to Manila before. Thank you for the virtual trip. Totally enjoyed it.

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    Gracie 6 years ago

    I have been in Mall of Asia. It's really nice there!! lots of amusements and I love walking in the seaside...it's relaxing!!!

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    munirahmadmughal 6 years ago

    "15 Places to Visit in metro Manila -Philippines".

    The hub is highly informative, excellently drafted, beautifully presented. The hub is up by all standard.

    The food for thought is that all these beautiful places though gifts of God have been preserved by the people who live their. It means their efforts have added grace into them and their constancy has brought fame for them. Those people who do not care for the natural gifts loose them one day. Philippines is thus worthy to be congratulated for having so beautiful places well maintained that attract the tourists all over the world. Such gifts are available everywhere in the world.

    May God bless all.

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    Maria Harris 6 years ago from Houston

    Very useful piece of information. I would love to go there some day.

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    cherry  6 years ago

    I'm intrigued with the Villa Escudero farm in Laguna. I hope i could bring my family there sometime this summer.

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    cceerpp 6 years ago from Ghana

    You make Philippines look so attractive.

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    craigmissuea 6 years ago from USA

    Travelling new places is a great hobby. You have mentioned exciting new places for those who have got passion in it.

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    theseus 6 years ago from philippines

    hi..thank you for the hub. from someone like me who is from the philippines, i appreciate it that others like my country. despite the controversies hounding my country, we really have a lot to offer to the world. the scenery and the warmth and natural,world-class talent of the Filipinos make me really proud to be a Pinoy.

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    maricar  6 years ago

    i really like razel park and ocean

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    DavidLivingston 6 years ago

    A very useful post! Thank you for sharing with us. Pls keep posting like this.

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    Anna 6 years ago

    This international bar (the lenk) is a really great place! They have european and asian food. Many of the coustomers are foreginer and it's located beside the Robinsson Manila. I love it :D

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    cloudhardy 6 years ago from United State

    Excellent Hub!!!!!

    Metro Manila is one of the most visited tourist destination across the world.The popular place like Experiencieng the nightlife of Makati,The skyscrapers,Manila wet markets,The malls, Taal Volcano,Pasig River Ferry,Walking around the Roxas Boulevard Baywalk,Manila Zoo,Villa Escudero Plantation and so on is very much useful for the visitors and travelers. Thanks a lot for sharing such a wonderful peace of text.

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    dorinmouss 6 years ago from New York

    Thanks for the great info. If only I could go to Manila!

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    flinsura 6 years ago

    I love Manila Philippines! and also laguna the province near manila... Wow Philippines!

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    mirtlesquirtle 6 years ago

    Very good blog> I always find the Philippines as a great country. Thank you for promoting this country.

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    Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

    Looks like a beautiful city, with plenty to see and do. Would like to visit some day.

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    Ipeoney 6 years ago from USA

    It's been a long time since i was there, way back 1986. I usualy visit the islands rather than the city. But very good update on Manila

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    starreviewer 6 years ago from CT, USA

    Was there last year and had a good time. This city has come a long way from what it was sometime back. good developments. thanks for sharing.

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    Janna Jones 6 years ago

    Great hub...and good info...but you forgot one thing...

    5th Avenue Mc Kinley Parkway, Fort Bonifacio Global City , Taguig

    In the walk way is the Best Food Group

    KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUT SHOP :)

    umm umm good!

    Janna :)

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    kingkhan78 6 years ago

    nice information and great hub about travelling

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    lahoriamplifier 6 years ago from Lahore

    i love traveling

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    geraldinegerongay 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    I haven't been to Manila Ocean Park yet. It wasn't there yet when I was still in the Philippines.

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    Metro Manila Directions 6 years ago

    In case you may want to visit these places, you can go to http://metromaniladirections.com for directions and tips on how to travel to these places. :)

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    Tony 6 years ago from At the Gemba

    Hi, will visit Manila in ... 8 days.... (pity this will not countdown.).. Will try to visit some of these places.

    Why do I see your name against so many hubs.. how do you do it.. I have trouble writing one!!!

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    miow 6 years ago

    Another interesting places in Manila is casino. While everyone is looking at Macau=casino. There is a number of poker club, PAGCOR casinos. There is a new casino and entertainment center in town. Resorts World Manila located at newport city, opposite of NAIA 3. Great show in BAR 360 and good food in Noodle Works, Mercado, Passion and Ginzadon. Some news said they will be more great restaurant and bar to come. A mall that never sleep.

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    digitalexplorer 7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Interesting list but I was surprised that Nayong Pilipino (besides the international airport in Pasay City) was included in your list. The place was already closed so many years ago! It was rumoured that it will be redeveloped into a mixed-use area. But when I clicked the link, you are referring to the expo village in Clark, Pampanga. Since it is only Metro Manila, then Villa Escudero, Nayong Pilipino and Taal Volcano should not be included in your list. It is quite confusing because these attractions are situated outside the jurisdiction of Metro Manila. As substitutes, I recommend the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman QC, China Town/Quiapo area (Manila City) and Baclaran Church area (Pasay City, during Wednesday).

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    topgunjager 7 years ago from Sunnyvale, CA

    Villa Escudero is the shiznit!!! My sister got married there, i'd stay there for the rest of my life if i could=)

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    Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    Thanks, Kathryn Vercillo. I used to walk along the Baywalk and interact with the local tourists and some foreigners, too. My routes, include Intramuros, Rizal Park, Baywalk then to Baclaran proper in Paranaque City, Manila. It really gave me a boost to lower my cholesterol level just walking along the said landmarks and places in the metropolis.

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    mommyfreelancer 7 years ago from Philippines

    Thank you for showing your appreciation of the Philippines and Metro Manila. I can add a few items: Manila Ocean Park, IMAX theaters, comedy bars (though shows are predominantly in Tagalog), old churches. But while here, don't limit yourselves to Manila, explore the islands! Get a tan, wakeboard, go spelunking, watch the whalesharks, and enjoy the food! :)

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    dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA

    Thanks for the hub... yes! I am visiting Manila soon.. I love the malls... Mall of Asia here I come.

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    CynthiaMoyer 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh - I lived in Metro Manila for a year as an exchange student (PCTR Batch 83-84!!) and LOVED the Philippines!!!!! Our 25th high-school reunion is this December, and I SO want to go! I lived in Valenzuela, off of Maysan Road, with three different Filipino families, and I spent a lot of time with a missionary family who lived at the Far East Broadcasting Company. I recently got back in touch with DOZENS of my classmates through Facebook and Friendster, and I am just so glad for the internet!

    Love, love, love, love, love the PHILIPPINES!!!!!!!!

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    mstuckey07 8 years ago

    Thanks for promoting my former country. It's nice to hear from someone else that they appreciate our country despite what we hear in the media over here. Sometimes it is not only the places itself but the people that makes a country .

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    Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

    Thanks for the tour. Would love to visit one day. Thanks.

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