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Cheap but Awesome Places to visit in Metro Manila
1. Shop and enjoy the sunset view at SM City Mall of Asia
Enjoy sunset viewing while shopping at MOA!
It is considered as the 11th largest shopping mall in the world and one of the cheapest but awesome destinations for sunset lovers. This serves as one of the tourist spots in Pasay but of course locals also enjoyed to visit there. In my 5 years in Manila, I have been there for many times already. I only leave home if and only if my friends ask me to go with them. Just like others, my main reason for visiting MOA is to enjoy the view of sunset while walking and taking pictures with my friends.
SM Mall of Asia (MOA) sunset view!Click thumbnail to view full-size
Aside from sunset, you can also enjoy on great choice for food, services and retail goods. If you want to experience night life in Manila, then it is also the best place for you. There are bars, restaurants and stores near seaside. You can enjoy listening to music, (there are times that bands really performed in MOA) eating and shopping while sunset viewing. Some locals bring food with them and eat on seaside while others buy on fast food in the mall.
Fireworks Display at MOA
During weekends, it became crowded which is normal for a shopping mall especially that it is in Metro Manila wherein the highest population in the whole country is recorded. Moreover, when you visit during Saturdays there will be a fireworks display. It is another attraction for tourist and locals. In terms of transportation, there are buses, jeepneys, cabs and taxis in the area so travelling in MOA is not a problem.
2. Relax, have fun and visit Rizal Park!
Rizal Park is an historical urban park in Metro Manila and considered as the major destination for locals and tourists. It was named as an honor to Jose Rizal (Philippine National Hero) who was executed in the area on 1896. Just like other places, it is also cheap and no entrance fee. For those who are near in the area especially for locals living in Manila, it is very easy to go there. It is just one ride if you are coming from Divisoria.
While you are roaming in Rizal Park, you can also enjoy taking pictures with the Water Buffalo Sculpture at Burnham Green, Rizal Monument and Japanese Garden. It is also a great place for picnic together with you family. Just make sure that to clean your garbage after eating. Moreover, for local and tourist who are very near in the area, it is a very nice place to do you morning workouts. It is not new since every morning there is a Zumba in the park.
If you want to visit Rizal Park at night, of course you can still enjoy your stay and take pictures of dancing fountain. This is another attraction of the park that you must see. Since I’m near in the area, I visit there once a week. It was 2 years ago that I witnessed the dancing fountain and I was very amazed of it. Another thing, during weekends it is very crowded and you can see people of different race.
3. Take a tour with friends at the historical National Museum of the Philippines!!
Whether you love to visit museums or it is a requirement on one of your subject, then this is the time that you must enjoy your visit there plus the affordable entrance fee. National Museum is located at P Burgos Drive, Rizal Park Manila that manages and develops national reference collections. In terms of transportation, you can ride a jeep with a signboard of Manila City Hall/Lawton or take LRT line 1.
What's inside National Museum? (Photos are mine, you can republish it elsewhere as long as you will cite the source)Click thumbnail to view full-size
This is a great place for people who love art. It has four divisions; National Museum of Fine Arts (formerly known as National Art Gallery) where its facade had classical features using stylized Corinthian columns, ornamentation and Renaissance inspired sculptures. The National Museum of Anthropology (formerly known as Museum of the Filipino People) is a component museum that houses the anthropology and archaeology divisions. The National Museum of Natural History that have a hexagonal DNA tower structure in its center which is the base for the ventilating roof-dome of the whole building. The Planetarium which is located between the Japanese Garden and The Chinese Garden in Rizal Park.
Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard sunset!Click thumbnail to view full-size
4. Enjoy walking while taking pictures of sunset at Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard!
Baywalk, a seaside promenade overlooking Manila Bay along Roxas Boulevard is known as the best destination of sunset lovers. You can witness and take the best pictures of sunrise and sunset in this area. You can also have a picnic with friends and family in this area. Many locals choose Baywalk for sunset viewing since it is near to some tourist spots e.g. Rizal Park and Manila Ocean Park.
There is no entrance fee and it is an open area. There are also stores wherein you can buy food and drinks (some are selling it in expensive price so better bring food and water when you go there but if you are “mayaman” and can afford it, then there is no problem.
5. Take a walking tour on Intramuros, the walled city!
It is another destination that you must include on your list when you visit Metro Manila. Intramuros is a historic centre and the oldest district of Manila. This tourist attraction is known as Ciudad Murada (walled city) because of its nearly three-mile-long circuit of massive stone walls and fortifications that almost completely surrounds the entire district.