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Why go to Manila
Let's tour Manila
I always enjoy visiting this place. Home to more than 1.6 million people, it's one of the busiest placed in the country. Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It's one of the 16 cities that make up the metropolitan area in Luzon.
Manila has it all. It's filled with historical sites, attractions, shopping destinations, cheap and luxury hotels, restaurants and more. To enjoy your stay in this throbbing city, you just need to know where to go and how to go there.
Choose your mode of transportation upon arrival. If you're a Phlippine Airlines passenger, you'll be landing in NAIA-Terminal 2; otherwise you'll be arriving in NAIA-Terminal 3, You can take a metered taxi going to your hotel in Manila. There are also buses waiting outside the terminals but if you're not familiar with the places in the city you're better off taking a cab. You might want to look for a Manila hotel that's near your iteneraries, to save travel time later on.
On the other hand, locals like me may simply take a bus going home.
Visit cultural sites. The modern City of Manila still holds a number of colonial architectural sites where locals and foreign tourists may go for free.
Travel through time with a kalesa ride in Intramuros and Fort Santiago. You may also enjoy taking pictures in the historic sites near San Agustin church or in Santa Cruz.
Quiapo is another location where daring tourists may come to have a feel of the Old Manila. Aside from the Quiapo churse where many Sto. Nino devotees visit everyday, you may also enjoy rummaging through its lively marketplace.
A place for food lovers. It's very easy to find a good place to eat in Manila. Cafe Adriatico is one that serves delectable and affordable dishes. It offers Spanish and Filipino cuisine that's just right on the budget. It's location is accessible to publioc utility jeepneys as well as taxi cabs. Another restaurant that's worth mentioning is LJC's Fely J's, located in Greenbelt in Makati. It serves delicious native "Pinoy" dishes. My favorites include their crispy pork knuckles, ginatang gulay at hipon (shrimp and veggines in coconut milk) and of course, adobo (stir-fried pork marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, pepper and garlic).
For authentic seafood dish, you have to try Dampa in Pasig. It's only a bus or jeepney ride from Manila. You can buy fresh fish, shells, crabs, shrimps or any food you want from the market (or ask the crew to buy them for you). Then ask them to cook your dish the way you like it. It's guaranteed fresh, it's delicious, and of course, it's cheap-er than ordering in a classy restaurant else where.
You'll also enjoy a variety of different kinds of restaurants in Makati, especially if you visit Greenbelt area. There you'll find fusion foods, Asian and Western dishes, fastfoods, bistros and restaurants of various selections.
Where shoppers meet. For wholesalers, Divisoria, Tutuban, Quiapo and Greenhills are the places you'd have to visit. Shoes, clothes, dolls and more are here at very cheap prices. Mall goers on the other hand may go to the Mall of Asia (MOA), Robinson's Place-Ermita and SM Mega Mall. Have fun shopping, just always be sure to hold on to your purse while looking for good deals.
Travel tips. It's fun to visit Manila. But, you should always be at your guard. Manila is a gateway to many cities and a destination for people in the provinces. There are different kinds of folks here, including tourists. If you're traveling alone, make sure you research well on how to go to different places. Trains are often crowded so you may want to use public jeepneys and buses. If you're getting a taxi cab, just always remember to lock your doors.
The best way still, is to have a trusted friend with you who knows the twist and turns in the city. It should be fun. Enjoy!