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Manila, Philippines

Updated on March 28, 2013

I'm coming back home to Manila!

Folks are wondering what it feels like living in Manila since I've spent my entire life here. So, I decided why not make a lens about it.

The city of Manila is commonly known as "Maynila" for Filipinos, is the capital city of the Philippines and the second most populous city of the country with more than 1.6 inhabitants and also in the metropolitan area is the second most populous in Southeast Asia.

Manila is the center of government in the country and one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to over 14 million people. It is located on the shores of Manila Bay just west of the geographical center of Metro Manila, also known as the National Capital Region (NCR), which lies on an isthmus between Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay in southern Luzon. The city is one of 17 cities and municipalities which form the metropolitan area.

From shopping malls to high class sea ports, Manila City got it all, and one of the most visited places here is the Rizal Park where our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, was executed and buried. His monument was made there to commemorate his works for his motherland.

The Metropolitan Manila region acquired its independence entity in 1975. It has been classified as a "Beta" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network in 2008.

Information Courtesy from: The Official Website of the City of Manila, Philippines

The Best Places to Visit in the City of Manila

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The Manila Ocean Park Oceanarium promises a "deeper experience" as it features an assortment of colorful fishes and invertebrates indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia contained in 12,000 cubic meters of seawater.Its name, in Spanish, intramuros , literally "within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros wIn 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during during the Spanish colonial period designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, under the classification "Baroque Churches of the Philippines". It had been namedThe cathedral incorporated the stone carvings and rosette windows of the old cathedral.Plaza Miranda in the heart of Quiapo District, is named after Jose Sandino y Miranda, who served as secretary of the treasury of the Philippines for 10 years beginning in 1853.British soldiers took refuge in this church during their occupation of the Philippines and attack on Intramuros in 1762-63. The church was destroyed in 1773, rebuilt, badly damaged in World War II, and later restored again.Also known as the "Shrine of Freedom", in memory of the heroic Filipinos imprisoned and killed here during the Spanish and Japanese eras.
The Manila Ocean Park Oceanarium promises a "deeper experience" as it features an assortment of colorful fishes and invertebrates indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia contained in 12,000 cubic meters of seawater.
The Manila Ocean Park Oceanarium promises a "deeper experience" as it features an assortment of colorful fishes and invertebrates indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia contained in 12,000 cubic meters of seawater.
Its name, in Spanish, intramuros , literally "within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros w
Its name, in Spanish, intramuros , literally "within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros w
In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during during the Spanish colonial period designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, under the classification "Baroque Churches of the Philippines". It had been named
In 1993, San Agustin Church was one of four Philippine churches constructed during during the Spanish colonial period designated by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, under the classification "Baroque Churches of the Philippines". It had been named
The cathedral incorporated the stone carvings and rosette windows of the old cathedral.
The cathedral incorporated the stone carvings and rosette windows of the old cathedral.
Plaza Miranda in the heart of Quiapo District, is named after Jose Sandino y Miranda, who served as secretary of the treasury of the Philippines for 10 years beginning in 1853.
Plaza Miranda in the heart of Quiapo District, is named after Jose Sandino y Miranda, who served as secretary of the treasury of the Philippines for 10 years beginning in 1853.
British soldiers took refuge in this church during their occupation of the Philippines and attack on Intramuros in 1762-63. The church was destroyed in 1773, rebuilt, badly damaged in World War II, and later restored again.
British soldiers took refuge in this church during their occupation of the Philippines and attack on Intramuros in 1762-63. The church was destroyed in 1773, rebuilt, badly damaged in World War II, and later restored again.
Also known as the "Shrine of Freedom", in memory of the heroic Filipinos imprisoned and killed here during the Spanish and Japanese eras.
Also known as the "Shrine of Freedom", in memory of the heroic Filipinos imprisoned and killed here during the Spanish and Japanese eras.

Travel Guide Books about Manila - highly recommended!

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      Thank you for your beautiful introduction to Manila! I have to admit my geography and social studies education is lacking, and I totally enjoy learning about other countries through my Squidoo friends! Thank you!

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens! Since I've traveled here a few times, it brings back some great memories! I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece! Congrats on a great job!