Attractions - Since Manila is a city of immeasurable
cultural and historical significance, there are many
sites in the city that even locals love visiting.
Here is a short list of the most popular attractions
Intramuros - The walled mini-city
of Intramuros is hailed as the cultural and historic
center of Manila. It consists of houses that depict
milestones in Filipino and Hispanic architecture.
Even locals flock to this area for recreation. The
walls surrounding Intramuros are beautiful and reminiscent
of the many battles that took place in Manila.
Pasig River - This river is considered
as Manila's main lifeline where the first settlements
were created. Pasig River is mentioned in many local
novels and poetry, making it not only a natural site,
but also a cultural one.
Rizal Shrine - The Rizal Shrine
is a small museum in Fort Santiago that exhibits the
work and belongings of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal.
It contains his manuscripts, artwork, and some pieces
of furniture from his hometown of Calamba, Laguna.
Mabini Shrine - This shrine used
to be the home of Apolinario Mabini, the hero known
as the brains of the Philippine revolution. During
the American occupation, several foreign correspondents
came here to talk to Mabini, until this house eventually
became the intellectual headquarters of the first
Santiago - Formerly a small wooden fort created
by Rajah Sulayman, it became Spain's most important
defense during the Hispanic settlement in the Philippines.
Sulayman's fort was burned into ashes, and in its
place stood Fort Santiago. It is also called "The
Shrine of Freedom" because of the many Filipinos
killed here during the Spanish and Japanese occupations.
Malacanang Palace - This Palace
rests on the bank of the Pasig River as the house
of government where the Philippine president lives.
Manila Bay - Manila Bay is considered
the finest and most beautiful harbor in the far east.
The famous mock-battle of Manila Bay was fought here
between the Americans and the Spaniards in 1898. Many
tourists come here to watch the sunset and dine on
the several restaurants surrounding the bay.
Agustin Church and Museum - The San Agustin
Church is one of the oldest and most beautiful churches
in the Philippines. Inside is a small museum managed
by the Augustinian friars. The museum contains collections
of art and antiques that have historical value. Visitors
can also see small dungeons where native Filipino
prisoners were held captive.
Manila Cathedral - Lined with mosaic
artwork on its walls, the Manila Cathedral is one
of the most decorated churches in the Philippines.
It has been the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of
Manila since 1581.