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MANILA SIGHTSEEING - MANILA POPULAR SITES TO VISIT

Manila Intramuros Wall CityManila 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 in Manila.

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 Philippine Republic.

Manila Fort SantiagoFort 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.

Manila San Agustin ChurchSan 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.