Manila is the vibrant, cosmopolitan capital of the Philippines. Millions of visitors travel to the city every year to experience its unique history, distinct culture, and modern vibe. Within its 16 geographical districts are diverse attractions and landmarks which uniquely define this south east Asian city. In downtown Manila, Spanish and American colonial-era buildings stand alongside modern properties and massive shopping and entertainment complexes. And as the centre of Filipino culture and government, the city is an exhilarating place to dive into this nation’s rich lifestyle.
Named after local mangrove plant, Manila was home to Muslim Malays before the Spanish conquistadors made it the capital of their claimed territory in the 16th century. Within the old district are several famous plazas and landmarks including Fort Santiago, Baluarte de San Diego and the Plaza de Roma. Historic churches and several museums, such as Casa Manila, Rizal Shrine, San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral are situated within the Intramuros district. Not far from Intramuros is the bohemian-chic community of Malate and Ermita which is home to alternative restaurants, indie bars, pubs and art galleries. Chinatown, Binondo and the San Nicolas area offer an alternative shopping experience which includes a flea market.