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About Manila

Manila is more than just a modern metropolis: between the busy roads and skyscrapers there also lies history in the National Museum of Philippines, green spaces at Rizal Park and a plethora of shopping outlets all around. Having survived dark times and the rule of the Spanish, Japanese and Americans, Manila is still a treasure of the Asian world. Tourists can spend their time admiring scenic bay views, indulging in retail therapy or even eating to their heart's content at an array of restaurants around the city.

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Rizal Park

This park is spectacular and scenic with its four acre vastness; for those who want to relax, the lush gardens here are beautiful to spend the day at. For others with an interest in the city’s background, Rizal park holds deep significance to the Philippine’s history.

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Manila Ocean Park

The only school you and your children would love to visit is the school of fish on display here at the Manila Ocean Park, and the list does not end there: birds, penguins, corals and several other marine animals show you what life underwater looks like.

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Golden Mosque

Adorned in colours of blue, yellow and gold, the Golden Mosque represents the large Muslim community in Manila. The architecture has been inspired by both Middle Eastern culture such as the minaret and Filipino heritage for the design. It also features work from famous Filipino artist Antonio Dumlao.

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Mall of Asia

You would assume one of the world's largest malls is only populated by the best shopping, but with Mall of Asia that is just one section. Here, countless dining options accompany an indoor music hall, an Olympic sized ice-rink and even an outdoor music space.

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The National Museum of the Philippines

Not only does the National Museum of the Philippines showcase the country’s heritage, but it also acts as a scientific centre that spreads awareness about the Philippines’ history through creative exhibitions with Filipino artefacts and informative lectures.

Restaurants in Manila

La Cocina

Cafe Ylang Ylang

This halal restaurant is a feast for foodies. Known for serving an Asian buffet, Cafe Ylang Ylang is a place you don't want to miss!

La Cocina

Queens at Bollywood

With vibrant and colourful illustrations of paintings from India on the walls, this Indian restaurant is like no other!

La Cocina

Sky Deck

Sky Deck is where you can enjoy Asian delicacies and a 360’ degree view of Manila.

La Cocina

La Cocina

If you’re celebrating a special occasion while on holiday, the dining experience at La Cocina would hit the spot!

La Cocina

Spiral

With a unique corner dedicated to cheese and another for decadent desserts, Spiral indulges you in a memorable food journey!

Shopping in Manila

TriNoma

Expect more than the usual shopping experience when you step into TriNoma. Whether it's shopping, entertainment, or dining you're looking for, this mall has you covered.

TriNoma
Robinsons Magnolia

Robinsons Magnolia

As one of the largest shopping malls in the Philippines, Robinsons Magnolia is a favourite amongst local and international celebrities. The mall is an ideal destination for those looking for some retail therapy and delicious food.

Greenhills Shopping Center

Greenhills Shopping Center

A shopaholic's dream come true, Greenhills Shopping Centre is home to over 2,000 local and luxury shops. The shopping complex also offers a movie theatre, a music museum, a bowling alley, and a theatre.

Megamall

Megamall

Consisting of five shopping buildings, Megamall is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. The mall has an entire building dedicated to high-end brands, an IMAX theatre, and an ice skating rink.

Greenbelt

Greenbelt

Greenbelt is home to various retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment centres. The mall is also popular with locals and tourists looking for high-end brands at an affordable price.

tajawal insider tip

1. A lot of Filipino food might contain pork, so be sure to ask the restaurant whether they offer halal dishes or not. 2. Always ensure that you use taxis with a meter to avoid being overcharged; carry small denominations of money because drivers tend to argue that they do not have change.

Best time to visit Manila

spring

December to April

temperature
25° to 28°C

The best time to visit Manila for travellers looking for great deals on flights and accommodations is between December and April.

Manila facts

Languages

Tagalog and English

Currency

Philippine Pesos (PHP)

Transportation

buses, multicabs, tricycles and jeepneys

Population

1.6 million

Landmark

Rizal Park

Airports

Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Clark International Airport

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