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"Mad About Manila" Philippines Things to Do Tip by nimato

Philippines Things to Do: 495 reviews and 1,012 photos

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by nimato

Many tourists proceed immediately to their point of destinations in the country after arriving in Manila, skipping the vibrant city in the process. Why not spend a little time to know Manila and its hidden charms?

Visit the old walled city of Intramuros and reminisce the beginning of Asia's colonial past. Two of Manila's oldest Catholic churches are found here - San Agustin (1571) and the Manila Cathedral (1581). Quiapo's Basilica of the Black Nazarene (1586), Binondo's Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz (1596) and Malate's Remedios Church are also worth a visit. Explore with care the hyper-active old downtown Manila streets in Chinatown, Escolta and Divisoria. Stroll and enjoy people-watching at Rizal and Paco parks. Visit Asia's oldest university - the University of Santo Tomas, an oasis in the midst of Sampaloc district's concrete jungle. Founded 1611, UST even antedates Harvard by 25 years! Enjoy a day of bargains at huge Manila malls - Robinson's and SM. Catch the legendary Manila Bay sunset along Roxas Boulevard's Baywalk. Enjoy a night of entertainment at Malate and Ermita.

Boring is never Manila. There's just so many things to see and do in the capital city.

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  • Updated Oct 26, 2006
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