With 20 million residents, Manila is a high-speed, frenetic metropolis with a rich Spanish, Chinese and American heritage.
Often referred as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Manila’s moniker couldn’t be more apt – its cantankerous appearance reveals its jewel only to those resolute enough to pry. The overcrowded roads snarl with traffic, but they are what keep this modern metropolis alive and its people is what makes the city so charming.
No stranger to hardship, Manila has experienced every type of disaster both human and nature, and yet today Manila thrives as a true Asian megacity. Skyscrapers pierce the hazy sky, mushrooming from the grinding poverty of expansive slums, while gleaming malls foreshadow Manila’s brave new air-conditioned world.
Sparkling districts like Makati, Ortigas and Fort Bonifacio are smart and pleasing, like in any other booming Asian metropolis. Nevertheless, the old citadel of Intramuros still remains a lovely place to soak up the city’s colonial history. The oldest neighborhood in Manila evokes an imperial atmosphere with stone palaces, churches, monasteries, convents, schools, and fine courtyard houses.
The capital of the Philippines also prides itself on the variety of its restaurant scene, abundant nightlife and the ability of its residents to whip up a good time.