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Manila is probably one of the most underrated cities in Asia. Scratch beneath the surface and discover its hidden creative soul fuelled by speakeasy bars, edgy galleries and indie music scene.


The Ayala Center is a one-stop shop in the center of Makati, Manila. Easily accessible, it’s a shopper’s paradise and previously included many independent shopping establishments. Today, the structure encompasses 50 hectares of land and includes many malls, restaurants, theaters and hotels. The Ayala Museum is a good place to study Philippine history and art.

Manila bay is considered one of the world’s great harbours located in the western part of Luzon. Manila Bay has it all from dramatic sunsets and vibrant nightlife. The historic bay combines some of Manila's major attractions. One can enjoy a romantic evening aboard a Manila Bay dinner cruise, ride a ferry to Corregidor Island or simply sit back, relax and soak in magical sunset.

Manila Cathedral also know as ‘Mother of church’ is one of the heritage highlights of the old city founded in 1581 and is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, a title for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the principal patroness for the Philippines.

The Philippines’ first theme park designed with marine life on display and considerable infotainment, the Manila Ocean Park regales people of all ages each time, every time. Open throughout the year and in all kinds of weather, this is the best way to have a fun holiday.

The Manila Zoo occupies 14 acres of land and houses more than 800 animals, reptiles and birds. Special mention must be made of the Wildlife Rescue Center, which takes in sick and abandoned animals. Two large colonies for the aves and enormous water bodies that are homes to crocodiles and the Asian elephant, Mali, also get top billings.

Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park or simply Luneta, is a historical urban park located along Roxas Boulevard on Manila. It is adjacent to the old walled city of Intramuros and is of the largest urban parks in Asia. It has been a favourite leisure spot and is frequented on Sundays and national holidays.

With four hectares of floor area and 8,000 parking spaces, SM Mall of Asia is no ordinary mall. Besides branded shops and restaurants, it offers hosts entertainment features for leisure and educational purposes – it had the first ever IMAX theater in Philippines.

The Arch of the Centuries is a triumphal arch at the Plaza Intramuros of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. It stands meters away from the university's Millennium Gate along España Boulevard. Half of the current structure is the ruins of the original Intramuros arch while the side that faces España Boulevard is a replica.

This is heaven for the numismatists. Located within the office complex of the Philippines’s central fiscal authority, the Money Museum opened to the public in 1999. It houses the Bank’s currency collections and various studies on them. It also displays coins, paper notes and monetary items across the ages in the Philippines.

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