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Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

4.4/5536 Reviews
Church
Open from 7:00am-5:00pm (Local time)
A true merging of traditional Catholic architecture, modern influences and Philippine culture, the Manila Cathedral in Manila, Philippines, offers a melting pot of faith and art. The current cathedral was erected in 1958 in the same spot as once stood the original church, decimated during the Philippine Battle of Liberation in 1945. The cathedral was created by world renown architect Fernando Ocampo, and, though it encapsulates many of the original's qualities, the church also displays many modern influences. Once inside, you discover that the heart of it is quite majestic in it's Philippine nature, making the Manila Cathedral a must see.
Chinatown

Chinatown

4.2/5205 Reviews
Featured Neighbourhood
Open 24 hours (Local time)
The oldest recognized Chinatown, Binondo's Chinese enclave was documented as early as 1594, though it was already a focal point of Chinese trading when Spanish explorers first arrived in 1521. Start at Binondo Church and follow the savory scents of oranges and sweetmeats, lychees and mooncakes. The area bordered by Ongpin, Quentin Paredes and Gandara Streets offers the heart of Chinatown, where you can browse to your heart's content and pick up noodles, yellow Chinese gold, and mysterious remedies for illnesses you may not have known you had. Then stop by the Bahay Tsinoy Museum for a look at the place's rich history.
Intramuros

Intramuros

4.5/5298 Reviews
Historical Architecture
Historical Site
Open from 8:00am-6:00pm (Local time)
Located on the banks of the Pasig River, Intramuros is the old site of Manila and the ancient city district of Manila. The city is surrounded by trenches and medieval walls with 7 gates. There are the governor's residence and 12 churches in the city. You can experience the city by taking an ancient carriage shuttle on the streets. Here you will enjoy the elegance of Spain as it preserves the architectural features of ancient times. There are many attractions to visit, including Manila Cathedral, Casa Manila Museum, St. Augustine Church, Santiago Castle and many more.
Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

4.3/5272 Reviews
Historical Site
Open from 8:00am-7:00pm (Local time)
Fort Santiago is located on the Pasig River where it was constructed in 1590 as a defense against pirates. It is part of the Intramuros section of Manila. Fort Santiago was named as the Shrine of Freedom in 1950. If you visit Fort Santiago, you can tour the Rizal Shrine to honor the Philippine hero José Rizal who was imprisoned there in a prison cell in 1896. The shrine includes bronze footprints that mark his final steps from the cell to the place where he was executed. You can also tour the dungeon where Japanese soldiers held prisoners during World War II. Come visit Fort Santiago and honor the history and bravery of the Philippine people.
San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

4.5/5297 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site    
Church
Open from 9:00am-5:00pm (Local time)
Founded in 1571, St. Augustine Church is an ancient stone church in the Philippines and is listed as a World Heritage Site as a representative of the Baroque Church. The church is located in the city of the city and is a symbol of the history of the Philippines. The early church was built with bamboo, coconut leaves and mud, and was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1599 and changed into stone building. The reliefs in the church are meticulously realistic, with precious religious paintings; the stained glass refracts the sun and sets off the nobleness of the church. The choir on the top of the church overlooks the church.
Coconut Palace

Coconut Palace

4.3/594 Reviews
Modern Architecture
Open on Tue-Sun,9:00am-4:00pm (Local time)
Visit the Coconut Palace to see one of the most elaborate government-owned buildings in the Philippines, now home to the country's vice president. First Lady Imelda Marcos had the Coconut Palace built for Pope John Paul II's visit in 1981, although he ultimately declined to stay there because he did not want to stay in a sumptuous suite amidst the poverty of the Philippines. The Palace is partially made of coconut shells and coconut lumber as a testament to the amazing versatility of the coconut. Make the most of your visit to the Philippines by touring one of the country's quirkiest and most interesting destinations.
Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

4.4/5219 Reviews
Aquarium
Business hours TBA (Local time)
If you love sea life, the Manila Ocean Park is a must for travelers to the Philippines. Experience the depths of the Pacific in the incredible Living Ocean, an acrylic underwater tunnel that lets you get up close and personal with the region's underwater wildlife. Other exhibits include rain forest life, coral reefs, deep-sea creatures and sharks. Another popular attraction gives visitors a chance to watch sting rays swimming above them in a stunning ceiling tank. For those wanting a hands-on experience, snorkel or dive in the Open Water Marine Habitat. There is a lot to visit on land as well, including a marine-themed mall, a giant musical fountain, sea lion performance and more.
Tagaytay

Tagaytay

4.4/588 Reviews
Mountain
Open 24 hours (Local time)
Tagaytay is located in the southern suburbs of Manila. Although not far from Manila, it is very different from the capital. It is cool and refreshing, allowing you to completely relax and breathe freely into the fresh air. When the weather is fine, you can see a panoramic view of Balayan Bay and Manila Bay. There is also a strange world of the Taal Volcano floating in the Taal Lake.
Rizal Park

Rizal Park

4.2/5252 Reviews
City Park
Open 24 hours (Local time)
Rizal Park is located on the Roxas Boulevard in the city centre, facing Manila Bay. In the center of the park is a bronze statue of the hero Jose Rizal, who led the Philippine independence movement. Inside the artificial pool on the east side of the park is a model of the Philippine Islands that was originally built in the Philippines. Visitors can see the location of the various islands in the Philippines. There is an international garden dedicated to the cultivation of Chinese, Japanese and Italian flowers in the north. The daily audiovisual performances also attract the attention of many tourists. The environment in Rizal Park is beautiful, and the sea breeze is a good place for people to rest.
Cultural Center of the Philippines

Cultural Center of the Philippines

4.2/579 Reviews
Exhibition Hall
Theatre
Cinema
Library
Museum
Tuesday-Saturday 7:00-21:00, Monday, Sunday 9:00-21:00 (Local time)
Constructed in 1969 from the stylized work of Leandro Locsin, this magnificent building stands out among its surroundings in Pasay City, Philippines. The middle features a large theater that seats 1,400 and hosts top notch stage performances by a slew of artists including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Philippines' own world-renowned Bayanihan Dance Company. A smaller theater is also housed within the center, featuring smaller acts and recitals. For more avant-garde performances, the center also contains a third stage, the Huseng Batute Theater. In addition to the theaters are the center's galleries that feature visual art by many talented artists
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