Even though you may not know too much about Manila, you have to be aware of the fact that it comes with a special color that both locals and foreigners can enjoy. In order to get to know the city, you should make a list of things that you would like to try.
Intramuros is a historical part of the city that has been shaped by the American and Spanish governments. It has been ruined during WW II and then rebuilt during the 1950s. You could explore the place sitting in a kalesa.
The park is also known as Luneta and during the Spanish rule a lot of people have been executed here, including Gomburza, a Filipino priest collectivity, and Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero. At the park you will also find the monument for kilometer zero.
Although Manila has a lot of shopping malls that come with air conditioning, if you would like to practice your shopping skills you should head it to Quiapo, Divisoria, or Baclaran. You can expect these markets to be quite crowded.
Most probably you know that Filipino people like to sing. This is why they have a lot of karaoke bars and if you would like to behave like a local, you have to make sure that you sing at least one song (if you get the chance).
One of the most beautiful sights that you can see in the city is Manila Bay at sunset. You can make it a romantic experience by having dinner on a ship or renting your own yacht.
You can ride the bus or the train in every other place, but you can ride the jeepney in the Philippines only. Even if you don’t have a well-thought destination, you shouldn’t pass on the possibility to ride it.
Binondo Food Trip
If you would like to try some special dishes, head it to the Binondo area. This is an area especially created for the Chinese merchants. This is the oldest Chinatown of the world and here you can find traditional dishes.
In case you are into art, it is a must for you to visit some Catholic churches. Observe the ornaments, murals, and architecture. Think about San Sebastian Church, Quiapo Church, San Augustin Church, Manila Cathedal, and Baclaran Church.
In order to be able to say that you know a little about the culture, you have to try the street food. Make sure that you try Betamax, isav, helmet, and adidas. Although all foods seem appetizing, you should be careful about where you buy food from.
True Manila Experience
The True Manila tour offers you a glimpse of how the regular families live. This way you will see a side of the city that is often hidden from the eyes of the world, involving entire families living in the slums of the metro.
Check all the destinations on the list for the real Manila experience.