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Beauty awaits those who appreciate what they have and that's why we want to share to you what we know about Metro Manila from things to do, places to eat and dine, hotels and lodging inns and cheap rooms to stay and best places to visit (some of them you might not even have heard about). Hop on to a journey and be prepared to get mesmerized by the true beauty of Manila and the Filipina Manilenya on an online date with our past journeys. The places we know and have been to. Whatever free offers Manila has and what you can do without spending too much touring the hustle and bustle of the metro.
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A house museum full of rich history Bahay Nakpil Bautista is where Philippine heroes thrived - the Katipuneros. Very few Manilenyo knew about this century-old house, one of the must-visit Manila tourist spots still exists today where the KKK members used to meet in 1896. Still up and preserved, it is located in the heart of Manila in Quiapo. The museum is open and best for educational tours and tourist visits.
Built in 1914, the curator had so much story to tell about who used to live, meet and made up what history the very old house had. The architecture alone will make you wonder how one of the hidden Manila tourist spots still came to be preserved despite numerous tragic earthquakes that strike the land.
The museum used to be home of Gregoria de Jesus, Julio Nakpil, century-old photos and memorabilia still of antique value and collector's item quality can still be seen intact and unwithered by calamities and disasters that strike Manila. Ideal for photography sessions, exhibits, workshops, seminars, poetry readings, chamber music and sit-down dinners, this hidden place is definitely worth the peek.
Who'd forget and not know about Fort Santiago when in history, it is where one of the last stands happened. A garrison and prison for POWs in the 1900's it is where you can see exhibits of a piece of the significant Philippine war history consisting of antique and old automobiles, the old Tutuban PNR train, the house of Jose Rizal and the fort of pre-war old canyons facing the sea wall of Manila.
Probably the only defense from sea invasion in the pre-war era, this place also happened to be one of the hidden Manila tourist spots that existed and was never withered through time. The fort served as a lighthouse to detect enemies coming to the shores of the metro. Today, it is open for visits where you can ride a horse and roam around or take photo shoots around the adobe walls and the old bridge connecting the garrison which seemed like an old castle entrance.
Luneta Park is sight to countless historical events as one of the best destination of all Manila tourist spots. It is where we saw Pope John Paul 2nd back in the 90's when he visited the Philippines and reunited the youth with his speech. It has been witness to political rallies in Manila and nestles the one of the biggest stadiums in the Philippines today - Quirino Grandstand making it a great venue for early morning joggers looking to sniff a bit of fresh air from the sea for which it is near.
Rizal Park is also where you can find and see the first biggest Philippine map soaked partially in a man-made lagoon half filled with water to resemble the actual visual appearance of the country from the top of the world. A replica of the globe may also be found in the middle of the park. It is also sight to replica gardens filled with locally found marine life, structure and plants in a series of gardens called Halamanang Pilipino, Chinese Garden and Japanese Garden.
The park is where you can find the only orchidarium and butterfly sanctuary in Manila. Venue to countless beautiful garden weddings, debuts and events. It is also where you can find the only restaurant in the metro that caters to employing special people in deaf employees. It is home of Filipinos national hero - Jose Rizal where a giant image replica of him still stands guarded with a couple of militia armed with M-14 guns doing a routine.
An age-old childhood favorite among all Manila tourist spots around. This is where weekends fill with family camping and numerous picnics in lieu of educating kids with the different local and imported animals they can see in the forests. This is where you can find the most famous animal in Manila - the elephant where kids love to watch eating and throwing up and away gallons of water using their trunk.
Centuries old and perhaps the oldest existing hotel built back in 1909, this 5-star accommodation along Manila Bay is part of a reclaimed area in the Luneta Park circle. Thus, making it one of the most-unique Manila tourist spots still in existence to date.
The existence of historical old churches in Manila are a blessing from Catholicism in the Philippines and the country is so because of the many old churches that has served not just as a refuge for those who are losing hope and faith but has attracted pilgrims and avid onlookers looking for some of the best Manila tourist spots to wander in bliss. Below is our family's list, perhaps the largest in number you will ever see online today. We've got more so don't forget to visit out Travel Philippines page.
Quiapo Church, the Minor Basilica turns into one of the most popular tourist attractions in Manila during the month of January. The reason is because here is where you can find the Black Nazarene religious icon for the Quiapo feast day.
Divisoria is one of the most visited place in Tondo and one of the most densely populated market of all Manila tourist spots. it is a market that surprisingly earns billions of pesos each year because people from all over Manila and nearby provinces meet here to either sell or buy goods by bulk or whole sale. This is also where you can find that most goods are of cheapest price you can see around in the Philippines today. A wide variety of wholesale products from raw materials, vegetables, fruits to RTW and custom and hand-made products are being sold in this market.