Welcome to Metro Manila!
Composed of 16 cities and 1 municipality,
Metro Manila is home to roughly 20 percent of the country's 62
million Filipinos. The capital, Manila, is situated at the mouth
of a natural harbor -- the Manila Bay of world-famous sunsets.
Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the Philippine President,
stands regally on the banks of the Pasig River, which meanders
through the length of the metropolis.
Within the city limits are located the medieval
walled city of Intramuros, Spain's stronghold in Asia during its
Empire era; Escolta and Sta. Cruz, two of the oldest commercial
centers in the country; and historic Paco and Luneta Parks. Here,
too, can be found enclaves as exotic and enduring as Chinatown,
the Muslim quarter of Quiapo, and the noisy bargain mecca that
is Divisoria. Along the sunset strip lining Manila Bay, luxury
hotels vie for the tourist trade with the poshest accommodations
and the best views, while a few blocks away along Ermita's bar-lined
streets, more racy pursuits await the night owl.
The country's premier business district, Makati,
throbs with a different life. Busy sidewalks and avenues lead
to hushed office sanctums, sparkling malls, elegant shops, swank
galleries and boutiques, and some of the most valuable residential
real estates in the country. Evenings, this classy entertainment
city pulsates with the thousand and one lights of discos, pubs,
bistros, restaurants, music lounges, jazz bars, karaoke bars and
Where to stay is never a problem in Metro Manila.
The visitor can choose from any of the wide range of accommodations
to suit every taste and budget-from the most prestigious hotel
chains to deluxe motels to cozy pensions and family-run inns.
wealth of diversions and attractions await the visitor. Museum
tours offer glimpses of the rich historical and cultural heritage
of the islands. At Ayala Museum in Makati, colorful dioramas depict
scenes from Philippine history. The Cultural Center of the Philippines
Museum showcases archaeological 'and ethnological finds, as well
as contemporary artworks. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila mounts
exhibits of classical and modern masters. There are also private
galleries and specialized museums, like Casa Manila, the model
turn-of-the-century Spanish house at Intramuros; the Rizal Shrine
in Fort Santiago, the Ecclesiastical Art Collection of the San
Agustin Church, and the Museo de Malacanang at the Presidential
Ballet companies, symphony orchestras, theater
guilds and pop artists regularly take to the stage. Hotels and
restaurants beckon nightly with band music, folk and jazz singers,
and ethnic dance troupes. Open-air concerts and performances entertain
weekend crowds at Paco Park, Puerta Real Gardens and Luneta Park.
Metro Manila has 3 greens, which offer some
of the best golfing in Southeast Asia. Affordable rentals and
green fees, coupled with the balmy weather and friendly, English-speaking
caddies, make for a perfect golfing holiday.