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Manila is the capital of the Philippines and the most densely populated
city proper in the world. Founded in 1571 as a Spanish settlement, it is a
bustling South Asian metropolis featuring ages-old churches and temples and
a profound Colonial history. Manila is a bike-friendly and walkable city,
and visitors can jumpstart their day by visiting the Intramuros or walled
city, its oldest district that features most of the city’s landmarks and
historic monuments. Other attractions in Manila are San Agustin Church,
Fort Santiago and Ayala Museum.
Things to do in Manila
Intramuros (Latin word for ‘Within the Walls’)
Spread across 0.26 square miles, the Intramuros is a historic walled area
in the city of Manila. It was built by the Colonial Spanish government in
the late 16th century to protect the city from foreign invasions. The
Intramuros hosted the seat of Colonial Spanish government and doubled up as
the axis of all education and economy.
The Ayala Museum is home to a remarkable collection of comprises four
floors of superbly curated exhibits on Filipino culture, art and history.
At the heart of the collection is a collection of 60 dioramas related to
the country’s history. Also, of note in the museum is a good collection of
pre-Hispanic gold jewelry and ornaments made of precious stones.
Fort Santiago is a citadel originally built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel
Lopez de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in late 16th century. It is a part of the Intramuros. This iconic fort saw
the worst of Spanish Colonia era and Second World War. It is here that
national hero, Jose Rizal, was executed by the Spanish in 1896 and many
American Prisoners of War were mascaraed here during the War in 1940s.
Best Time to Visit Manila
Winter season (the months from December to March) are the best to book your
flights from Denver to Manila. Book your flights from DEN to MNL during
winter season to enjoy Christmas and New Year celebrations. It is advised
to book Manila flights in advance to avoid paying more during peak season.