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Manila is the capital of the Philippines and the most densely populated
city in the world. Located along the Manila Bay, this Filipino metropolis
is home to some of the country’s most notable firsts like the first
university, oceanarium, and rapid transit system. Manila is home to a stark
contrast of the classic and the modern, and the vintage and the
contemporary. Visitors can see a glimpse of the same in the city’s
architecturally-sound churches, historical monuments and several neatly
landscaped public parks.
Things to do Manila
Nothing beats a trip to Rizal Park, the place where Filipino national hero
Jose Rizal was executed by Colonial Spanish regime in 1896 AD. It features
a calm ambiance consisting of centrally-located and well-manicured gardens
and numerous statues related to Rizal and other national leaders. The park
also has a small range of native flora and fauna.
Quiapo Church (or the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene)
The Quiapo Church is one of the oldest and most famous Catholic Churches in
Manila. Founded in 1586 AD, it is a classical delight of Baroque style
architecture and its façade features twisted columns on either side. The
church pierces through the city’s skyline with its four-storey belfries
that flaunt balustrades and ornately-designed scrolls.
Manila Ocean Park
The Manila Ocean Park is your one-stop place to swim with dolphins and to
see sharks, whales and jellyfishes in glass-enclosed fish tanks. One can
also spend some time enjoying a session of fish spa where fish clean one’s
feet in a small pool of water. The Manila Ocean park also features many
birds and other small animals.
Best Time to Visit Manila
Winter season (the months from December to March) are the best to book your
flights from Norfolk to Manila. Book your flights from ORF 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.