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Manila is the capital, the second most populous city and one of the oldest
cities in the Philippines. Founded in 1571, it is also the most densely
populated city proper in the world. A typical southeast Asian megacity, it
attracts thousands of visitors ever year for its martial past and colonial
architecture. Manila has braved through the worst of earthquakes, Spanish
colonial regime and the Second World War to emerge as the frontrunner of
national center of politics and commerce. You should also notice that
skyline is a clinical show of 16th century Spanish architectural
delights and modern skyscrapers. The same can be said about its fusion of
Spanish and Southeast Asian street foods.
Things to do in Manila
San Agustin Church
A signature of 17th century Spanish colonial architecture, the
San Agustin Church is one of the most significant monuments in Manila and
the Philippines alike. It was built in Baroque architecture and is the most
venerated and popular Roman Catholic Church in the city. It insides are
hallmarked by near-perfect symmetry, and several 3-D carvings.
Manila Ocean Park
The Manila Ocean Park is a privately-owned oceanarium in Manila. It
features over 14000 marine organisms, large and small, that together relate
to over 275 species. It is the first marine park in the country to host a
penguin park facility that is called the Trails to Antarctica. The Manila
Ocean park presents a segregated view of these animals in several
theme-based sections across 3000 cubic meters of sea water.
Rizal Park (or Luneta Park)
Dedicated to the national hero and the iconic symbol of Filipino resistance
against the Spanish colonial regime- Dr. Jose Rizal, the Rizal Park is a
state-of-the-art garden in Manila. You should visit here to see its many
statues and monuments. they are related to the country’s violent past, and
the most famous monument here a 100-year old memorial called Monument of
Rizal that signifies the place where Rizal was executed.
Best Time to Visit Manila
Winter season, the months from December to March are the best to book your
flights from Washington DC to Manila. Book your flights from WAS 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