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What to Do in Manila

Manila Attractions

What to do in Manila is a question that has what seems to be a great number of possible answers. Manila's architectural attractions have taken a battering over the years; the city was second only to Warsaw in terms of bombing destruction in WW II. Nevertheless, there remain some insightful reminders of the country's economic, political, religious and social history lined along Manila Bay, an attraction in itself.

Manila was once Asia’s star attraction and it continues to shine with its east-meets-west colonial architecture. Prior to the war the city was known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, and was rich in culture and natural resources, none better manifested than in its architecture.

Manila's attractions are not exclusively man made; natural beauty is abundant around the city with various parks and the famous ‘Manila sunset’. The star attraction of the city is undoubtedly the people, so get out and about, amongst them. See below Manila attractions...

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    10 Best Things to Do in Manila

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Marikina Shoe Museum

This Marikina Shoe Museum is the first of its kind in the Philippines, and one of only a handful around the world. Housed in a restored former rice mill (built circa 1860), it traces the history of the shoe industry in Marikina, the Philippines' shoe-making capital.

Among the shoe exhibits is the infamous collection of 1,500 pairs that once belonged to Imelda Marcos. Other displays of historical value and human interest are shoes of former Philippine presidents and their first ladies. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5pm
  • Address: J. P. Rizal St, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila, Philippines
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