Located in the heart of Makati, Manilla’s Central Business District, Ayala Museum offer you a pleasant journey through the history of arts in the Philippines and, on a wider scale, in Southeast Asia. You’ll discover some beautiful pieces from the past that boast the great craftsmanship of the Filipinos, as well as contemporary arts exhibitions. Ayala Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00, closed on Mondays
- Location: Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street
- Tel: +63 2 757 7117
Binondo - Manila Chinatown
Most countries have their own Chinese communities, though it is in the Philippines that you will find the oldest Chinatown in the world. Manila’s Chinatown is called Binondo –derived from the Tagalog word ‘binondoc’ which means ‘mountainous’ as it is set on a hilly landscape. Founded by the Spanish Governor Luis Perez Dasmarinas in 1594, the Read More...
- Location: Located across the Pasig River from Intramuros, Third District of Metro Manila.
- How to get there: From NAIA 1-2-3 loop, take a train from the terminal near McDonalds, walk to the MRT Edsa Station and get off at the LRT-Carriedo Station.
City Marikina Shoe Museum
This museum is the first of its kind in the Philippines and one of only a handful around the world. Housed in an artistically restored former rice mill (built circa 1860), the museum 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. Enjoy a trip to the past on foot at this museum!
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 19:00
- Address: J. P. Rizal Street, Marikina
This solid stone structure has an Italian-Spanish architectural style and was built in the 16th century. Miguel Lopez de Legaspi built this citadel for the newly established Manila City and named after Spain's patron saint St. James the Great. It is also known as Fuerza de Santiago in Spanish or Moog ng Santiago in Tagalog.
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- Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 to 18:00
- Location: Santa Clara Street, Intramuros, Manila
- How to get there: From Intramuros, take the LRT and then get off at the United Nations Station or take a jeepney (always inform the driver that you are going to Fort Bonifacio)
Intramuros, or the ‘Walled City’, was built by the Spaniards, more specifically by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, in 1571, is situated on the southern bank of river Pasig, and is one of Manila’s oldest districts. It is bound on all sides by moats and thick high walls, with some over six metres high, hence the name. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Location: If you are coming to Intramuros by LRT, get off at the United Nations Station. From here it is only a 20- to a 25-minute stroll to the gates.
Manila Baywalk is a popular leisure centre for city dwellers. Just along Roxas Boulevard, past Manila Yacht Club and bordered by the US Embassy and Cultural Center of the Philippines, this two-kilometre stretch is a favourite sunset-watching location.
This sidewalk is famous for its golden skies, calm bay waters, palm trees and ornamental plants that sway Read More...
- Location: Along Roxas Boulevard, Metro Manila, Philippines
- How to get there: From NAIA 3 Airport Pasay City, take the Skyway then exit Magallanes until merges onto SLEX, turn left Pres. Quirino Avenue, then turn right onto Roxas Blouevard, make a U-turn at Pedro Gil and about 80 metres further on you will have a first-hand experience of the famous Manila Bay sunset.
On January 24, 1571, the City of Manila was established after native settlers Rajah Sulayman and Rajah Matanda lost their defense of Maynilad to Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi.
To celebrate the new Spanish settlement and to endow spiritual administration in the Philippines under secular Juan de Vivero, the Church of Manila was established. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:30 – 21:00
- Location: Cabildo cor. Beaterio St., Intramuros
Manila Ocean Park
Featuring an Oceanarium which houses thousands of sea creatures from over 250 species, a sharks and rays encounter area, the chance to learn how to swim like a mermaid, a trail to Antarctica and a jellies exhibit, just to name a few of the attractions at hand, Manila Ocean Park is really worth a visit. Great Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 on weekdays and 09:00 on weekends. Closes at 21:00
- Location: Just a short walk from Rizal Park. There are two points of entry: One at the intersection of the Manila Hotel and the other at the intersection where the Museo Pambata is found.
- MRT: EDSA-Taft Station, then LRT to United Nations (U.N.) Avenue Station
Opened in 1959, the Manila Zoological and Botanical Park is one of the oldest zoos in Asia. Home to more than 800 animals, one of the main attractions is Mali, a 24-year old Asian elephant who arrived at the zoo as an orphaned calf. Other animals include Bengal tigers and local crocodiles. The zoo attracts thousands of visitors each week and promises a fun and educational day for the family.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
- Address: Quirino Avenue, two blocks from Roxas Boulevard, an area well known to taxi drivers.
- Price Range: P40 (less than one dollar)
Originally called Luneta Park due to its moon-like shape it was later named Rizal Park in honour of the country's national hero, Dr Jose Rizal. Situated in the heart of Manila at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, overlooking Manila Bay, it’s conveniently situated close to other attractions. The site of some of the most significant Read More...
- Address: Northern end of Roxas Boulevard
San Agustin Church Manila
San Agustin Church in Manila should be on the itinerary of anyone with an interest in history or architecture. Located inside the historic Walled City of Intramuros, this Roman Catholic Baroque-style church is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the church has survived a major earthquake in 1863 Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 18:00
- Location: Gen Luna St. inside Intramuros
- Tel: +63 (0)2 527 2746