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Mesmerizing Manila: Hub of the Philippines

A beautiful metropolis with a vibrant culture.


In the northern Philippines, tucked away on the east shore of Manila Bay, is an urban haven that mixes the old with the new. It’s is a city whose rich past informs an even richer present. Considered a “global city,” Manila is a center for the arts, science, commerce and tourism – a beautiful metropolis with a vibrant culture and, to my immense relief, some good brew down at the pub.

Mesmerizing Manila: Hub of the Philippines

Manila, or Maynila as the locals call it, is an enormous, ethnically diverse urban center. One of sixteen cities that comprise the National Capital Region called Metropolitan Manila, this isn’t just any old town. Aside from being the capital of the Philippines, it’s also the seat of national government and home to the busiest port in the country and the oldest university in Asia. And did I mention Manila’s the most densely populated city on the planet? Well, it is.

Here are four things that make this city absolutely incredible:

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Reader Discussion: 42 Comments

  1. Nika Lautner

    Manila sure is a beautiful place. except for the poverty, traffic, pollution, corruption, crime and bunch of stuff. I suggest going to provinces instead and actively avoid major cities in the Philippines.

  2. Jurik Smith

    I never tried their local beers, but I heard so much about it. The Philippines has one of the best beer in the world. I will travel to the Philippines just to drink beer. Hahahaha ?

  3. Selli Coaze

    Just a little trivia. Intramuros is a survivor from the world war II. Same structures, same place. How historical is that place? I know how you feel, I want to go there too. ?

  4. Hena Taylor

    I love their local foods, especially the adobo, and singing. I hope you featured that too. I love your food there!

  5. Jessi Agusta

    I love everything about the Philippines! I just hate the traffic, but everything is awesome.

  6. Paul Daiz

    I was amazed at how they use the Jeepney. Filipinos are very smart. One day, I will drive a Jeepney. Lol

  7. Bela Christo

    I agree with you. The Filipinos are known for their hospitality. I have Filipino friends, and they are the best. We are planning to visit their country on our vacation. See you soon Manila! ❤ ✈

  8. Cristina Joseff

    My husband wants to visit the Philippines because of its beaches. I never know that the Philippines has something more to offer than their beautiful beaches.

  9. Robert Patel

    The cost of living in the Philippines is cheaper than here in NYC. That is what I like about that place, imagine you can buy a bottle of beer for $.50 cents. I can get wasted for just $5.

  10. Maria Bruce

    That is the trait that I love the most with the Filipinos. They’re hospitable even if they barely know the people.

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