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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: 68 Comments

  1. Kelly Bretz

    I have friends in Laguna and their hotsprings are so relaxing. Would choose that over Manila anytime.

  2. Lois Pagan

    I thought I’d feel out of place in this country but I was wrong. Met tons of friends here and I really hope I could stay longer.

  3. Sherry Taylor

    Locals are insanely polite and they don’t really ask you for anything in return. Not only that, when you ask them something, they’re smiling at you and even if you’ve spend more than 10 minutes trying to get the directions right, some of them would even accompany you if they had the time.

  4. Gloria Couch

    Because of work, I had to travel here and stay here for a year and I’ve learned to fall in love with the culture of this country. I think it’s the people that make the experience of staying here.

  5. Florence Permenter

    Traffic here is insane especially in Manila. I also don’t like the fact that the weather here is humid and too hot for my liking. In the end we had to book a place somewhere else so that we can enjoy the Philippines more. Our first stay was in Manila but we went to book a flight to Bohol. It was hot there too because what can you expect in a tropical country, but the breeze was definitely better and the traffic was less. There are tons of historic places here.

  6. Kathleen Straus

    El Nido Palawan is so much better than Manila. Went here twice in the Phils already and I liked the countryside better. Great beaches that are hidden gems.

    • Kay Rose

      Not sure where in Palawan this is but the Underwater River is quite a sight.

    • Maryann Phillips

      Palawan has some of the 7 wonders of the world, right?

  7. Carol Holmes

    Went here last year December but the traffic was insane. All the Christmas sales and all. Never doing that again.

  8. Erminia Morris

    It’s great to travel by groups here. You’ll enjoy the place fully and you’ll have an amazing time with your friends.

  9. Suzanne Miller

    Had nothing but amazing memories of this place. Even though it’s been years since I last visited.

  10. Gina Lee

    The only thing that I don’t like about this place is the rampant prostitution. Someone was flirting with my boyfriend and it pissed me a lot. Ruined my entire vacation.ūüė°

    • Heather Powell

      Wow, I’m sorry about your horrible experience. That must have been hell.

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