Manila is the capital of the Philippines. The city is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on Luzon, the country's largest island. Despite widespread poverty, it is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
Manila is the hub of a thriving metropolitan area of more than 10 million people. The Metro Manila area, to where the City of Manila belongs, is a much bigger metropolis consisting of 17 cities and municipalities.
Manila is the second most populous city in the Philippines, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants.
Manila got its name from may nilad, Tagalog for "there is nilad," in reference to the tall grass that grew on the marshy shores of the bay. In the 16th century, Manila grew from a Muslim settlement on the banks of the Pasig River into the seat of the colonial government of Spain when it controlled the Philippine Islands for more than 3 centuries. In 1898 the United States occupied and controlled the archipelago until 1935. During World War II, much of the city was destroyed. The Metropolitan Manila region was enacted as an independent entity in 1975.
Today, the city and the metropolis thrives as an important cultural and economic center. However, overpopulation, traffic congestion, pollution, and crime challenge the city. Modern Manila is a teeming metropolis, with huge towerblocks crowding those few examples of colonial architecture to survive the bombing of the city during WWII. Many people use it only as a base for further travel, but the more persistent will discover its friendliness and charm. While the less built-up areas do have a lot to offer, those who stop on their way through to more interesting rural destinations and smell the incense and pollution of Manila find that the capital city has a few hidden treasures of its own.
Being on Manila vacation don't forget to visit such places of interest as: Plaza San Luis, Fort Santiago, Rizal Shrine, Mabini Shrine, Palacio del Gobernador, Plaza Samplucan. On Manila vacation you will understand that Manila is a heart and a soul of Philippines. It sets the rhythm of life in this archipelago and is a pulsating hub that blends the Oriental with the Occidental, the quaint with the modern, the mundane with the extraordinary. Manila is the main gateway to the Philippines and is readily accessible from the travel capitals of the world.
Travel agencies can help you to organize Manila vacation and find cheap flights to Manila.
On Manila vacation visit some clubs and pubs, like Acquario, Casino Filipino, Hobbit House. Though night life isn't the same like in Spain, but anyway you will enjoy your time.
All major Christian festivals are celebrated, as well as Independence Day, Bonifacio Day and Rizal Day. On Good Friday the entire country virtually closes down. Even public transport and the national airlines stop running. There are many crucifixion ceremonies throughout the country on this day, which have become popular attractions, especially those at San Fernando and Antipolo, near Manila.
You will see how Filipinos are friendly and kind. They do not simply provide their guest with a place to rest or park their luggage, they also share the best of what they have. This warm, effusive brand of hospitality is what distinguishes Philippine hotels from the others.