This chameleon like Asian city has a unique spirit that takes time to understand and appreciate. Time and history have made Manila a mix of cultures. In its confines you will find traces of Malay, Spanish, American, Chinese and even Arabic influences. All this makes the capital of the Philippines a beautiful chaos that just must be explored.
Intramuros is a stone citadel, founded in 1571 by the Spanish, and standing to this day as a metaphor of the city of Manila. After hundreds of years, natural disasters and invaders, the citadel is still standing strong and beautiful. This Roman Catholic city is embellished by prominent churches, such as the San Agustin Church, a place of worship with national importance. This is the oldest church in the Philippines and preserves a great number of objects with historical and cultural merit. Close by is the San Agustin Museum, which through his antiquities let us see glimpses of the old Manila. The National Museum of the Filipino People displays objects from the life of the major Filipino indigenous groups and a number or local painting and sculptures.
Tourists should discover the Manila’s art scene along the Chino Roces Avenue, where are hosted world-class exhibitions from the Philippines and all around the world. Witness the wonderful Manila’s sunsets from the Manila Ocean Park, while sitting in one of the local bars and enjoying a refreshing drink. Among the things you must do in Manila are the frequent visits to its beaches and the experiencing of the exquisite local cuisine and fresh drinks that are able to satisfy every taste.