Manila Holidays

With a population of just over 1.5 million people (12 million in the metro area), Manila is an example of modern life in the quickly developing nation of the Philippines. Comprised of sixteen individual districts, Manila is more a conglomeration of diverse neighborhoods than one cohesive city. Though traveling within the city is somewhat confusing, ... Read more
the bustling action is what helps bring over a million tourists to Manila each year. From the luxurious architecture of the 1322 Golden Empire Tower, to the famous Spanish colonial walled city of Intramuros, to the many luxury hotels like Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Manila is a perfect example of a traditional society transitioning into modernity. As the cultural capital of the Philippines, Manila is filled with Catholic churches, archaeological museums, and upscale nightlife. With everything she has to offer it's easy to see why so many people both call this city home and visit regularly.

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Manila and the surrounding areas were, most unfortunately, built on a floodplain, and even the smallest sprinkle can cause streets to fill with water. So when the rainy season, complete with typhoons and ... Read more
tropical downpours, comes around from June through October every year, the city often becomes a waterlogged maze. The dry season from December through May is decidedly less wet, but also hot -- temperatures in the Filipino capital stay around 85-95F (30-35C) all year. But this does provide an excellent opportunity to check out some of Manila’s dynamic economic growth inside its air conditioned malls, which are popping up like daisies around the city. The city's major festivals like Christmas and Holy Week fall in the dry season, and ideally so should you.

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  • 9.1
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  • 8.5
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Barcelona

I would say it is a very typical south east asian capital. DIrty, full of people and pollution... I still think it was a good decision to go there, as I got a sense of how real Asia was (not only the beautiful things you see in pictures). However, if you don't have much time, I would rather spend time in other places.

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Local from Manila

I m curently living in Manila and it s a wonderfull place if you love to discuss with nice people. Pinoys (filipinos) are amazing and always ready for a good joke, to help or to share a good meal.

Once you visited Philippines, you might come back more often to discover the rest of the country (Rices terraces, White sand beach, Surfing spots and more !)

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Quezon City

Philippines capital and seat of the national government. This is where history abounds especially in the old walled city of Intramuros. You can still see the Spanish influence from 3 centuries of Hispanic rule.

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Brisbane

Vibrant, hectic, energetic, and chaotic are some of the words that come to mind when describing this young and rapidly growing city. Lots of enormous malls if that is your thing. There is also the more tranquil historic center of Intramuros, which is definitely worth checking out.

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Manila is the major metropolitan city of the Philippines and is quite the urban adventure of a time as it is still a booming third world country where the disparity between the rich and poor looms large which lends itself to a diverse amount experiences.

I have traveled to Manila countless times through my childhood, teens, and adulthood and I can wholeheartedly say the best thing about this country is the PEOPLE. They are so welcoming, embracing, helpful, and they absolutely love their singing and dance. They also are one of the most fluent speaking English countries so no worries over here if you happen to speak English.

The food culture here is out of this world with an endless amount eateries on the streets, in the malls, outdoor complexes, and in random nook and crannies. It is a foodie overload 24/7 as Filipinos are obsessed about their eating.

The nightlife is booming with tons of bars, lounges, and major vegas style nightclubs for any taste of local and traveler. Be wary of the lady boys or trannies as the country is tolerable towards them and some might really fool you. Enjoying live music while eating is the norm here which I can definitely get used too.

The US Dollar (USD) gives you such a big bang for your buck out here. For example for $20, you can eat like a king or queen and for $6 you can get an AMAZING hour long massage. Shopping here is also a steal as you can buy a ton of stylish clothes for much cheaper here than in the states because the Philippines is based in Southeast Asia.

Some of my favorite areas to hang out and eat are: The Fort, Greenbelt in Makati, Capitol Commons (family friendly), The Palace, and Metro Walk.

Alot of the locals tend to hang out in the massive malls because of the humid weather and pollution. The malls out here put USA properties to shame. Malls out here can range from 3-7 floors tall and are even 1 or 2 miles long where you can't even see the end.

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Debary

This is Asia, chaos, but great to party and eat for cheap, $100 lasts all day

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I like to review Manila because I'm from the Philippines and I grew up in the city. There are lots of things I like and don't like from the city but I think I'll just write what I like because I think it's not patriotic to write stuff that tends to ruin the reputation of your city and country. What I like in Manila is its proximity not only from malls but also from hotels,schools and even hospitals. I also like its friendly people.

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Anchorage

I'm not sure that I gave Manila enough of a chance, but from the two days I spent there it seemed to live up to it's reputation of a traffic-chocked, polluted, and crowded city. The back streets that I explored seemed friendly enough, with churches, mom and pop shops, and school kids running around. But after a rush-hour experience, I know this city is not for me. Also plenty of Filipinos warned me about it being dangerous, but I didn't experience any crime while I was there. I would be open minded enough to return if someone insisted that it would really be worth my time.

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Huntington Beach

Manila is a contradiction is so many ways. There is extreme luxury and more extreme poverty. You can stay at a Mandarin Oriental or Peninsula Hotel for a fraction of what it would cost in Europe or shop at the Mall of Asia (one of the worlds largest). Makati is great for business men and has great hotels with fine restaurants. The friendliness of the people is one of the highlights.

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Sydney

Manila is a polarizing city -- a sprawling and undoubtedly polluted Asian capital reaching a critical point of congestion, overpopulation, and crime. Still, it has the winning Filipino heart to it, a sense of friendliness and welcome amidst the clamor, and spots like Intramuros and the Baywalk at sunset will make you happy you came. Even the seedy aspect of the city is fascinating: see how many grandfatherly white men you can spot on the arm of a petite young Filipina woman in a twelve-hour period.

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