Top 10 Manila Tourist Destination You Can’t Miss

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If you like to see tourist destinations and on a shoestring budget, visiting Manila City will give you a dose of history, culture, and arts.

We have here the top 10 tourist destinations in Manila that we’re sure you’ll enjoy visiting.

Manila Tourist Destinations

Rizal Park

Rizal Park

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If there is one place you really want see in Manila, it would be Rizal Park. Why? Because beyond the view and history, you will see the Pinoy culture in action – families, groups of friends, couples, children. Dining picnic-style, children running like the wind, friends that gamely pose for wacky shots and pulling pranks.

What to see: Light-and-sound presentation,  busts of Filipino martyrs and heroes, Concert at the Park, Manila Orchidarium, Lapu-Lapu statue,  3D map of the Philippine Islands, children’s playground, Chess Plaza, Japanese Garden

Information:

Address: Taft Avenue, Manila

Admission: Park – Free, Chinese Garden- Php 10, Children’s Playground – Php 10, Nayong Pilipino- Php 30–40

http://npdc.gov.ph

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago

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Fort Santiago is one of the main attractions in Intramuros and one of the most important historical sites in Manila City.

What to see: Rizal Shrine museum, Baluarte de Santa Barbara,  Rizaliana Furniture Hall, dungeon cellblocks, Rizal brass footprint, Plaza Moriones

Information:

Address: Santa Clara St, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Admission: Php 75.00(Adults)/Php 50.00(Children)

Open Hours: 8am-6pm Daily

National Museum of the Philippines

National Musuem

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Here’s one great reason to visit Manila City – National Museum is now permanently free of charge! This is to encourage local and international tourist to visit National Museum to foster national patrimony and heritage.

What to see: Juan Luna’s Spoliarium, The Hall of the Masters in National Art Gallery, Archaeological Treasures in the Museum of the Filipino People

Information:

Address: Padre Burgos St., Ermita 1000, Manila

Tel: (632)527 7859

Open Hours: 10am-5pm (Tuesdays to Sundays)

http://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph

Bahay Tsinoy

Bahay Tsinoy

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Operated by Kaisa Heritage Center, Bahay Tsinoy showcases the Filipino-Chinese shared history and culture. A visit to Bahay Tsinoy will be similar to time travel where Tsinoy mannequins show how Tsinoys evolve from early contacts to present time.

What to see: Gallery of Rare Prints and Photographs, Ching Ban Lee Ceramics Gallery, Jimmy Ongking Hall, Chinben See Memorial Library

Location:

Address: KAISA-Angelo King Heritage Center, Anda cor. Cabildo St. Intramuros, Manila

Contact Number:  5276083/5276086

Hours: 1pm-5pm (Tuesdays-Sundays)

Admission: Php 100 (adults), Php 60 (students)

http://bahaytsinoy.org

Malacanang Palace Museum

Malacanan Palace

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This is must visit place in Manila. Just imagine sharing the same space where former Philippine Presidents and foreign dignitaries once walked on. Gamely pose with the podium that the President uses when he practices his speech.

What to see: Presidential Library, Malacanang Palace Museum, Malacanang Park

Information:

Address: 2/F Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang

J.P. Laurel Street, San Miguel, Manila

Contact Number: (63-2) 784 4286 loc. 4649/4945

Email: pml@malacanang.gov.ph,  malacanangmuseum@gmail.com

Hours: 9am-12, 1pm-3pm (Monday-Friday), except public holidays

Admission: Free, but need prior reservation

http://malacanang.gov.ph/

Manila Zoo

Manila Zoo

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Take out the inner child in you when you visit Manila Zoo. Though it smells a little musky, your inner child will delight in the experience of watching other animals do their thing. You can take a row boat ride with your family, for double the fun.

What to see: Maali, the Elephant, Reptile habitat, Rowboat ride, Lagoon, Fish Spa

Information:

Address: Adriatico St., corner Quirino St., Manila

Contact Number: (632) 525 8157

Hours: 8am-6pm (Mondays-Sundays)

Admission: Manila Residents Php 60, Non-residents Php 100

Museo Pambata

Mueseo Pambata

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Aptly named, Museo Pambata is really a museum for children. They can connect with storytelling session and uncover the magic of gestures and words that can let a child’s ingenuity soar.

What to see:  Theme Rooms, Collections, Palipalaruan, Teatro Pambata, Learning Room, Aklatang Pambata

Location:

Address: Roxas Blvd., cor. South Drive, Ermita, Manila

Contact Number: (632) 523-1797/98, 536-0595

Hours: 9am-5pm (Tuesdays-Saturdays), 1pm-5pm (Sunday)

Admission: Manila Residents FREE, Non-residents Php 250, FREE on Tuesdays, 50% disc on other days

http://www.museopambata.org/

Intramuros

Intramuros

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Within the walls of Intramuros, your craving for history and culture will be satisfied. When visiting Intramuros, make sure you are on your most comfortable clothes and footwear, as you will surely forget being tired visiting historic places.

What to see: Fort Santiago, Rizal Shrine, Rizaliana Furniture Exhibit, Casa Manila, Baluarte de San Diego, San Agustin Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Bagumbayan Light and Sound Museum, NCCA Gallery, Fr. George Willmann, SJ Museum, Silahis Center, Bonsai Library and Museum, Archdiocesan Museum of Manila

Location:

Address: Intramuros, Manila

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Paco Park

Paco Park

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Started out as a cemetery for the rich and influential people, Paco Park now is a quaint destination frequented by visitors looking for a romantic and peaceful spot in the busy Manila. Its romantic surroundings have also made Paco Park a perfect place for a special celebration like pre-nuptial shoots and private weddings.

What to see: Chapel of St. Pancratius, Paco Park Garden

Information:

Address: San Marcelino St., Paco, Manila

Admission: Php 10

http://npdc.gov.ph

Manila Bay

Manila Bay

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Best known for its iconic sunset, Manila Bay is something you should visit when in Manila. The calm and tranquility of the setting sun will inspire you to write songs and poems, about life and love. Walking along Manila Baywalk will sooth your end-of-the-usual-hectic-day.

What to see: Manila Baywalk, Manila Yacht Club, Harbor Square, Manila Ocean Park

Location: Roxas Blvd, Manila

Top 7 Churches in Manila For Your Visita Iglesia

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The Philippine Islands is known as one of the largest Catholic countries in the world. With the Lenten Week, as one of the highlights of the Catholic faith, millions of Filipino Catholic faithful will flock seven Catholic churches to pray and meditate via Visita Iglesia (or Seven Churches Visitation) on Maundy Thursday.

We have come up with the Top 7 churches within Manila City you can visit.

Top 7 Churches within Manila

Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church

More popularly known as Quiapo Church, the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene is a prominent Roman Catholic basilica in Quiapo.  The Black Nazarene, a black statue of Jesus Christ believed to be miraculous by many people, is the major reason Quiapo Church is famous.

Currently, what remained of Quiapo Church’s original Baroque style architecture are the dome at the transept and the façade.

Location: Plaza Miranda, Quiapo, Manila

San Sebastian Church

San Sebastian Chruch

San Sebastian Church is the only all-steel church in the country and the only pre-fabricated steel church in the world. For its impressive architectural features, San Sebastian Church has already been declared a National Historical Landmark.

San Sebastian Church boasts of twin spires which are very reminiscent of Gothic architecture, in contrast to other churches display breathtaking domes and arches.

Location: Plaza del Carmen, Manila

Binondo Church

Binondo Church

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Founded in 1596 by Dominican priests to serve Chinese converts, masses held n Binondo Church are said in Mandarin and Hokkien aside from the usual English and Filipino.

Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz (more commonly referred to as Binondo Church) was destroyed during the British invasion and during World War II.

What currently remains of the original 16th-century structure is the five-story, octagonal belfry. Binondo Church is also known for its colorful paintings on its ceiling.

Location: Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Binondo, Manila

St. Jude Thaddeus Church

St Jude Thaddeus Church

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In year 1954, Archbishop Rufino J. Santos obtained from the Roman Consistorial Congregation to the faculty to erect three more parishes for the Chinese. One of these was St. Jude Parish.

From the strictly Chinese parish that was originally envisioned, St. Jude Church has evolved into a tri-sectoral parish profile of the personal, the territorial, and the devotional.

St. Jude Church became National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus.

Location: J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila

Malate Church

Malate Church

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Considered to be the oldest church in Metro Manila outside the walls of Intramuros, Malate Catholic Church was originally built in 1588 by the Augustinian friars.

Over the past four centuries, Malate Church has been reconstructed several times. Currently, the statue brought from Spain in 1524 still stands.

From an aerial view, Malate Church is shaped like a cross.

Location: Malate, Manila

San Agustin Church

San Agustin Church

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Under the collective title Baroque Churches of the Philippines, San Agustin Church is one of the four Philippine churches to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Most noteworthy of its architecture are the trompe l’oeil murals on the ceiling and the intricately designed baroque pulpit. Originally made out of bamboo and nipa, San Agustin Church is the oldest stone church in the Philippines and was erected in 1589.

Location: Real St., Intramuros, Manila

Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral

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Top of the list of breathtaking churches in Manila, Manila Cathedral will take your breath away.

At the heart of Intramuros in Manila,  stands this Neo-Romanesque church that boasts of impressive architecture, from façade to interiors.

Location: Intramuros, Manila