The Philippines is the 'Pearl of the Orient' and many have died in vain trying to conquer this majestic archipelago. The Filipinos are a race of warm and friendly people. This country is a melting pot of diverse cultures. Manila is the capital city and what a place it is!
All Manila vacations are fun-filled affairs. This city houses the best restaurants, night clubs, shopping centers and historic sites in the whole country. This city strives to exceed your expectations.
Visit Divisoria for a unique shopping experience. This market is where bargain shoppers from all over the country head to for great deals. Expect to find good buys at eye-popping prices. Everything in this district is cheap. The best part is that haggling is allowed. Once you start buying, you'll never want to stop.
The traffic in Manila can be described as semi-heavy. For those in a rush, try the MRT (Metro Rail Transit). It is a fast and comfortable way of getting around. Filipinos prefer this mode of transportation to taking a taxi cab. It is cheap, safe and fast. Who could ask for more?
Take a trip back in time while visiting their historic edifices. The Manila Cathedral is imposing yet beautiful at the same time. Take a ride in a kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) at Rizal Park. It is found in the heart of the city and is a tribute to Jose Rizal, the national hero. Traipse through Fort Santiago and pretend you've gone back to the Spanish Colonial Era. It was once a fortress built by the Spanish 'conquistadors' in 1571. The entrance itself is both regal yet intimidating at the same time.
Visit Resorts World Manila for a night of fun and excitement. Check out the Newport Performing Arts Theater. They hold world-class shows 24 hours a day. Whet your palate with the cuisine that their restaurants serve. They also have a fantastic casino if you feel like trying your luck.
Sample the local cuisine. The nation's favorite is 'lechon'. It is a whole pig skewered on a large stick, marinated in spices and roasted over an open flame to perfection. Look for a rolling stall to have a bit of 'balut'. This is fertilized duck embryo that is boiled and served with a chili, vinegar and salt on the side. This is believed to be an aphrodisiac. It is a staple Filipino dish.
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Manila is a city where the old and modern collide. The buildings are proof enough. This city never sleeps but knows how to have fun as well. Fall in love with the bustling capital of the Philippines. Once you've visited, you'll never want to leave.