Located in Manila's downtown district, it has authentic Chinese restaurants, apothecaries, oriental stores and fabulous pagodas.
Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex
It is the seat of Manila's art and cultural scene, boasts of a Cultural Center, a Design Center, a Trade Center, a Folk Arts Theater, and a Convention Center.
Not too long ago, Libis was no more than just a dark, desolate stretch between the bustling Ortigas Area and crowded Cubao. But thanks to a row of restaurants and bars - most of which are only a couple of years old - motorists now stop by for more than just gas and have more reasons to tarry. And for a little over a year, a so-called "city within a city" has opened its gates and steadily transformed Libis from a common detour into a popular place to work, relax, and even reside.
Row of art galleries, souvenir shops, antique stores and restaurants can be found in this district. Tourists can find the best shopping bargain and enjoy the lively nightlife.
The old Spanish walled city was the seat of government during colonial times. One can marvel at many buildings and churches, which have stood since the Spanish era. Places to visit are San Agustin Church, The Manila Cathedral, and Fort Santiago. Check out some dungeon holes that have been converted into trendy bars, café, fine-dining restaurants, as well as a rave disco.
Located on the South side of Metro Manila, still remains the most glamorous and richest real estate area in the Philippines. After all, most of the country's top corporations hold office here. Where big business is, five-star hotels, like Manila Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental, and Shangri-La command the city's best street corners. It is still good "name dropping" if one lives in Makati, especially if his address is Forbes Park or in a residential tower inside Rockwell. Its cityscape has made it home to a vibrant restaurant scene, with new influences seeping into chefs' repertoires and new restaurants departing from the usual fare served in American franchises.
Manila's Bohemian District underwent a mild facelift. For instance, Manila Zoo has been renovated with a better facade and facilities for kids. There are new hangouts on the rise while some, have completely closed. If you want to stay close to Malate's attractions and meet the partygoers and partymakers on a wild street party on a weekend night, some low-budget but decent accommodations are always available for you to check out.
Joining the al fresco dining frenzy, SM Megamall - the country's largest mall located in Mandaluyong - has extended its operating hours to meet Mega Strip's (a line of restaurants along one side of Building B) demands. Success can be credited to the thousands of mall-goers everyday and the work force in the Ortigas business district. At the Mega Strip, diners are occasionally treated to concerts as well, with local bands turning one corner of the parking lot into a stage.
At first, it does seem morbid to have an old cemetery as an attraction. The Paco Cemetery was built out of necessity in 1820 when a hurricane and an epidemic swept through Manila, resulting in many casualties. It became the Paco Park, a national park, in 1966. This circular park is now a favorite venue for concerts, shows and weddings.
Quiapo's Muslim Mosque
Found near Manila's Quiapo market district, this 60 year-old mosque is the cultural and spiritual center to the Muslims in the area. Nearby is an Arab-style bazaar where visitors can find exotic goods such as Indonesian batik shirts, Pakistani cloth and Egyptian perfumes.
It is a sprawling complex with lush green set amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. At the heart of this park is the monument to the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, facing Manila Bay. The park is 60 hectares of trees, gardens, fountains and open spaces. It's a favorite place for families, lovers, picnic-goers, tourists and joggers.
From the large and dramatic -- glistening residential towers, a spanking new shopping mall, a members-only recreation club to cozy little details -- dining al fresco, a good laugh, comfort and cappuccino, Rockwell Center is defining what good living in Manila can be.
One of Manila's more famous thoroughfares, it is a palm-fringed stretch hugging Manila Bay and lined with first-rate hotels and restaurants.
University of Santo Tomas
Older than Harvard by 25 years, it is the oldest learning institute in the Far East established by the Dominican Fathers in 1611.