About Metro Manila
Metro Manila in the Southern Luzon of the Philippines is the capital center of the country. Metro Manila comprises of the sixteen municipalities namely Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa each with a distinct historical story to tell. From the international gateway of the country, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, to the historical landmarks such as the Luneta Park, La Loma, Pasig River, Libangan ng mga Bayani to the preserve cathedrals such as the Baclaran Church, Cathedral Parish of San Roque, San Bartolome Church, Concepcion De Malabon Church, also festivals like San Juan's Town Fiesta and Sapatero Festival, which brings back the cultural value of the people and the preservation of history, the development of Super Malls, Market Market, Greenhills, Mind Museums, Manila Ocean Park and other Nature Park and places such Binondo for the never-ending foodgasm and the diversity of cultures through food. It's a place for reminiscing the past, adventures and the hope of future development. Here, you will see that Filipinos find joy in everything that they do, whatever the past is and that's something that will motivate you.
The Charm of Metro Manila
1. Great Fiesta All-year roundFirst in the list is The Bamboo Organ Festival held in St. Joseph Parish in Las Pinas showcases the organ that was restored for many years and now declared as one of the National Culture Treasure. The Organ Festival is held every February. Secondly, in appreciation to art, the Pasinaya Festival is scheduled every February at the Cultural Center of the Philipines in Pasay City. Third on the list, Lechon. Oh! The juicy, tender and crispy skin of Lechon shouldn't be missed when you're here in the metro. Make sure that you are available every third Sunday of May because Lechon La Loma Festival is scheduled on that week in Quezon City. Additionally, you may want to include in your list for the month of May is the Flores De Mayo or popularly known as Santacruzan held over Intramuros, Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines. It is a religious historical festival beauty contest with different character roles. Fourth, love movies? Check out the Metro Manila Film Festival during December where the parade of floats and the artist of the movies are present. Fifth, San Juan Town Festival. This is a festival that's very unique. Be ready to get wet! Bring your own water, if you must for revenge and an extra t-shirt. A little water adventure in the water won't get hurt.
2. Delectable and Exquisite DessertsFilipinos are known for innovating products even in the food that they offer. The must food to try on the list is Fresh Lumpia, which is very healthy consisting of carrots, turnips, beans, lettuce and the secret for spotting a delicious Fresh Lumpia is its sweet sauce loaded with crushed peanuts. The favorite must try in for dessert in the city is the Leche Flan, sweet, creamy and caramelized beaten egg. Bibingka, commonly baked in banana leaves is surprisingly sweet cooked in coconut milk with drizzle of cheese. Metro Manila offers different variety of food from street foods to fine dining.
3.Modern Shopping Centers Shopping centers are everywhere in Metro Manila. The fourth largest mall in the Philippines is located in the central business park near Manila Bay. You can easily spot a nice dress in divisoria or shoes for a cheaper amount of money without compromising the quality. Marikina City, known as the shoe center of the Philippines for their craftmanship have different registered manufacturers of shoes. Well-made ladies shoes and men's shoes made in leather are very evident of their popularity and choice of footwear.
Metro Manila Tourist Spots
1. Fascinating Manila Ocean Park Exploring the marine life in a fun and enjoyable way for adults and kids is found in the Manila Ocean Park in Makati, Metro Manila. They offer different packages for your budget from sea lion shows to shark viewing and fountain show. The fountain show known as Aquatica is one of the must-see as it raises awareness for taking good care of the marine life. You can never go wrong with their aqua themed hotel for special occasions or if you just want to sleep with sea creatures and relax, this is the best place found in Metro.
2. The Historically Preserved; Intramuros, ManilaRide a Kalesa around as you go back in time with the Philippine fascinating History during the Spanish era. If you aren't comfortable riding with the horse-drawn calush, you may opt to try the electric tricycle. The walled city offers you rich learning about history, architecture, lifestyle and culture of the Manilenos. You can visit the very accommodating Fort Santiago, where you can find the Rizal Shrine in honor of Jose Rizal, the Philippine's National Hero. You will get to know more of him and his family as you roam around Rizal Shrine. The San Agustin Church, the oldest church in the Philippines and known as Southeast Asia UNESCO's World Heritage Sites is also found in the place.
3. The Fabulous Financial and Lifestyle District at The FortBonifacio Global Center (BCG) or The Fort found in Taguig is one of the places to go in Manila. It is one of the developed business center of Manila. The place is a break from the crowded, jam-packed traffic of the Metro Manila streets. Colorful artworks are found everywhere. You can walk peacefully in Serendra and make sure you take photos as much as you can because you can never get enough of these art pieces. The Mind Museum is a great place for kids and for the young at heart, where learning should not stop. The place is perfect for running activities like marathon or just simply walking. It's also famous for bazaars, fair and concerts. At night-time, they also offer the best hotels and bars in the city of Manila.