Manila, where the old meets new!

Manila, where the old meets new!

August 21, 2018 16 By Ruchi Verma

Manila has always been a seat of power for most of the rulers that ruled the Philippines. The capital of Philippines, Manila, has Pasig River dividing it into two halves and the eastern shores of Manila Bay, which provides it with a sweet charm.

Today, it is known to be one of the most famous shopping destinations in Asia. World’s oldest China town has Makati central business district and Quezon City. Manila, a bay-side city is densely populated, which is the mixture of modern skyscrapers and Spanish colonial architecture. This metropolitan city has everything that could attract tourists from all over the World.

Manila is a combination of historical presence and modern structures. One can enjoy some archaeologically important Museums, large shopping malls, and a vibrant nightlife as well.

One can fly to Manila from anywhere in the World. People from all over the world visit Manila for the fact that it has risen to a fame of a great holiday destination. The city has its own Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA.

No matter from wherever you are flying to the city, you can book direct tickets like from USA, Canada Abu Dhabi, or India. If you are doing tickets in advance, you can even avail cheap flights from Abu Dhabi to Manila, or from the USA or anywhere. There are lots to see and enjoy in the Spanish city of Manila. Here, are some of the places that one would love to visit when in Manila.

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Must visit places in Manila

Rizal Park- Manila


Also known as Luneta Park, Rizal Park, is Asia’s largest urban parks. This historical park in the Philippines is one of its kinds. It has a playground for children with Orchidarium and butterfly pavilion with a wide variety of butterflies and orchids. Martial art forms like Kali, Eskrima, Filipino, and stick fight dueling are some of the common activities that take place in this park. The park has an Open-air auditorium and Valor’s Hall is known for their light and sound acoustics.

Manila Ocean Park


Manila Ocean Park is a theme park completely dedicated to education and live performances. It attracts a number of tourists and locals on daily basis. It is run by China Oceanis Philippines, which features hands-on activities. Kalesa is the mode of transport that can be used to travel from one part of Manila to another part.

Binondo church


This beautiful structure was built in the 16th century out of granite. Binondo Church is a Landmark church with a bell tower aging back to the 16th century. This structure is the result of the colorful and rich architecture of old Manila.



The best shopping destination for all the shopaholics, Divisoria is one of the most renowned in the city. It is the hub of shopping malls that includes famous Lucky Chinatown Mall and Tutuban center. You can go there and completely forget about the outside world. The Filipino-Chinese traders run a variety of restaurants and shops that welcomes more than one million tourists and locals. Divisoria has large departmental stores, restaurants, shopping malls, bazaars, etc.

The rich and diverse food of this old city has a fusion of old and new to offer to its guests. The diverse culture infuses the aroma of their culture to the very existence of the city. Not just Spanish but also Filipino and Chinese have been happily accepted by this community and have flourished with time. Every year, more than a million tourists leave this city with mesmerizing memories with a promise to return again.

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