Manila

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Manila is the getaway to the 7’107 islands of the Philippines and widely known as Metro Manila. It is the center of entertainment, culture, government, business and finance. Manila is a delightful mix of the old and the new, from modern shopping malls, imposing high-rise buildings, pulsating nightlife to ancient Spanish churches. Also referred to as the National Capital Region (NCR) or the Greater Manila Area (GMA), Metro Manila encompasses 16 cities, including the country’s city capital, Manila. Located in the central part of Luzon, these cities include Quezon, Makati, Las Pinas, Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay City, Pasig City, San Juan, Paranaque, Taguig, Valenzuela and the Municipality of Pateros.

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The country’s most famous public transportation is the jeepney, which represents the ingenuity of the Filipinos. They have converted surplus U.S. Military jeeps left behind by the Americans after WWII into practical and decorative passenger vehicles.

One of the favorite historical tourist spots may also be found in the city, dating back all the way from Spanish era more than 400 years ago. Intramuros, the oldest district and historic center in Manila, is also called “Walled City”. It was the original seat of the Spanish government during the time that the Philippines was under the Spanish rule. The cultural heritage makes Manila a unique place to visit in Southeast Asia.