Travel to Manila, the vivid metropolis of the Philippines
Manila is the capital of the Philippines but it isn’t just the center of government and commerce, it’s also home to much of the great architecture and culture of the country. Although many buildings in Manila were destroyed during World War II there has been a lot of restoration work carried out and there is plenty to see when you visit Manila today. One of the most famous aspects of the architecture of the city is its art deco theaters which were designed by artists such as Juan Nakpil and Pablo Antonio. Visit Manila and you can’t fail to notice the hustle and bustle of this lively city which certainly has plenty of personality. But if you ever want to escape the busy streets you can spend time in one of Manila’s beautiful parks, or stroll along the pedestrianized area that borders Manila Bay.
Although the area around present day Manila was inhabited prior to 1571 the city was only founded that year by Spanish Conquistadors who arrived from Mexico. The Philippines remained under Spanish rule for 300 years, before coming under the influence of the US. It was at this time that the main language of the country changed from Spanish to English.
Manila is a very tourist friendly city; more than one million people visit each year. One of the biggest attractions is Intramuros which was the original walled city, created by the Spanish Conquistadors. There are plenty of sites to see in this part of the city, including Casa Manila which is a colonial building that perfectly replicates what living in the city was like for the wealthy Spanish inhabitants during colonial times. A visit to Manila isn’t just about the architecture though; you can also spend time relaxing, or people watching, in the green areas of the city, such as Rizal Park which is one of the largest urban parks in Asia.