Manila is the most densely populated city in the world, which accounts for the numerous modern skyscrapers—although the hustle and bustle of city life is easy to get away from on the sultry beaches of Luzon Island’s idyllic coastline. The locals have a very easy-going nature, inviting smiles, and friendly attitude. The manic traffic includes horse-drawn buggies that crisscross the streets in a way that can make no sense to a western visitor, but this is part of this city’s magic, as you will surely discover if you put aside a day or two to wander around without a map or a plan. Getting lost in the backstreets, and taking in the sounds and smells is enough for you to feel the energetic rhythm of life.
Location: A gateway island in the sultry Pacific
Manila is one of the largest municipalities of the Philippines and is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, surrounded by the paradise enclave of the Pacific Ocean. Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main international gateway for travelers to the Philippines, and serves as a hub for a number of local and international airlines.
Business: The economic epicenter of the Philippines
As you would expect from a bustling city teeming with towering high-rises, Manila is a major center for banking and finance in the Philippines, and together with retail, tourism, real estate, and technology, attracts billions in international trade. Philippine Airlines (PAL), the flag carrier of the country, headquarter within the metropolitan area.
Culture: A melting pot of European, American, and Chinese cultures
The influence of Spanish culture is evident in the Baroque colonial buildings, which include a number of cathedrals and basilicas. Almost 90% of the people are Roman Catholic and very passionate about their faith. English is an official language and is widely spoken, although the distinctive local slang is particularly Americanisms and almost everyone has a nickname. Manila street food is "bolder" than Chinese, and you are either going to love it or hate it, but rich in flavor, it’s a mind-blowing experience.
Activities: Shop, taste, and sing your heart out
Manila has become one of the best shopping destinations in Asia. Major shopping malls—Robinsons Place Manila being the largest—are located around the city, while local and traditional markets and bazaars are also dotted around at regular intervals. The Binondo enclave is the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594. It combines sightseeing, shopping, and delicious food. It is very incomprehensible to a novice in Oriental reasoning that the main dispute between the Philippines and Japan is that each country claims the invention of karaoke for itself. Maybe you can be the judge that when you try out the new version – videoke. Manila is still setting new trends.