Manila, Philippines
ZipTipz Manila Travel Guide

Manila, Asian in mood yet Latin in temperament, is a city of great contrasts, where East meets West, past and present merge, and vice and virtue coexist. Come and discover the colorful diversity of this bustling capital of a nation with 7,100 islands.

District Guide

Whenever Manila is mentioned, the speaker actually refers--sometimes unknowingly--to a vast conglomeration of 12 cities and five municipalities. Each is an autonomous political entity, but together functioning as one city called Metro Manila. Exploring this sprawling metropolis can be quite a...

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Historical Background

It may not be apparent to the visitor, but Manila is actually one of East Asia's oldest cities. Predating even Tokyo, Manila traces its written history to 1571 when Spanish conquistadors, led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, wrested control of the city from its last pre-Hispanic ruler, Rajah Sulayma...

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Where To Stay

Metro Manila abounds in accommodation options. Rates run from the high end to the incredibly modest and everything in between. Visitors can pick from international chain hotels displaying well-known logos, foreign or locally run properties for long-term stays, boutique hotels with character and...

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Dining and Drinking

Filipinos love eating--to the extent that many a foreign visitor has remarked: Don't Filipinos ever stop eating? Indeed, a Filipino's daily food intake comprises five meals: breakfast, morning merienda, lunch, afternoon merienda and dinner. And take note that a merienda is often more than just a...

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In the free and open atmosphere of Manila, entertainment takes myriad forms. First some food for the soul.

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Recommended Tours

Intramuros, the heart of Manila from 1571 to 1898, offers an excellent introduction to the history and culture of Manila. Start your tour early in the morning when it is fairly cool and quiet, and make the Intramuros Visitors Center your first stop. Here, obtain as much information as you can and...

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The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines. The city is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay on Luzon, the country's largest island.

Manila is the hub of a thriving metropolitan area home to over 10 million people. The Metro Manila area also known as the National Capital Region (NCR), of which the City of Manila is a part, is a much bigger metropolis consisting of 17 cities and municipalities. This article discusses the city itself; see Metro Manila for the article on the metropolis.

Manila is the second most populous city proper in the Philippines, with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. Only nearby Quezon City, the country's former capital, is more populous. It is currently included in the roster of global cities of the world.

Manila got its name from may nilad, Tagalog for "there is nilad," in reference to the flowering mangrove plant that grew on the marshy shores of the bay. In the 16th century, Manila (then Maynilad) grew from a Muslim settlement on the banks of the Pasig River into the seat of the colonial government of Spain when it controlled the Philippine Islands for over three centuries from 1565 to 1898. Beginning in 1898, the United States occupied and controlled the city and the Philippine archipelago until 1946. During World War II, much of the city was destroyed. The Metropolitan Manila region was enacted as an independent entity in 1975. Today, the city and the metropolis thrive as an important cultural and economic center. However, overpopulation, traffic congestion, pollution, and crime challenge the city.

Manila has been classified as a "Gamma" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network.

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