8. Visit a museum
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If you are interested to know Manila in a cultural and historical perspective, dig into its past by visiting The National Museum of the Philippines. Established in 1901, the museum is the official repository and keeper of the historical and cultural heritage of the Manila and the rest of the Philippine Islands.
9. Treat Yourself a Halo-Halo
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Don’t leave Manila without trying its most popular dessert – Halo-halo. This dessert is a mixture of swee beans and fruits topped with crushed ice and evaporated milk. It’s a delicious and refreshing treat for everyone!
10. Get to know the “Walled City”
Intramuros is probably the best place to go if you want to be familiar with what it was like in Manila during the colonization of the Spaniards back in the 16th century. It was Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, a Spanish conquistador, who was behind the construction of this City Fortress. During the Spanish period, Intramuros, also known as the Walled City, serves as home to only the Spanish Elites or what they called during that time as Mestizos or the mixed race individuals.
11. Visit a Church
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When in Manila, take some time to visit a church. One of Manila’s famous churches is the Minor Basilica of Black Nazarene, famously known as the Quiapo Church. It is a Roman Catholic Church renowned for keeping and enshrining the Black Nazarene – a life size, dark wooden sculpture of Jesus Christ. The Black Nazarene is believed to have miraculous powers that heal sickness and other human distress. It has become one of the strongest symbols of the Catholic faith of the Filipinos.
12. Ride a Kalesa
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Go for a rolling tour around Manila’s top tourist spots via Kalesa. Introduced in the Philippines by the Spaniards in the 18th century, Kalesa is one of the prominent modes of transportation that operates in the city. A kalesa looks like an inclined cart that can seat a maximum of four persons. It is attached to a horse and is operated by a driver, often called as a Kutchero.
13. Eat Balut
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When you’re in Manila, don’t miss the chance to eat one of its famous delicacies – balut. Balut is a boiled and fertilized duck egg best eaten with salt or vinegar and perfectly matched with a can of soda or beer. It’s a must-try delicacy that is highly recommended for tourists.
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