13 Things To Do in Manila (Part 1 of 2)

If it’s your first time to visit Manila, or been in and out of the city but never had the chance to explore, here are 7 out of the 13 things you can do to make your stay in Manila more exciting and unforgettable.

Meet the National Hero

When you’re in Manila, don’t miss the chance to get to know the country’s pride and National Hero – Jose Rizal. Jose Rizal was a creative poet, essayist, ophthalmologist, correspondent, and a novelist whose famous works were his two novels: Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and El Filibusterismo (The Reign of Greed). These books awakened the consciousness of the Filipinos and unified them to fight for their freedom during the Spanish Colonization. You can visit a place in Intramuros called Light and Sound Museum where it showcases the life of Jose Rizal from his childhood until his execution in Bagumbayan, Manila in 1896. 

Watch Manila Bay sunset

If you’re looking from a window or balcony of the hotel you’re staying in, having a dinner cruise, or just walking  along Manila Bay, take some time to watch the majestic sunset. Relax and enjoy the lovely scenery.

Take a ride via King of the Road

Dubbed as the king of the road, Jeepney is the most popular public transportation in Metro Manila. It can transport you from one city to another in a very affordable fare. Jeepneys have been known for their flashy and colorful decorations making them one of national symbols of the country.

Go Bargain Shopping 

Manila is a great place to shop. Amid its numerous malls, Manila has shopping centers where locals and tourists go to buy cheap and affordable goods. Divisoria, Greenhills, and Quiapo are just some of the places where bargain markets are found. You can buy anything from food to clothes, birthday and wedding necessities, souvenirs to shoes, accessories and bags and many more.

Watch a Cultural Show with a plus

Get to know Manila’s rich culture through a harmonious cultural show. A place called Barbara’s Restaurant in Intramuros showcases this kind of show to their guests while serving delectable buffet-styled, Filipino cuisines. What can be more fun than knowing the city’s culture while enjoying a sumptuous meal?

Eat Adobo

One of the popular dishes served across the country particularly in Manila, Adobo is a delicious Filipino dish made from meat, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, pepper, and brown sugar. One must not miss this sumptuous meal best served with rice. Adobo is served in almost all restaurants and food joints found in Manila. Go try some!

Get a massage
Manila is dotted with a variety of spas offering traditional and foreign massages such as Filipino HilotBrazilian, Thai, Swedish, Shiat-su, and Ventosa in very affordable prices. Availing one of these relaxing massages is a great way to end the day while in Manila.

Watch out next week for the rest of the list of the things you can do to enjoy Manila. Meanwhile, you may enjoy some of our posts about Manila:

Transportation in Manila

Daycation Destinations - Manila

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