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7 Things To See In And Around Manila

The capital of the Philippines combines big-city life with a fusion of European and Asian culture. The city enjoys lush tropical surroundings. What are some things you shouldn't miss?

Quiapo Church

Although the original construction perished in a blaze, Quiapo Church is still a major attraction in Manila. It's probably most famous for its sacred Black Christ statue, carried by devout believers in a procession each year.

American Memorial Cemetery

U.S. presence was big in the Philippines, and this gathering of 17,206 headstones pays tribute to the soldiers killed during the Second World War.

Pagsanjan Falls

If it's countryside you crave, take a two-hour drive outside Manila to swim under a real waterfall. You also have the opportunity to canoe around the waters.

National Museum of the Filipino People

Discover the many layers of Filipino history, starting from Paleolithic times, the Spanish invasion, to the 20th century. Your ticket is good at the National Gallery of Art, too!

Rizal Park

Named after Filipino revolutionary Jose Rizal, this park covers 60 hectares. Take a stroll through its woods, pay tribute to Rizal's monument, and admire its cultivated gardens.

Taal Volcano

Did you know that there are active volcanoes in the Philippines? You can hike this one, as well as traverse its surrounding waters by various forms of transport. Not to be missed!

Villa Escudero Plantation

This working coconut plantation is a major part of the local agricultural industry. You can learn about local sugarcane and coconut trade, birdwatch, and explore a rural village.

Planning Your Manila Visit

When's the best time to go?

The rainy seasons are July and August, and the temperature reaches its peak in May - over 90 degrees. January or February could be your best bets for mild weather and low rainfall.

How can I stay safe?

Protect yourself from con artists by only accepting help from people you know. Exercise common sense by keeping valuables hidden and not wandering poorly-lit areas.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Filipino and English
  • Currency
    PHP (₱)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the rain and intense heat, plan your visit for January or February, when mild temperatures are more likely to be found.

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What People Are Saying About Manila

I had nice visits, but the traffic was horrendous.

We covered the major spots in Intermuros, such as San Agustin Church, Casa Manila and National Museum, but we could have done a bit more if we were not sitting in a traffic jam that long.

Half-Day Manila City & Museum Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/18/2016

Excellent experience, would recommend it to anybody

It was an amazing experience with an excellent tour guide. Lots of great information along the way. However the tour ended 2 hours before the advertised time..

Full-Day Panoramic Tagaytay Ridge Tour Reviewed by Martin, 05/24/2015

gteat tour but I was not aware that trekking is not included

gteat tour but I was not aware that trekking is not included as that is a different tour. This should be more clear on website

Full-Day Panoramic Tagaytay Ridge Tour Reviewed by Peter, 06/19/2016

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