National Capital Region
One of a kind urban jungle
With its strategic location, Metro Manila has been a center of trade and commerce dating way back in 3000 BC.
The name was given by the Tagalog inhabitants based on a flowering mangrove plant which grew on the shores of Manila Bay.
The famous walled city called Intramuros was built during the Spanish era to protect the city from invaders.
During the World War 2, the capital suffered immense destruction, thus, it was the second most destroyed city in the world after Warsaw, Poland.
The Metropolitan Manila region was enacted as an independent entity in 1975.
What To See In NCR ?
The bustling city will definitely add up variety in a tour and keep you on your toes.
For gastronomic adventure-seekers, a must try is the restaurant Van Gogh is Bipolar in Quezon City (make sure you reserve first).
Bistro Remedios in Malate, Manila, is an absolute must-try if you look for refined Filipino cuisine. Make sure you pass by and say Hi if you try it out, we’re just across the circle and will be delighted to guide you to their best dishes.
The streets of Greenbelt in Makati and Chinatown, among others, are also a perfect stop for variety and new discovers.
For the arts and culture fanatics, the walled city of Intramuros offers a memorable blast from the past with what remains of the old Spanish era.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP Complex), Resorts World Manila and UP Theatre offer musical shows and stage plays throughout the year.
You may also want to check out different types of museums in Manila. Our top picks are the National Museum of the Philippines, Ayala Museum, Marikina Shoe Museum and the University of Santo Tomas Museum.
For night owls, the city is still alive with options!
Curious about the local crowd? Go to the bars in Tomas Morato, Eastwood City or Metrowalk in Ortigas.
Looking forward to dance the night away? There’s Palladium in Greenbelt, Fort Strip area in Fort Bonifacio and Malate for a less “posh” atmosphere.
Missing your beer? You can check out Distillery and the Draft.
Out with kids? Check out Manila Ocean Park, Star City & Tiendesitas.
And of course, a trip in the Capital is not complete without a good old bargain trip for souvenirs, clothes (surplus or counterfeits) and local crafts.
For those feeling a bit adventurous, the streets of Divisoria, Dapitan and Baclaran are a true bargain heaven for shoppers.
There’s also an air conditioned version of these shopping centers in Greenhills with higher quality, but of course, the prices are doubled.
Malls are also a safe bet and there are huge shopping malls practically anywhere in the metro. Try out Mall Of Asia, considered as one of the biggest in South East Asia, and a truly unique experience. The place even has its own streets!