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. As the capital of the Philippines, Manila serves as a significant political, commercial and cultural center. Divided into six legislative districts, Manila holds a number of significant scientific and educational institutions as well. The city attracts over 1 million tourists annually with several notable landmarks that have proven to be popular tourist attractions.
At the center of the city is Makati where many locals frequent for shopping and dining. There is also the Plaza San Luis - a cultural complex consisting of 9 houses each representing different characteristics of the Filipino architecture. Aside from gift and specialty shops, tourists can spend time at the museum which houses 20th century Filipino furniture. Additional prominent museums include the Bahay Tsinoy and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila that exhibits the city’s culture and history. The Malacañang Palace, Rizal Park, Manila Bay and Sang Agustin Church & Museum are also popular tourist destinations. Come and discover the colorful diversity of this bustling capital of a nation with 7,100 islands!