Metro Manila is the capital city and overlooks Manila Bay. A bustling modern city, it comes alive at night with a host of vibrant bars, nightclubs, karaoke clubs, discotheques and pubs. Many tourists take flights from Manila to islands like Cebu; one of the larger islands with beautiful tropical beaches being the main draw. Mactan Island is best for water sports such as parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. With shallow crystal clear waters, there are also numerous dive sites. A definite side attraction you might want to consider when you fly to Manila. Boracay, a tiny tropical island with white sandy beaches, is the ideal holiday destination for sun worshippers and the reason many tourists take flights to the Philippines! Windsurfing, diving, parasailing can be easily indulged in on this paradise on earth. Nature lovers that travel to Manila must visit the spectacular rice terraces around Banaue, in north Luzon, which have been described as the eighth wonder of the world. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the terraces have been carved out of the hillside by the Ifugao tribe 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. These remarkable verdant terraces stretch like stepping-stones to the sky - some reaching an altitude of 1,500 metres. Fiesta is part and parcel of Filipino culture and everyday is a fiesta. Each is celebrated with great pomp and pageantry and visitors are welcome to join in the fun to sample the local culture and way of life. Those with a penchant for history and architecture can visit the many baroque churches that dot the country, and which are reminiscent of the Spanish influence on the Philippines.
Manila, Philippines has a remarkable range of activities catering to almost every market segment. There are plenty of family friendly activities in Manila, and children are never bored when holidaying anywhere in Philippines. For young couples and singles, Manila offers an exciting and diverse nightlife and is considered one of the culinary capitals of Philippines. Manila is also a world-class shopping venue for shopaholics. Click the activity links below for further information. * Chinese Cemetery
Although this fascinating cemetery only opened in the 1850s, the Chinese.. have been in the Philippines since 100 AD. Their influence can be seen all over Manila; however this final resting place provides a unique perspective on their culture. The opulent cemetery houses here have startlingly complete sets of real household goods, with everything from air conditioners to flushing toilets filling the small mausoleums. Guided tours are offered of some of the most extravagant tombs. The cemetery is located on Aurora Avenue, Blumentritt. * Cultural Activities in Manila
Manila has an amazing range of cultural attractions guaranteed to hold the interest of visitors during their stay. From the Spanish era city-within-a-city of Intramuros and all its wonders, to the distinctly Asian Chinatown, this city is a model of diversity. Colourful local markets such as Divisoria share urban space with some of the planet's largest and most glamorous shopping malls, adding another facet to the Manila experience. After dark, a whole new realm opens up as residents, expats and tourists party late into the night.
* Cultural Centre of the Philippines
If you want to experience the more artistic side of Manila’s culture, the city’s main cultural centre is the place to go. Its large central theatre is the site for both the brilliant resident Bayanihan Dance Company and visiting performance groups such as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ballet Philippines and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra are also onsite, and there are galleries for visual arts exhibits. The centre is located on Roxas Boulevard. Phone: +63 2 832 1125. * Dining Out in Manila
Having been colonised and liberated twice by different cultures, the Philippines has naturally adopted...
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