Get Reacquainted in Manila: Our Top 5 Must Visit Places

Manila may be both chaotic and crammed but never dull. New shopping malls are rising next to the slum areas, the poverty and the luxury coexist in some weird alignment just next to each other. Manila may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you a special feel. dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have one day.

Here, we are going to share some of the must-visit places in Manila that you just can’t skip out on. All you need to do is book your AirAsia flights and just enjoy the place and the sights.

 

 

Rizal Park

The very first on the list definitely has to be the first public park in the country which is one of the most visited sites by the locals and even the tourists alike. It is the site where one of the heroes of the country Jose Rizal was executed. It is spread across 140 acres and is adorned by some of the most beautiful gardens and statues of some of the historical figures. It is also often termed as Luneta Park, so don’t get confused between the two.

 

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Simply known as Luneta Park. It is our own urban park located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila adjacent to the old walls of Intramuros. The Manila City Hall has been doing a great job upgrading and maintaining the park as they re-introduce new avenues for bird watching, organized food stalls, micro parks inside the park.

  • Location: Rizal Park
  • Opens 5:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5- 2hours
  • Parking: available
  • Average cost: Light snacks and drinks (50php-70php)/pax

 

The Planetarium

 

The Planetarium is located between the Japanese Garden and the Chinese Garden at the Luneta Park. They already have full-dome shows that are available due to their recent upgrade in facilities from the last their 1975 analog projector has been integrated with a new digital projector by Goto. This hybrid projection is the first in Asia.

 

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  • Location: Planetarium (along Rizal Park)
  • Opens 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Entrance: is free (for the interim)
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5- 2hours
  • Parking: available

 

 

Disteleria Limtuaco 

Located in Intramuros, the museum is housed in a Bahay na Bato that then-CEO Julius Limpe acquired back in 1979. We initially had the impression that it was one of the original official sites where they actually conduct their business, but not to that extent. Former CEO envisioned building a company museum 40 years ago.

 

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Over 166 years company, a good backstory, and having the Bahay the Bato as its showroom.The Disteleria Limtuaco Museum is a must visit for those who want to learn about the oldest distilerry in the Philippines. We absolutely love the Manille Liqueur de Calamansi—a local take on Italian limoncello.

  • Location: 481 San Juan de Letran, Intramuros, Manila
  • Opens 9:00am-6:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entrance: 200 PHP
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1 hour
  • Parking: limited

 

 

National Museum of Fine Arts

The National Museum has a three-dimensional goal covering diverse fields of knowledge through various educational, scientific and cultural activities. The personal favorite will always be the preserved cultural significance art in history

 

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We always come during weekends and it is a good initiative of the national government that they waived the entrance fees to the museum making it more accessible to the greater public. More patrons are coming in consistently especially during the weekends.

Aside from collections from different known National Artist like Juan Luna, they also showcase contemporary art and installs per time seasons. Making Art today as an open forum for visual statements available for aesthetic consumption.

  • Location: Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila
  • Opens 10:00am-5:00pm (Closed on Mondays)
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5-2 hours
  • Parking: Available

 

 

Escolta

Celebrate and appreciate Filipino ingenuity and craftsmanship in Escolta Maker’s Market. A project started by a collective community of artists, 98B the market aims to bring back the glory days of the former premier shopping district. Every weekend, most predominantly Saturdays. Where local artist makers of multidisciplinary design disciplines gather and sell their own products.

 

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  • Location: 413 Escolta St, Binondo, Maynila
  • Opens 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1 hour
  • Parking: Available

 

If you are visiting with your friends or family from Coron to Manila flight booking, you definitely need to visit these top 5 spots we have curated for you.

Manila is a silo of history and culture from the past. It is our direct link to the archive of what and who we were before. The Philippines had a pretty interesting history of struggle, tolerance and triumphant recoveries. Go ahead and have your own #DayOut in Manila!

 

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