Welcome to Manila, the capital of the Philippines and the busiest city. Here, you can see the towering buildings and bustling business areas. But there are also a number of interesting areas that will show the remnants of its past.
Fun Flight Tips: Filipinos are famous for their home cooking. So, why not enjoy typical Filipino cuisine before landing in Manila? With CEB Meals, you’ll be guaranteed a special meal with a halal certificate, so everyone can feel the variety of culinary offerings! All of Cebu Pacific’s offerings are also served with eco-friendly cutlery, so you can enjoy your meal while reducing waste. Feel free to ask your stewardess for other recommendations. If you are interested in getting a snack, or in-flight cocktail, Cebu Pacific’s Fun Cafe can fulfill your wishes!
First day: Manila Bay and Museum
Although there are many museums in other provinces, the main building of the national Museum is all in Manila. Best of all, you can visit it without spending any fees, aka free admission. After visiting several museums, you can watch the sunset on the famous Manila Bay on Baywalk along Roxas Boulevard.
Day 2: Intramuros and Poblacion
It has become a common secret that Intramuros was a ‘ city wall ‘ built by Spain after they arrived in the island nation and later renamed Las Islas Filipinas. But not many know, other than as an artist’s paradise and hipster Manila, Poblacion was the first building built when the Spaniards came.
Intramuros presents past buildings with the effects of oldies and vintage, which clearly depict Manila’s past. You can visit the historical building, and even fold to the unique shops of Fort Santiago and near Casa Manila to hunt for souvenirs. Our recommendation is The Manila Collectible Co., a place where you can buy weaving and accessories made from native Filipinos. Do not miss also to have a drink at the oldest distillery in the Philippines, Distileria Limttuaco, which is also a museum. Afterwards, you can take a ferry to Poblacion in Makati via the historic Pasig River. There, you can feast overnight or just drink coffee and snacking.
Travel tip: Follow one of the unique Intramuros tours if you’re not willing to do a self-guided tour on foot. The Manila Archeotrail of Tuklas Pilipinas Sociaty will take you from Fort Santiago and Casa Manila to the national Museum of anthropology, as well as knowing the city’s history from an archeologist viewpoint. Yups, you will be guided directly by archaeologists. Fun, right?
Day 3: The Manila and Escolta Chinese Cemetery complex
LRT 1 ‘s R Papa’s station is your exit to two of Manila’s most privileged sights. Your first stop is the Chinese Manila burial complex, which contains many beautiful tombs and beautifully carved headstones, depicting the story of life that has been passed! You can head to the historic street of Escolta afterwards for a drink and a good meal. In addition, shopping for vintage and unique items at Firts United Building is also interesting to do.
Travel tip: Take a tour with “Old Manila Walks”. They offer a culinary tour around the Chinatown area of Binondo, and have an interesting tour of the Chinese cemetery.
Day 4: Binondo
It is a Chinatown in Manila famous for its two things, interesting food and shopping. The best way to get the most experience in this area is with a culinary tour. To be more of a trumpet and Mangkus, you can head to 168 and 999 mall and hone your skills!
Travel tip: Use comfortable clothing in the area. Because the weather is hot, or it may rain, and a crowded crowd.
Day 5-6: Travelling from Manila
It was time to leave town and explore outside of Manila. Technically, the location is still part of the Metro, but this is what Manila citizens are ‘ leaving ‘ the urban atmosphere.
For volcano trekking and overnight stay in a city full of historical heritage, you can head to Taal in Batangas. A historical tour is waiting for you in Corregidor. Incredible landscapes and cool trekking trails will welcome you to the Masungi Geo Reserve in Baras, Rizal. Another mountain trajectory you can try is at Mount Pinatubo. For beach and diving trips, you can visit Anilao or Laiya in Batangas.
Fun Flight Tips: With CEB Prepaid Baggage, a budget-style traveler can pay just what they need. Set up your flight and select your extra baggage as one of your add-ons. In this case, use a secure storage to carry the mountain gear you might bring to roam a number of mountains in Manila.
Day 7: Makati Central business District and Bonifacio Global City
Return to the city in a fit and ready to see the business and entertainment districts of Metro Manila! Major business centres in Makati and Bonificio Global City (BGC) in Taguig. These two areas will allow you to stop from one mall to another to fulfill your shopping thirst.