Destination Guide - Manila

Much like the famed “Thrilla in Manila” (and no we aren’t talking about the YouTube prison dance video), this city is full of surprises – but ultimately rewarding for those willing to go for the long haul. Its sheer size is what baffles most visitors. Metropolitan Manila is one of the most populous urban areas in the world, comprising a patchwork of 16 cities. Those ready to explore aren’t confined to the outdoors – the amount of shopping malls is staggering.

The Basics

Currency: Philippine Peso
Population: 1,660,000
Languages: Filipino and English
Country code: +63
Area code: 02
Time zone: +8
Daylight savings: N/A
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity hz: 60Hz
Electrical plugs: American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin, Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades; European socket with two round pins.
Mobile network: GSM

Highlights

  • Fort Santiago
  • San Agustin Church
  • Chinatown
  • Intramuros/The Walled City
  • Paco Park

Events

  • 1 November
    All Saints Day
  • 9 January
    Feast of the Black Nazarene
  • May
    Flores de Mayo
  • 12 June
    Independence Day

Weather

Manila is hot throughout the year, with average highs remaining between 30 and 33 degrees Celsius. The wet season lasts eight months – June to December.


Getting there and around

The most efficient methods of public transportation in Manila for visitors are the Light Rail Transits (LRT, MRT, MRT2) and taxi cabs. For a more local feel, there are pedicabs, tricycles and jeepneys.

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Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other destinations in the Philippines and South-East Asia.

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