|Facts About Manila City|
|Latitude and Longitude||14.50 N, 121 E|
|Area||38.3 sq. km.|
|Area Code||+63 (Philippines) +02 (Manila)|
|Airport Names||Ninoy Aquino International Airport|
|Points of Interest||Intramuros, San Agustin Church, Malacanang Palace, Manila Ocean Park, Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Quiapo Church, San Sebastian Church, Rizal Park, Cultural Center of the Philippines|
Manila is the capital of the Philippines and is often referred to as the Pearl of the Orient for its geographical location in the Pacific. It is the financial, publishing, and business center of the country, and is the major point of entry to most provinces and other islands. Strong influences of foreign cultures such as the Spanish and American are evident in the city's architecture and culture.
The city is located in Southern Luzon, which is the largest of the more than 7,000 islands of the country. Divided into two sections by the Pasig River, it is bordered by the cities of Navotas, Caloocan, Quezon City, and the rest of the metropolitan cities of the urban area called Metro Manila. It is situated on the coastline, east of the shore of Manila Bay.
How to Reach
- Plane - the major mode of transportation from other countries and islands is through air travel. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the only international airport in the city and serves several domestic and international destinations.
- Boat - Manila is the hub of the Philippine ferry network with the Manila South Harbor its main passenger seaport.
- Bus - several companies operate within the city and outlying areas.
- Jeepney - a hybrid of the jeep and the minivan, this is the most preferred public mode of transportation for short haul traveling within the city.
- Train - The Light Rail Transit serves several areas in the city on its elevated railway and is the fastest way to get around.
- Motorcycles - known as tricycles, these are motorbikes with sidecars for hire in residential areas of the city.
- The Calesa - horse-drawn carriages are still being used in the city, mainly for sightseeing along cultural streets and areas such as those in Ermita, Intramuros, and Binondo.
- Taxi - several taxi companies abound in the city, mainly serving business districts.
The best time to visit Manila is from December to May during the dry season. The months of June to November are wet season in the city, which is not a very good time to roam around. The city is mainly tropical all year round but storms usually occur during the wet seasons.
Culture (fairs and festivals) and Traditions
Feast of the Black Nazarene - An annual event held every January 9, thousands of devotees of the Black Jesus join the yearly procession, packing the streets of the Quezon Boulevard, where the event takes place, and the entrance to the Quiapo church. Not a very ideal feast to attend to, it's highly recommended for photographers and culture-aficionados to capture passionate devotion to a religious practice.
- Feast of the Sto. Nino - A celebration that comes after the Feast of the Black Nazarene, the Feast of Sto. Nino is an annual procession of over 200 child Jesus statues paraded in elaborate dresses.
- Flores de Mayo - A national celebration, the Flores de Mayo celebration occurs in many places around the city. Parades of beautiful young women and floats decorated with flowers are watched by spectators on the streets, as well as many large hotels celebrating their very own sagala or parade.
- Metro Manila Film Festival - A yearly festival of locally produced films, its famous events include the float parade along the major streets of the city, film showings of the participant films, and an award ceremony finale.
- City of Intramuros
A popular tourist destination and the best example of Spanish architecture and heritage in the city, the walled city has a Fort, a famous church, and plenty of historical monuments that provide the best way to learn about the Spanish occupation.
- Basilica Minore de San Sebastian
- Rizal Park
Covering 140 acres, Rizal Park is also the country's national park, housing several structures such as the National Museum of the Philippines, the National Library, the Planetarium, the Quirino Grandstand, the Manila Ocean Park, the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, and plenty of other monuments.
The city boasts of a large number of accommodations for every kind of traveler. Luxury hotels as well as budget-friendly hostels are located all around the city.