Metro Manila is the capital of the Philippines that is subdivided into local government units comprising of one municipality and 16 cities. If you are wondering what these cities are and what you can do in each place, keep reading.
Apart from playing a big part in history, together with its significant landmarks that tourists can visit, Caloocan celebrates an annual Pajotan Festival, held every last Sunday of January. It highlights the colorful culture and tradition of the city, paying homage to the sweet tiny mango fruit called Pajotan.
This is where Bamboo Organ Museum is located, where artifacts and old photographs of St. Joseph Parish Church are displayed. The bamboo organ was built by a Spanish native Fray Diego de la Carmen between 1817 and 1824, whose family had been organ builders in Spain, but normally used wood. However, since the available material in Las Piñas was bamboo, that was what he used. This is historically known as the only bamboo organ in the world, and it took Diego eight years to finish.
If you are looking to appease your appetite for some history, visit the Ayala Museum which houses a collection of more than a thousand gold artifacts tracing back centuries gone by; a major ethnographic exhibition; and the story of ceramics. At night, visit Poblacion for some drinks, good music, great food and fun times.
We suggest you go with a Malabon Tricycle Tour, where you can pick from 2 packages – a heritage tour where you visit galleries, ancestral houses and churches, and a food trip special tour where you can have a taste of Malabon’s specialties.
If you are packed with energy and want to do something really fun, visit Trampoline Park – Zero Gravity Zone. It’s a big warehouse filled with dozens of trampolines stretching from wall to wall, allowing you to jump and literally fly in every direction!
Hungry? Visit the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo, which was established in 1594. It is a well-known cultural and food haven in Manila where you can find over 100 restaurants from authentic hole-in-the-wall hangouts to upscale Chinese buffet dining.
This city is known for its handcrafted shoes, so it’s just fitting to visit the Marikina Shoe Museum, which exhibits traditional footwear from different countries, as well as shoes from prominent personalities like Imelda Marcos, who is famous for her massive shoe collection.
This city has long risen from its negative image for the New Bilibid Prison, where the most dangerous criminals in the country are sent. But it is also a place where some of historical landmarks stand. The prison houses school and housing projects, but the best attraction would be the Jamboree Lake – the smallest lake in the Philippines. Bird watching, fishing, and picnic are 3 of the activities that you can do.
Dubbed as the fishing capital of the Philippines, Navotas has long been a very significant fishing community in the country. So when you’re in Navotas, make sure you don’t miss out on their specialties – patis (fish sauce), bagoong (shrimp paste), and other fish products.
Visit Artists Haven Cafe, a food and art asylum. It’s an art gallery with a café, with various works of art from local artists hung from end to end of the whole place. If you must, visit on a weekend so you can witness events and probably sign up for a workshop.
Want to experience the world in a different perspective? Step into a topsy-turvy world as you explore the Upside Down Museum. It’s an interactive attraction that will distort both your orientation and size.
Relax at Ace Water Spa, a hydrotherapy massage center with indoor facilities –Olympic-sized pools for laps; hydro pools with aquatic jets that massage specific areas of the body; and herbal pools to soothe muscles and release body toxins.
Food Trip at Maginhawa Street, the #1 food street in town, and discover hidden gems from sun up to sun down! Walking down this street is an experience on its own, as it’s not only your stomach that is filled, but your soul as well.
If you love shopping, Greenhills Shopping Center is the place to be. It is the biggest flea market in the country. Shoppers can pick up anything from clothes to food to furniture, all under bargain prices.
Want to visit the canals of Venice without having to fly all the way there? Head over to the Venice Grand Mall. Take a gondola ride and appreciate the colorful architecture that this canal is lined with. Go shopping and grab a bite afterwards!
Go where the locals go and visit the Valenzuela City People’s Park, an urban community park where everyone can enjoy a day outdoors. It houses an interactive fountain, children’s park, giant chessboard, gazebos, picnic grounds and a mini-zoo!
The whole of Metro Manila has a lot to offer. You just have to dig deep and wander around to find its secrets!