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   MANILA - CORREGIDOR: "THE ISLAND FORTRESS"
 
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Manila is the capital and second largest city of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities which, along with the municipality of Pateros, make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region, whose overall population is around 12 million. The city of Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; Quezon City and San Juan to the northeast; Mandaluyong to the east; Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south. It has a total population of 1,652,171 according to the 2010 census and is the second most populous city in the Philippines, behind Quezon City. The populace inhabit an area of only 38.55 square kilometres (14.88 sq mi), making Manila the most densely populated city in the world.

  • Corregidor Corregidor is a small rocky tadpole-shaped island around 50km west of Manila. Because of its strategic location, it was used to defend the entrance of Manila City and its bay. Corregidor played a crucial role during the invasion and liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese during WW2.

What remained on the island post-second world war was converted as a military memorial to both Filipinos and Americans who fought during that trying time. Today, many people visit Corregidor island to pay homage to its history. Corregidor is also now a popular tourist destinations with day tours being offered to visitors.

 
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MUST-SEE IN MANILA - CORREGIDOR
 

Many foreigners visit the country for its stunning beaches and hospitable culture. Visiting the Pearl of the Orient is a sure unforgettable experience. Many tourists stay in Manila upon arrival for few more days to explore the heart of Manila, the business district of Makati, Manila Ocean Park, the historical places such as the Rizal Park, Intramuros and the National Museum, one of the biggest Mall in the world (Mall of Asia), the nightlife in the pubs of Eastwood, The Fort and Ortigas. After Manila, it’s cool to visit the rest of the islands (like Cebu, Bohol, Palawan, Boracay, Vigan and many more) up to the length of your stay.

 

Rizal Park: Rizal Park or Luneta Park is the most famous landmark in Manila. The country’s national hero and genius, Jose Rizal’s monument stands in the facade of the park across the Roxas Boulevard and the Manila Bay. Many tourists and locals go there every day to have some photos taken in the famous statue and park. No entrance fee in the park so chillax.

 
Fort Santiago and Intramuros: One of the favorite places to visit in Manila is Fort Santiago, also part of the famous Intramuros. If you love visiting historical places and seeing vintage stuffs, you’ll surely enjoy this place. Fort Santiago was where Jose Rizal spent his last days before his execution. He also had written some of his writings here. Seeing Fort Santiago mirrors the life and culture of the country during the Spanish times and the sixteenth century. You’ll see here some Rizal’s anecdotes, novels, attire, the room where he was a prisoner, the room where he used to write, his table, his pens, lamps, and yeah I remember seeing a part of Rizal’s spinal bone preserved in the museum there. I think the entrance fee in Fort Santiago and Intramuros cost around 75 pesos. There are also Kalesa or carriage around the area in case you want to tour around riding it. Only 250 for 30 minutes I think.
 
Manila Ocean Park: This one is one of the most favorite hotspots in the metro. The Manila Ocean Park shows amazing aquatic and marine life in awesome facilities and high technology tools to let children and marine lovers experience the best trip and see other aquatic species. Some activities are also available for visitors – dive and swim with the sharks, fishes and cute adorable creatures into the deep…
 
Baluarte San Diego: Visit the oldest stone fort of Manila designed by a Jesuit priest, Antonio Sedeno in 1586. This place has also one of the best view over Manila's skyline.
 
Casa Manila: Casa Manila is part of the Plaza San Luis Complex. It's a colonial lifestyle museum that shows you how Ilustrados (or rich Filipinos) lived during the time of the Spanish. From the living room to the bedrooms, the kitchen or even the bathroom, old furnitures and objects have a story to tell!
 
Manila Cathedral: Built in 1581, the original cathedral was made of wood. A fire destroyed it two years later. This was replaced but was subsequently destroyed by an earthquake in 1600. This rebuilding and reconstruction continued three more times until the World War II destroyed the fifth version of the cathedral. The sixth and present building was built on 1958. The Vatican elevated it as minor basilica in 1981. Around the Cathedral your Manila tour guide will aslo show you the former city hall (Ayuntamiento), the Palacio del Gobernor and the Plaza Roma.
 
Malinta Tunnel, Lights and Sound Show: It took 10 years for the Americans to build this tunnel. The headquarters as well as hospitals and warehouses were located here. Now, this place has one of the best lights and sound show in the country.
 
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial: Located in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, within the boundaries of the former Fort William McKinley. It can be reached most easily from the city by taxi or automobile via Epifano de los Santos Ave. (EDSA) to McKinley Road, then to McKinley Parkway inside the Bonifacio Global City. The Nichols Field Road is the easiest access from Manila International Airport to the cemetery. 
 
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