Welcome To Manila
Built by the Spanish conquistadors in 1571 as Intramuros, a fortified settlement on the ashes of a Malay town, Manila spread outward over the centuries, so that the oldest districts are those closest to Intramuros. Yet very few buildings attest to the city's antiquity, since it suffered extensive damage during World War II, more than any other city except Warsaw, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki.
The country's premier business distric, Makati,
throbs with different life. Busy sidewalks and
avenues lead to hushed office sanctums, sparkling
malls, elegant shops, swank galleries and boutiques,
and some of the most valuable residential real
estates in the country. Evenings, this classy
entertainment city pulsates with the thousand
and one light of discos, pubs, bistros, restaurants,
music lounges, jazz bars, karaoke bars and 24-hour diner.Where to stay is never a problem in Metro Manila.
The visitor can choose from any of the wide range
of accomodations to suit every taste and budget -
from the most prestigiuos hotel chains to deluxe
motels to cozy pensions and family-run inns.
A wealth of diversions and attractions await the
visitor. Museum tours offer glimpses of the rich
historical and cultural heritage of the islands.
At Ayala Museum in Makati, colorful dioramas depict
scenes from Philippine history.