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History of Manila City

Known as “The Pearl of the Orient”, the City of Manila is the capital of the Philippines which was proclaimed in 1594. There are said to be two (2) Manilas: one was the pre-colonial polity which remains were already gone and the second was known as the Spanish “Walled City” mostly known as the Intramuros. The commemoration of “Araw ng Maynila” was the foundation of Spanish Manila.

On the other hand, Manila was originally known as Maynilad which the term claimed to be derived from Nilad, a flowering plant that was commonly found along riverbanks.

Did you Know?

Aside from its historical places, there are some interesting facts you need to know about Manila and some parts of the city:

  • Manila City Hall – looks like a coffin in a top view; did you know that it was originally built to look like the shield of the Knights Templar?
  • Manila City Hall Clock Tower – the biggest clock tower in the country and the iconic landmark of the Manila City Hall; Red-faced clocks no more as this was recently repainted to Gold. According to Mayor Isko, this was made so that it would sparkle in daylight and give off a “calming effect” at night time.
  • Binondo District - oldest Chinatown in the world which was established in 1594. It became the center of trade and commerce even before the Spanish colonial era.
  • Escolta Street – one of the oldest and historical streets in Manila; used to become a center for immigrant merchants where it was used to house shops and boutiques selling products from various countries
  • Manila Kilometer Zero - located in Rizal Park, this is the refewrence point of all measurements in the entire Philippines.

Commercial Establishments

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  • Divisoria
  • 168 Shopping Mall
  • 999 Shopping Mall
  • Tutuban Center
  • Isetann Cinerama Complex
  • SM City Manila
  • Lucky Chinatown
  • UN Square Mall
  • Robinsons Place Manila

Tourist Destination

Rich in culture and history, Manila has become a significant home of artifacts and historical places. Whether you are opting to learn history or just looking for that Instagrammable vintage vibes, Manila has a lot to offer:

  • Intramuros
    • Fort Santiago
    • Bahay Tsinoy
    • Plaza de Roma
    • Baluarte de San Diego
    • Casa Manila
    • Manila Cathedral
    • San Agustin Church
  • Bambike Ecotours
  • Rizal Park/Luneta Park
    • Rizal Monument
    • Museo Pambata
    • Japanese Garden
    • Chinese Garden
    • Noli me Tangere Garden
    • Agrifina Circle
    • Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion
  • Paco Park
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Quiapo Church
  • National Museum of the Philippines
    • National Museum of Anthropology
    • National Museum of Natural History
    • National Museum of Fine Arts
    • National Planetarium
  • Money Museum
  • National Library
  • Jones Bridge
  • Food Stalls in Binondo, Manila – where you can find a variety of Chinese food
  • Calle de la Escolta or Escolta Street – once labeled as the “Queen of Streets”; one of the oldest streets in Manila
    • Historical Buildings
      • El Hogar Filipino Building
      • Regina Building
      • First United Building
      • Burke Building
      • Don Roman Santos Building
      • Commercial Bank and Trust Building
      • Capitol Theatre
      • Natividad Building
    • Calvo Museum
    • Food Hubs
    • Vintage Stores
    • Street Arts

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