ABOUT Metropolitan Manila

This is the seat of Philippine Government where most national offices are located including the Malacañang Palace, Supreme Court, Senate of the Philippines, and the House of Representatives. The region is collectively known as Metro Manila which covers the City of Manila and other 15 cities surrounding it. Most international visitors fly to Manila through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport located along the boundary between Pasay City and Parañaque City. Those who decide for sea travel may also enter the region through the Manila Seaport which is also the chief seaport in the country.


1st DISTRICT – Capital District

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Key Attractions:
  • Manila – The capital of the Philippines doesn’t always build the news for the right reasons, but if you want a bubbly and underappreciated city, Manila is ready to challenge your assumptions. Eventually, Manila is one of the most compactly populated cities proper in the world. One of Manila’s furthermost natural resources is the sheltered harbor upon which it sits, regarded as the finest in all of Asia. Metro Manila is the busiest region in the Philippines, and there are no shortage of restaurants, shopping centers, accommodations, and entertainment venues for both residents and visitors. The city is wealthy of diverse cultures, traditions and culinary delights so there is no separate area of expertise in the region. Mostly known as the “Cosmopolitan Capital of the Philippines”, is also the Metro Manila which is a big gastronomic adventure. Fusion cuisine as well as authentic fare abounds in centers and hubs as well as alongside streets and off-the-beaten-track. To name a few, the Ilustrado Restaurant in Intramuros serves Spanish provincial cuisine; the Old Malate district is a favorite Watering Hole; while authentic Chinese cuisine can be had at Binondo.

2nd DISTRICT – Eastern Manila District

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Key Attractions:
  • Ark Avilon Zoo
  • Fun Ranch
  • Greenhills
  • Marikina River Park
  • Ortigas Center
  • Pasig Rainforest Park
  • People Power Monument
  • Quezon Memorial Circle
  • Trampoline Park
  • Mandaluyong City- This city has several places of interest that tourists and visitors can see including memorials, government institutions, parks and recreation facilities, and religious structures. But what Mandaluyong really has to offer its guests are world-class accommodations, shopping and entertainment, including an internationally renowned golf course, as well as a vibrant nightlife as being recognized as The New Tiger of Metro Manila”. Because the city is home to numerous trade halls and convention facilities, joined with restrained to luxurious accommodations, Mandaluyong is also becoming the venue of choice for holding events such as trade fairs and exhibitions, seminars and conferences, as well as festivals and other socials. And because of its major location right in the heart of Metro Manila, within easy access to and from its neighboring cities.  Local and foreign visitors will comparably find Mandaluyong a truly agreeable and unforgettable place to stay.
  • Marikina City- Known as the “Shoe Capital of the Philippines” is because of the thriving industry of shoe factories in the city. It is dwelling place to the world’s largest pairs of shoes, and has a museum that contains collections of shoes. At present, the shoe industry has become a pride of the country and a increase to the growth of its economy. Today, the city also boasts of hosting other big companies, multinationals and local, as well as leading exporting firms.  Marikina City is a multi-awarded metropolitan city, often cited for its vibrant economy, a  highly-skilled and literate work force, an involved and progressive business community, and  a receptive local government that puts a finest on governance, sustainable urban  development and public service. Also, Marikina has been considered as a “Twin City of Singapore”, because it bustles a holistic progress, a vibrant community where the citizens have pride of place, pride of self and mutual concern for the common good.  Marikina has chosen Singapore as its benchmark for a variety of reasons, foremost of which are its noteworthy attributes of work ethics, environmental soundness, economic dynamism, corrupt-free government, discipleship, self-sufficiency, and effective governance.
  • Pasig City- The city is dubbed as the The Urban Rainforest” because it is one of the most highly urbanized cities in the Philippines, particularly in Metro Manila. While most business and magnificent tourists stay in the Manila, Pasay area to be near the airport and backpackers will want to stay in the Makati, Poblacion area for the nightlife, it’s highly  recommended staying in Pasig if you’re traveling with the family or if you want to enjoy a blend of active chase and city comforts. Pasig City also recognizes many great talents of the Pasigueños, among others, in the field of photography and journalism.  This vibrant destination is packed with family-friendly activities, restaurants, bars, and shopping malls.
  • Quezon City– Quezon City has had its fair share of popularity as the largest city in the National Capital Region. Unlike Manila, the city is not too heavy on historical and national landmarks. But it makes up with a numberless of attractions that will irritate your interest, whichever type of traveler you consider yourself to be as it has been identified as the City of New Horizons”. With a population of almost 2 million, Quezon City keeps up with smooth-running public transportation like busses, Jeepneys, and soon to come, an underground MRT. You can be sure that when staying in Quezon as a tourist, you’ll have no troubles exploring. You’ll find a nice balance of city life, wildlife, and marine life all within reach during your time in this bustling Philippine city. There are assortments of accommodations from budget to luxury, as well as food to fit ever taste.
  • San Juan City- Being known as the “Heart of Metro Manila” is San Juan city that is geographically located at its approximate center and is also the country’s smallest city in terms of land area. Mostly nicknamed as the “Tiangge Capital of the Philippines” (Tiangge means bazaar), San Juan City is considered a shopping refuge particularly now that the famed Greenhills Shopping Center has upgraded the exclusive retail experience with smarten up bargain spaces.  What haven’t changed at this playground for best buy-hunters, of course, is the numerous merchandises, from pearls to trendy clothes, toys to electronics, and native furniture to foodstuff among many others. But there is more to San Juan City than shopping. While it situates as the smallest city in Metro Manila with of 5.94 square kilometers land area, San Juan become visible in terms of economic progress, tourism potentials and historical significance. Apart from shopping, one of the most interesting happenings in the City is the festival called “Basaan” for their patron Saint John the Baptist which is being held every June 24th. In this festival, the people used to throw waters to anyone they meet including the vehicles of those passing by.

3rd DISTRICT – Northern Manila District (CAMANAVA)

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Key Attractions:
  • Agora Market
  • Arkong Bato
  • Malabon Zoo and Aquarium
  • Navotas Centennial Park
  • Rizal Shrine
  • Caloocan City- Becomingly known as the “Home of Heroes” is the city of Caloocan. If you’re looking for a nostalgically noisy, fast-paced, hustler-filled city in the Philippines, Caloocan is basically the one that will be highly recommended. The notable City of Caloocan is by no means short of tourist attractions. From distinguished landmarks such as the Bonifacio Monument and San Roque Cathedral, to lively entertainment avenues, including pool resorts and the yearly Pajotan Festival. And with over 1.5 million residents, Caloocan is eventually a definition of an urban city. Between the sky rise buildings, traffic jams, and crowded neighborhoods, there are an abundance of cultural gems to be discovered here. But you’ll need a heads up on where to start looking in this tangible jungle. Caloocan may not have as many shopping malls as its neighboring cities, but it pleases the shopaholic in every one, keeping urban shopping experience alive.
  • Malabon City- It’s no longer new for a Filipino hearing this city. What people just know is its demographics, but apart from that, Malabon is full of gigantic history and culture. This is one of the cities in Metro Manila with truly wealthy emerging destinations. The City is an established fishing village negotiated by a once navigable river system that, in the past centuries, reached the upstream provinces of Bulacan and eastward localities of the National Capital Region. Enduring time and progress, the new City retains its status as a “Fish-Trading Center of the Metropolis”, as for being known as A Coastal Capital of the Philippines”. Their main product is the Pancit Malabon, said to be the one of the flavorful noodles in the Philippines. Some of its unique ingredients are a mixture to the noodles of shrimp and shrimp juice, smoked fish, adobong pusit (squid) and chicharon (pork rinds). Since the city is a fishing center for Manila, the city is became known for its “bagoong” (fish paste) production.
  • Navotas City- Located in the north of Manila that is known as the “Fishing Capital of the Philippines”, is the City of Navotas. The city has the third largest fish port in Asia and the largest in Southeast Asia. Navotas is the main producer of fish in the market of Metro Manila. Approximately 70% of the people here work in fishing industry – fishermen, fish trader, fishnet mender, boatmen, and fish market seller. Navotas Fish Port Complex, which serves as the landing ground for most commercial fishing boats in the country, unpacks an average of 800 tons of fish. Other provinces also bring an additional of 50 tons of fish by land. All these happen everyday. The city is also known for its patis (fish sauce) and bagoong (shrimp paste). Navotas City lately became a Marine Industrial Estate. This allows local fishermen to make a living by their own grasp in public markets or to private companies that employs in seafood production and related business.
  • Valenzuela City- This exciting city, once an old-world provincial town during the colonial times, now stands as a bustling hub of wide array of industries. Known as the “Northern Gateway to Metro Manila”, a division which stems from having two major highways traversing the city, MacArthur Highway and the North Luzon Expressway, Valenzuela is gazed as one of the country’s top residential, cultural and business destinations as being called as the “Industrial Boomtown of the Philippines”. Valenzuela was a previous agricultural rustic area, but it has since grown into a major economic and industrial center of the Philippines. In fact, a large number of industries have repositioned to major parts of the city. Through the years, Valenzuela has full-grown into a major trade and industry of Metro Manila but also the whole country itself as a great number of industries relocated to the central parts of the city. Added to that, Valenzuela is the 2nd safest city in the whole Southeast Asia, preceded only to regional dynamo Singapore.

4th DISTRICT – Southern Manila District

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Key Attractions:
  • Art in the Soul
  • Ayala Triangle Gardens
  • Bamboo Organ Museum
  • Bonifacio High Street
  • Burgos Circle
  • City of Dreams
  • Fort Bonifacio Global City
  • HappyWorld Museum Miracle Art
  • Manila Zoo
  • Resorts World Manila
  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Star City
  • Venice Grand Canal Mall
  • Yexel’s Toy Museum
  • Las Piñas City- This city is known as the “Salt Center of Metro Manila” because it has firstly established a fishing port and later through the exploit of salt evaporation ponds. It also became a chief sea salt producing municipality in the country. From that humble beginning, the place became known as the major center for salt making. The city has indeed grown-up into a major city of the Metro Manila. With this, the city has also an immense tourist attraction. Added to that, Las Piñas was considered as one of the safest and cleanest cities underMetro Manila. Until then, Las Piñas improved and became the place where the first “jeepney” was built. They continued to do these as part of industry. Las Pinas is above all a city of residential subdivisions. As the city becomes completely built-up, there is no way to make bigger upward. Consequently, a lot of opportunities have opened for building medium to high rise condominiums.
  • Makati City- Makati is the most ideal location of investors as famously recognized as the Wall Street of the Philippines”. It is the country’s undoubted financial center and commercial hub, being home to the headquarters of 40% of the top 1,000 local and multinational corporations. Today, 31% of Information Technology buildings in Metro Manila are located in Makati. Makati has also more than 60,000 establishments that include about 4,000 banks and finance-related institutions. The presence of almost 80 hotels including five-star hotels, more than 40 shopping centers, and almost 4,000 restaurants and bars in the city has reinforced its propose to become the “Urban Tourism Capital” of the Philippines”. Foreign and Local tourists gather to Makati commercial centers, such as Ayala Center and Rockwell Center, primarily because of accessibility, quality of stores, convenience, ambiance, and interior and exterior environment that counterpart world-class standards. Investors likewise find Makati a “Home away from Home”, given the high-end yet rationally priced residential condominiums, villages, and apartments that abound in its midst.
  • Muntinlupa City- The city is normally a inhabited city within Metro Manila, with the majority of its population being daily commuters. The tourism establishment nicknamed Muntinlupa as “Emerald City of the Philippines”. Muntinlupa is formerly an agricultural municipality along the western shores of Laguna de Bay, but after the structure of the South Luzon Expressway, it abruptly grew as industries moved here and many residential subdivisions are constructed on agricultural land and now recognized as the “Philippine Residential Haven”. The development and progress of the city have resulted as the city was awarded as the “Most Competitive City” and the “Most Improved City” in the Philippines due to its 9,957 business establishments, large scale commercial real estate development projects like Filinvest Corporate City by the Filinvest Development Corporation and Madrigal Business Park by Ayala. The city is now a “Super City” because of its top head of shopping centers, corporate office towers, famous hospitals with well-equipped facilities and Information-Technology industries.
  • Parañaque City- The Parañaque City is one of the cities that make up Metro Manila in the Philippines. Being and utstanding Parañaque’s strategic location is an important centre for trade and business in Metro Manila.  Due to its immediacy to the sea, Parañaque is one of the major trade and business centers in the Philippines. Today, Parañaque is a promising city as well.  There is never a dull day in Parañaque. Facilities along with its distinguishing attractions and features allow people to unwind and relax. Superb shows and tax- free winnings at the country’s premiere casino can make your day an unforgettable experience. Also, Parañaque is a home of friendly, hospitable, warm, and devoted Filipinos. It also serves as the “Second Home for Various Foreign Nationals” who came to love and like the city and its people.
  • Pasay City- This city was one of the original four cities of Metro Manila. Known as the Cultural Center of Metro Manila” is the city of Pasay for providing a home for the promotion, preservation, and development of Philippine arts and culture. Constructed on a retrieved area in Manila Bay, CCP was designed by leading Filipino architect Leandro Locsin. It houses a main theatre and a museum with ethnographic exhibits and a changing display of Philippine art and ethnography. It has a library that coordinates literary contests, creative workshops and the publication of cultural magazines as part of its activities. Due to its nearness to Manila, it rapidly became an urban town during the American Period. It has been a great earner for Metropolitan Manila, even when it was only a town. From a concrete jungle, the city of Pasay is progressively making a noise in the industry today as it undertakes seriously into tourism. Little do people know, museums, interesting establishments, a collection of galleries, can be found in Pasay. The monetary life of the town had so gradually enhanced that its income go beyond the limit set for an ordinary town, and thus, it became a city.
  • Taguig City- From a flourishing of fishing community along the shores of Laguna de Bay, it is now a leading residential, commercial, and industrial centers in the Philippines – Taguig City. Taguig is a highly-developed city located in south-eastern portion of Metro Manila. As the premier business center in the world, the city ranked 1 among Philippine cities in the Ease of Doing Business Index, conducted by the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation. With accountability and transparency is what makes Taguig City the successful and competitive financial district today with bustling in growth and development that’s why it’s known as the “Metro Manila’s ProbinSyudad”. Because of the local government’s pledge to revitalize its business sector, it established reforms on its business policies and transactions that directed to the invasion of businesses that really contributed to the city’s progress. The city also encompasses different attractions including historical, man-made, and cultural that appeals tourism which helps to boost economy. Historical sites including old churches, parola, parks, cemeteries, museums and monuments denotes Taguig’s wealth of history and the great role it played in history.
  • Pateros- Like the rest of the cities that embraces the Metropolitan area, Pateros city has a lot of interesting places that attracts the tourists in checking out its historical, cultural or man-made sites. There are numerous of exciting things to do in Pateros. From historical sites to cultural attractions, explore the exhaustive list of all other local attractions in Pateros. Interestingly, Pateros is famous for its duck-raising industry and especially for producing balut, a Filipino delicacy, which is a boiled, fertilized duck egg which was introduced by the Chinese traders during the galleon trade, the balut was popularized specifically in Pateros due to its abundance of suso or kuhol (snail), and tulya (clam). Balut-making is the number one source of livelihood in this city, as being known as the “Balut Capital of the Philippines” and recognized as the “Home of the World Famous Balut”. These are the main food source of ducks. Pateros is also known for the production of red salty eggs and “inutak”, a local rice cake. Moreover, the town is known for manufacturing of “alfombra”, locally-made footwear with a carpet-like fabric on its top surface.