Metro Manila is the center of entertainment and cultural activities. The premier venue for the performing arts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, features world-class performances by local and international guest artists. Museums located in Manila and in some parts of the country, offer a glimpse of the Philippine history and culture, Art galleries exhibit the works of the country's leading and promising visual artists.
Mianila's nightlife is one of the mostr vibrant in Asia, reflecting the Filipinos' love for music. The hubs of nightlife activities are the Remedios Circle in Malate, ayala Center and the Fort at Bonifacio Global City in Mkati,Timog anf Tomas Morato Avenues in Quezon City and Eastwood in Libis, Quezon City. Nightclubs, music lounges, pubs and sing-along bars feature Filipino bands and singer who are known for their great musical talent. Delux hotels also offer a variety of live musical entertainment. Concerts and stage plays from of the country's entertainment sceen.
For visitor who want to try their luck at the gaming table, there are casinaos in Metro Manila and in the cities of Angeles, Olongapo, Tagaytay, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod and Laoag.
Visitors can choose from an exciting selection of great buys in a country known for w=export - quality items at reasonable prices; south Sea pearts, handwoven cloths, embroidered fineries, fashionable ready -to-wear and haute couture clothes, terra-cota, procelain coral and mother of pearl home accessories. Artifacts, pineapple fiber 'jusi' shirts, prehistoric jars, native handcrafts and footwear are intersting items, too. The Philippines also produces fine basketry, fumiture, fresh and processed fruits, exquisitely crafted jewelry and gift items made of shell, wood and stone.
Big malls are located in Manila, Mkati, Pasay and EDSE, while handicraft, antique and curio shops abound at the Emita District in Manila.
A tour of intramuros provides a deeper understandingof Manila's ricg heritage. A fortress-complex built in 1571, intramuros seveed as the political, cultural, educational, religious and commercial center of Spain's empire in the east
*Fort Santiago, the pre-Spanish wooden settlement of Rajah Sulayman. The Fort was Spain's military base and served as a dungeon to thousands of Filipino political prisoners.(Open daily from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm. Rizal Shrine is closed on Mondays. With entrance fees).
*Manila Cathadral, one of the churcges that surviveed the war and natural calamities. It is the seat of the Archdioceses of Manila.
*San Agustin Church, built in 1571, houses a collection of ecclesiastical art and artifacts. It is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. (Museum is open daily 8.00-12.00 am; 1.00-6.00 pm. With entrance fees).
*Casa Manila Museum, a reconstructed 19th century mansion replete with authentic furniture and furnishings of the colonial period. (Museum is open daily except Mondays, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. (With entrance fees). Casa Manila is Local within the plaza Sanluis Complex.
*Bahay Tsinoy, a museum that preservers the cultural and historical legacy of the Chinese Filipino. (Open every Tuesday to friday, 12: nonn-4:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday , 9:00 am-5:00 pm. With entrancy fees).
*Auqrio De Manila, located along Puerta Real, has collection of different species of marine life. (Open daily from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. With entrance fees).Day RIZAL PARK
Still populary known as the Luneta, the park is a tributa to hte country's national hero. Dr Rose Rizal.
*Rizal Monument was designed by Swiss sculptor Richard Kissling in 1912.
*The Orchidarium features a butterfly pavilion, an orchid collection and a rain forest at the heart of the city. Dine in the restaurant called "Lush Life" amid Manila's most delightful secret garden. (Open daily except Mondays. Entrance fees are applied except for restaurant patrons)
*From the Orchidarium, proceed to the nearby Museum Of The Filipina People and the National Museum to view priceless collection that relates to Filipina culture. (Open daily except Mondays. No entrance fees on Sundays except for group tour).Day DOWNTOWN MANILA
Quiapo and Sta.Cruz are traditionally referred to as downtown Manila, together with Binondo, are part of the old districts of metropolis.
* Start your tour at the Juan Nakpil-Bautista house(G-3) on Bautista St. (near the Barbosa polite precinct) in Quiapo. Built in 1914, the mansion contains memorabilia of the Katipunan, a nationalist movement that revolted against Spainish rule in the Philippines. (Open daily except Mondays, 9:00 am - 12 noon; 1:00 - 5:00 pm; Sunday by appointment. With entrance fees).
*Proceed to Quaiapo Church, shrne of the image of the Black Nazarene whose feast is celebrated every January 9.
*The area around the church is one big flea market that teems with colorful folk activities: Plaza Miranda has fresh flower vendors and fortune tellers: stalls on Evangelista St, sell medicenal herbs and religious icons; Quinta Market offer fresh fruits, meat and vegetable; Under-the-Bridge(llalim ng Tulay) has handicrafts at bargain prices; Carriedo St. is a haven of locally-made clothes, export overruns and household items.
* Carriedo St. leads to Sta. Cruz District. Visit Sta. Cruz church, Across to the church is the reconstructed Carriedo Fountain and the Arch of Goodwill, the offical entry ti Chinatown.
*Chinatown, the Filipino Chiness business and residential community, is a shoper's delight with quaint stores selling a variety of items that range from jewelry to aromatic essences. Restaurents in the area offer authentic Chinese cuisene and delicacies.
*Binondo Church, built in the 17th century, is the shrne of thr first Filipino saint, Blessed Lorenzo RulzDay MALATE
A tour of Malate by day is a combination of history, shopping and dining.
*You can start your tour at the Plaza Rajah Sulayman and the Malate Church, one of the oldest churches outside intramuros.
*From here you can proceed to various shops located in the area catering to different tastes and preferences-antiques, Philippine handicrafts, sculpture and fashion accessories.
*Next stop in the San Andres Public Market, Where fresh tropical fruits are available round-the-clock.
*End your tour by having lunch in any of the specialty restaurants or coffee shops in the area.
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