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About Manila and its History


Relive the archaic memories of the Philippines back in Spanish colonial times through the charming city of Manila. In the country's capital, several Spanish-inspired structures, quaint cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages called calesa's still exist. Manila also holds many important government offices such as the Malacañang Palace and the Supreme Court.

The city is also the best place to behold the breathtaking view of the sun as it sets on the Manila Bay behind a sky enveloped in a bursting palette of orange and red. This is perfect for photographers looking to take stunning photos of the sun setting towards the bay.

Brief History

Long before the Spaniards arrived in the country, Manila was known as “Ginto” or “Gold” in English. The land was headed by a ruler equivalent to a king, and trading with China was one of the main industries. In 1571, Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi arrived in the Intramuros area of Manila. The Spaniards continued on ruling the country for 300 years. During this time, Manila became the center of Spanish activities in the Far East, giving the Philippines the title “Pearl of the Orient”. This is also the reason why to this day, some Spanish-inspired structures can still be seen around the area.

When the Americans came, they had grand plans for Manila. Many establishments were built but most of them got destroyed or damaged during World War II. After the war, Manila started rebuilding its city under the first elected mayor, Arsenio Lacson. Since then, Manila has been going through many rehabilitation projects that improved the quality of the city yet preserved the rich Spanish and American heritage.

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