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Famous Tourist Spots in Manila

Rizal Park
The Rizal Park highlights a monument built for the country’s national hero, Jose Rizal. This park in the city is frequented by people who want to have picnics, have a photo op, or just hang out. In its surrounding are the country’s National Museum and National Library.

Roxas Boulevard Boardwalk
For a majestic view of the sunset, Manila Bay offers one of the best sceneries. Spectators flocking here at dusk also enjoy a snack of chicharon (fried pork rinds) and balut (boiled fertilized egg).

Cultural Center of the Philippines
Created by Pres. Ferdinand Marcos in 1966, the CCP was established to promote Filipino arts and culture. To this day, it is flocked by many tourists who want to bask in the Philippine’s rich cultural heritage. Some portions of CCP are located in Manila while others are in Pasay.

Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden
The Manila Zoo is home to over 800 animals from the huge elephants to the scary Philippine Crocodiles.

Malacañang Palace
This Spanish Colonial-style establishment is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. Surrounding it is a garden, while one side is bounded by the Pasig River.

The oldest district in Manila, the “Walled City” was built by the Spaniards to protect the city from invasion.

Fort Santiago
The historical Fort Santiago was putted up by the Spaniards as part of the defense fortress against invaders. It was also where the national hero, Jose Rizal, was imprisoned before his execution in 1896.

Manila Cathedral
Formally known as the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Manila Cathedral is a prominent Catholic house of worship that was built in 1581. It has witnessed several historical events and has undergone several renovations, mostly due to damages from World War II.

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