manila philippinesThe city of Manila is full of different sites and scenes. Tourists and visitors to the area should consider sedan rentals so they can go around Manila and discover the unique arts and cultures of the city. They can spend time at historical landmarks and cultural sites and unwind at shopping centers and parks.

Historical Landmarks

Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago is situated inside the walled city of Intramuros. It is a prominent historical site originally built during the Spanish colonial era. The national hero of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal, spent his final few days locked up at Fort Santiago before he was executed. The landmark stores additional historical pieces like Rizal’s memorabilia, and serves as an ideal place for picnics and strolls. Other attractions of the Spanish era can be explored on a walking tour or with a horse-drawn carriage.

San Agustin Church

Another historical site within the city of Intramuros is San Agustin Church. It is the oldest church in the country, erected sometime between 1587 and 1606. The church remained intact even after bombing brought on by World War II and the destruction of most of the city. The original wood and palm materials were by stones. It is one of the few Baroque churches in the Philippines. It was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.

Shopping Areas

Binondo

Manila’s Chinatown, Binondo, is the oldest one in the world. The site was originally meant as a place for Catholic Chinese immigrants. It now gains popularity for its busy shopping streets and availability of authentic Chinese food.

Divisoria

Divisoria is perfect for shoppers eager to bargain for prices that are cheapest across the Metro. There are many streets to walk along in this commercial center, and shoppers can find most of anything here, including fabric, houseware and décor. Other shopping centers like 999 Mall, 168 Mall, and Tutuban Shopping Center are located close by and offer a more organized shopping experience. Prices can be lowered with better haggling and bargaining.

Cultural Sites

Quiapo Church

Quiapo is a district home to the famous Quiapo Church. This site is host to the Feast of the Black Nazarene, one of the largest annual cultural events in the country. Millions of devotees and parishioners from all over flock to this area to join in the procession, trying to kiss or touch the statue of the Black Nazarene.

CCP Complex

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex is a hub that displays and emphasizes the beauty of Philippine art. The structure is home to performance theaters, art galleries, and movie centers. There are at least six venues where acts like the Philippine Madrigal Singers or Ballet Philippines can hold a performance.

Parks

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Rizal Park

Rizal Park, previously called Luneta Park, is a leisure spot with a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal. It also has an open-air auditorium that serves as a venue for any kind of event. The park consists of over 60 hectares of ornamental gardens and open lawn areas. Throughout the park, visitors may find artworks, fountains, and statues of other heroes.

Manila is full of sites and landmarks for visitors to explore. Many places within the city hold a deep cultural significance with influences that can affect the lives and interests of visitors and locals alike.