About Manila

Manila, known as “The Pearl of The Orient”, is awash with Spanish colonial architecture and sophisticated skyscrapers. The city has survived centuries of natural and man-made disasters to become a city of juxtaposition and contrast, with skyscrapers, galleries and swanky malls jutting up against the poverty of the shanty towns. Centuries at the heart of global trade has led to a culturally diverse city, with inhabitants from Bengal, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Mexico, and an architectural style with Spanish, American and Chinese influences. English is widely spoken, making getting around much easier than in other Southeast Asian cities. 

Public Transport System

Commuter Rail, Jeepney, UV Express, Taxicab.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency; Moderate to High :Cleanliness; High

Mode & Cost of Transports

  • Bus: $0.20 to $ 1 depends on the distance of the trip
  • Taxi up to 6 miles: 170 peso
  • Metro 12 to 15 PHP depending on the distance 
  • Jeepneys: $0.15  (PHP-8) for  a short ride

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle USD 0.41
Cup of Coffee USD 2.47
Milk Carton Pack USD 1.63
Rice/Kg USD 1.07
White Bread USD 1.24
Eggs (12) USD 1.69
Combo Meal USD 3.09
Fine Dining USD 20.61
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi USD 0.74
Domestic Beer USD 1.24
Imported Beer USD 2.06
Bottle of Wine USD 8.25
Cigarettes (20 Pack) USD 1.71
Taxi ( 1 km ) USD 0.29
Ticket in local transport (Single way). USD 0.41
Rent ( One Bed Room) USD 557.61

Do(s)

  • Be polite, courteous and friendly
  • Greet everyone with respect
  • A simple thank you will take you a long way
  • Cover yourselves with cardigans especially when it is cold

Don’t(s)

  • Do not lose your temper
  • Do not be flashy
  • Do not refuse food from strangers
  • Do not walk in the streets alone
  • Do not show off your mobile phones 
  • Don’t forget to look both ways of the street while crossing the roads
  • Refrain from talking loudly on streets as it may offend other people
  • Avoid shouting to seek attention
  • Do not leave valuables in hotels or wherever you stay
  • Walk away from local groups during a drinking session

Night Life

Manila nightlife offers a wide range of experiences for night owls. The city has a large number of bars, pubs, dining places, and comedy clubs. Karaoke clubs allow amateur singers the chance to be a pop-star for a few minutes, while live music bars throughout the city are must-visits.

 

 

Must See

  • Bay walks- Waterside promenades where one can watch the sunset
  • Manila Cathedral- Enjoy the stained glass work and exquisite marble flooring inside the church
  • Rizal Park- Take a stroll around the greenery to get a glimpse of the impressive flowers
  • National Museum of Fine Arts- To enjoy the paintings of Universal acclaim
  • Videoke for a musical evening
  • You can enjoy a live music performance at Manila bay walk 
  • Bahat Sinoy is a place where you can have a look at how industrialization happened in Manila
  • You can take a  glimpse of Quiapo Church which has withstood both natural calamities and war
  • Manila Ocean Park can be a delight to watch with kids around

Experiences

  • Ride a bamboo bicycle around Intramuros
  • Ride or dine in a jeepney across Rizal Park 
  • Eat Filipino street food
  • Explore and experience the beauty of street art
  • Take a stroll along Manila Bay to enjoy the view of the sunset
  • Chinese food lovers can enjoy dishes of Pasay seafood
  • Visitors can enjoy local specialties such as sweet beans, various fruits, agar jelly and yams.
  • Kidzania at Bonifacio Global City can be an attraction for kids as they can enjoy the enthralling rides 
  • Jeepney rides are a highlight, similar to doubledecker busses in London

Activities

Shopping

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  • Toy jeepney
  • Wine
  • Slingshot
  • Sungka
  • Jewelry
  • Lambanog
  • Philippine tea 
  • Refrigerator magnets 
  • Carved wood  
  • Pearls

Official Language

Filipino

Other Language

English, Filipino,Tagalog

Spoken Language

English is widely spoken

Currency

Philippine Peso (PHP)

Population

1.78 (Millions)

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Weather

Scattered Clouds 27°C

TimeZone

00:18 AM (GMT +08:00)

 

Ambulance

997

 

Police

911

 

Electric socket

Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type B
Type B (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)

Airport Name / IATA Code

Ninoy Aquino International Airport - MNL

Airport Name / IATA Code

Clark International Airport - CRK

Best time to visit

From October to February the weather is favourable and pleasant.

Moderate time to visit

From May to September it may rain, so bring an umbrella.

Worst time to visit

March and April are sweltering

Taxi

Start Tariff: PHP 40.00

1 Km. Tariff: PHP 13.50

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: PHP 120.00

Available service

Monthly Average Temperature & Rainfall

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