Manila is the capital city of the Philippines, situated on the eastern shores of Manila Bay. Manila offers a cultural journey into a unique island with plenty of places to discover and explore, all within a picturesque setting. You can visit the main temple of the city – Inglesia ni Cristo, venture to Taal Volcano and witness panoramic views all within a magnificent lake or take a stroll to the beaches around the coast which are 20 minutes from the port itself. You can even explore the fascinating churches in Chinatown, visit the walled city of Intramuros where you will find incredible architecture and interesting museums, or relax in tranquillity at The Luneta Park.
Manila has such a diverse culture with Spanish and Hispanic influences throughout the shopping districts. You can buy souvenirs such as; hand-made native bamboo bags, beaded jewellery and hand-crafted woodworks, all of which can be found on the waterfront. There are shopping centres further into the city selling designer clothes, perfumes and jewellery.
The local currency is the Philippine peso. Manila is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich meantime (GMT +8).