5 Things to Do in Manila

Enjoy great food and a taste of culture at our country’s capital.

By Mathew S. Chan
June 01, 2015


With Independence Day coming this month, there’s no better time to go and explore the wonders of Manila. The country’s capital is brimming with history, culture, and more. It offers something for everyone with new discoveries at each corner. Read on to learn about 5 things you can do in Manila.

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1.    Visit the National Museum.
Are you interested in an afternoon of culture? Visit the National Museum. It is divided into four different establishments with their own different fields, namely the National Art Gallery (Philippine Arts), Museum of the Filipino People (Anthropology & Archaeology), Museum of Natural History (Natural History), and the National Planetarium (Planetary & Space Science).  The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at PHP 150 for adults, PHP 120 for senior citizens, and PHP 50 for students. Admission is free on Sundays.

2.    Take a tour with Carlos Celdran.
Carlos Celdran is a cultural activist, performer, and prominent tour guide of Manila. His tours are one of a kind as you learn all about Manila step by step. They’ll take you from Fort Santiago to Plaza San Luis, and you’ll be able to experience new things at each venue. Tours cost PHP 1,100 for adults and PHP 600 for students. For tour details and contact information, you can check out his blog here

3.    Go on a food trip.
If there is one thing Manileños love to do, it is eating. Manila’s nooks and crannies are filled with both fine dining restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eateries. There is no shortage of food to try, and you can literally find a place to eat at any street. Some of the best places include Zark’s Burger where you can get juicy burgers at affordable prices, Rap's Cakes and Steaks where you can try their porterhouse steak, and Exile of Main St., which specializes in Asian Fusion cuisine.

4.    Catch a show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Concerts aren’t the only form of live entertainment. The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) hosts an array of shows from dance to theater to even movie screenings. If you are looking for more cultured entertainment, you can check out the CCP’s website for the list of their current exhibits and upcoming shows.

5.    Go on a stroll down Escolta.

The streets of Manila have their own stories to tell, and Escolta is a good place to start. It is one of the oldest streets in Manila and was the center of business in the metro before its decline. The street used to house some high-end shops as well. You can stroll by and still see some great buildings like Don Roman Santos Building, First United Building, and Capitol Theater.

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