When in Manila we stayed in Alabang which is quite the trek from the main city. It was three short, but very eventful days in beautiful Manila exploring its green landscape, city and attractions. Here is our Mini Manila Guide, we are very happy we got to check Manila off our bucket list and hope to come back for Makati City, Boracay and Palawan on our next visit! x
Where to go:
Intramuros – Old Manila (known as Ciudad Murada) is the oldest historic district of Manila. Here we clearly saw the spanish influence had on Philippines as a colony by viewing the European architecture. Here we visited San Augustin Church, Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago. The place we liked the most was Casa Manila (Across the street from San Augustin Church) it had a upper-class colonial vibe with shops, restaurants and antique artwork from the Spanish era. A very beautiful place!
SM Mall of Asia – Our driver told us that this mall is the biggest in Asia and so we visited to see what they had to offer. They were constructing on the area that we visited, so its not much to say other than you can find international as well as local brands here.
Manila Bay – The famous Manila sunset . We managed to catch it just in time and the scenery was mesmerizing. Here you get to zipline or take a stroll along the Baywalk while enjoying the view.
Taal Crater Volcano (Taal Lake)
One of the most amazing things we did was visiting the Taal Crater Volcano – the smallest active volcano in the world. The volcano is located on an island so we had to catch a 45-min boat ride to cross the Taal Lake over to the other side. Instead of hiking in the humid heat we did horseback ricing all the way to the top. There are 600 horses lining up everyday and its well worth the adventure with beautiful scenery the entire way. When at the top we got to look down on the crater and see boiling water, volcanic ashes and red lava. Truly amazing!
People’s park in the sky – A historical urban park in Tagaytay. The view is very beautiful, but the place itself was not as impressive. We got inside a jeepney, a little bus with creative decorations and known for its crowded seating, taking us to the park where you can buy local fresh food from the street vendors. Here you find the giant pineapple!
What to eat?
Jollibee – Is a Filipino multinational fast-food chain seen everywhere in the Philippines. We had to taste it and must say they outdid the krispy chicken to perfection. The queues are long, the food is presented neatly and you can even order rice meals which makes it stand out from being a burger-chain.
Adobo – Is Philippines famous adobo is a traditional dish in Manila that is a mixture of meat, seafood and vegetables marinated in soy sauce etc. Experiencing Manila like a local gave us the opportunity to try chicken and pork adobo. We love this dish!