Take Balikbayans to These 5 Must-See Spots in Manila
Rediscover the sense of Filipino home and family in Manila—the city we all keep coming back to
Entertaining family and friends from abroad is a tricky feat, especially since the rainy season makes beach trips less of an option. But you don’t have to go far to have a good time. These can’t-miss-spots are just a quick Waze search away.
Where: Pasay City
Head over to Harbor Square just before twilight. Not only will you have a chance to see the spectacular sunset view at Manila Bay, your tastebuds will party from all the food choices. After dinner, walk a few blocks to catch a show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, one of the city’s architectural landmarks. More of a morning person? Take your family for an early morning jog by the seaside or try some hot, sweet taho to perk up your day.
Whether you’re thirsty for ice-cold beer at a hip pub or you want to bust out some moves on the dance floor, The Fort is the epicenter of Manila’s nightlife. Check out these places for a night to remember: The Fort Strip, Bonifacio High Street, The Palace Pool Club and Valkyrie—that should cover all the bases and then some. Book a Grab sedan instead of driving so everybody gets to have fun.
Ayala Malls and Salcedo Market
Walk around Makati and you’ll find great shopping places, cool museums and really good restaurants. At Esperanza Street is the world-class Greenbelt shopping mall, which is a stone’s throw away from the Ayala Museum at De La Rosa Street. Drop by Salcedo Market between Leviste and Tordesillas Streets on weekends to discover gourmet and artisinal treats freshly cooked and prepared.
Quiapo Church (Divisoria-Chinatown)
Immerse balikbayan relatives and friends in the beating heart of the city at Quiapo Church, where faith, history and commerce converge. Afterwards, head to Divisoria for an unforgettable wholesale and retail experience. You’ll be hungry from all the walking, shopping and sight-seeing, so go to Chinatown and try out the district’s classic holes-in-the-wall.
Intramuros (Fort Santiago-Manila Cathedral)
If your guests are fans of historical places, take them to see the tour of the Walled City and Fort Santiago. Find the stairs that lead to the top of some of the walls so you see a scenic view of Manila City Hall and the Intramuros Golf Course. After getting a crash course of the city’s rich history, visit souvenir shops around the area so your balikbayans can buy the perfect pasalubong for family and friends back abroad.