Pearl of the Orient
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Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. This lively historic city is full of things to see and do, including museums, parks, theaters, shopping malls, and plenty of restaurants to choose from. It is also famous for its varied cuisine and street food markets, like the Legazpi Sunday market, Quiapo market, and Binondo, the country’s very own Chinatown.

  • Manila has been a major Asian trading hub since the Spanish arrived centuries ago.
  • It has remained the political center of the Philippines through Spanish, American, and finally domestic rule.
  • Its historic district, Intramuros, goes back to 1571, although Tagalog people lived in the area for centuries prior.