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The Philippine capital is Asia’s best-kept secret. The capital of the Orient’s only catholic country seems somehow out of place, vibrant with Latin American or Caribbean undertones. Music and dancing are everywhere, and the smiles and laughter rival Bangkok’s in their warmth and enthusiasm. Manila’s intense historical influences – Spanish religion and American consumerism – have led to the saying that the capital has spent “400 years in a convent and 50 in Hollywood.” The result is a city of extremes ready to delight the unsuspecting traveller.


Population City: 1,6 million
Metropolitan area: 11,8 million
Currency Philippine peso (PHP) 1 = 100 centavos
Opening hours Shops open 10am-8pm, but shopping malls close at 9pm or 10pm. Smaller shops close for lunch 12pm-2pm. There are many 24-hour convenience and drug stores. Malls are open on Sundays and public holidays.
Newspapers Philippine daily inquirer
Manila bulletin
Manila times
Philippine star
Manila standard today
Daily tribune
Emergency numbers 116
Tourist information Philippine department of tourism
T.M. Kalaw Street, Malate
Opening hours: 7 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday.
+63 2 523 8411