Do you want a taste of culture where the east meets west? The Philippines is the place to be. Tourists can experience the Malayan culture here, while also enjoying the remarkable signs of American and Spanish influences.
Spanish architecture left a huge mark in the country, especially in its city halls and parks. Even if many of its structures were demolished during the World War II, you could still see their traces among churches, universities, and buildings.
As there are superb Manila hotels to accommodate tourists near Mall of Asia (known to be one of the biggest malls in the world), roaming around the city and exploring nearby towns will completely make a memorable vacation. So what’s there to see in the Philippines?
1. The University of Sto. Tomas
Located in España, this university is said to be the oldest existing university in Asia and in the Philippines. As it’s managed by the Order of Preachers (a religious order founded by Catholic priests), prominent Thomasians include saints and religious figures. In addition, many heroes, Philippine presidents, famous artists, and scientist are from this university.
Approximately eight kilometers from the Mall of Asia, Intramuros is a 64-hectare stone citadel. This historical place was built in 1571 and is the oldest district in Manila. It remained to be a Spanish city during the war except during the period when the U.S. took control of the Philippines.
At present, inside the walls of Intramuros are stone palaces, old churches, schools, and convents. Discover its beauty by riding a kalesa, a horse-drawn carriage that’s usually found waiting for riders near Fort Santiago. You can also enjoy authentic Filipino and Spanish cuisines from fine dining restaurants in the area.
About 55 kilometres away from Manila is Tagaytay. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can enjoy the serenity of this place and its fantastic aerial views. You can also go trekking on the famous Taal Volcano. Be amazed by the sights of the water, as you explore the beauty of the place by boat and see the expanse of sulphuric water.
4. Masungi Georeserve
Another breathtaking adventure is found not too far from Manila. Masungi Georeserve, located in Baras, Rizal is a great sanctuary where you can enjoy the beauty of nature at its best. There are limestone formation and floras and faunas that will leave hikers in awe.
5. Shopping Centers
Traveling in the Philippines is not complete without going shopping. SM Mall of Asia is one of the best places to shop, especially if you stay in the hotels nearby. Being the largest shopping mall, it houses the most popular boutiques, restaurants, bars, amusement centers, science museums, movie theatres, and many more.
There are endless benefits you will get from exploring other places, but discovering the beauty of the Philippines is a lot more than traveling elsewhere. Learn from their culture, experience the beauty of nature, enjoy the cuisine and most of all, make new friends.