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Manila City
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By boat

    The Pasig River Ferry has numerous stops in Manila as well as Makati and Pasig City. Fares are 50 pesos and below. The ferries are fairly well maintained.

By Rail Transit

     The LRT yellow line serves the Manila area (stop at Carrideo, Central, or United Nations Ave. stations) and is connected to the MRT blue line and soon to be connected to the MRT purple line. Ticket fees vary, but will usually cost less than 22 Peso


    Buses regularly ply the routes around Metro Manila and you will see their destinations written on their windshields. When in doubt, try larger terminals in shopping malls like SM and Cubao, or ask fellow passengers and/or MMDA officers (dressed in light blue).

Key places to visit
Basilica of San Sebastian, Rizal Park, Baywalk, Coconut Palace, Intramuros, Malacanang Palace


Places to Visit

Basilica of San Sebastian

   The only all steel church of the Asia, the Europeans were tired of building the church over and over again after fires and earthquakes, they finally decided to build the cathedral in solid steel. The materials were ordered from Europe while the architect is Gustav Eiffel; the architect of the Eiffel tower in France. Its Gothic architecture might make you think you're somewhere in the middle of Europe.

Rizal Park

   Rizal Park Right outside the walled city is Rizal Park more widely known as the Luneta. The Luneta is the venue for the best museums of the city, bayside restaurants, an open-air theater featuring free classical music concerts, a planetarium, early morning jogging and tai chi enthusiasts, and the Manila Hotel. It is a popular meeting spot for family picnics and was the site of the execution of Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines.

Paco Park

Paco Park was actually built as a final resting place for Spanish families residing in Manila. After Jose Rizal's execution, his remains were sent and buried here, which is today commemorated by a monument in the park. It is now a public park with jogging lanes and open air concerts, and is also a popular venue for weddings. It is accessible by taxi and bus, as well as a 10 minute walk from the LRT United Nations Ave


    South of the Luneta is the renovated Baywalk a linear park adjacent to Manila Bay. Restaurants formerly on the actual baywalk have been moved inwards to allow a clear view of Manila's legendary sunsets

Coconut Palace
   A residence commissioned and built along the waterfront by First Lady Imelda Marcos for Pope John Paul II's visit in 1981. While open to the public at some point, it is currently (as of June 2011) occupied by the current Vice President and thus no longer open for public visits. You can, however, see the exterior from various angles.


   At the northern end of the Bay lies the remnants of the old walled Spanish settlement of Manila, Intramuros (Spanish for 'within the walls'). Intramuros contains some of the city's most interesting museums, ruins, and churches including the

Malacanang Palace

    Manila is the host of the official residence of the president of the Philippines. While heading your way here, you will see wonderful places. People can roam the garden afterward.

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