Where to Start: My Favourite City Sights and Activities
In a city of 12 million people, with an engaging mixture of cultural influences from Spain, Malaysia, America, China and the Middle East, there's always something to capture your fancy! Here are a few of my favourite ways to kick back and relax.
Amazing Show is a variety performance that covers most if not all of Manila's cultural inputs in a dazzling array of acts including Broadway and off-Broadway songs, Filipino traditional dances, comedy numbers and performances from Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Indian entertainers. It's on every night from Tuesday to Sunday at the Manila Film Center.
Be sure to stop by The Cultural Center of the Philippines. It’s a venue for local and international theatre productions and musicals. Lucky for you, it’s located right across the road from my front doors.
History buffs can get their fix at the old walled city of Intramuros, the city's most famous relic of its Spanish past. This vast citadel, built from stone in 1571, is located at the very heart of the city. Next, stop by Casa Manila, an opulent Spanish colonial house that shows off the life of the aristocracy in the 1800s.
Chinatown Binondo is a cultural enclave in Manila and is home to ethnic Chinese. It’s the oldest Chinatown in the world, established in 1594! It’s a great place to wander through bustling food stands and fresh wet markets – make sure you visit the Santa Cruz Church too!
After dark, there's just as much to see and do. Rooftop bar Skye Lounge, on the top floor of the W Building, offers a view of the skyline and a hip, relaxed vibe. And once the night truly gets started, Republiqon Newport Boulevard pumps out the hits as the centrepiece of Manila's club scene.
Ask my team where to go and they'll help you plan a thrilling day (or night) out!