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Alexandoy

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I wonder why the city of Manila is not being promoted as a tourist spot. But, in fact, there are many interesting places inside the city. First is the Rizal Park, a.k.a. Luneta, which has the landmark statue of Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines. Aside from the gardens, there’s the bayside where you can watch the famous Manila Bay sunset. And inside the park is the Oceania, an aquarium with a hotel. Near the vicinity is the legendary Manila Hotel. A kilometer away is the Intramuros, which is a historical landmark. Beside it is Fort Santiago which is converted into a historical museum. Going back to the direction of Rizal Park, another kilometer away is the CCP Grounds (cultural center) which is a huge compound that boasts of the Cultural Center, Folk Arts Theater and the theme park Star City. Hotel Sofitel is also inside the CCP grounds. And for the kids, the Manila Zoo is just 2 kilometers away. You will notice the proximity of those spots where you will need short taxi rides or you can even walk if ths sun is not searing hot. And for the weary and tired, there are malls almost everywhere in Manila.

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That is a very good question that can be applied to Manila, and to other cities. The thing is that people responsible for promotions many times have limited funds and narrow sights, and don't realize that promoting a region is many times multiplying the money earn with tourism. Thanks for all those tips once again @Alexandoy! ;)

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The largest city is always a good place to get the feel of another culture.  In fact, a trip should always include it.  However, sadly, I haven't even been to the largest city in the US, New York City.   However, it's definitely a place to visit at least once.

On 4/6/2017 at 9:28 PM, Alexandoy said:

I wonder why the city of Manila is not being promoted as a tourist spot. But, in fact, there are many interesting places inside the city.

 

I remember visiting the mall and riding the subway in Manila. Also, I stayed the night at a friend of my tour guide.  Note, though, that Manila speaks a different language than the one my guide spoke, Cebuano.

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In my view, one cannot plan only one  day in Manila. You will end up spending most of your time in the traffic here. Getting around in Manila is very difficult as most of the cabs refuse to ride and try to overcharge you just because there is a lot of traffic. I must say the night life in Manila is amazing with so many clubs and casinos. You may have a great time during the evening, but not during the day.

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