(in Spanish means “Between the Wall”). It was the home and headquarters of Spanish Administrators, friars and merchants. It was in Intramuros where the Spaniards spread their control across the Philippines Archipelago. Nowadays, inside walled city are barracks that have been transformed into a shrine of our national hero Jose Rizal. Some of the Rizal’s memorabilia like books, manuscripts, shells, artworks, and some of his personal belongings can be seen here. The fort also serves as a museums, restaurants, souvenir shops and dormitories. Some houses build during Spanish Colonial Period have survived and brings back memories of the old Intramuros.
The City of Manila has something to offer to everybody. It offers a great deal as one of the tourist destination in Asia. Manila features numerous world-class hotels, high rise buildings, and an array of gourmet restaurants, night entertainments and sports clubs. One of the famous tourist attractions in Manila is the Fort Santiago. It is located in the north western part of Intramuros. This fortress builds during the Spanish Colonial Period was use as Spain’s major defence position against pirate and invaders. It attracts thousands of local and foreign tourists each year for its century-old Spanish architectural design and structure.
The City of Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the country. It is located on the east coast of the Manila Bay, on the western portion of the National Capital Region and surrounded by fertile plains. The city is composed of 897 Barangays which is subdivided into 6 legislative districts. With an area of only 33.55 km, city of Manila is one of the most populated cities in the country with more than 14 million people. Manila is one of the 9 cities comprising Metro Manila. Other cities are Makati, Pasay, Quezon City, Pasig, Mandaluyong, Caloocan, Las Pinas, and Paranaque. Manila is the country’s economic, educational, industrial, commercial and cultural centre. Manila is the home of major colleges and universities in the Philippines. Famous landmarks, government office, tourist attractions, historic churches, museums and parks are located here.
Manila was once a commercial centre from many centuries before the arrival of Spanish in 16th Century. The Spanish navigator Miguel Lopez De Legazpi declared Manila as capital of the Philippines in 1571 and built a fortress there. In the heart of Metro Manila there is a huge fortress called Intramuros or Walled City
Another reason why many people around the world visit Manila is the shopping. Manila is the home of over 10 Super Mega malls the largest in the entire Asia region. Among the most famous popular malls are Mall of Asia, Shangrilla Mall, Trinoma, Robinsons Mall and many more. Manila Bay is a well known tourist spots in the country because of the spectacular beauty of sunset. This is the best place to relax, unwind and enjoy the view. Manila is also famous for its ancient historic churches. During Spanish Colonial period, Spaniards build many churches and now offer a good starting point for exploring Manila. Many of this Spanish built churches that still exist in Tagalog Region, some of which are the Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, San Sebastian Church and Sanctuary de San Antonio.
There are two seasons in the country. Dry Season in Manila is from the month of November to the end of May while you should expect tropical storms during wet season from June to October. The best time to visit Manila is from November to January where the temperature is cool. February to May hits a temperature to as much as 35-37 Celsius.