Manila’s moniker, the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, couldn’t be more apt – its cantankerous shell reveals its jewel only to those resolute enough to pry. No stranger to hardship, the city has endured every disaster both human and nature could throw at it, and yet today the chaotic metropolis thrives as a true Asian megacity. Skyscrapers pierce the hazy sky, mushrooming from the grinding poverty of expansive shanty towns, while gleaming malls foreshadow Manila’s brave new airconditioned world. The congested roads snarl with traffic, but, like the overworked arteries of a sweating giant, they are what keep this modern metropolis alive.
As well as outstanding sightseeing, visitors who put in the effort will discover its creative soul – from edgy galleries to a lively indie music scene. Combine this with a penchant for speakeasy bars, artisan markets and singleorigin coffees; it's clear to see Manila's not only one of Asia's most underrated cities, but one of its coolest.
Mandila is also a huge city with several districts, which are all original towns, except one, the Port Area District. Each district is distinguished though its history, culture and cuisine. From the world’s oldest Chinatown that is Binondo, to the Intramuros district, which used to be the history hewn of the Philippines, passing through the Ermita and Malate districts and their bars, pubs, cafes, bistros, hotels, nightclubs and massage parlours.