The Philippine capital is Asia’s best-kept secret. The capital of the Orient’s only catholic country seems somehow out of place, vibrant with Latin American or Caribbean undertones. Music and dancing are everywhere, and the smiles and laughter rival Bangkok’s in their warmth and enthusiasm. Manila’s intense historical influences – Spanish religion and American consumerism – have led to the saying that the capital has spent “400 years in a convent and 50 in Hollywood.” The result is a city of extremes ready to delight the unsuspecting traveller.

Facts

Population

City: 1,6 million Metropolitan area: 11,8 million

Currency

Philippine peso (PHP) 1 = 100 centavos

Opening hours

Shops open 10am-8pm, but shopping malls close at 9pm or 10pm. Smaller shops close for lunch 12pm-2pm. There are many 24-hour convenience and drug stores. Malls are open on Sundays and public holidays.

Newspapers

Philippine daily inquirer Manila bulletin Manila times Malaya Philippine star Manila standard today Daily tribune

Tourist information

Philippine department of tourism T.M. Kalaw Street, Malate Opening hours: 7 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday. +63 2 523 8411

Travel to Manila

Booking flights to Manila through Etihad Airways provides you a chance to explore the wonderful sights and places of this amazingly beautiful city. Located between Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay, this rapidly growing metropolitan city is the capital of the island country of The Philippines. Manila offers a long list of attractions to travellers that visit its shores every year.

Top 5 things to do in Manila

  • Visit the former imperial city of Intramuros, located near the Rizal Park
  • See the Rizal Monument for a beautiful esplanade that features many gorgeous Japanese and Chinese gardens
  • Tour the Quirino Grandstand for public gatherings and popular festivities
  • Relax and do some shopping at the SM City North EDSA, one of the largest malls in the world
  • Peek into the lives of the Filipino aristocracy at Casa Manila, a 19th century house which displays their wealthy lifestyle

Shopping in Manila

The retail scene in Manila is vast and varied. Manila Ocean Park is fantastic for souvenir shopping, while Baclaran Market is the perfect place to practice your bargaining power.

However, a holiday in Manila is not complete without a trip to the Mall of Asia, which houses hundreds of famous fashion and electrical brands, and is said to be the third largest shopping mall in the world. With Etihad’s baggage allowance on flights to Manila, you need not worry about buying too much.   

Restaurants in Manila

If you are a gourmand of exquisite cuisine, Manila offers an array of exotic dishes at restaurants that delight all palates and purses.  Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner or a light lunch by the ocean, restaurants in Manila are plentiful.

Indulge in cuisines that reflect the country’s colourful history, with Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and American influences. Sample traditional cuisine in Tagaytay City, indulge in good old American-style dining in Ortiga, finished off with a delicious dessert – whatever you decide to feast on, it is guaranteed to be delicious.

Nightlife in Manila

When the working day and week is done, people of Manila know exactly how to unwind, and there are plenty of ways to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning. Nightlife in Manila is extremely varied, making it ideal for both families and lone travellers alike.

Check out one of the capital’s theatre’s which feature regular performances from local musicians and ballet academies. Karaoke is also a popular part of Manila’s nightlife, so do not be surprised to see cafes and restaurants hosting various ‘sing-a-long’ theme nights. 

Plan your Manila Holiday

If you admire nature's ambience and historical sites, Manila is full of interesting attractions for everyone. If you would like to see one of nature's wonders, visit the Taal Volcano. If you prefer historic sites, check out the war memorial at Corregidor Island or the National Museum of the Filipino People.

Searching for great flight deals to Manila? It is easy and accessible with Etihad Airways popular deals. If you plan to attend a popular festival in Manila, we suggest booking your hotel and tickets to Manila several months in advance.

Manila enjoys year-long sunshine but can be prone to some intense rain showers. To find cheap hotels in Manila, travel during this off-peak wet season, from May to December. If you prefer the warmth and sunshine, plan your Manila holiday between February and April, for guaranteed sunshine.

Book your flights to Manila today

From the moment you arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila, until the day you leave, you will be received with only the best hospitality from the people of the Philippines. Team this with exceptional service aboard Etihad Airways aircraft for the perfect Manila holiday from beginning to end. Check out Etihad’s popular deals  before booking your flights to Manila. 

 

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