Santa Ana Church

Santa Ana Church

The Santa Ana Church is located in Marikina and renowned as the home of the image of the Virgin Mary.  The image was seen on several different locations and even the Pope has come to visit the church to see the reality of the image.  The Pope recognized the Virgin Mary image and has deemed the church the ‘Lady of the Abandoned’. 

This Roman Catholic Church has been through many miracles as well, including a bomb being dropped down the street that never went off, which would have destroyed the church.  This is a beautiful church you must visit and see the image of the Virgin Mary, whether you are catholic or not.

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National Museum

National Museum
National Museum

The National Museum is a great place to visit if you want to see artifacts and renowned collections in the Philippines. The architecture and the structure of the museum on the outside alone is a stunning sight. If you want to take pictures, you can outside of the building only. You are not allowed to bring cameras inside of the museum.

Also, it is best to go through the museum and look at the exhibits but expect nothing from the employees and guides working there. Most people experience rude attitudes and the employees can be so bad as to ruin your entire experience at the museum.

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The Ritz Spa

The Ritz Spa

The Ritz Spa in Manila is a nice place to go enjoy a day or evening hot tub, sauna, and even a massage.  This is known as a male gay spa where men go to meet one another and find satisfaction. There is a gym, steam baths, Jacuzzi, shower area and more. 

There is a dark room with a maze to walk through, rooms to have sex in and a nice place to be.  Keep in mind, straight people do go to this spa also and it is encouraged that you are discreet about your preference or what you are looking for.  All masseuses are female also.

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Remedios Circle

Remedios Circle
Remedios Circle

If you are looking for something to do during the night in Manila, you might want to head down to Remedios Circle. Remedios Circle might seem like just a street with nothing to brag about during the daytime. However, at night, it becomes jumping and is one of the most exciting central locations of nightlife in Manila. You can expect events like pop concerts to take place here.

There are plenty of cafes and places to eat located on the circle so you don’t have to go far for food. Don’t expect to get a great parking spot unless you come early in the day. This place gets way too busy for parking. Some people prefer the bus because of this.

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Rizal Shrine

Rizal Shrine
Rizal Shrine

The Rizal Shrine is located in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, and Manila. You can find it on Santa Clara Street. The Rizal Shrine contains and is dedicated to the lifework of Jose Rizal, a national hero of the Philippines.

Jose Rizal was a writer, a poet, and a patriot of the Philippines. The shrine is a complex where Rizal spent his last night. Here you can find memorabilia including manuscripts, artwork, and books belonging to Rizal.

Fort Santiago also served as the barracks during the war to the Spanish soldiers for their artillery. The Rizal Shrine is one of many locations in the Philippines honoring Jose Rizal.

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Pasig River

Pasig River
Pasig River

The Pasig River connects the Laguna de Bay to the Manila Bay. This river is not used to transport commerce or anything anymore and is considered dead because of the bad pollution.

Life is unable to sustain in this river. However, the Philippines and many Green organizations are determined to clean up the river and make it sustainable to life. You should not plan a day swimming in the river. There are 13 bridges which cross the Pasig River, as well as the transit railways.

There are many landmarks and historical events which have occurred along the Pasig River. You can see the Malacanang Palace on the north bank, an orphanage on the island and on the south bank is the Sta. Ana Racetrack.

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Roxas Boulevard

Roxas Boulevard
Roxas Boulevard

Roxas Boulevard is one of the main roads in Manila you should expect to travel on most of the time. Almost everything is located on Roxas Blvd.

You can expect to find the convention center, trade center, many parks, government buildings, malls, and even the yacht club along Roxas Blvd. This is one of the busiest streets, with eight lanes running north and south.

Most of the main streets run into Roxas Blvd. Once you get to Roxas, you can locate the road taking you to or from the airport, to your hotel and to almost any location in Manila you need to go. It runs along the coast and through the city. It is easy to find your way around the city if you stay on or near Roxas Blvd.

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Baywalk

Baywalk
Baywalk

If you are looking for a nice place to sightsee in the evening after dinner, you might want to go to the Baywalk in Manila.

The Baywalk is located along Roxas Boulevard. Here you can walk two full kilometers and enjoy overlooking Manila Bay. This long stretch is right between the cultural center of the Philippines and the U.S. Embassy.

The Baywalk cannot be missed because it is beautiful at night with the lights from the city shining off the glassy waters. A peaceful stroll along the Baywalk can be combined with entertainment at any of the many theaters alongside the walkway.

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Cultural Center of the Philippines

Cultural Center of the Philippines

If you are looking for culture and arts in the Philippines, you must travel to Pasay City.  Pasay City is known as the cultural center of the Philippines. Here you will find everything from art galleries, museums, film and broadcast arts, and theaters.  For more than 30 years, the Philippines have been proud to present their achievements in the arts. 

There are many venues you can visit which include the Tanghalang Pambansa, the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Tanghalang Aurelio V. Tolentino, Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas, and the Tanghalang Huseng Batute.  All of which are theaters offering different arts, including studio, folk and more.

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University of Santo Tomas

University of Santo Tomas
University of Santo Tomas

The University of Santo Tomas is located in the Philippines. This is the world’s largest catholic university with the most students on a single campus.

Pope John Paul II and Pope Paul VI have visited this campus three times, where no other university has been given the grace. This university contains many faculties, schools, institutes, and colleges. Students can take basic education, undergraduate programs, graduate and postgraduate degrees. The degrees are accredited.

There is also a lot of history at this University, including that it was the location the prisoners of war were taken during World War II, and some of the most brutal war crimes against prisoners occurred here.

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