The bustling city of Manila is the center of business and finance, entertainment, culture, political and transportation in the Philippines and is also the place where the journey to the Philippines begins for many travelers.

Some of the country’s historical tourist spots that dates back all the way from the Spanish era from more than 400 years ago may also be found in the city. Intramuros, also known as the “Walled City,” is the oldest district and historic center of Manila, and the seat of the Philippine government during the Spanish rule. Few people know that the oldest China town outside mainland China can be found in old Manila. The cultural heritage makes Manila a unique place to visit in Southeast Asia.

Metro Manila’s social scene is second to none, with shopping malls, dining and entertainment that continues to thrive in and around the city. SM Mall of Asia, considered as Southeast Asia’s 3rd largest mall or Greenhills, a mid-to-upscale bargain center catering to all social classes who are looking for cheap thrills with stylish branding. The gourmand side of Filipinos is evident in the growing number of restaurants that cater to different types of cuisines. Some popular dining venues and nightclubs in the metro include Greenbelt in Makati, Serendra and Bonifacio High Street in The Fort.