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3.10 Sightseeing

Points of interest in Manila are:

  1. Intramuros, the site of the ancient city of Manila, with the ruins of Fort Santiago, historic San Agustin Church and Manila Cathedral.

  2. Rizal Park, Manila’s colourful garden and memorial to Dr Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero.

  3. Historic Malacañang Palace by the Pasig River, former official residence of Spanish and American Governors-General, which is now used as the Office of the President of the Philippines. Malacañang Park in the Palace grounds, is open to the public.

  4. The Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine International Convention Center, the Coconut Palace and the Folk Arts Theatre on Roxas Boulevard.

  5. The Ayala Museum in Makati and the Metropolitan Museum on Roxas Boulevard, contain dioramas depicting Philippine history, art and culture.

  6. The National Museum of the Philippines, old Senate Building, P. Burgos St. has recently been renovated and contains many exhibits on Philippine history.
There are many interesting places outside the city:

  1. The growing resort of Tagaytay City, perched on a ridge overlooking Taal Lake and Taal Volcano is about 90 minutes’ drive south of Manila by car.

  2. The famous bamboo organ in St. Joseph’s Church in Las Piñas. A trip to Las Piñas can be combined with a visit to Tagaytay.

  3. Corregidor, an island at the entrance of Manila Bay and a famous battlefield of the Second World War, is now a monument.

  4. The American Cemetery and Memorial at Fort Bonifacio, Makati City
The Rajah Travel Corporation office (Room 1101 of the Regional Office) may be consulted for information on tour schedules and services. Most hotels also provide such information.

For information on cultural activities in Manila, consult:

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