When you hit “Manila Sightseeing” on the Internet, all of them are similar tourist spots.
Even though there are few tourist spots in Manila, a site that introduces similar tourist spots makes the impression of Manila a boring city because the places to go are limited.
Today, if you come to Manila for sightseeing, here are some things you must do (related to castle walking, MacArthur, Jack Bower, Shogun Yamashita, Ensign Onoda). I would like to introduce not only a sightseeing spot but also a hidden sightseeing spot that is not a normal sightseeing spot, which I can understand from my experience of living in Manila for 5 years.
It is possible to enjoy Manila sightseeing many times when you use it with normal sightseeing spots!
- For sightseeing in Manila, you should walk through the walls of Intramuros.
- You should listen to a Japanese guide on Corregidor Island in Manila
- For excursions in Manila, you should buy at Divisoria
- ④ You should be Jack Bower in Manila
- It is up to you whether you should go to Smoky Mountain or not
- Manila Sightseeing Spot New Bilibit Prison
- In Manila tours, you should pay tribute to the efforts of Onoda Shoi
- In Manila secret spot sightseeing, you should practice slots and roulette at a certain minor casino
- Summary of Manila Tourist Spots
For sightseeing in Manila, you should walk through the walls of Intramuros.
As mentioned above, the introduction and excitement of unusual places to visit in Manila, but the first one will introduce Intramuros (laughs).
The cityscape, built by the Spanish in the 16th century, has an exotic atmosphere suitable as a recommended sightseeing spot.
Within Intramuros, several tourist attractions are scattered individually. I think that it will be tens of spots if you combine the fine things, but first of all, if you keep the following main spots, there is no doubt.
- Santiago Fortress
- San Agustin Church
- Manila Cathedral
- Casa Manila Museum
Intramuros sightseeing spot
So far, it was a normal Intramuros tourist guide, but there are actually secret spots that are not listed in the guidebooks and tourist sites. It “walks on the wall”.
As I mentioned before, you can actually walk on the walls of Intramuros! !
“Puerta Real Gardens” near the south entrance of Intramuros. From here you can get on the wall!
Furthermore, you can enter the south entrance of Intramuros, turn left, and at the end of “Baruarte de San Diego Gardens” you can climb on the wall from here and walk a good distance!
Puerta Real Gardens
Puerta Real Gardens was just like a resting place for neighboring university students. If you climb on the wall, you will also have a meeting with the circles.
However, no other novelty can be found, so for tourism, the second Balarte de San Diego Gardens will be armed.
Balarte de San Diego Gardens
Balarte de San Diego Gardens is a well-recognized secret spot, so there are few foreign tourists and of course no Japanese. It seems to be a place for local residents to relax.
There is a lot of ruins in the atmosphere, so it will be irresistible for those who like the Santiago Fortress.
If there are people who are unsatisfactory in Intramuros, especially the people of the Dragon Quest generation, there is no doubt that they will find a hidden passage and feel the excitement of walking along a route that is not on the strategy book.
You should listen to a Japanese guide on Corregidor Island in Manila
A hidden tourist spot in Manila is Corregidor Island. Metro Manila is located at the back of Manila Bay, but this Corregidor Island is located just at the entrance to Manila Bay.
This Corregidor Island is 48 km west of Manila.
When you get to Corregidor Island, several buses are waiting. The tour bus is divided into an English tour bus and a Japanese tour bus.
However, if there are few Japanese, it seems that all tours will be in English, so don’t expect too many Japanese guides.
In the Japanese tour, explanations are given with consideration given to Japanese people.
There seems to be an explanation that portrays Japan as a battle partner in English tours, but there is no such portrayal in Japanese tours.
Actually, the guidance is divided into English and Japanese, but of course the Japanese’s English ability is low. One of the reasons is to avoid it.
Japan Peace Garden
The photo is of Kanon Kannon statue at the Japanese Peace Garden. There are other Japanese soldiers’ grave markers, and the name, birthplace, date of death, and age of the Japanese soldiers who died are engraved.
Battery in the era of Japan ’s occupation. There are gun marks everywhere, telling the intensity of the battle.
MacArthur and others
MacArthur American Far Eastern Army commander (at that time), who feels like “I’ve seen it somewhere, but I’d like to meet you in such a place!”
During the invasion of Japan in 1942, the famous “I shall return.” Speech was given after moving to Australia from the place where the Japanese army had fallen to Corregidor Island.
I used to say “I shall return” to Filipinos, and I was amazed.
Malinta tunnel located in the center of the island. What the US military built in 1922 as a weapon storehouse was occupied by the Japanese army in 1942. In 1945 it became a battle stage again.
In 1945 when the battlefield became a battlefield, a bomb that tried to attack the U.S. forces was back sprayed into the tunnel. Passed away.
Before entering the tunnel, you will be asked if you want to participate in a “light and sound show”. It costs 200 pesos separately.
The US occupation of the Philippines, the opening of the tunnel, the occupation of the Japanese army, the history of the United States and the Philippines winning and taking the occupied Corregidor walk through the tunnel from the entrance to the exit, it will be commentary in English .
Leave Corregidor Island
There is the Philippines, but don’t be surprised because you may be asked to take a picture without permission while traveling around the island.
I told you that there is the Philippines, but even in an amusement park in Japan, there is a way to get a picture of a wide open mouth on a roller coaster and be charged at the exit (laughs).
Depending on the guide, there may be a request for a tip, so you may want to give a tip to a guide who wants to give the guide a perfect score.
Directions to Corregidor Island, prices and travel time
I basically apply for a tour of a travel agency. Take the Santa Cruz from Mall of Asia to the island. Plans vary depending on the tour, so be sure to check whether there are hotel transfers, extra fees, lunch fees, etc.
Tour price: 3,260-3,440 pesos (adults), 2,540 pesos (children)
Duration: 6: 30-16: 15 (based on Santa Cruz Terminal)
For excursions in Manila, you should buy at Divisoria
Divisoria and Chinatown often ride on guidebooks, but in most cases they are guided separately, so it seems to be far away, but it is actually within walking distance. If the sunlight is strong, we recommend a taxi without being patient.
However, I still don’t know where to go from Chinatown. I think this is a problem that must be resolved like the Malate Ermita controversy.
Although it is listed on most Manila tourist information sites, it is not a tourist spot where you can sit down and enjoy it, but it is a spot that appears on Instagram.
There are street children in the area, so if you take a picture, let’s quickly dissipate.
Shopping malls and local markets
In fact, Divisoria is also a shopping mall mecca. In the area called Divisoria, the following huge malls are lined up.
- 999 mall
- 11/88 Shopping Mall
- 168 mall
- Divisolia Mall
- China Town Walk
When you step outside the shopping mall, the local market is packed and open on the street.
Shopping malls and open-air local markets both sell a variety of cheap goods, but what I want to recommend is the atmosphere.
This is Southeast Asia! You can feel the scenery that this is Manila in this divisoria. It is good to see state-of-the-art Manila such as Mall of Asia, Makati, BGC, etc. I think that enjoying the local feeling is the real pleasure of tourism in Manila.
But don’t forget to watch out for picks and snatching more than usual.
④ You should be Jack Bower in Manila
The Philippines is a country where anyone can carry a gun with permission. As I learned on Corregidor Island, I am following the American culture.
Meanwhile, what I want to mention in Manila is the shooting range. There are shooting ranges everywhere in Metro Manila. However, since there is no way to increase the scale, most of them continue to operate quietly.
The more you go to tourist spots such as Malate and Ermita, the more shooting ranges there are, but we recommend the shooting range at Makati Cinema Square in Makati, where many Japanese people live.
The shooting range of Makati Cinema Square is called Armscor Shooting Ranges, but various information has been uploaded to other blogs, making it safer and more recommended than shooting ranges without any information. The degree is high.
In addition to Makati, this arm score shooting range operates an outdoor shooting range in Marikina, indoor shooting ranges in Cebu, Davao, and La Union, so if a reputational damage occurs due to a shooting accident etc., management will be dangerous Therefore, it is one of the reasons to recommend that you do not manage poorly.
I think most Japanese people have never touched or seen a real gun, but I think it’s a part of sightseeing to know what a gun is like following a sightseeing in Manila.
Armscore shooting range opening hours, fees, and required documents
- Business hours: 10:00 to 19:00
- Fee (50 rounds): 1,000 pesos (local), 1,500 pesos (foreigners)
- Necessary documents: ID card (passport for foreigners)
It is up to you whether you should go to Smoky Mountain or not
Personally, people in developed countries are interested in going to slums, taking pictures with Pashapasha and saying “ I’m going to slums ” to the surroundings is not recommended, so if you go I want you to go secretly and secretly.
However, people who want to go to Manila’s slums go to other blogs and sites, etc., and will go there as well, so my idea is to introduce them on this blog anyway.
Click here for an article about going to a slum in Bangkok
History of Smoky Mountain
The more you search for smoky mountain in Google, the more smoky mountain in Manila comes out, the word “smoky mountain” is commonly named for Manila.
Smoky Mountain, located in the Tond district, north of Manila, was called the largest slum in the East and was a huge 29-hectare slum.
Over the decades, 2 million tons of trash in Manila has accumulated tons of slums that have been caused by fires caused by the decomposition of flammable materials, causing many deaths. It was. The smoky nickname was given to smoke from the fire.
In 1993, a joint venture agreement was signed between National Housing Corporation (NHA) and R-II Builders Co., Ltd. (RBI). On August 15th, the business contract was officially approved by the Supreme Court.
In 1995, the landfill area in northern Manila was officially closed, but the land was used as a public housing area for the poor living in the surrounding landfills. The slums as Smoky Mountain were wiped out as a home for 30,000 people who lived there.
A project to provide suburban resettlement for slum residents is also run by the government and NGOs. According to the UN Habitat report, 20 million people live in slums in the Philippines, and it is said that Manila alone accounts for 11 million, or 50%.
In 1995, when Smoky Mountain in northern Manila was closed, a lot of scavengers moved to the dumping grounds in Payatas, creating a new scavenger community.
As of 2007, 80,000 people live in Payatas, and the avalanche that occurred in 2000 killed as many as 200 scavengers, and many problems are still being raised.
Documentary film “Forgotten Children”
The fact that Smoky Mountain became known to Japanese people may be influenced by the documentary movie “Forgotten Children”.
Manila Sightseeing Spot New Bilibit Prison
Manila is a secret tourist spot where only a few people already know this. I also learned from a blog post about Quooll, a cheap English school in the Philippines in Quezon City.
New Bilibit Prison is a prison located in Muntinlupa, a suburb of Manila. This prison is a prison where Ensign Yamashita, famous for his Yamashita treasure called the Malay Tiger, was executed.
New Biribbit Prison Admission (several years ago): 50 pesos
* Cameras are not allowed
Also near the prison is the Muntinlupa World Peace Memorial Park, where there are 17 memorial towers of 17 Japanese who were executed as war criminals.
In Manila tours, you should pay tribute to the efforts of Onoda Shoi
Hiroo Onoda, who spent 29 years on Lubang Island in the Philippines without knowing the end of the war, after World War II.
The honor of Hiroo Onoda, in the Philippines, is displayed in a display case with a letter written to the General of the Philippine Air Force at the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum near the Manila International Airport.
Click here for an article that actually went to the museum
Philippine Air Force Museum location and map
The Philippines Air Force Air and Space Museum is right next to Manila Airport Terminal 3.
Near the museum are Resorts World and the terminal building, which has become an interesting area.
Inside the Philippine Air Force Museum
Cultural Heritage Corner: Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of exhibits, including weapons, military uniforms, diorama, miniatures, memorabilia, photographs and paintings from early military aviation and Philippine air force organizations.
Science and Technology Corner: Various generations of aircraft models and miniatures, indoor aircraft are on display. You can also view Philippine Air Force experimental projects to help younger Filipinos interested and learn about aerospace science.
Museum Painting Corner: Visitors can see many sophisticated paintings depicting the history of the Philippine Air Force and valuable missions to the Philippines.
Aircraft Park: Historical Philippine Air Force aircraft are on display and open for photography.
Function room: An event hall that can accommodate from 150 to 200 people, and can be used for seminars, workshops, symposiums, exhibitions and cultural exchanges for community and social events.
Mini Theater: A 45-seat space where small groups can watch movies, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and symposia.
Philippine Air Force Museum hours and fees
- Business hours: 8:00 to 17:00 (Monday to Friday), 8:00 to 12:00 (Saturday)
- Regular holiday: Sundays and holidays
- Price: Free-20 pesos
In Manila secret spot sightseeing, you should practice slots and roulette at a certain minor casino
Casino resort is a hot topic recently in Manila tourism. The four major resort casinos “Okada Manila”, “City of Dreams”, “Resort World” and “Solea Resort” that are often introduced in this blog are famous（Related Article：マニラのまずはこれだけ4大カジノ一覧！！初心者でも観光がてら楽しめます！）.
However, we will leave those introductions to other blog posts, so this article recommends going to other minor casinos. In fact, besides the four major casino resorts, Manila is dotted with many small and medium-sized casinos.
If you are a small-minded person who wants to play casino games but don’t know how to do it, go to those small and medium-sized casinos and practice in small slots such as roulette and poker.
Pan Pacific Hotel
A hotel in the middle of the Malate area. There is a casino in it. In addition to the casino, there are spas, Japanese restaurants, golf and KTV, so you can definitely enjoy it outside the casino.
Manila Grand Opera Hotel
The Manila Grand Opera Hotel is a direct connection from the LRT station. Chinatown, Divisoria and Quiapo are also close, so you can stay as a base for those sightseeing spots as well as casinos.
This hotel is convenient for Japanese people, including a Japanese restaurant, a Japanese spa and massage, and a Japanese Embassy nearby. Since Makati is also close, expatriates often come to eat and visit spas.
New World Manila Bay Hotel
People with a long history of Manila still call it Hyatt, but in fact the name has changed. Like Pan Pacific, it is located in the center of the Malate Ermita area and is close to Robinson Place.
Summary of Manila Tourist Spots
When I listed the tourist spots in Manila again, I was surprised that there were a lot of wartime towers, especially the memorial towers, tombstones, and tombstones related to Japan.
When I came to the Philippines, I wasn’t even aware of the relationship between Japan and the Philippines during the war, but when I went deeply with local Filipinos, it would be a story of war, I became aware of the inside.
This time, it was a tourist spot only in the Metropolitan Manila area, but there are lots of spots in the Philippines that are not yet on the guidebooks or tourist sites.
I would like to see opportunities and make them articles.
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