A sprawling metropolis that is home to over 1.6 million and estimated to be the most densely populated city in the world, Manila does have a reputation of being a rather crowded & polluted concrete jungle. This reputation is far from being unfounded but Manila does have a rich history and some superb examples of Spanish colonial architecture that now rub shoulders with modern glass skyscrapers.
The walled city of Intramuros, overlooking the Pasig River, is considered to be the heart of Manila and is home Fort Santiago and the stunning San Agustin Church built in the 16th century.
Often considered as simply a stepping stone to one of The Philippines’ seven thousand islands and their exceptional beaches but Manila is most definitely worth a day or so as a stopover.
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