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Intramuros

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Intramuros is the oldest part of Manila. The original Malay settlement was destroyed in 1574, and the Spaniards rebuilt it as a wooden fort, which was replaced by a stone complex in 1590. It slowly grew into the fortified city that is now known as Intramuros. The walls around the city were 3km (1.9 miles) long, 13m (43ft) thick and 6m (20ft) high. Seven main drawbridges across the surrounding moat provided access into the city. The moat was later filled in and today it is a golf course. Among the buildings in the walled city were 15 churches, six monasteries, a university, more..

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American Military Cemetery and Memorial

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Located in the suburb of Makati, it has excellent World War II exhibits.

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Fort Santiago

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Fort Santiago is a ruined old Spanish fort, now used as a park. A collection of rusting cars which belonged to previous Presidents dot the park. The climb to the top of Fort Santiago is worth the view of the Pasig River. During World War II, the Japanese used the fort as a prison. The dungeons are below the high-tide level and sometimes prisoners drowned here. Right at the end of the war the Japanese started on a wholesale massacre of prisoners, and in one small cell the bodies of 600 people were later found. The Rizal Shrine Museum is probably the most interesting part of more..

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Coconut Palace

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The Coconut Palace in the Cultural Centre in Malate is actually a guesthouse that was built for the Pope's visit in 1981 (in which he refused to stay) by order of Imelda Marcos, and cost USD10 million to complete. Coconut Palace was built entirely of palm wood and coconut shells and therefore got its name from the materials used in the construction - more than 70% of the materials come from the coconut tree. Take a guided tour and see the 24-carat gold fixtures in the bathrooms.

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Ayala Museum

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Ayala has a very beautiful botanical garden, a quiet place in the big city.

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Malacanang Palace

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The former residence of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos can now be visited. It is located on José P. Laurel Street is a graceful mansion, about 200 years old. Many Spanish and American governor-generals and later presidents used it as a residence. Because of its previous use, the palace is sometimes referred to as the Philippines White House. The mansion is still exactly as was when the Marcos family fled to Hawaii in 1986.

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Manila Cathedral

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Manila Cathedral is a magnificent architectural feat with its intricate stone carvings, stained glass mosaics, and rosette windows.

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Rizal Park

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Get away from it all and take a stroll in Rizal park. The park is a meeting place for the whole city, with Sundays being particularly popular days for a stroll and an ice cream. The Rizal Memorial is situated at the end of the park, and the place where Rizal was executed late in the 19th century is not too far away. This site is marked by a series of statues, depicting Rizal before the execution squad. The hero's remains lie within the cornerstone of the memorial, where a lightshow centering on the story is shown every evening. The park end at Taft Avenue has a huge pond with a more..

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Arts and Science Museum

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In the Santo Tomas university. One of the best in its kind in Asia.

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Museo Ng Makati

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This museum is located in Makati, the business area of Manila. The museum displays art works, paintings, sculptures. Phone: 8960722/896-2464

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address:J. P. Rizal cor. A. Mabini

Chinese Cemetery

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A very impressive cemetary. Some gravesites are full-sized houses.

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Cultural Center Museum

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This museum is located in the bayside Cultural Center in Malate.

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openinghours:9 am - 6 pm, daily except mondays

National Museum

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Has good contemporary art displays

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