By Shaina Amienyi
Manila
Philippines
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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is an exciting city with much to do for vacationers. Founded in 1571 by three Spanish conquistadors, the city has a long history. Nowhere else can visitors get a feel for the culture and energy of the Philippines than in this lively, diverse city.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your flight to Manila. Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is the country and city’s main gateway. Please book your flight using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). For assistance finding a hotel in Manila, please see the hotel portion of our website below for our selection of recommended hotels. Then you can book through EscapeWizard.com by using the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

EscapeWizard.com recommends that visitors experience Manila’s historical attractions. For example, visit Malacañang Palace, which has been the seat of the head of the Government of the Philippines since the days of Spanish colonization. Malacañang Palace, which derives its name from a vernacular phrase meaning “there lives a noble man,” is located on the north bank of the beautiful Pasig River. The Pasig River is considered the “Cradle of Civilization” in Manila. If you love visiting water, also discover Manila Bay where the famous Manila Bay Battle was fought between the Americans and the Spaniards in 1893.

In the center of Manila stands Intramuros, the old, walled city built by the Spaniards in the 16th century. Located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, Intramuros is the oldest district in Manila. It houses European buildings and churches, such as the Grand Manila Cathedral, the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, and San Augustin Church, a Baroque-style church that is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Another exciting attraction that we at EscapeWizard.com believe you should visit is the Manila Ocean Park, one of the largest ocean parks on the continent of Asia and the first marine park in the Philippines. The ocean park features over 20,000 marine inhabitants from Manila’s own waters. The park’s main attraction is the Oceanarium, with its underwater tunnel that lets visitors see how reef fish interact. Other exhibits include dancing jellyfish and a Musical Fountain show with stunning fire, music, lights, and animation. The park also includes dining, entertainment, and shopping opportunities that we at EscapeWizard.com urge you to visit.

Shopping enthusiasts in Manila will enjoy the various shopping areas the city has to offer, including what EscapeWizard.com views as a must-see destination: the Mall of Asia. The establishment is the third largest mall in the world and has its own attractions. It offers shopping, dining, ice skating, entertainment, and more. Other shopping areas in Manila are Robinson Place, Balikbayan Handicrafts, and the Tutuban Center Mall.

Manila provides a diverse nightlife that EscapeWizard.com suggests taking advantage of during your vacation. The city offers everything from culture shows to clubs, lounges, and cafes. Many of the casinos have bars and put on live shows. Malate and Ermita are popular entertainment districts where you can find a variety of restaurants, clubs, bars, cafes, art, and antique shops. EscapeWizard also recommends the Fort Bonifacio area for additional nightlife in the city.

Manila’s varied attractions draw all types of visitors. History and culture buffs will take interest in Manila’s churches, theaters, and museums, whereas shoppers will delight in the city’s malls, boutiques, and flea markets. EscapeWizard.com guarantees no matter what your interests, you will enjoy your vacation to this vibrant city with its golden sunsets and breathtaking view of the world-famous Manila Bay. You can book your next vacation to Manila, Philippines using the above link.
Hotels in Manila
By Tekisha Slack
Holiday Inn
1 Asia Development Bank Avenue Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Manila, Philippines
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Centrally located at the Ortigas district, Holiday Inn Galleria Manila is 40 minutes away from the international airport, a 15-minute ride to Makati and a short walk to the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Formerly known as the Manila Galleria Suites, this hotel has a total of 284 guest rooms with coffee and tea making facilities. In addition to the standard amenities, each of the Holiday Inn Galleria Manila’s Guest rooms is equipped with cable TV, NDD/IDD access, mini refrigerator, WIFI internet access and a full work desk. Check-in times are at 2:00 PM and Check-out times are at 12:00 PM.

This hotel is the ideal base for both business and leisure travelers. Business travelers will appreciate the Business Center, copying, courier service, Executive floors and Suites, fax machines, and a front office team that will be there to provide any assistance you need. Leisure travelers will love the onsite health and fitness, spa facilities, and housekeeping and laundry services.

The hotel offers a variety of dining options both within the hotel and at the adjacent Shopping Mall. FAB features breakfast ala carte dining in a warm and casual setting. The restaurant offers quick fixes of international and local menu options to satisfy your cravings. The Holiday Inn Galleria Manila’s Bar One is a great place to unwind and enjoy your favorite drink. Guests can enjoy a game of billiards, live nightly entertainment or catch the latest events from the bar's TV monitors.

Located in the Ortigas Central Business District, Holiday Inn Manila Galleria is directly connected to Crowne Plaza and also offers convenient access to major areas of shopping and entertainment. A few blocks away are prestigious business establishments such as Asian Development Bank and Philippine Stock Exchange.

Use EscapeWizard.com to book your accommodations at the conveniently located Holiday Inn Galleria Manila today! Just click on the link to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).