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Philippines Attractions

Like anywhere you go, you must check out the shopping. In the Philippines, shopping in some of the local markets can be a multi-sensory experience with its vibrant colors, hot perspiring crowds, aromas from local cuisine wafting though the air, and the sounds of relentless bargaining in the stalls. Amongst the myriad items on sale are fabrics, clothes, rugs, embroidered linen, cutlery, cigars, woodcarvings and cane furniture. Most cities in the Philippines also have major department Stores and malls.

Other attractions

Binondo, Manila
The Binondo area is considered the “Chinatown” of Manila and offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.

Coconut Palace, Manila
Under the orders of Imelda Marcos, the Coconut Palace was built of coconut wood and shells as an extravagant guesthouse. It was originally constructed to accommodate Pope John Paul II for his 1981 visit but it’s magnificence made him refuse his stay there.

Santuario de San Antonio, Manila
Santuario (Sanctuary) of San Antonio and was built when the Franciscans’ mother church in Intramuros was destroyed in the closing days of World War II. They installed a statue of Saint Anthony that survived the bombing. Located nearby Forbes Park and Dasmarinas Village, an area where many of Manila’s wealthy families reside, it is a church where many of their christenings, weddings and funerals take place.

Rizal Park, Manila
The national park of Manila is Rizal Park and is named in tribute to the Philippine’s national hero Jose Rizal. This 60-hectare park includes playgrounds, restaurants, horse-drawn carriage rides, fountains and an open-air concert hall.

Taal Volcano, Manila
The last major eruption was reported back in 1965 and affected villages in the surrounding area. It’s located about 60 km (37 miles) south of Metro Manila

National Museum, Manila
The country’s most historic works of culture and national heritage lie here. This includes the paintings of heralded Philippine artist Felix Resurreccion Hidaldgo.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila
There are numerous touring exhibits throughout the year but two of the anchors in the museum are the Gold Gallery and the Pottery Gallery with pieces dating back to 220 BC.