Good to know about Manila
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is situated on the eastern shore of Manila bay on the main island Luzon.
Manila is one of 17 cities and municipalities which form the greater metropolitan area of Metro Manila which is home to more than 13.5 million people. In Manila itself there live about 1.65 million people (2010).

It’s the center of politics, economics as well as the cultural centre and a hub for universities, theatres and museums.

In the northeast Manila boarders Quezon city (the former capital), in the north Navotas and Caloocan City, in the east San Juan City and Mandaluyong City and in the south Makati City.

English is the official language in Manila but on the streets Tagalog and Taglish (a mixture of English and Tagalog) as well as the languages of different immigrant groups like Chinese, Spanish, Arabic or Indonesian are used.

You can find great spots and there is a lot to do in Manila but it’s not comparable to other amazing cities in South East Asia like Bangkok. If you do not have any special things you want to see the best thing is just to stroll around the city: take the public trains or just walk. It’s noisy and polluted but for a huge city still pretty nice and certainly worth to stay for a day.


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