WHAT TO SEE
Just in front of Manila Hotel, Rizal Park is at the northern end of Roxas Boulevard overlooking the Manila Bay. Just like our Hotel, it has been the site of some of the most significant moments in the Philippine history. With a number of attractions like the Chinese and Japanese Gardens, the National Museum of the Filipino People, the National Library of the Philippines, the Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion, the Planetarium, the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park has been a major tourist attraction in Manila.
Adjacent to Manila Hotel, Intramuros was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century and is the oldest district of Manila. Its name, which means “within the walls” in Latin, describes its structure, as it is a fortress surrounded by thick, high walls and moats.
Today, it houses a museum, an open-air theatre, art galleries, a park lush with tropical flora and homing pigeons, fine restaurants, craft shops, and souvenir stalls.
A part of the structure of Intramuros, Fort Santiago is located at the mouth of the Pasig River and was built as the main defense fortress during the Spanish colonization, Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero, was imprisoned at the Fort while waiting for his execution. The Fort also feature bronze markers tracing the footsteps of Rizal from his cell to his execution site.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES
The National Museum of the Philippines serves as the official repository of the country’s natural and cultural heritage. With its extensive collection covering the sciences, education, and culture, the National Museum of the Philippines gives a sense of pride and nationalism to the Filipino people and raises awareness of the rich Philippine history. Across the museum is the Museum of the Filipino People that houses the Anthropology and Archeology Divisions.
MANILA OCEAN PARK
Situated behind the Quirino Grandstand, it is one of the nearest tourist spots around Manila Hotel. Manila Ocean Park is the Philippines’ first state-of-the-art Ocenarium, which has an open water marine habitat, a botique mall, a restaurant row, and function facilities all located in one complex.
SM MALL OF ASIA
This 407,000 square-meter mall is the Philippines’ largest and world’s third largest mall. It raised the standards of shopping, leisure, and entertainment in the Philippines. The SM Mall of Asia is made up of four establishments interconnected by walk paths. One of its interesting services is the 20-seater tram to make it easier for tourists and shoppers to move around.