Ask any foreigner who has been to the Philippines which place is their favourite and they’d probably say Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, and Cebu. Ask any Filipinos which places they would recommend to foreigners and it’s likely they’d enumerate the same thing. Not that it’s a bad thing. After all, these provinces received so much approval from nature it has put the country in the world map as some of the world’s best tourist destinations. But the Philippines is more than its white-sand beaches, chocolate hills, and an incredible underwater world. And if you are willing to overlook the inconveniences brought about by its congested state (say, the notorious traffic situation), you can learn so much about the country’s rich culture and history by exploring its capital city. Going to the Philippines for the first time?
Here are the 10 reasons you shouldn’t skip Manila.