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Manila Destination Guide

The Philippines, an impressive archipelago of 7,170 islands, first seduced the world with the allure of silver, silk and spice. Today, among the 17 cities that make up Metro Manila, Makati beckons as one of Asia's great cultural playgrounds. Embracing it all is Fairmont Makati, an urban sanctuary housed in the most stunning tower complex ever to grace the city. But beyond these glass walls is a sprawling metropolis waiting to be experienced.

  • Restaurant tablescape

    Dining

    Philippine hospitality is so deeply rooted in food, it’s no wonder that Manila is fast becoming known as a dining destination. Explore the city through its booming foodie scene, from fine restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chefs, to fun food trucks with a front-seat view of local color.

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  • City scape

    Local Attractions

    All at once cosmopolitan and old world, Manila is a paradox of bustling roads and quaint, tree-lined streets, of high-rises and heritage homes. East meets west and history merges with the future in this waking tiger of a city.

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  • Antique shopping

    Shopping

    From luxury international brands to local, one-of-a-kind finds, Manila's shopping scene is varied and exciting. Pick up a scarf made from silk and indigenous fibers, then the latest Chanel handbag in the store next door, or pick up a show piece for your living room from Kenneth Cobunpue.

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  • Art gallery

    Museums

    Beyond the exciting dining, nightlife and charming tropical destination that it is known for, the Philippines is steeped in history and culture, nurturing a long thriving art scene replete with masters, post-modernists, experimental and new media artists.

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  • Clubbing

    Entertainment

    Manila is no sleepy town. Nightclubs and bars keep the party going 24/7 - from all-day poolside parties to warehouse underground concerts. To start off an epic night, begin with a Panutsa Old Fashioned at the Long Bar, or end with a nightcap at the Fairmont Lounge.

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  • Cocktails

    Speakeasies and Secret Bars

    Explore the trendy neighborhoods of Legaspi and the nearby villages for a unique pub crawl experience. Enter through secret passageways, dead ends, or even through antique closets and be transported to Chicago in the Prohibition era, or to a plush, Eastern cigar room.

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  • Outside Manila

    Day Trips

    Most view Manila as the jumping off point for adventure in the Philippines' 7,100 islands. So, while in Manila, why not visit some of the sights a mere drive away. Discover the warmth of the islands through the people, the food, and the culture.

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  • Holiday Festivities

    Holiday Festivities

    As soon as the "-ber" months come, the Philippines becomes awash with twinkling lanterns and joyous carols. Christmas in the Philippines is all at once exciting and nostalgic. It's the perfect time to experience genuine Philippine hospitality as everyone is treated as family.

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  • Family Fun

    Family Fun

    The city is rife with experiences and discoveries for the young and the young at heart. Spend the day at a museum, or perhaps solving a mystery. There's much to see and much to do in Manila.

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  • Family

    Christmas in the City

    There's a lot to experience, discover and enjoy in the city during the holidays, that the choices can be overwhelming. Our friends at premier parenting website Juana.com.ph have put together a list of the best in family fun that Manila has to offer.

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