Cultural Hotspots in Manila – Top 5 Must Visit


Manila is a Major Hub for Cultural Events and Has Plentiful Unmissable Attractions

Manila is the densely populated capital of the Philippines, situated on the island of Luzon. Modern skyscrapers tower dramatically next to crumbling Spanish colonial architecture. The heart of Manila (Intramuros), was a walled city in old times and is still home to cultural hotspots like the 16th century San Augustin Church and Fort Santiago which is a storied citadel and former prison.
Also known as ‘’the pearl of the orient’’ Manila is not only culturally rich, but is home to the countries financial, publishing and business centre. Full of history, traditions, shopping malls, restaurants and many cultural attractions, there is much to see and do in Manila for the avid tourist.

San Augustin Church

Designated a UNESCO world heritage site, this stunning church is located in Intramuros, which was the old walled city way back in time. Originally constructed in the sixteenth century by the Spanish, the magnificent architecture of this church was modelled on other Augustinian churches from around the world.

Rizal Shrine

This shrine was erected to celebrate one of the Philippines most celebrated hero’s – Dr Jose Rizal. One of the most well known names in the Philippines, Dr Jose Rizal stood up against the Spanish to fight for justice and fairness. Many roads are named after this legend, but the Rizal Shrine is the most important as this is where he was executed spending the last night of his life.

Fort Santiago

Built by Spanish navigator and governor Miguel Lopez, Fort Santiago is a defense fortress built into the old walled city of Manila (Intramuros). It served as a former base for the Spanish, was where the national hero Jose Rizal was imprisoned and executed, plus it was the gruesome scene of the Japanese massacre during their occupation in the 1940s.


One of the oldest districts in Manila, Intramuros was an area the Spanish governed during their realm. Over the years it was nearly destroyed, especially during World war II, but quite a few historical churches and parts of the wall remain.

Cultural Centre of the Philippines

Founded in 1969, the Cultural centre of the Philippines presents music, arts, dance, theatre, literary, cinematic and design events from all over the country. Even the architectural style of the building is impressive, designed by the creative genius Leandro Locsin. Spread over a number of buildings, here you can discover the best artwork and culture from around the Philippines.

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