• Manila covers a region of roughly 38.55 square km
  • Estimated Population in 2016 of 1,780,000
  • The international Airport of Manila is Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
  • Telephone Area Code: +63(2)
  • The nickname of Manila is “The Pearl of the Orient.”



Budget travellers like backpackers in Manila should reserve a minimum of ₱1000 per day. Anybody traveling with higher expectations should have a minimum daily budget of ₱1500. Getting around in this buzzing city is quite easy, there are multiple kinds of public transportation to take you from and to your destination like:

  • Jeepney: Fare for minimum distance is ₱7.
  • Taxi: Flag down rate starts at ₱40 for local cabs.
  • Train: Use the LRT-MRT lines for ₱12 to ₱30 depending on distance.

Special ways to explore include the calesa, pedicab, and tricycle. The fares to these are negotiable. City buses aren’t recommended due to the volume of local commuters using it daily. Walking is safe during the day.

Manila also provides a vibrant culinary scene with local dishes. Fastfood in Manila is cheap and clean, therefore also one of the favourite places to eat of the locals. Manila also has a lot of outside influences which are nowadays fused into their daily life. With Chowking which is a Fastfood version of Chinese food and Jollibee & Mang Inasal, a Filipino chicken meal. For internationally oriented food you will find many restuarants, mostly inside malls. Popular choices include Asian, American, Italian, and Persian cuisines. For the more adventurous traveller there are also street foods, cheap and authentic grub. Try balut, one-day-old chicken, siomai, siopao, and grilled meats.

Backpacker Hostels: Charges at least ₱500 per night. Shared and private rooms available. Some popular hostels are the Pink Manila Hostel, Tambayan Hostel the Where 2 Next Hostel. For a more luxurious Manila experience there are many international hotels which come with a premium rates starting at ₱5000 per night.

Some of the more popular tourist activities in Manila are shopping in Divisoria and a walking tour in the cobblestone floors of the Spanish old town of Intramuros and admire its old churches. A ride with the LRT or jeepney is an absolute must and go on a DIY tour of Manila. When you feel like a night-time experience then sing a classic karaoke song with friends and a bottle of beer.

Manila is a large city. Don’t engage with strangers asking to tour you around. Be vigilant as thefts are rampant. Always keep your belongings with you and refrain from walking alone at night.

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Eco-Awareness and Development

Manila is home to hundred thousands of residents. Most local families from provinces come to the city to find jobs and chase success. But not everyone is lucky. Poverty became a deep societal issue since then.

Organizations such as Gawad Kalinga and Habitat for Humanity offers volunteer opportunities that aim to end poverty by building affordable and sustainable housing solutions for those who can’t afford basic shelter. Payatas, an infamous dump site in Manila, is a frequent recipient of poverty alleviation programs.