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Explore the traditional centre; Intramuros; "the walled city' which houses the remains of the fortified city from Spanish colonial times. Within walking distance of the Greenbelt mall is the Ayala museum with its display of gold jewellery from during the Spanish rule.
Visit the oldest university in Asia with the world's largest Roman Catholic enrolment; the University of Santo Tomas, tour the Taal Volcano, last active in 1965 and Corregidor Island; a tadpole shaped rock island, named "The Rock", as it served as the major bastion of Philippine allies, during World War 2. "The Rock" is the largest of the 5 islands between Bataan and the Cavite shores.
For the largest mall in Asia head to SM Mall of Asia, it has a variety of shops, dining and entertainment choices. You will find the locals working, eating and drinking in Makati, the centre of modern Manila. For bargain shopping the Greenhills shopping centre has a large supply of retailers offering shoes, clothes, toys, car accessories and electronics at discount prices.
At the Ayala centre you can buy up to date authentic brand-named items for at heavily reduced prices. The Ayala centre is an interlined complex of buildings, shops, restaurants, hotels and enclosed malls.
Ayala Triangle Gardens, a sanctuary in the middle of the business district Makati is where you will find many of the locals escaping the fast paced city lifestyle or Quezon Memorial Circle; a circular park with a museum in the middle of it dedicated to the founder Manuel L. Quezon.
La Mesa Eco Park in the heart of the Quezon City is a well-developed sanctuary aimed at conserving the La Mesa watershed. Included in the 33 hectares are picnic areas, a salt water swimming pool, and a fishing lagoon, a mountain trail, a paintball field, a climbing wall, an Eco-museum and a camping zone.
Currency: Philippine peso (PHP)
Voltage: 220 V 60 Hz
Plugs: A, B and C
Timezone: GMT + 8 hours
International dialing code: +63
Distance from Doha: 7,292 km
Flight time: 9 hours 15 minutes