It's always good to get in touch with your roots, and in Manila, there are a lot of places where you can do so that are easily accessible. If you have time, visit these landmarks you probably tend to overlook because of your busy schedule. The good news? These are an easy commute from the LRT-1:
Also known as Old Manila, the walled city of Intramuros has many historical sites dating back to the Spanish occupation. Visit Fort Santiago, the stone fortress where Rizal spent his final days. Today, the site is now one big historical park that you can tour, complete with a museum and an all Filipino souviner store.
From Intramuros, trace the hero's steps to Rizal Park, widely known as Luneta. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through its numerous gardens, and visit the many historical landmarks dotting the site.
National Museum of Fine Arts
Home to many works of Filipino masters, the National Museum of Fine Arts features the Spoliarium of Juan Luna, which won at the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884 in Madrid.
Quiapo Church is also known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene, which makes it one of the most famous churches in the city, as well as one of the oldest, with a history dating back to the early years of Spanish colonization.
Outside the church, however, is a vibrant market that sells not only interesting knick-knacks, but also occult items, making it an interesting place of faith and superstition.
Of course, what is a visit to Manila if you're not passing by Divisoria? This hotpot of cultures is one of the best places where you can find cheap goods and interesting cuisine, all for really affordable prices!
Looking for more historical sites and interesting restos to visit in Manila? Check out ikotMNL.com, a tourism campaign by the Light Rail Manila Corporation, and plan your adventure.