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Manila is the capital of Philippines. This is one among the sixteen cities that comprise Metro Manila. Manila is situated on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati to the southeast, and Pasay to the south. The city is divided into six legislative districts and consists of sixteen geographical districts: Binondo, Ermita, Intramuros, Malate, Paco, Pandacan, Port Area, Quiapo, Sampaloc,San Andres, San Miguel, San Nicolas, Santa Ana, Santa Cruz, Santa Mesa and Tondo.

Manila was first known as Ginto (gold) by neighbouring areas, and was officially the Kingdom of Maynila. The Kingdom developed rapidly and successfully during the latter half of the Ming Dynasty as a result of direct trade relations with China. Ancient Tondo was maintained as the traditional capital of the empire, with its rulers as sovereign kings and not mere chieftains, and were addressed variously as panginuan ("lords"), anak banwa ("son of heaven"), or lakandula ("lord of the palace").
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History of Manila

Manila also became famous during the period Manila-Acapulco galleon trade which lasted upto three centuries and brought goods from as far as Mexico and Peru all the way to Southeast Asia. Silver that was mined in Mexico and Peru were exchanged for Chinese silk, Indian gems, and the spices of the East Indies. The remodel of the general headquarters of the Commonwealth Army of the Philippines came into force on March 1945 to June 1946 was relocating stationed in the capital city after the liberation and the Battle of Manila by the combined Filipino and American groups.

The city lies 800 miles from mainland Asia. The Pasig River bisects the city. Almost the entire city sits on top of centuries of prehistoric alluvial deposits built by the waters of the Pasig and on some land reclaimed from Manila Bay.

Popular tourist destinations in Manila

Rizal monument

The Rizal Monument is a memorial in Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines built to commemorate the executed Filipino nationalist, José Rizal. The monument consists of a standing bronze sculpture of Rizal, with an obelisk, set on a stone base within which his remains are interred.

Fort santiago

Fort Santiago is a citadel first built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel López de Legazpi for the new established city of Manila in the Philippines. The defense fortress is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros. The fort is one of the most important historical sites in Manila.

San agustin

San Agustin Church is a Roman Catholic church under the auspices of The Order of St. Augustine, located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila. Completed in 1607, it is the oldest church in the country.

SM Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia, also abbreviated as SM MoA or simply MoA, is a large shopping mall in Bay City, Pasay, Philippines, near the SM Central Business Park, the Manila Bay, and the southern end of Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.


  • Amid splendid greenery replete : Amid splendid greenery replete with man-made lake, the Greenbelt malls in Makati are loaded with high-end designer wear, spicy restaurants and fashionable bars. Tiendesitas at the edge of Ortigas highlights local handicrafts, souvenirs and furniture, as well as local agricultural produce.
  • Greenhills Shopping Centre: Greenhills Shopping Centre, on Ortigas Avenue bursts with electronics goods and cut-priced freshwater pearls.
  • SM Megamall: SM Megamall, also in Ortigas, is an earthier, non-air-conditioned mall with bustling crowds seeking out fake brands, jewellery and brightly coloured artwork.
  • Balikbayan Handicrafts: Balikbayan Handicrafts is popular for handicrafts, local clothing and wood-carved souvenirs.

Places to visit

  • Church Tour: Manila is known for churches. During the Spanish colonization, many churches were built, and now offer a good starting point for exploring Manila. Some churches to see include the Manila cathedral, San Augustin Church, San Sebastian Church and Santuario de San Antonio.
  • Manila Ocean Park: The marine theme park is an ideal way to hang out with a family. The different types of jellyfish and the eclectic and colorful range of different fish species.
  • Intramuros: This is considered as old walled city of Manila.
  • Corregidor Island: The Corregidor Island tour is one of the best tours in Southeast Asia. A definite place to visit.
  • Rizal Park: Situated in the heart the city of Manila is the Rizal Park which is a tribute to Dr. Jose Rizal who was a hero of the Philippines Revolution.
  • Manila Baywalk: Manila Baywalk is a famous open space in the city. This walkway lies in front of Manila Bay where visitors can experience one of the most amazing sunsets of the world.


Roads: The existing main roads of Metro Manila are organized around a set of Radial and Circumferential roads established during the American period in the country's history. All R roads originate from various points in the city of Manila and radiate south, east or north to the other cities in Metro Manila and end farther out into the Greater Capital Region and beyond.
trains: Development of the railway system began in the 1970s under the Marcos administration, first light rail transport in Southeast Asia to come into force. In recent years, the system has undergone a multi-billion dollar expansion. The main terminal of the Philippine National Railways lies within the city. Railways extend north to the city of San Fernando in Pampanga and south to Legazpi City in Albay.
Airpots: The Port of Manila, located in the vicinity of Manila Bay, is the chief seaport of the Philippines. The city is also served by the Pasig River Ferry Service which flows on the Pasig River. The city is served by the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

Visa Information

Indian Embassy at Manila
Consulate General of India Embassy of India , 2190, Paraiso Street, Dasmarinas Village, Makati City, Metro Manila , Philippines
Telephone 0063-2-8430101-02 ; 0063-2-8434-048
Fax 0063-2-8445757 ; 0063-2-8927301; 0063-2-8158151
Timings Submission of Applications for attestation & OCI/PIO services at the Embassy: 9 AM to 11 AM(Monday-Friday)
Delivery of consular documents at the Embassy:2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
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