Modern Manila

  • Port

    Manila, Philippines

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    City Tour, Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 Hours

  • Meals Included

    No

The "other side" of Manila is a modern metropolis that is gaining increasing importance as a major artery in the financial flow of the Pacific.

Your tour of modern Manila begins with a panoramic drive through the grounds of the Cultural Center of the Philippines -- a complex that lies on reclaimed land situated along Roxas Boulevard -- reminiscent of the glory years of the Marcoses and the country's seat of cultural awareness. Watch for the Philippine International Convention Center and the Folk Arts Theater -- favorite venues for both local and international events, concerts and performances. Adjacent to these structures are the Coconut Palace -- a building made mostly of coconut materials -- and the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. The latter is a deluxe hotel with a magnificent view of the Manila Bay.

Proceed to Makati, the financial and commercial center of Manila.

You'll visit the famous Ayala Museum, whose core historical collections are the sixty handcrafted dioramas that chronicle the rich tapestry of Philippine anthropology. It also features a one-of-a-kind boat gallery showcasing miniatures of some of the watercraft that have contributed to the development of Philippine maritime trade and the colonial economy. Archaeological and ethnographic objects from the country's northern and southern communities complement the historical collection. The Fine Arts collection features important works by three painters considered pioneers in Philippine art -- Juan Luna (1857-1899), Fernando Amorsolo (1882-1972), and Fernando Zobel (1924-1984).

Your last stop is at the American Memorial Cemetery -- perhaps the largest and most beautiful Armed Forces resting place outside the continental United States.

The return trip takes you down Roxas Boulevard and along the fabled Manila Bay.

Notes:

The Ayala Museum is closed Mondays.