Intramuros, Rizal Park, and Mall of Asia are only a few minutes away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. They are also near prime hotel and entertainment spots in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. These Manila attractions are ideal destinations for foreigners traveling to the Philippines.
Intramuros is a finely preserved site of a Spanish structure that dates back from the 16th century, during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines. Located along the southern bank of the Pasig River, Intramuros is known as the oldest district in Manila. Presently, it is known as the only district in Manila where old Spanish era influences have been significantly maintained. Its name comes from the Latin word “intramuros,” meaning “within the walls,” an applicable description to the wall enclosure surrounded by thick, high walls, and moats.
Modern day Intramuros features popular attractions including: the churches Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church; the religious organization Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); the higher education schools Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Mapua Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Lyceum of the Philippines University; the arts and culture institutions Rajah Solaiman Theater, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and Intramuros Light and Sound Museum; the Spanish garrison known as Fort Santiago; a golf course; the Bureau of Immigration, and a number of commercial establishments including restaurants, bars, and coffee shops with structures blending well with the Spanish era design found all over Intramuros’ massive walls, finely reflecting its use as a prime city fortress during the Spanish times.
The Rizal Park is an urban park in the northern end of Roxas Boulevard, a major commercial stretch filled with hotels and other commercial establishments fronting Manila Bay. While it was primarily called Bagumbayan (“New Town”) during the Spanish era, its modern name Luneta comes from the word “lunette,” meaning “small moon,” as it was shaped like a half moon during the Spanish times. It is also situated next to Intramuros, which was then a Spanish fort that served as a buffer during rebellions.
This historical park houses the bronze and granite monument of the Philippines’ National Hero Jose Rizal. Dignitaries often visit this sculptural landmark. It is also a site for Rizal’s mausoleum. The large flagpole fronting the Rizal Monument is also acknowledged as Kilometer Zero, the point from which road distances are measured in the country.
More than being a site for various sports and recreation activities, Luneta has become a witness to some of the most significant moments in Philippine history for more than a century: the execution of Jose Rizal (1896); the Declaration of Philippine Independence from American rule (1946); and the political rallies of Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino (1986).
Mall of Asia
Mall of Asia is the fourth biggest mall in the world. This description says a lot to the kind of interest a tourist can get for this giant shopping and entertainment structure. It also offers a grand sight of the Manila Bay, best known for its breathtaking “Manila Bay Sunset.”
You may read comprehensive information about Mall of Asia at:
A Tourist’s Guide to Strolling, Shopping, and Having Fun at the SM Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines
Best Movie Theaters in the Philippines: SM Mall of Asia Cinemas
Shopping in Manila, Philippines: The Country’s Top Three Biggest Malls
Top 10 Biggest Malls in the World: A List Conquered by Asian Shopping Super-Structures
Other information for tourists traveling to the Philippines:
Customs Declaration Information for Travelers Going to the Philippines
Must-try Filipino Dishes for Foreigners
A Guide to Tourists Driving in the Philippines
How to Use U.S. Gadgets and Appliances in Asian Countries
Airlines with Flights from the U.S. and Canada to the Philippines
Types of Health Insurance Available in the Philippines for Filipinos and Non-Filipinos