Manila is the capital city of the Philippines and one of the cities that make up the greater metropolitan area of Metro Manila. It is located on the shores of Manila Bay just west of the geographical center of Metro Manila, also known as the National Capital Region (NCR), which lies on an isthmus between Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay in southern Luzon. The city is one of 17 cities and municipalities which form the metropolitan area.
Manila It is the political, economic, social, cultural, and educational center of the Philippines. The largest city in the metropolis is Quezon City, with Makati being the largest Central Business District. Metro Manila is the most populous with a population of 11,855,975, or equivalent to 13% of the national population and density above 700 people per square kilometer (more than double the national average). A growth rate of 2.2% and an average income of $10,500 per year.
Metro Manila’s gross regional product is estimated to be $159 billion and accounts for 33% of the nation’s GDP. according toPricewaterhouseCoopers in 2011 it ranked as the 28th wealthiest urban agglomeration in the world and the 2nd in Southeast Asia.
Manila has become a well-known shopping hub of the country and it has been named as one of the best shopping destinations in Asia. Robinsons Place Manila is the largest shopping mall in the city, located at the heart of Manila. The mall was the second and by-far, the largest Robinson Mall ever built by John Gokongwei, the mall features a wide range of local and international retail shops, dining outlets, entertainment facilities and service centers, it also features anchor stores such as Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Department Store and Robinsons Cinema.
It has an extensive system of highways connecting the various cities and municipalities estimated to measure 5092 kilometers long. It is also notorious for its traffic jams with trips averaging at speeds as low as 6–8 kilometers per hour. A trip that should take 20 minutes will last an hour or more especially during rush hour. The most popular form of transport is the Jeepney and Tricycles, taxis and buses also service all areas.
Schools are plenty and good where many travel from provinces and barangays to finish there higher education, literacy rate is high at 94%
Overall it’s a wonderful place with plenty of attraction and things to do, it’s quite easily to loose your bearings and get lost, as there are many streets that look the same, thankfully plenty of people to direct you to your destination. A must see and experience I’ve always stayed in Manila for a week before heading of to our destination Mindanao.