Bills tend to pile up really fast when you are on vacation. But if you are smart and creative, you can still have plenty of fun and won’t have to pay a single cent. If you are ever around Manila and wondering what fun activities you can do for fun, here is a list of our favorites.
San Agustin church is one of the most well-preserved buildings in the Intramuros that still does the same function.
Originally built in 1571, it underwent reconstruction in 1587 because of pirate attacks and fire. Since it was reconstructed, it has withstood wars and earthquakes. This gorgeous baroque church features a Renaissance façade, trompe l’oeil ceilings, and a collection of art dating back to the Spanish occupation. The art alone is enough reason to visit San Agustin church if architecture doesn’t move you.
At the height of the Spanish occupation in Manila, Quiapo Church and her ornate exterior and interior were set up. It even has a life-size sculpture of Jesus with the cross made and imported from Mexico. It is called the Black Nazarene, and for a brief time, it was known as the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. It has had a tumultuous past, including fires and earthquakes. Despite that, it is still a gorgeous church, and its location in Plaza Miranda means that many entertainment events and political rallies are held close by.
Manila Bay is busy, but what it doesn’t have in tranquility is more than made up for with sheer beauty. It is one of the best places to catch the dusk blue hour Sunset. If you don’t think much about views, you can visit the Mall of Asia—one of the largest in the Philippines in Pasay City on Manila Bay. Behind the mall is a whole host of restaurants at the Esplanade where you can catch a beautiful view of the Bay.
Yes, The National Museum of the Philippines has some free days where you can come in and see most of their collections. It curates some of the most significant artifacts, arts, and items of Philippines history; hence a visit here is unmissable if the opportunity comes.