Around Mega Manila

PauTravels in Intramuros Manila

Being a resident of Manila, traveling around it is just part of my routine.  I have been to almost every nook and corner of Manila.  But I’d just try to write up something about the nation’s capital in this article.

Manila lies along the inland shores of Manila Bay at the central area of the island of Luzon, the northern major island of the Philippines.  It was born from the banks of the Pasig River near its mouth that open up to the Manila Bay.  It has acquired its name from an extinct mangrove tree that bloomed a beautiful white flower, called ‘Nilad‘. The nilad used to be abundant near the river delta.  Local people called the place ‘may nilad‘, which meant ‘where there is nilad‘.  Eventually the name became from May Nilad to Maynila, in Filipino verbage and Manila in English.

The city is the current seat of the democratic government of the Philippines and has been a center of political power for more than 400 years, except during the Commonwealth regime in the 1940’s.  The city has been part of the Philippine history and dates back to pre-Hispanic occupation until in 1570 when it was ceded as the capital of the archipelago named in the honor of King Philip of Spain.

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Shopping in Manila

Manila, Metro Manila that is, is not only a city rich in history that dates back to the 16th Century. Manila and its surrounding cities may also offer great shopping experiences from the upper class shopper to a bargain-bug. The following is a list of major shopping malls or districts around the metro.

SM Mall of Asia

Shopping In Manila

Currently is the third largest mall in the world in terms of gross floor area, a 386,000 square meters in total. It is composed of 4 buildings that are interconnected by walkways. Aside from providing a wide range of shopping experience, the mall also features several theaters and cinemas, restaurants, the Philippine’s first IMAX cinema, a Science Discovery Center, an Olympic sized ice skating rink, bowling alleys, billiard halls, and a supermarket. It also houses Dell Inc.’s contact center which adds to the growing number of Philippine call centers.

The mall is located at the reclaimed area on Bay City in the city of Pasay and faces the Manila Bay. It has also been the location of the annual World Pyro Olympics where countries from around the world compete by their beautiful fireworks display on the bay.

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