Visiting Manila Philippines
Visiting Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is really a trip! (no pun intended) This is one intense, raucous, thickly traffic-congested city filled with lots of disgusting air pollution and packed with lots and lots of people. It is a mixture of old run-down buildings alongside modern skyscrapers. Much of the city is pretty dirty as well.
The only times I visit Manila is when I am going to other destinations in the country. Whenever you fly to the Philippines, you always arrive in Manila first, which is located on the country’s northern most island of Luzon. Then, if you want to visit any other islands south of Luzon, you take a flight from Manila to the desired location. Whenever I do visit Manila, I always stay in the Ermita district. Ermita is about a 30 minute taxi ride from the airport, and I stay there because it is close to a few transport services I use that take me to other destinations I visit in Luzon.
I put the photo of Jollibee fast food restaurant at the top of this page, because in the Philippines, this restaurant chain is the equivalent of McDonalds in the U.S. Jollibee restaurants are all over the Philippines. The photo above is the Jollibee in Ermita right across the street from the Ermita Shrine, a well-known landmark in the district. Here is another photo of the entrance to Jollibee and a few photos of Ermita Shrine the week before Easter.
I stayed in Ermita, Manila for only 2 days before I headed south to Puerto Galera for a few weeks. I can take Manila only in small doses, and I stayed there this time mainly to explore a few things and take some photos. Here are a few photos of the people, places and things I saw while visiting Manila…..
So this was just one quick visit to Manila, and I wanted to display a few photos of the things I saw there. Manila is divided into 16 different districts, and Ermita is but one of them. There is much, much more to Manila than is shown here, and this is just a sampling of what you can see. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.