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Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace (1000 Jose P Laurel Sr, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila) – the official residence of the Philippine president as well as the seat of the government, the Malacanang Palace is a major national landmark. Set on the banks of the Pasig River, the palace complex is presently divided into  sections which include the […]

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Fort Santiago

Fort Santiago (Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila) – this fort marks its entrance on the northwestern entrance to Intramuros, whose construction began in 1571 and was completed nearly 150 years later by Filipino forced labor. The pre-Spanish settlement of Rajah Sulayman was a wooden fort on the ashes of which was built the Spanish fortress (Spain’s […]

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Cultural Center of the Philippines

Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Magdalena Jalandoni, Malate, Pasay, 1300 Metro Manila) – this government organization (started by President Marcos in 1966) is dedicated to promoting the country’s culture & arts. The Cultural Center (CCP) provides performance and exhibition venues for various local and international productions at its eponymous 62-hectare (150-acre) […]

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Coconut Palace

Coconut Palace (Roxas Blvd., Cultural Center Complex, Pasay City, Manila) – overlooking Manila Bay is the Coconut Palace — a unique work of architecture that is built of 100% Philippines materials, of which 70% are derived from the coconut palm tree. Also known as Tahanang Pilipino (Tagalog for “Filipino Home”), the Palace is part of […]

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Binondo Church

Binondo Church (Plaza L. Ruiz, Binondo 1006, Manila) – located in Manila’s Chinatown district (Binondo), this church was founded by Dominican priests in 1596 to serve their Chinese Christian converts in the Binondo area where the Spanish authorities permitted Chinese and Chinese mestizos to live. The church also served native Filipino Christians.   The original […]

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Ayala Museum

Ayala Museum (Dela Rosa Street, Makati, Kalakhang. Manila) – this is a major history and art museum, and one of the main attractions in Manila. Recognized as one of the most significant institutions exhibiting aspects of Philippine culture and art, the museum opened in 1967 when it was established under the initiative of Filipino artist […]