You read the title right! Manila can be really expensive, but let’s admit it, the best things in life are free (sometimes). Good thing, Manila is not only a business center as it is also home to historical places and beautiful sunsets.
Below are just some of the places we suggest you visit if you have 99 pesos to spare. This post is inspired by DIY Travel Philippines’ post.
Walking around Intramuros will bring you back to the time of Spanish colonization with its huge and sturdy walls, old churches and monuments. It resembles the hard times Filipinos had to endure in order to save the country.
Intramuros has no entrance fee but some of its structures do. Have fun bringing back old times!
Fort Santiago is a park where visitors can relive the era when the Filipinos fell under the Japanese military’s hands. Thousands of Filipino and American prisoners and killed during this time. In this place is also where Dr. Jose Rizal was held captive prior to his execution.
The park has an entrance fee of 75 pesos.
The National Museum of the Philippines serves as an educational museum which displays some collections of arts, archeology, ethnography, and history of the Philippines. The museum is free of fees.
Paco Park is not just a park, it also served as a cemetery during the Spanish era but is now being advertised as a beautiful garden where people can do photoshoots and weddings. It costs only 10 pesos to visit the green garden.
Luneta (Rizal Park)
For sure, you can immediately associate Luneta with Dr. Jose Rizal’s historic execution in honor of our country. In the park rises a huge monument of the national hero, standing tall and proud.
After touring Intramuros, head on to Binondo. It is only 1 jeepney ride away and will cost you 7 pesos from Intramuros. Binondo is a Chinatown found in Manila you will find Chinese people selling Chinese products. This used to be where the Chinese were permanently placed during Spanish times where they did trade and commerce.
Estero Food Alley
The Estero Food Alley is a strip of food restaurants along an estero or a canal. But don’t hesitate, as the food and the place itself are clean. Many of the restaurants serve Chinese food because we are still in Binondo! Coming to the alley is free but of course, the food is not.
To end the day, hurry to Manila Bay, where you can watch the sun set so beautifully.