When in 1571 Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi founded Manila on the bank of the Pasig River, in what today is Intramuros (within the walls). Manila grew around these walls, starting with the Chinese traders just across the Pasig River - today’s China Town.
To the South Luneta and Rizal Park add the greenery, and just up the river they built the Presidential Malacanang Palace.
Manila has always been a haven in the Far East, and renowned for its dining and entertainment - live music, lively discos, watering holes, night life, shopping - Manila has it all.
The Bavarian restaurant “Munchen“ is still a popular dining and meeting place, and their daily lunch and dinner specials are the best value in Ermita.
The Historic Malate Church was for a while a billet for the British Forces during their brief occupation of the city 1762–63.
Cultural Center of the Philippines sits on reclaimed land next to the Manila Yacht Club, and is home to the Philippine Convention Center