Manila, Philippines: An Introduction and a Historical background

It is one of the cities with the oldest history dated. A City full of battles, bloodshed and tears–A city that we now call Manila.

Manila has long been the capital of the Philippines. It started being the center of trade and industry centuries ago during the Spanish Colonization of the Philippines.

A Quick Historic View On the Creation of Manila:

Before the existence of the country we call as Philippines, and before the foreign Spaniards discovered the whole archipelago, the people of this “country” were living in the mountains with different kinds of life and leadership. Filipinos during those times have their own tribes; they are not addressed as Filipinos but only with their tribe names.. They are divided in thought, belief and manner– they thought that they are different with other tribes… So war always ensue…

However, when Spain saw the potential of this rich-in-natural resources chunk of land… Spain become the motherland while the Philippines became a colony. A bittersweet relationship between two countries had lead to the centralization and civilization of the Philippines.

The centralization lead to the creation of Manila, a city in the heart of chaos and misery. Cebu was the first city created and the first capital, but after some time the government decided to transfer it to Manila.

The Spanish government had set up Intramuros  (walled city)  in Manila itself and there they settled down while the rest of Manila suffers from various discrimination and other governmental problems…

During the 333 years of Spaniards hold in the Philippines, the Filipinos adopted the way of life of their conquerors… and became Spanish in way and in life.

Religion is one of the most well-engraved in the hearts of the Filipinos. Most of the population of the Philippines are Roman Catholics— this explains the existence of various century-old Churches in the Philippines

Manila as it is Now:

Nowadays, Manila or the Philippines as a whole became a flourishing city/country amidst the governmental problems due to various corruption made by public officials.

Manila might not be the same as Singapore or other beautiful cities in Asia, but always take note that the beauty of the Philippines lies within its natural wonders… Manila is just a gateway to see the beautiful hands of nature— the wonderful beaches, unexplored coves and jaw-dropping terrains..

However, if you are dropping-by the Philippines to jump-start your tour with nature, don’t forget that Manila also offers some historical places you might wanna visit, and you might like the busy night life and the big shopping malls that it offers 🙂

Manila Skyline — Photo from
Manila Skyline —

Manila is a thriving city where huge shopping malls are located. You can opt to mall-hop or view the historical side of the city…

Mall of Asia– photo from

Manila has also its fair share of beauty…. And stay with me as I present to you the beauty of Manila.

This will be my 1st post for my new series about Metro Manila 🙂



16 thoughts on “Manila, Philippines: An Introduction and a Historical background”

    1. Cebu City is said to be the queen city of the south. It is actually a much more beautiful and safer city compared to Manila. Moreover, within the City you can see beautiful beaches and expensive resorts without going to other cities or municipalities…While in Manila, you can only see modern buildings, shopping malls and a few historic sights…

  1. Many of my friends round the world are Filipino and I’ve always wanted to visit your country, I suspect it’s one of the most pleasant places on earth – because the people are so nice. It’s a shame about the fighting in some of the most beautiful mountainous regions though – I really would like to visit those too.

    1. Hi Nick! Indeed, Philippines is one good country to visit not only because of its natural wonders but also because of its hospitable people—which I’m really proud of… I hope you can visit the Philippines soon… I can even help you and your wife to get around the city 🙂 I’m happy that you want to visit my country–which is really a country less traveled because of the armed rebellion or terrorism happening down south… Yeah, I agree the unending fights in some of the mountainous regions is really annoying! But one thing I can assure people is that most of the places in Luzon and Visayas and tourist trails are free of unsuspecting armed rebellions/bombing/shooting or whatever that may affect civilians except for some provinces in Mindanao.. Just make sure that you remain within the tourist trails 🙂

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