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Greenhills Elan Hotel Modern

49 Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan City,
Metro Manila, Philippines
24-Hours Contact Numbers:
Tel: (632) 910-4203 up to 05
Fax: (632) 910-4206

Toll Free numbers:
Call from the USA: 1-877-347-5239;
Call from UK: (44) 800-014-8008

Dusit Thani Manila

Ayala Centre, Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. +63 (2) 867 3333
Fax:+63 (2) 867 3888

Metro Manila

Manila has been witness to the Philippines’ history and growth. It was palgued with bombs during the Second Wprld War, and has housed 14 presidents. Its beauty has withstood the test of time. At the heart of Manila’s history is Intramuros. It features the grand Manila Cathedral with its detailed stone carvings and stained glass mosaics; Fort Santiago, the site of torture chambers and dungeons; and a favorite wedding spot, the San Agustin Church. Greater Manila, made up of 11 cities and five towns, is where the country’s most prestigious business addresses and trendiest leisure establishments are found. Fashionable hotels, restaurants, discos, music bars, boutiques and specialty shops converge around the sleek Ayala and Ortigas Centers. Other major cities include Quezon City, also an entertainment hub as well as a government center; Marikina City, the shoe center of the Philippines; Parañaque City, known for its dry goods and seafood markets and restaurants; and Las Piñas City, which houses the world’s only bamboo organ at St. Joseph’s Parish Church. Calabaron, comprised of the five provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, is only a few hours away from Manila. The area boasts of great destinations and leisure activities for day trips or overnight gateways as well as export processing centers.

How to Get There

International Flights to Manila are available from different key cities around the globe.

How to Get Around

Public utility vehicles such as buses, jeepneys, tricycles and cabs are available for use.

Tourist Attractions In Metro Manila

  • National Museum – Located at the former Senate building, it houses many artworks by renowned Filipino artists,including Juan Luna’s
  • Museum of the Filipino People – Located almost beside the National Museum, it houses artifacts from different regions of the Philippines displaying the diverse and colorful culture this archipelago has to offer.
  • Intramuros – This walled city steeped in Old Spanish history is where several Spanish churches and other landmarks are located, such as the Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church with its 4,500-pipe organ, and the parks such as the Puerta Real Gardens and the Baluarte de San Diego.
  • Rizal Park (Luneta) – Here is where you can see the monument of National Hero Dr. Jose Rizal. A few meters away is a light and Sound Show, held at the exact place where he was executed. It is also a great place to stroll and enjoy picnics with your family.
  • CCP Complex – Houses the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) that has a main theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo), little theater (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino) and experimental theater (Tanghalang Huseng Batute), the Philippine International Convention Center. This cradle of arts and culture is located along Roxas Boulevard. Ballets, symposuims, concerts and plays are staged here.
  • Coconut Palace Complex – Come marvel at how the different parts of the “tree of life”-the coconut tree- are put to use in this abode by the sea.
  • Museo Pambata (Children’s Museum) – Museo Pambata is the first hands-on interactive children’s musuem in the Philippines. It has an exciting learning center with six theme area, namely: Kalikasan (Environment), Maynila Noon (Old Manila), Tuklas (Science), Paglaki Ko (Career Option), Katawan Ko (Body Works) and Bata sa Mundo (Children in the Global Village). It also has a reading resource center and children’s playground. It is also a venue for children’s activities such as storytelling, puppet shows and various workshops.
  • Greenhills – It is an establishments bargain-lovers’ paradise with rows upon rows of stands selling almost everything, from jewelry and clothes to accessories and the latest electronic gadgets.
  • Quipo Church – Home of the Black Nazarine whose feast is celebrated every January 9, and attended by millions of devotees who have been touched by the Nazarene’s miracles. The Black Nazarene is an image of Christ brought by Augustinians in the 17th century, and is said to grant miracles. Quiapo is also a haven for bargains.
  • Las Piñas Bamboo Organ – Located in St. Joseph Church in Las Piñas, the bamboo organ gets full attention from musicians from all over the world during its annual festival.
  • Malacañang Palace – The presidential home and seat of the government’s executive branch.
  • Baywalk – Found along Roxas Boulevard, it is a perfect haven for lovers and families alike. It has a stream of all fresco restaurants serving fresh seafood and other Filipino cuisine. It is best to go here in the afternoon, just in time to see the spectacular sunset mirrored on the Manila Bay.
  • Malate – Famous for its night life, where almost all bars, restaurants and clubs are located.
  • University Belt – A hub of learning institutes like Far Eastern University, University of the East, Centro Escolar University, Mapua
    University and San Beda College makes up the University Belt along Recto Avenue in Manila.
  • Manila’s Chinatown – Located in the Binondo district, Chinatown symbolizes the long history of Chinese presence in the Philippine pre-dating the arrival of the Spaniards. The chinesse have been influential in business, culture, which have been absorbed into Philippine life.
  • Chinese Cemetery – Members of the Filipino-Chinese community have mausoleums three stories high, complete with amenities like living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and even mailboxes.
  • Araneta Coliseum – Located in Cubao, Quezon City, it is the biggest covered dome in Asia. Beauty pageants, concerts and the games of the Philippine Basketball Association of the Philippines, to name a few, are held here.
  • Tagaytay – Only a few hours’ drive from Manila is the refreshing wisp of a city that is Tagaytay. Located in Cavite, perched atop a ridge, Tagaytay offers the most splendid views of Taal Volcano- the world’s smallest.
  • Corregidor – Aptly called “The Rock,” Corregidor lies at the mouth of Manila Bay. This tiny island was the scene of much fighting between the Filipino-American forces and the Japanese during World War II. Today, it is a hauntingly historic tourists attraction.
  • Laguna hot springs – The area of Laguna around Los Baños trades heavily on the health properties of its hot springs, which bubble from the lower slopes of Mount Makiling.
  • Mount Makiling – The dormant volcano of Mount Makiling is identifiable by its shape- like a reclined woman. The mountain is named after Mariang Makiling, a young woman whose spirit is said to protect the place.
  • Pagsanjan – Francis Ford Coppola chose Pagsanjan Falls, 80 kilometers southeast of Manila, as the location for the final scenes of Apocalypse Now. Today, tourists come here to shoot the rapids, especially during the rainy season when they are most thrilling.

Festivals In Metro Manila

Feast of the Black Nazarene – January 9

Sto. Niño Fiesta of Tondo – January 15; A procession of a hundred Sto Niño images participated in by the people of Tondo. Street dancing is the highlight of the celebration.

Araw ng Maynila – June 24; the Manila Film Festival is usually held during this day.

La Naval de Manila – every December