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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is located by the mouth of the natural harbor of Manila Bay and is one of Asia’s most vibrant cities.

Makati is the country’s top business and financial center. Its Central Business District encompasses Ayala Avenue (the Philippines’ Wall Street) the upscale Ayala Center commercial malls, and numerous hotels and restaurants. Ayala Museum is famous for its dioramas recreating historical events. The Fort at Fort Bonifacio Rockwell Center feature trendy establishments in an ultramodern setting, while the beautifully-landscaped American Cemetery and War Memorial recalls World War II.

Intercontinental Manila Hotel in Makati City
Trinoma Quezon City

Mandaluyong has popular shopping centers like SM Megamall, Shangri La Plaza and Podium. Pasig is home to Ortigas Center, another business district of offices and hotel, and the Rizal High School, the world’s biggest (21,000 enrolled). Pateros is regarded as the best source of balut or boiled duck eggs, a Filipino specialty. Pasay has the Philippines' largest shopping mall and the third biggest mall in the world, SM Mall of Asia and the World Trade Center, which regularly hosts international trade fairs. Libingan ng mga Bayani is the burial place of several Philippine President.

Aerial View of Ortigas Center Pasig
Sunset at Ortigas Center Pasig
The Podium Ortigas Center Pasig
Science Discovery Center Mall of Asia Pasay

The world-class Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 and 3 are in Parañaque. In Baclaran is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a popular religious landmark. Las Piñas is renowned for its Bamboo Organ, the only one of its kind in the world, which is nearly 200 years old.

Las Pinas Bamboo Organ
Singkil dance at Nayong Pilipino Pasay

Named after the President Manuel L. Quezon, Quezon City’s chief landmark is the Quezon Memorial Circle, an imposing monument complex enshrining the remains of the former president. Sights include the University of the Philippines campus in Diliman, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, the enormous Araneta Coliseum at Araneta Center in Cubao, and the Sto. Domingo Church where the October festival of La Naval de Manila takes place ,along the thoroughfare of Epifanio de los Santos or EDSA are the Edsa Shrine and People Power Monument, built in honor of the 1986 People Power Revolution that occured in nearby Camps Crame and Aguinaldo.

Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City
Sunken Garden, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

At Libis is the ultramodern Eastwood City, a showcase of sleek buildings and trendy establishments. At San Juan is the GreenhilIs Shopping Center; Pinaglabanan Shrine, which commemmorates the first major battle of the Philippine Revolution; and the San Juan Bridge where the first shot of the Philippine-American War was fired.

Eastwood City Libis
Eastwood City Libis

Marikina is noted for its shoe industry; its Shoe Museum contains historical mementos. The city was famous recently for creating the biggest leather shoe in the world, which was certified by The Guiness Book of World Records. At Caloocan is the imposing Bonifacio Monument, which honors revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio, and the Cry of Balintawak Monument, which memorializes the first cry of rebellion of the Philippine Revolution.

Guiness Book of World Records biggest leather shoe, Marikina City
World Of Butterflies Marikina

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