Where to eat, explore and relax in the capital of the Philippines

Metro Manila: for its 12.8 million residents, it is a bustling, crowded, chaotic home. For many of its visitors, the city serves as an entry point to the country’s more rural attractions — and for good reason. The Philippines boasts some of the most breathtaking tropical sights in the world. But those who take their time to truly explore the city will find that Manila can be the perfect embodiment of Filipino culture. It may be loud, boisterous and at times overwhelming — but it is also creative, expressive, always in motion, welcoming and eager to prove that adventure awaits in the places you don’t expect.