Rizal Park - Most Popular Filipino Tourist Attraction
Manila is one of the most famous tourist destinations for visitors from across the globe. The city has a rich historic legacy which has been well conserved by the people and the government alike. The main attractions in the Manila City can be listed as follows:
Rizal Park: is spread on a 58-hectare (143-acre) area and is one of the largest parks in South-East Asia. Its local significance can be gauged by the fact that it is named after Dr Jose Rizal, the great Philippine anti-colonial fighter and thinker.
Intramuros: This is the oldest part of Manila. The original city was founded in 1571 by the Spanish. Intramuros, located on the southern bank of the Pasig River was the location of most major conflicts and invasions to befall the pre-independence Philippines, culminating in the devastating Battle for Manila between the Japanese and Americans in 1945, in which over 100,000 locals died.
American Cemetery and Memorial: is dedicated to the war veterans of World War II. It is located near the Makati Commercial Centre and has rows of thousands of white-marbled crosses, implying the presence of the graves of those warriors. The circular memorial contains the names of those missing in action engraved in marble columns; huge wall mosaics depict battle scenes from WWII, and a small chapel is also located here.
San Agustin Church: Within Intramuros stands Manila's oldest stone church, San Agustin, which was completed in 1606 and has since survived the ravages of time and successive invasions.