For most of the visitors to Philippines Manila is the first stop in their journey. Also known as Metro Manila the national capital region of the Philippines is actually composed of 16 cities. These are Manila, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Pasig, Parañaque, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, and the Municipality of Pateros. The region is the political, economic, social, cultural, and educational center of the Philippines.
For most tourists who visit Manila for the first time it is a mix of emotions. You hate and you love the place at the same time. On one hand there are beautiful skylines of Makati and Quezon city, natural beauty of sunset on Manila Bay, historical places like Intramurous and Fort Santiago, numerous museums and art galleries , mega shopping malls like SM Mall of Asia, vibrant nightlife, and many theme parks which make you wish you could stay few more days in Manila, while on the other hand traffic, crime and poverty make you think again if you want to come back again to this place!
If you are travelling Philippines for the first time and you have 2-3 days to spare then Manila is a must visit place even if you don't like the big cities simply because its unlike any other metro in the world. You have to see it yoruself to believe this.
where to stay in Manila is a very important decision because travelling within Manila is not as convenient due to limited public transport and traffic conditions. Plan to stay near the places you wish to visit during your stay as this will save you lot of time and energy.