Like the rest of Metro Manila, Marikina is one of those cities bristling with new energy and vigor. Although, the locals will always identify Marikina with one thing: shoes.
Some say the name Mandaluyong derives from the luyong tree. Hopeless romantics believe the name comes from the star-crossed lovers Manda and Luyong. Whatever the etymology, Mandaluyong is very different today.
Makati is undeniably urban – from the towering buildings that dot the skyline to the posh malls and upscale eateries. It’s hard to believe that this business district used to be an airport runway surrounded by swampland. The last remaining part of its history is the Nielson Tower, which doubles as the Filipinas Heritage Library.
In Las Piñas City, music comes from bamboo. In the early 1800’s a priest named Diego Cera constructed an organ using metal and wood, but mostly bamboo. Nearly 200 years old, the Bamboo Organ is a National Cultural Treasure as it is the only one of its kind in the world.
As the city center of the Philippines, Manila is a dense stew of urban development and historic sentiment.
Metro Manila. It’s a megacity with a huge appetite for fun. From its historic neighborhoods to the outrageous housing developments, Metro Manila is a maze of vibrant energy with bits of calm in between. Weave your way through this mighty megalopolis, made up of 16 cities, one town and eleven million people.