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Manila-congested,gritty,polluted & not interesting

Completed in 1891, the San Sebastian Church is the first and only all-steel church in Asia; it has long been reported that Gustave Eiffel was involved in the design and construction of this church but no one knows definitively

Completed in 1891, the San Sebastian Church is the first and only all-steel church in Asia; it has long been reported that Gustave Eiffel was involved in the design and construction of this church but no one knows definitively

The Baywalk was a nice promenade along dirty Manila Bay; one day they were having a huge clean-up effort with volunteers wading in the water and bagging any trash/debris

The Baywalk was a nice promenade along dirty Manila Bay; one day they were having a huge clean-up effort with volunteers wading in the water and bagging any trash/debris

Manila could greatly benefit from a comprehensive urban planning rehabilitation; there is a large homeless problem because there is inadequate affordable housing

Manila could greatly benefit from a comprehensive urban planning rehabilitation; there is a large homeless problem because there is inadequate affordable housing

Built in 1571 Fort Santiago served as headquarters of the Philippines division of the US Army during WW2; the fort, at the entrance to the Pasig River, is the main historical attraction in the city

Built in 1571 Fort Santiago served as headquarters of the Philippines division of the US Army during WW2; the fort, at the entrance to the Pasig River, is the main historical attraction in the city

The beautiful Baroque San Agustin Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; in August 1898, the church was the site where the Spanish governor prepared the terms for the surrender of Manila to the US following the Spanish–American War

The beautiful Baroque San Agustin Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; in August 1898, the church was the site where the Spanish governor prepared the terms for the surrender of Manila to the US following the Spanish–American War

Many people have small storefronts selling junk/second-hand stuff and live in the space behind the shop; the buildings are rickety, dilapidated and overcrowded

Many people have small storefronts selling junk/second-hand stuff and live in the space behind the shop; the buildings are rickety, dilapidated and overcrowded

Quiapo Church is the famous home for the Black Nazarene, a dark statue of Jesus Christ said to be miraculous; the dark figure of Christ was brought to the country in a Spanish galleon in the 17th century

Quiapo Church is the famous home for the Black Nazarene, a dark statue of Jesus Christ said to be miraculous; the dark figure of Christ was brought to the country in a Spanish galleon in the 17th century

Jeepneys are ubiquitous and ply designated routes with riders getting on and off along the way; Manila is very densely populated which has caused the city to be called the world's most congested and the one with the worst traffic

Jeepneys are ubiquitous and ply designated routes with riders getting on and off along the way; Manila is very densely populated which has caused the city to be called the world's most congested and the one with the worst traffic

The Chinese Cemetery is enormous and larger than many Manila neighborhoods; the mausoleums are also much nicer than typical Manila homes with many having AC, running water and flushing toilets

The Chinese Cemetery is enormous and larger than many Manila neighborhoods; the mausoleums are also much nicer than typical Manila homes with many having AC, running water and flushing toilets

Traditional American-style restaurants are a rarity in Manila; more common is Filipino street food or small takeaway shops

Traditional American-style restaurants are a rarity in Manila; more common is Filipino street food or small takeaway shops

The Rizal Monument contains the remains of Jose Rizal who is a national hero and martyr; Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial government for the crime of rebellion after the Philippine Revolution, inspired in part by his writings, broke out

The Rizal Monument contains the remains of Jose Rizal who is a national hero and martyr; Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial government for the crime of rebellion after the Philippine Revolution, inspired in part by his writings, broke out

I loved this artwork made from driftwood; Manny Pacquiao, currently a senator, is the most famous Filipino athlete having won 11 world boxing titles in 5 different weight classes

I loved this artwork made from driftwood; Manny Pacquiao, currently a senator, is the most famous Filipino athlete having won 11 world boxing titles in 5 different weight classes

Manila belongs in a category with Warsaw, Hiroshima and Hamburg as cities that suffered the most damage in WW2; rebuilding has been sporadic giving the city a very disunified feel

Manila belongs in a category with Warsaw, Hiroshima and Hamburg as cities that suffered the most damage in WW2; rebuilding has been sporadic giving the city a very disunified feel

The Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago houses a museum to the life of Jose Rizal and the cell where Rizal was imprisoned before his execution at the age of 35; Rizal was an ophthalmologist, novelist, painter and world traveller

The Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago houses a museum to the life of Jose Rizal and the cell where Rizal was imprisoned before his execution at the age of 35; Rizal was an ophthalmologist, novelist, painter and world traveller

The Manila Cathedral was first built in 1581 and has been rebuilt 7 times since then, most recently in 1951 after WW2; in 1981 Pope John Paul II designated the cathedral a minor basilica

The Manila Cathedral was first built in 1581 and has been rebuilt 7 times since then, most recently in 1951 after WW2; in 1981 Pope John Paul II designated the cathedral a minor basilica

This replica of Michelangelo's Pieta in Manila Cathedral was made from the original mold; in 2015 Pope Francis celebrated his first mass in the country here

This replica of Michelangelo's Pieta in Manila Cathedral was made from the original mold; in 2015 Pope Francis celebrated his first mass in the country here

Imelda Marcos had Casa Manila built to show the opulent lifestyle of 19th century gentry; one of the most talked about features of the home is the double-seated toilet

Imelda Marcos had Casa Manila built to show the opulent lifestyle of 19th century gentry; one of the most talked about features of the home is the double-seated toilet

San Agustin Church, completed in 1607, was the only building left intact after the destruction of old Manila during WW2 and is the oldest church in the Philippines

San Agustin Church, completed in 1607, was the only building left intact after the destruction of old Manila during WW2 and is the oldest church in the Philippines

Street food is readily available but the lack of sanitary conditions might cause discomfort after consumption; I did find Frosted Mini-Wheats and Coke Zero

Street food is readily available but the lack of sanitary conditions might cause discomfort after consumption; I did find Frosted Mini-Wheats and Coke Zero

Manila has few monumental buildings and doesn't feel like a national capital; I wonder how much political corruption has held the Philippines back economically while neighboring countries have prospered

Manila has few monumental buildings and doesn't feel like a national capital; I wonder how much political corruption has held the Philippines back economically while neighboring countries have prospered

1933 Quiapo Church; Lonely Planet says Manila has outstanding sightseeing but unless you're into shanty towns I'd have to disagree

1933 Quiapo Church; Lonely Planet says Manila has outstanding sightseeing but unless you're into shanty towns I'd have to disagree

Manila Chinese Cemetery is the 2nd oldest in the city and was designated as resting place for Chinese who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period; like Manila, the cemetery is poorly maintained and falling apart

Manila Chinese Cemetery is the 2nd oldest in the city and was designated as resting place for Chinese who were denied burial in Catholic cemeteries during the Spanish colonial period; like Manila, the cemetery is poorly maintained and falling apart

The Baroque facade of the Quiapo Church; Manila is the most densely populated city proper in the world and it sure feels that way in this neighborhood

The Baroque facade of the Quiapo Church; Manila is the most densely populated city proper in the world and it sure feels that way in this neighborhood

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