For those visiting the country for the first time, there are a couple of “must not miss” experiences if you are looking for a taste of Filipino culture. Have a day to spare? Make plans to experience the following:
If the arts is what excites you, Ayala Museum is a great stop. With permanent collections such as the Gold of Ancestors, Art and the Order of Nature, and The Philippine Diorama Experience, a day at the Ayala Museum is a great way for you to experience the rich stories of the Philippines.
Spend your weekend mornings at the Salcedo and Legazpi Markets, known to offer fresh produce, and a myriad of food options. Just make sure you wake up early, as some stalls are known to sell out their entire stock before noon.
The Salcedo Market is on Saturdays from 7:30 AM till 2:00 PM while the Legazpi Market is on Sundays from 7:30 AM till 2:00 PM.
Intramuros, The Walled City of Manila
For those who want to take a stroll through the country’s past, Intramuros is a must visit. Stories from the Spanish Occupation, Filipino-American War, and World War II weave their way across these streets, all you need to do is find the right spots. Expect to spend anywhere from half, to a full day seeing the sights.