Begin the day with a morning drive to the popular landmarks and points-of-interest in the heart of Manila namely: Mall of Asia, the largest shopping mall in the Philippines when it opened in 2006; Coconut Palace, commissioned by the former First Lady, Imelda Marcos in 1978 to house Pope John Paul II during his Papal visit in 1981 (the Pope however declined to stay in the Palace due to its’ opulence); Cultural Center of the Philippines, a performance and exhibition venue built during the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos to showcase Philippine Arts and Culture; and Luneta Park (also known as Rizal Park) where a monument enshrining the remains of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal is found.
Learn and discover more about the Philippines’ rich history and its diverse culture as you visit three of Manila’s famous museums.
Enter one of the most historic sites in the Philippines, the walled city of Intramuros. Relive history as we make our way towards the city’s fortress passing through cobblestone streets until we reach our first stop, Casa Manila, a reconstructed Spanish home dating back to the mid-1800s. This colonial museum contains furniture and artwork from the 17th century to the early 20th century, showcasing the lifestyle of upper class Filipinos or “Ilustrados” at the turn of the century.
The next stop will be San Agustin Church Museum. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, known as the oldest stone church in the Philippines. It is home to the richest collection of religious art in the country.
Our last stop will be the National Museum where important artifacts are on display, recovered from sunken Spanish Galleons. Learn more about the thriving galleon trade that dominated this period of history when goods were transported between the Philippines and Mexico. One of the paintings featured in the museum is the famous Spolarium by Juan Luna, which is the largest painting in the Philippines. It won a Gold Medal during the Madrid Art Exposition in 1884.
What are you waiting for? Join us on this fun-filled and informative Manila City and Museum tour!