Manila City: 2020 Travel Guide and Budget Itinerary

Makati City Skyline. Makati City is one of the most developed business district of Metro Manila and the entire Philippines.

Since 2009, I have been to Manila City every summer break back and forth and it’s been 10 years and yes,

It has been a lot of travels and experiences and I always look forward to going there with my family or visit my other family members since they lived there already.

So, without further ado, allow me to share my 10 years in Manila.  

A beautiful aerial pic of Metro Manila.*

Metro Manila is the capital of the Philippines. However, it’s only one of the various cities that compose the city Region, which is a lot of unremarkably referred to as underground Manila. Outside this hub, what folks consult with once they say “Manila” isn’t simply Manila town however the region as an entire.

Furthermore, Metro Manila consists of sixteen individual cities and one municipality. It’s the political, economic, and educational and transportation center of the country. 

Metro Manila is Brobdingnagian

Metro Manila is Brobdingnagian, and there’s most to ascertain in several of its corners. However, obtaining from purpose A to B typically proves difficult if you don’t understand your manner around. However, what it lacks during this side, it makes up for with its folks. Like most Filipinos, Metro Manila residents are friendly, helpful, and hospitable. The barrier isn’t a priority as a result of virtually everybody understands and speaks English.

Even more, Metro Manila has been commerce with the Chinese and Indians manner before the Western organization. Due to its strategic location, it’s been invaded several times: by the Spaniards, land, the Americans, and also the Japanese. It became the foremost heavily destroyed town when warfare II, next solely to Warszawa.

Today, influences from these teams are still visible. Town remains preponderantly Roman Catholic, that is Spain’s doing. Chinese and Indian components are inscribed within the language and cooking. Provide yourself a second here and you’ll notice that the yank influence is all around, from the tutorial system to popular culture.

What you need to know more about Metro Manila

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Language: Tagalog and English are the foremost wide spoken.

Time zone: UTC+8 (Philippine commonplace Time). Same time as Singapore and Malaysia; one hour behind Japan.

Currency: peso (PHP, ₱). PHP100 = USD two, EUR 1.75, SGD 2.75, MYR 8.25, IDR 28,200 (as of March 2020).

Modes of payment: money. Several restaurants, hotels, and stores settle for credit cards, however public transportation and smaller institutions settle for solely money.

Planning for a stay?

Here are my top 10 recommended and best hotels in the city:

Skyloft Hotel

Skyloft Hotel Front Desk*

Fitness Center

Skyloft Hotel recommendation and reviews, Visit here

CityState Tower Hotel


White Knight Hotel Intramuros

Free Parking

White Knight Hotel reviews and recommendation click here

Luneta Hotel

Price: P4,211
Free Parking

Malate Pensionne

Price: P943
Features: Free Wifi

Pearl Garden Hotel

Price: P3,659
Room service

Pearl Garden Hotel reviews and recommendation click here

OYO 299 PARAGON Tower Hotel

Price: P3,605
Free Wifi
Free Parking

The Corporate Inn Hotel

Price: P1,777

Red Doorz Plus @ Better Living Paranaque

Price: P915
Free Wifi
Free Parking

Red Doorz Plus reviews and recommendation click here

New Solanie Hotel

Price: P2,179

For more options, got to www.tripadvisor/ to check more of the hotels in town. 

After accessing the hotels, and learning a little bit about the city, what are the best things to do in Manila? Check it out below. 

Manila City Upcoming Events

Watch Out for DigiCon OMNI 2020 

Learn more about the dynamic field of digital marketing at DigiCon OMNI 2020 happening from October 7 to 9, 2020 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

What: DigiCon OMNI 2020
Where: Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City
When: October 7 to 9, 2020

Ticket information: Sign up at

Early Bird 2 – Php 20,650 (30% off)
Early Bird 3 – Php 26,550 (10% off)
Regular Rate – Php 29,500


The First Sustainability Solutions 

The very first Sustainability Solutions Expo (SSX) will kick off from May 21 to 23, 2020 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. To step up the game, the expo will showcase various sustainable solutions in the Philippine food and beverage industry!

What: Sustainability Solutions Expo 2020
Where: World Trade Center, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Pasay City
When: May 21 to 23, 2020

Ticket information: Check out for free registration


The 7th Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo

Deemed as the highest prime trade and shopper exhibition and networking event, the annual Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo (EFE) is gap its doors to the general public for its seventh edition from July 3 to 5, 2020 at the Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.


What: 7th Entrepreneur and Franchise Expo 2020
Where: Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
When: July 3 to 5, 2020

Ticket information: You may register here.

• Online Registration Fee – Free
• Walk-in Registration Fee – Php 50


Financial Independence and More at Freedom Global Summit

Know how to be digital entrepreneurs at the Freedom Summit Global (FSG): Road to Freedom and achieve time, location, and financial independence this May 1 to 2, 2020 at the Unilab Bayanihan Center in Pasig City and on May 3, 2020, at KMC Solutions, Cebu IT Park.

What: Freedom Summit Global: Road to Freedom
• May 1 to 2, 2020 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Manila)
• May 3, 2020 – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Cebu)

• Unilab Bayanihan Center, Pioneer Ave. Pasig, Metro Manila
• KMC Solutions 18/F, West Geonzon St., Cebu IT Park, Cebu City

Ticket Information: Tickets are available at Eventbrite

• Freedompreneur Access – Php 1,650
• VIP Freedompreneur – Php 4,500


Record Store Day Pilipinas 2020 Celebrates Timeless Vinyl Records

Young or young at heart, vinyl enthusiasts can for certain have a field day at the Record Store Day Pilipinas (RSDPH) 2020. Happening on April 18, 2020, at Whitespace Manila in Makati, this event is dedicated to celebrating vinyl through live music and more.

Formed by a group of music lovers called Psychedelic Juice, collaborated with Disco Mix Club (DMC) Philippines Details


What: Record Store Day Pilipinas 2020
Where: White Space Manila, Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City
When: April 18, 2020

Ticket information: Free

Facebook: and Let’s Eat Pare.

Splash in the Fun at Songkrun 2

The biggest water party and fun run is coming to Manila this summer! Get ready for Songkrun 2 on May 17, 2020, at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.

Now on its 2nd year, Songkrun is back to help you get fit and get wet this summer.


What: Songkrun 2
Where: CCP Complex, Pasay City
When: May 17, 2020Ticket Information: Tickets are available at Red Sports, SM Tickets, and Goohrana

•3K – Php 799
•5K – Php 899
•10K – Php 999
•21K – Php 1099


Thai Actor Mario Maurer to Hold First Manila City Fan Meeting

Cap off the primary half 2020 on a decent (or higher nevertheless, on a good-looking) note by change of integrity the well-loved Thai actor Mario Maurer on his first-ever Live and Meet in Manila!

Themed First Love, the Skydome at SM City North EDSA is set to witness an abundance of his looks and charms this June 28, 2020.


What: First Love: Mario Maurer 1st Live and Meet in Manila 2020
Where: Skydome, SM City North EDSA, Quezon City
When: June 28, 2020, 6 p.m.

Ticket information: Tickets will be available on March 6 via

Prices for the Meet and Greet Ticket are at Php 15,000, while VIP, Patron and General Admission are 9,500, 6,500, 3,500 respectively.


The Pussycat Dolls Are Back and They Are Coming to Manila City

Wait a minute! The Pussycat Dolls are back and are coming back to Manila for the Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour!

Presented by Wilbros Live, they will be performing live on May 9, 2020, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City!


What: Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour Live in Manila
Where: Mall of Asia Complex, J.W. Diokno Blvd, Pasay City
When: May 9, 2020

Ticket information: Ticket selling will start on February 29, 10 a.m. at SM Tickets



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