The emblematic “pearl of the orient”, as Manila is famously known as, houses a rich offering of culture and history that is as diverse as the people who populate its throngs. A city simply steeped in colonial influences, visitors would do well to invest in a hotel in Manila that effectively evokes these resplendent elements of the city’s past for a truly immersive experience in the Philippines. The Heritage Hotel Manila is a stellar example of this cultural milieu, and its elegant interiors and warm hospitality introduces the best elements of a Manila hotel any guest can relish. Located in the epicentre of Manila’s buslting tourist disctrict is the iconic Manila City Hall. Where its austere and unique design that exhibits the sombre shape of a coffin and the symbol of the Knights Temple once vilified it in the eyes of its critics, it is today praised for the same reasons of observing a significant style of architecture not seen elsewhere. The city hall is located in close proximity to the National Museum, the Museum of the Filipino, Rizal Park and the walled city of Intramuros, and it is the perfect place to kick off a day of sightseeing in this area saturated with history. The clock tower is the city hall’s most symbolic feature, and it is a beautiful sight to behold at night, with special lighting gracing its impressive facade, punctuated by the melodic strains of the bell above. It is the largest clock tower in the Philippines and along with the city hall, it is a splendid testament to the city’s colonial heritage.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.