Sure you can just step out of your hotel and explore Manila on your own but you will be doing yourself a disservice by not going with a guide who is trained to show you the city's nook and crannies. He will show you what you will easily miss and tell you the what's/why's/how's of the magical maze that is the capital of the Philippines. All of our guides are licensed and are super fun to be with! We cater to those who like to take a walking tour of Intramuros as well to those who prefer to see the city while inside a comfortable vehicle.
Have balikbayan visitors and you want to show them what Manila is all about but don't know where to begin? We can help you. Coming from a cruise and have a limited time here? Worry not. We can pick you up from the harbor, show you the city and take you back to your ship before it leaves. Regardless of your interest - historical, culinary, photography - TRIPinas can create a package that's right for you.
INTRAMUROS MANILA CITY TOURS 2017-2018
Our packages are quite flexible. We offer the regular half-day trip where you will focus on the Spanish quarter of the city. We also offer a full day tour that allows visitors to see several districts of the capital and visit much more monuments and places than the regular trips you will find online. Our package is also customizable, which means that you can add places of your own interest. For example we can also tour our clients in some parts of the city like Quiapo or Chinatown that are usually skipped by the tourists but which are actually the real heart of the city. Lastly our guides are passionated with their city and culture and you will learn a lot about the Philippines during the day.
Php1480/person (for a group of 10 people with van transfer)
Php999/person (for a group of 10 people, just the walking tour) Our rates depend on the number of people in your group. Contact us to check the rate for a different group headcount.
Tour type: private
When: all year round
Duration: 6 to 7 hours for the full day (we also offer half-day if you prefer)
- ✔ air-con van pick and drop off at your place/hotel within Metro Manila
- ✔ air-con van transfer during the tour
- ✔ all the entrance fees of the sites visited
- ✔ licensed tour guide
It's easy to dismiss Intramuros (aka the Walled City) as a showroom of tragedy and that's understandable. Intramuros has seen all manners of oppression against the Filipinos from various outsiders --- the Spanish during their 377-year reign, the Japanese during the second world war and the Americans from 1898 to 1946. But if one takes the time to see beyond the ruins found in and around the walls, it will show you that Intramuros was a fortification built by and for the hardy Filipinos who have survived not only wars but also different natural disasters from fires to earthquakes and typhoons. One classic example of such a structure that has stood the test of time is the San Agustin church, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Due to long periods of foreign occupation, Intramuros boasts of magnificent architectural works from churches to schools and government buildings. Ultimately, Intramuros is a story of Filipino resilience - that we can get up after each fall. Do not miss Fort Santiago, Casa Manila, San Agustin church and Museum, Bahay tsinoy, Baluarte San diego and of course the walls and old mansions. Keep in mind that this district has nothing to do with an attraction park or a fully renovated historical town center. There you will witness the reality of the country. There you will feel as much as you see.
Named after the aquatic plant kiyapo (Pistia aka water cabbage) that's found abundantly on Pasig river where it sits, Quiapo is a disrict of contradiction. On one hand, you have Quiapo church - one of the city's most iconic thanks to the feast of the Black Nazarene (every January) and on the other, you have fortune tellers and vendors just outside the church doors selling talismans, bottles of unmentionable concoctions to make any lady un-pregnant. As if that's not enough to make you scratch you head, did know that there is a sizable Muslim population in the area, too? During the time of the Marcos regime, the former first lady supervised the construction of Masjid al-dahab (Golden Mosque) in preparation for the 1976 visit of the the late dictator President Ghadaffi. His visit got cancelled. If you are looking for bargain quirky finds, head to Ils-de-Tuls (ilalim ng tulay) which literally means under the bridge. Here you can easily score budget-friendly handicrafts of various shapes and sizes as souvenir for your visit.
The country's Chinatown is found in Binondo. Established on the 16th century, it is the world's oldest Chinese enclave outside of China, Taiwan and Singapore. The district was created by Governor Dasmariñas to be the settlement of Chinese immigrants (Sangley) so they can be indoctrinated with Christian beliefs and finally turn them to Roman Catholics. All those who refused to convert were executed. Chinese mestizos refer to the children of Catholic Chinese and Filipinos. The first Filipino saint, San Lorenzo Ruiz, was a Chinese Filipino and was from Binondo. Due to the strong influence of the Chinese tradition and the Catholic belief, you will find churches and Buddhist temples in the same district. When visiting the capital's Chinatown it is best to set your expectations right - you are NOT going to China so leave your stereotypical thoughts behind on how the place should look like. A trip to Chinatown is a culinary delight so take an empty stomach and an open mind. Most of the food are Hokien-influenced as the Chinoys are mostly from Hokien. Feast on tikoy (sticky rice), sio mai (siu mai or dumplinga), sio pao (steamed buns), hopia (mooncake) and different permutations of mami (noodle soup). Wash down your meal with some Chinese tea that are also available in Binondo. Chinoys (Chinese Pinoys) make up about three percent of the country's population and have played important roles in Philippine business and politics. Most of the big shopping malls in the country are owned by Chinese Pinoys. Three of the Philippine presidents are Chinoys.
Also referred to as Luneta, Rizal park is popular to Manileños not only because the country's national hero's buried there but because its landscape is one of the few remaining open spaces in the metro. Every weekend, you will see throngs of people of all ages aerobic dancing in the early morning, runners logging their miles, martial artists practicing their katas and street performers showing their craft. Families picnic at the grassy area while couples profess their undying love by the bay. Rizal park has been a silent witness of major national events ranging from public executions (garrote), political rallies, sporting events to papal visits. Located along Roxas boulevard, this 58-hectare park is divided into three major parts. The prominent figures in the park include the Rizal monument, Kilometer zero marker and the relief Philippine map.