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5 Best Day Trips in the Philippines – Explore Manila

Philippine's tourism hub is Manila, the capital. It boasts a collection of museums, national heritage sites, and amazing parks. Plus, Manila is Asia's loved shopping destination. What more could you ask for in a tourist hot spot? Read on to plan the best day trips in the Philippines.


Visit Corregidor Island

An important landmark from WWII, Corregidor Island is worth a visit. The island, during the height of WWII, was the first line of defence, for the Filipino and American soldiers, fighting against the invading Japanese army. This battle proved to be an important deciding factor against the outcome of the war. Corregidor Island is only 5sqkms and is called 'the Rock'. Go there to see the remnants of the barracks, secret passages, and a few historical artefacts – a marvellous insight into the history of the second world war. You can easily get to the island from Manila via ferry. BGC or Bonifacio Global City in Manila is a popular tourist hub home to Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, which is a popular option amongst tourists seeking the comforts of serviced apartments in BGC Manila.


Explore a 175-year-old Palace

Malacanang Palace is the official residence of the President of the Philippines. It is located in San Miguel. Luis Rocha, a Spaniard, was the first owner of the palace. He sold the property to the Spanish army in 1802, which was bought over by the state in 1825. The complex, at its inception, comprised of a large summer house, expansive gardens, and a bathhouse. The premises have been remodelled several times over the years and are an iconic part of history.


Pay a Visit to the Taal Volcano Lake

Originally called Bombou, this is one of the world's smallest active volcanoes. Over the years, the volcano has erupted over 30 times. The last eruption took place in 1965 and was a catastrophe that caused the deaths of over 6000 people. And although it has not erupted since then, Taal has been showing signs of activity since 1991. But for now, its surroundings are beautiful, comprising of the Taal Lake and mountainous regions of lush greenery. Taal volcano is located approximately a two-hour drive from Manila and is a lovely spot to plan a day trip to.


Spend Time at Rizal Park

One of Asia's largest parks, Rizal was formerly known as Luneta Park until the 1950s. The urban oasis boasts an extent of 50 hectares and is perfect to enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The park is home to paved walkways, lush woodlands, spacious lawns and aesthetic ornamental gardens; these are perfect for relaxing mind, body, and soul. It is a monument dedicated to Filipino national hero Jose Rizal, after whom, the park is named.


Plan a Day Trip to Pinatubo Crater

A two and a half drive from your hotel in Manila will take you to Pinatubo Mountain, where the crater is located. A climactic eruption of the mountain, in June 1991, caused the crater, which filled with water to form Lake Pinatubo. It is one of the deepest in the world, having a depth of 2000ft.

Enjoy your time in Manila!

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