When I say Manila, I’m talking about Manila and its 16 administrative districts and not the metropolitan area that includes the likes of Makati and Quezon City. This post is sort of a compilation of my previous OOTD posts (and an open one at that) so it has the links to all the original posts.
Consider this post your travel guide to Manila too, a Manila 101 if I dare say. I wanted to feature not Makati or other places but this very city where I grew up in. Obviously, it’s not sparkly like Makati or Fort Bonifacio with its posh malls and skyscrapers but therein lies the challenge of this post. So, without further ado and in no particular order… Here is my list of unique Instagrammable places in Manila.
1. Binondo. Known as the city’s Chinatown and the oldest in the world. Where to take better picture than by the Jones Bridge capturing the world’s largest Chinatown arch in the background? See more of this look here.
2. Paco Park. A recreational garden which was once a municipal’s city cemetery during the Spanish colonial period. Professional photography is actually not free in here. I haven’t really posted this look yet so this will serve as an OOTD teaser for now. 🙂
3. Port Area. There’s this fancy The Fort in Taguig (outside Manila) and then there’s this The Port area. Hehe. 😅 Okay, it might have been regarded as one of biggest urban poor community in the Philippines and quite risky, but it’s really not that bad I promise especially if you need a different environment for your OOTD. 😉 See more of this look here.
4. Rizal Park Hotel. A 5-star boutique hotel where the once glamorous Manila and Army Navy club once stood. Not only this hotel has a lot of corners and gorgeous backdrops for OOTDs, it has a rich history too. Read more about the hotel and the looks in this post here.
5. Murals of PNU in Taft Avenue. PNU, just a little bit of info, is the national center for teacher education. Some people will just ignore these colorful splashes but not for me especially if I pass by this road on the way to work so often in the morning. If you’re into artworks and such, let these showstopper walls add statement to your ‘fits. This OOTD spot was featured in my look in this post here.
6. Manila Bay. I look forward to a restoration project of this place soon coz it pains me to see reviews about the pollution here. I mean, I used to swim here as a kid! While this is still your place to be for gorgeous sunset, I also love myself a marina view. So Harbour Square, close to CCP complex provides a closer view of the yachts for your OOTD backdrop. Check out the post here.
7. Rizal Park/ Luneta. It’d be a shame for me as a Filipino not to feature one of very our own parks where our national hero was executed. Shooting here taught me a little how to be thick-skinned since we did the shoot a little late in the morning and people were just everywhere. In my head I was like, “People will stare, make it worth their while.” Haha. Anything for #OOTD, right? You can find more pics of this place in this post here.
- Chinese Garden. A small entrance fee I suppose separates you a bit from the crowd outside the park and gives you a bit of Chinese atmosphere (pagodas, ponds, etc.) for your #OOTDs. See for yourself if this ambiance suits you in this post here.
8. National Museum of Natural History. Doesn’t the stairs simply give you that MET feels? You can channel your inner Blair Waldorf or Serena van der Woodsen here. Of course, while at it, go check out the new museum too. 😉 I’ll be honest that I haven’t been inside but it’s in my things to do. There are more photos of this look in this post here.
9. Intramuros – the walled city. Aaaah, Manila’s oldest. The place will always be dear to me because of the 5 years spent studying here. There are so many details to add to your OOTDs here: the cobbled stones, the colonial house or the baroque churches. But, the wall where I used to stroll for romantic dates in college (lol!) can be a good start. 😂 I featured this place in this post here and here.
- Or, maybe try Fort Santiago. This defense fortress now a historical park is one of Intramuros’ premiere tourist attraction. Along with its dungeons, you can also find Rizal Shrine Museum where the hero was imprisoned prior to his execution.
I still have some places in my checklist that haven’t come into fruition yet. But as I have mentioned, this post will be updated soon. Do you have any other ideas for Instagrammable places in Manila? Sound them off in the comments below.