This blog post was originally shared February of 2015:
When visiting one of the 7,107 islands the Philippines has to offer and your layover has you in Manila. I recommend spending a day or two (at most) exploring the city before jetting off to your beachside holiday. Since you’ve flown all the way over, you might as well see what the Philippines fair capital has to offer.
Lets start with accommodation and neighborhoods in Manila. I always chose AIRBNB when I am traveling for their online convenience, location diversity, and eclectic housing possibilities. For my stay I chose to stay in MANDALUYONG CITY a city suburb just a quick cab ride away from almost all attractions and right off of Manila’s MRT (metro) line in a high rise residential building that offered a pool, gym, and convenience of a mall right next door. Really the only downside here was the constant horns from Manila’s busiest road, but luckily I had aircon that quickly drowned out the sounds with sweet cool air putting me to sleep.
Back to the Manila’s neighborhoods. There are 16 districts to chose from and what I learned the best are Metro Manila, Makati, and Mandaluyong City. The rest are a bit chaotic as Manila is a city of mass dichotomy from low to high income.
During my visit two local Instagrammers (@LARKVAIN & @AIZHARALIH )I found on Huntgram (an app allowing users to discover curated influencers in various countries, great for meeting locals while traveling) were nice enough to be my tour guide and thus helping in creating this blog post.
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