It’s not very often, especially now during this pandemic, that we can go out of town, do tours and take photos of destinations and its attractions. But the metro still offers spots you can visit and add to your feed. Whether you are a visitor or someone who lives in Manila, visiting a place is not complete without a snapshot of its beauty. So, if you are looking for a list of places in the metro that can give you more instahearts, here is one for you.
LA MESA ECOPARK
If your feed is into green, colorful flowers and verdant gardens, La Mesa Ecopark is the place to be. It is a public park which opened in 2004 and located in Quezon City with a land area of 33 hectares. This is a famous spot for picnics and hangouts by family and friends too.
AYALA TRIANGLE GARDENS
One of the open green spaces in the city of Makati, the triangular garden is a popular open space for the city goers. The 2-hectare landscaped urban park is great for a family or friend hangout with small restaurants located in it. It is an amazing contrast of green against the gray forest of skyscrapers in the central business district.
THE DESSERT MUSEUM
It is not your typical museum of antiquities and trinkets but it is one that can bless your feed with lots of colors! The Dessert Museum is a wonderland for those with a sweet tooth. It consists of eight (8) rooms inspired of nothing but sugary treats. Not only can you do a lot of shots here, you can also get to taste desserts inspired by each room with fun facts to come with it.
BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY
Bonifacio Global City is a new entertainment and business hub located in the city of Taguig and just over an hour away from the airport. Take a walk in it and see the amazing architecture of the buildings and the funky street art too.
Going to Manila will not be a complete visit without stopping by Luneta Park where you can find the Rizal Monument. Considered a national hero, Jose Rizal died fighting for the freedom of our country by means of his literary works that lit a fire in people’s hearts. The park also consists of themed gardens and event venues.
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The National Museum of Natural History is one of the most popular museums visited in the country. It houses galleries in its six-story structure with primary attractions including Lolong, the skeleton of the Philippine’s largest crocodile in captivity. The Tree of Life is one of the Instagram worthy parts of the museum. It is the centerpiece of the museum with a DNA-like structure that serves as the trunk and runs from the floor to the dome ceiling that serves as the canopy.
VENICE CANAL IN MANILA
Located in McKinley Hill, The Grand Canal Mall has been frequented by the city goers because of its mesmerizing feature that resembles the Venice Canals. The Italian-inspired mall is dotted with restaurants which can be your next food hub. And if you are into architectural photography then it is the right place for you. With the intricate details in its façade and the pleasing colors, it will be a great addition to your feed.
Makati’s old downtown place is also a good place for Instagram worthy finds. Stroll around the neighborhood during the day and see street artwork as well as well furnished restaurants and coffee shops. Come back at night and visit Burgos and its neon lights. The nightlife is well and lively, especially in the Kalayaan Avenue area. You can also find art exhibits and installations as well as live performances in the area.
The walled city of Intramuros is one of the oldest districts of Manila built way back 1571. It is located on the south bank of the Pasig River and surrounded by walls with some as high as 6 meters. It has preserved its old-world charm with its Spanish era architecture still visible in its streets. Intramuros is one of the country’s most visited tourist destinations, a mirror to the Philippine’s colorful past.
A favorite hangout spot by the locals, Manila bay is a place where you can take shots of the everyday city life. It has undergone rehabilitation several times with the most recent being the beach cleanup. Walk along the bay walk to take some awesome shots and don’t forget about the sunset.
ESSENTIAL GOODNESS, FOR THE PILGRIMS. (LUB D MAKATI ROOFDECK)
If you’re looking for another view of Makati, try the roof deck view at Essential goodness, for the pilgrims. The indoor restaurant gives you a view of the Makati Avenue stretch while the al fresco bar gives you a sight of the rest of Poblacion stretching to Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas along the horizon. With delicious food and amazing drinks, you can start the day here with a cup of coffee or relax here with a night cap after a day’s work. Check the city skyline view picture in your bucket list when you get a photo taken from here.
There are more places in the metro that you can visit aside from above. Just remember the tourist’s creed: “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time.”