The Marikina Shoe Museum looks like any other building from the outside - but from the inside it will blow your mind (if you love shoes). Shoes, shoes and more shoes worn by some of the most unique figures in the Philippine society including those that belonged to one of the international most famous shoe lovers on Earth: Imelda Marcos. Have a look - maybe not at the price tags though!
The Jorge B. Vargas Museum houses a fine collection of Philippine art from the 19th and 20th century and regularly features temporary exhibits of contemporary Philippine artists. It is located at the main campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.
Owned by the Ayala Foundation, the Ayala Museum is a six-storey edifice established in 1967. The Ayala Museum features different exhibitions and workshops on culture and the arts in during the whole year - which might bring you to buying a membership card! The definite-have-to-be-seen is the Crossroads of Civilizations, a breath-taking and stunning exhibition.
Want to learn more about Philippine art, culture, and history? The National Museum offers all of it and you don't have to pay a single centavo to get in! The National Museum consist of the National Museum of the Filipino People, the National Art Gallery, and the National Planetarium. All three buildings are located within walking distance in Manila. The National Museum also operates regional museums all over the Philippines.
The island province of Cebu is composed of 167 islands and islets surrounding a larger land mass where the capital Cebu City is located. If you are planning to visit Cebu this summer, take a look at this Megacitizen guide.
Originally the summer house of a Spanish aristocrat and now the residence of the Philippine President, the Malacañang Palace has its fair share of colorful history.
Spend some of your free time on learning about the country's cultural roots and widen your horizon while in the Megacity! Metro Manila hosts a number of museums featuring Philippine culture & art, mostly private collections. There is little international art to be stunned by, but the local art will also take your breath away. There are also several interactive science and art museums that are great for a family day on weekends. Apart from that, you will find some interesting smaller museums about specific topics, from shoes and money to the Armed Forces and Chinese life in the Philippines.
The historic town of Vigan is one of the best examples of a well-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines, established in the 16th century. It is famous for its authentic Spanish-era homes lining the restored cobblestone streets. In December 2014, it was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World.
The old center of Metro Manila breathes history: churches and old universities built during the Spanish era, neoclassical government buildings and wide boulevards from the American Commonwealth period, and monuments for the national heroes of a finally independent Philippines.
Craving for Culture? The Cultural Centre of the Philippines (CCP) is home to the nation's artistic and cultural performances and exhibitions. It is often the venue for musical performances, plays, painting exhibitions, and film showings.
The museum Casa Manila gives a detailed impression of upper-class life and style back in Spanish colonial times. However, the house is not an authentic relic, but a replica built in the 1980s.
Built in the year 1938, the beaux-arts building called Calvo now houses what is deemed as one of the most underrated museums in Metro Manila.
Dive into the deep blue sea without getting wet! Manila Ocean Park awaits you with an amazing experience of the biodiversity of Earth's oceans and shorelines. The combination of entertainment and education appeals to the whole family and makes this world class marine theme park one of the city's most popular attractions among locals and tourists alike.
Charge your cameras, take off your shoes and immerse in the colorful world of Art in Island. This newly opened art museum is family-friendly and interactive, as visitors become part of astonishing 3D-paintings.
The Presidential Museum and Library in Manila is one of the oldest structures in the country. It displays a number of art pieces connected to the country’s former executives and their first ladies.
"Money makes the world go round". Philippine money, like other currencies, started out as gold, but at the Money Museum in Manila, there is more to it than that. The museum in the Philippine Central Bank is dedicated to the evolution of the country’s currency, the Philippine peso.
Museo Pambata, the Children’s Museum on Roxas Boulevard believes in making learning fun. Known for its hands-on exhibits, this museum has a lot of things to offer to children ages 10 and below.
San Agustin Museum in the walled city of Manila sits right beside San Agustin Church --a popular venue for church weddings in the country. Exploring the museum for a small fee can be a delightful way to look back in time and learn more about Philippine heritage, history, and art.
The Philippines has a number of national heroes who fought for freedom and the rights of Filipinos during the Philippine revolution. A few of these heroes include Andres Bonifacio, Jose Rizal, and Apolinario Mabini.
The UST Museum is like a gateway to an older world. Established in the year 1682, the university museum is the oldest existing museum in the country. It started as an observation room for the sciences, specifically for pharmaceutical science and medicine, and later became a repository for all kinds of artistic and scientific objects.
The fortified city of Intramuros was built during Spanish colonial times to protect the seat of government. Located along Manila Bay near the southern bend of the Pasig River, Intramuros’ location was very strategic for trade and for defense. Today, museums and old buildings bring centuries of Philippine history back to live, making Intramuros one of the top tourist spots.
UPDATE: BAND SCHEDULE 15-31 NOW AVAILABLE: Hard Rock Cafe is world famous for its live music on stage, rock n' roll memorabilia on the wall and of course, good ol' American food. It's one of the few famous bars in the world that Filipinos are most familiar being a country that is very much into American pop culture. It came to Manila in 1995, becoming one of the most popular hangouts of the young and the young-at-heart.
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila (Met) showcases pre-colonial, modern and contemporary Philippine art.
The Lopez Museum covers more than 600 years of Philippine Arts & Letters, featuring famous Philippine artists, historic maps, colonial-time drawings and pictures, and a library with over 20,000 titles.
Alfonso T. Yuchengco is a Chinese-Philippine industrialist and former ambassador. The Yuchengco Museum in the RCBC Plaza combines an exhibition about Yuchengco's life and Chinese heritage with his private collection, complemented by temporary art and design exhibitions. Featured artists include some of the country's finest painters, such as Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Botong Francisco.