Getting around Manila is fairly simple due to the variety of transportation options that are accessible. Manila is a tentacular metropolis that covers an area of 1,475 km2 including its suburbs. The city center is concentrated on the bay shore, and houses the historical center – Manila Intramuros, as well as most of the tourist attractions and hotels.
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A common misconception about the Philippines is that the entire country has the same weather. It isn’t that simple. The Philippines has four distinct climate zones. Between December and May, at this time the country is fully accessible, including its many beautiful islands and more remote areas.
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Manila, also known as the Pearl of the Orient, is located in Southern Luzon, the largest of the more than 7,000 islands that make up the nation known as the Philippines. The city’s name, originally Maynilad, is derived from that of the nilad plant, a flowering shrub adapted to marshy conditions, which once grew profusely along the banks of the river; the name was shortened first to Maynila and then to its present form. The city flanks Manila Bay, and is divided into northern and southern sections by the Pasig River. Manila serves not only as the country’s capitol, but also as its financial, publishing, and business center. The citizens of the city speak Tagalog, but most are also fluent in English, which is the language of instruction in the public schools.
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