Philippine Consulate General
A GLIMPSE OF MANILA
Las Pinas Bamboo
| A Glimpse of Manila
Manila is a city of many striking contrasts. Glass and steel
skyscrapers stand alongside the concrete images of heroes past. Sleek cars drive past
horse-drawn carriages. Ancestral churches are a stone’s throw away from the poshest
of shopping malls. A city plunging head on towards the 21st century with a
healthy respect for spirits past.
Manila took its name from a white-flowered mangrove plant, called the nilad. A small
tribal settlement along the Pasig River, Manila was then ruled by Rajah Sulayman. By the
16th century, the Spaniards invaded Manila, built a wall around it, and claimed
it as their own. Spain ruled the walled city of Intramuros, Manila, and the Philippines,
for the next 300 years. Afterwards, it was the Americans’ turn to conquer the
islands. But above it all, Manila thrived and survived.
Today, Manila is a fast growing metropolis with countless possibilities for
the enterprising tourist. Apart from the original Intramuros, 8 cities and 9
municipalities were developed and annexed for the new Metro Manila.