One of the most important regions of Manila City, Ermita is a district filled with major educational, political and health institutions. Wander the streets here and find the University of the Philippines, the General Hospital and government buildings such as the Department of Justice. The importance of Ermita within Manila is increased by the presence of major museums and parks.
Stroll around Ermita and pass elegant political building such as the waterfront U.S. Embassy and the Court of Appeals, a classically styled building fronted by four Doric columns. Don’t miss Ermita Church, a vast 20th-century structure known for its statue of Our Lady of Guidance, which was brought to the Philippines in 1521.
Visit one of Ermita’s many museums and spend the day discovering the history of the Philippines. The National Museum of the Philippines encompasses the National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People. Learn about the ethnographic diversity of the nation in exhibits dedicated to its cultural heritage.
Take your children to Museo Pambata. Interactive exhibits on the environment, Manila and the planet make learning exciting for kids. Walk through a giant reconstruction of a human body to learn about how our organs work.
Stroll through the parks of Ermita. Rizal Park spreads across 140 acres (57 hectares) and features many examples of public art. Come back here at night to watch a light and sound presentation dedicated to Filipino heroes, when the statues are lit up in a rainbow of colors. Stop by the Chinese Garden to see oriental architecture and plants.
In the north of Ermita, discover the walkways of Arroceros Forest Park, a haven of green in the heart of Manila. Escape the heat of the sun on the shady walkways that wind through the forest.
Ermita is one of the tourist hubs of Manila and public transportation runs to and from the district. Ride a bus to outside Rizal Park and explore the region on foot to see its various sights.
Shopping, Dining and Live Music
Relax in one of the largest urban parks in Asia, home to gardens, orchids, tropical plant species and a monument to a Filipino hero.
This is a lively seaside promenade where you can wine, dine, watch live music and join the locals for a daily fitness class.
This attractive walled park, perfect for walking and picnics, was once a burial ground for cholera victims and the city’s wealthiest inhabitants.
Browse a collection containing thousands of years of the country’s history and anthropology, from its earliest inhabitants to Spanish colonists and more.
Drift around the tranquil waters of a sheltered bay and watch a colorful sunset from the shores of Manila city.
This richly decorated Roman Catholic Basilica has made it through the centuries despite being destroyed by fires, bombs and earthquakes.
A hidden valley full of crystal clear waterfalls! Located on Makking Mountain, takes about 2 hours from Manila. Waterfalls flowing from the mountains and clear water springs from the basement create a natural pool.
Hike up one of the Philippines' second-most-active volcano on this full-day tour. Take a scenic boat ride on Taal Lake, ride on a horseback across spectacular black lava flows and look down on the stunning vista from the summit of Taal Volcano.
Escape to a historic World War II island fortress on this full-day tour to Corregidor Island. Explore major battle sites & barrack ruins, visit the Pacific War Memorial, discover Malinta Tunnel, and enjoy scenic views of Manila Bay from the island's historic lighthouse.
Begin the day with a drive to the picturesque city of Tagaytay. Located on a ridge 2,250 feet (686 m) above sea level, it offers a panoramic view of Taal Lake and Volcano. After lunch, return to Metro Manila, visit bustling Makati, and see San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover Manila's rich history, cultural heritage and architectural grandeur on this full-day tour. Stroll through the ancient walled city of Intramuros, explore the Philippines' financial capital in Makati City, and visit ancient churches and historic museums.
Located approximately 2.5 hours south of Manila is the quaint and historic Villa Escudero. Hidden amidst coconut palms, the villa is reminiscent of old plantation life. The Villa Escudero resort is nestled deeply into its placid natural surroundings, offering breathtaking views of the Philippine countryside year round.
Visit one of Metro Manila’s shining business districts to see the modern side of the Philippines. Join locals in its chic malls and entertainment venues.
One of the most modern corners of Metro Manila, this sleek region of Muntinlupa City is known for its vast malls and stylish skyscrapers.
Explore one of the tourist centers of Manila in an oceanfront district lined with markets, museums and family-friendly attractions.