Explore one of the tourist centers of Manila in an oceanfront district lined with markets, museums and family-friendly attractions.
The district of Malate, in central Manila, is one of the major regions of the city for sightseeing, alongside the neighboring district of Ermita. Malate is a lively neighborhood where you can experience the best of the capital of the Philippines. Watch sports in stadiums and wander along an oceanfront boulevard.
Malate is rich with history. Read a plaque fixed onto the side of Malate Church, which explains how this part of the city dates back to 1588. It also relates the story of British soldiers who took refuge in the church in mid-18th century.
Marvel at the remarkable geometric exterior of the College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Art. This eye-catching building houses the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design. Browse exhibits showcasing multimedia, animation, painting and other disciplines. Discover work by Filipino artists in temporary exhibitions highlighting national talents.
Stroll along the beautiful oceanfront of Manila Baywalk. This long, tree-lined strip has a pedestrianized path to enjoy at your own pace. At the southern end of Malate is the harbor. Embark on an atmospheric boat trip out onto the water from here and admire the unbeatable views of the cityscape.
As is befitting for a capital city, Manila often plays hosts to major events and sporting fixtures throughout the year and many of them are held here in Malate. Attend events at the Palacio de Maynila, a striking white and green venue facing the water. Cheer on a local sports teams or play some yourself in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, which features different arenas for various disciplines.
Malate is located south of Ermita in Manila City, part of the wider metropolitan area of Metro Manila. Ride a bus into the district and explore the compact neighborhood on foot.