Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1 (Self Guided), Manila

Manila contains a vast range of interesting landmarks, palaces and many interesting buildings with an important history and unique design. Take the following tour to see the most outstanding landmarks in Manila!
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Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Architecture Walking Tour in Manila, Part 1
Guide Location: Philippines » Manila (See other walking tours in Manila)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Author: nicole
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Coconut Palace

1) Coconut Palace (must see)

The Tahanang Pilipino (Filipino home), otherwise known as the Coconut Palace, is located at the heart of the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex in Manila. The Palace was built in 1978 by Francisco Mariosa for Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1981. Ironically, the Pope did not step into the Palace since he considered it to be flamboyant for the poverty-stricken country. The Palace initially served as the Presidential Guest House of Ferdinand Marcos, the former Philippine dictator, and was commissioned by his wife Imelda Marcos in 1981. Today, this Palace serves not only as an official residence of Vice President but also as a venue for romantic wedding receptions.

The Palace is famous for its design and extraordinary features. 70% of this octagon shaped structure is made of coconut lumber along with coconut shells and a variety of Philippine hardwood. The roof is shaped like a hat, or the traditional salakot. The 101-coconut chandelier and the dinning table with 40,000 inlaid coconut shell pieces are the highlights of this palace. Named after various provinces of the country are the 7 palatial rooms, namely: the Zamboanga, the Pampanga, (made of Jusi fibers and displays statues of Kampampangan style of art), the Marawi (purple and green colored room representing Muslim Mindanao), the Bicol, the Mountain Province room (a room full of artifacts traditional to Ifugao or Cordillera tribe), the Iloilo, and the Pangasinan (made of Pina fibers) rooms. The Palace also has a colossal swimming pool, a beautiful butterfly garden and an orchidarium. During its history, the Palace has accommodated a number of honorable guests including George Hamilton, Brooke Shields and Muammar al-Gaddafi.
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Philippine International Convention Center

2) Philippine International Convention Center (must see)

Located in Pasay City, the metropolitan area of Manila, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) is a place for people and nations to meet and exchange ideas. Built in a record time of 23 months between 1974 and 1976, the PICC has hosted various conventions both, local and international ones, meetings and social events. The PICC officially opened to the world by hosting the IMF-World Bank Meeting in 1976. In addition, the Plenary Hall at the PICC annually hosts the prestigious Awards Night for the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

Designed by Leandro Locsin, the PICC complex was built on reclaimed land along the Manila Bay and became Asia’s first international convention center. Locsn, further, went on to become a National Artist in Architecture in the Philippines. With a carpet area of over 70,000 square meters and five building modules, spaces in the PICC can be modified to hold various events such as private parties, political conferences, exhibitions and even concerts in appropriate settings. With its state-of-the-art facilities, the PICC serves and an excellent destination for people from all over the world to meet and share ideas and work towards a brighter future.

Other than hosting events, the PICC has also been an important part of Philippine history, Between 1976 to 1978, it housed the Batasang Bayan or the Legislative Advisory Council and the office of the Vice President of the Philippines until 2005.
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Cultural Center of the Philippines

3) Cultural Center of the Philippines (must see)

If you admire performing arts and would love to get a closer look at the cultural aspect of Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is a must visit. A venture of the First Lady, Imelda Marcos, the Cultural Center is one place that brings together artists of all genres and gives them a platform to showcase their talent.

Portraying the modern, present day Philippines, the building is looked up at by the nation. Truly an architectural gem, the structure was designed by local architect, Leandro V. Locsin. The epicenter of performing arts and the theater, the Center also acts as an ethnographic museum, showcasing traditional and cultural paintings that reflect the true essence of the Philippines.

Over the years, the Center has greeted many personalities of national and international repute among whom was US President Ronald Reagan. Built in 1969, the Center has been tirelessly involved in promoting awareness of the local culture and art among the Philippians.

Apart from being the center for local artists, it has over the years attracted many international names such as the Royal Danish, Bolshoi, and Kirov ballets along with many classical and contemporary musicians, opera and theater personalities from America and Europe.
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Ninoy Aquino Stadium

4) Ninoy Aquino Stadium

The Ninoy Aquino Stadium and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum are the two indoor sporting arenas in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. Situated near Bagong Lipunan, the Ninoy Aquino Stadium was built in January 1934 and is named after the former Senator Benigno Aquino,Jr., who was also known as Ninoy Aquino. The stadium is famous for hosting the volleyball tournament of the Southeast Asian Games in 1991 and table tennis competitions of the Southeast Asian Games in 2005. The arena with a capacity of around 6000 is also famous for hosting the Pinoy Big Brother Double Up:Big Date on the Big Night in 2010, which was won by Melisa Cantiveros.

The arena is mostly used for hosting college basketball games such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA), National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities(NAASCU), National Capital Region Athletic Association(NCRAA), and University Athletic Association of the Philippines(UAAP). It is also one of the alternate venues for the PBA basketball games. The Manila Metrostars played in this stadium in the Metropolitan Basketball Association. Two editions of the BSCP National Pool Championships were also held in this arena. The Ninoy Aquino stadium, currently owned and operated by the Philippine Sports Commission, plays host to taekwondo tournaments as well.
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Rizal Memorial Coliseum

5) Rizal Memorial Coliseum (must see)

The Rizal Memorial Coliseum is one of two indoor sporting arenas located inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. The other is the Ninoy Aquino Stadium. The capacity of the coliseum is 8,000. The arena and the surrounding sports complex are named after Philippine's national hero José Rizal. It was one of the main venues for several basketball games and other indoor sports during the 1950s, up until the 1970s. The now-defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association played a number of games at this venue. With the construction and use of the more popular (and much larger) Araneta Coliseum, as well as the use of the PhilSports Arena, the Rizal arena suffered terribly as it lacked an air-conditioning system and adequate lighting. However, in the past few years it has hosted a number of UAAP, NCAA and Shakey's V-League tournaments, as well as the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.
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St. La Salle Hall

6) St. La Salle Hall

The St La Salle Hall or the LS building located in the district of Malate, Manila, the Philippines is the oldest building on the campus of De La Salle University. This neoclassical styled, four storied H-shaped building faces the Taft Avenue and is currently the campus of De La Salle College (College of Business and Economics). It was built between 1920 and 1924 by Tomas Mapua, who was the winner of the architectural competition for building an iconic structure for 5,000 pesos. Tomas was not only the winner among the ten leading architects of Manila at the time, he also went on to establish the Mapua Institute of Technology and became the first registered Filipino architect.

The structure was constructed to accommodate the growing population of the college. During the Second World War, the building was captured by the Japanese who set the chapel on fire. The building suffered severe damages and was restored over a period of two years in 1948 at a cost of 246,883 pesos. Originally, the building was three storied but another floor was built in the 1990s to serve as the residence of the De La Sale Brothers.

The layout of the building uses Corinthian order. The ground floor is used as offices of the College of Business and Economics, University Registrar and Graduate Admissions. The south wing of the second floor houses the Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The third floor has the choir loft of the chapel. The second as well as the third floors have lecture rooms.

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