GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT MANILA
Metro Manila in the island of Luzon, is the capital and largest city of the Philippines, and the 4th most populous city in the World; about 24 million people. It is the country’s center of administration, business, education, diplomacy and entertainment, a huge metropolis with massive social contrasts which may even exceed those in LatinAmerica, and are reflected in the contrasts of urban landscapes.
With massive traffic jams and a reputation for insecurity relative to other Southeast Asian cities, Metro Manila is often considered to be a challenging city to explore, but in reality, the contrasts are precisely what makes the city a great destination to both most spoiled and the most adventurous travellers. As in the rest of the Philippines, expect local customs and behaviours to be different from you own, and prepare to cope with common jarring behaviors Filipinos do.