Tracing its history, several occupations such as Spanish, Japanese, and American ruled over the historic city. The battles to win power over Manila caused the city to be crushed several times. Nevertheless the resilient city has always been able to rebuild itself and rise from destruction.
Today, the metropolis is a thriving hub of culture and economy. The premiere city is home to over 10 million Filipinos and many Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Koreans, Muslims, and other foreign population who found a piece of heaven amidst the city's bustling commerce.
Being part of the global cities of the world, Manila has been prepared to be more internationally competitive. From nostalgic structures and ruins to people, vendors and hawkers along streets, these only-in-the-Philippines trademarks give character to Manila, making it unique and outstanding.
Over the millennium, pollution, overpopulation, traffic, congestion, and crime became a challenge. In turn, Manilans remain ready and willing to safeguard and uplift their illustrious city.
Come what may, the innate warmth of the locals and the city's unique identity makes it dear to people's hearts and a place we call home.
Published on 11/6/07