Manila and the NCR

Makati, NCR by Christian Paul del Rosario

Welcome to the National Capital Region

Manila, the bustling capital of the Philippines, is a vibrant metropolis known for its rich history, diverse culture, and lively atmosphere. It serves as the center of government, education, and commerce in the country. As of 2019, Manila was designated the most densely populated city in the world (in its city proper).

The National Capital Region (NCR) encompasses Manila and its surrounding cities, forming the country’s political, economic, and cultural hub. Known as Metro Manila, it is made up of the Capitol City of Manila, and 15 cities, and 1 municipality.

by Tourism Philippines

Home to significant landmarks such as Rizal Park, Intramuros, and the historic Manila Bay, the city carries a compelling mix of colonial architecture and modern skyscrapers. NCR, comprising several cities and municipalities, is a melting pot of traditions, cuisines, and influences from various regions of the Philippines, creating a dynamic tapestry of experiences for locals and visitors alike.

The region hosts a wide array of activities, from exploring heritage sites to indulging in the vibrant nightlife and culinary delights. Additionally, Manila and NCR feature a thriving arts scene, with museums, galleries, and theaters showcasing the country’s artistic heritage and contemporary creations.

by TVMO Channel

Travelers keen on shopping can find their paradise in the NCR, as it is home to numerous shopping centers offering a diverse range of products, from local handicrafts to high-end fashion. Furthermore, the region’s culinary landscape is a treat for food enthusiasts, with an abundance of restaurants, street food vendors, and markets serving up authentic Filipino flavors alongside international cuisines.

In essence, Manila and the NCR epitomize the Philippines’ dynamic spirit, offering a captivating blend of history, culture, and modernity that continues to captivate all who experience it.

Don’t forget to have the right supplies before traveling. Read our blog: What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (

Fast cars on Main St. by Jerald Mira

Street in Manila with Residential Buildings and Skyscrapers in Background by Alexis Ricardo Alaurin
Traffic near Traditional Chinatown by Gian Marco
Rizal Park by Jermaine Mira
Manila Bay by Jericho San Miguel

Leave a Reply

Translate »
Scroll to Top