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Top 10 Things to Do in Metro Manila that are Free (Nearly Free)

Best Places to Visit & Things to Do in Metro Manila

Jeepney in Manila photo by Bash Carlos via Unsplash

Best Tourist Attractions, Activities, and places to see in Metro Manila, Philippines

(Manila, Philippines) Face it: Manila isn’t exactly cheap. Everywhere you go, you’ll have to fork out some cash. But, how much depends entirely on you. In this article, you’ll be directed to different places in Manila where the views and activities are still (mostly) free. Looking for Fun things to do in Metro Manila? Read on…

Visit Intramuros

Manila Cathedral Things to Do in Metro Manila that are Free
Cathedral of Manila at Night Photo credit: ric_k / Foter / CC BY-SA Things to Do in Metro Manila that are Free
Jeepney in Manila photo by Bash Carlos via Unsplash
Jeepney in Manila photo by Bash Carlos via Unsplash

You might need to fork over some cash if you want to explore Intramuros on a horse-drawn carriage, but otherwise – feel free to walk around. It’s an old Spanish town, and the walls could tell you stories.

Explore Rizal Park aka Luneta Park

Rizal Monument in Rizal Park
Rizal Monument in Rizal Park

A sea of green in an otherwise fully paved city, Luneta Park is the perfect spot to just sit back, relax, and imagine that you’re far away from the city.

Visit the Streets of Binondo

Binondo Church
Binondo Church

It’s Chinatown in Manila. With rows upon rows of stalls and stores to look at, it’s a smorgasbord of people, sounds, and smells. There’s also tons of food here; although they’re not free, they’re cheap.

Also Read: Binondo Food Crawl: Best Places to Eat in Manila’s Chinatown

Discover Quiapo Church

Quiapo Church
Quiapo Church Photo credit: Allan Agcanas / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Visit one of the most popular structures in Manila; Quiapo Church is just a few steps away from the bustling market. After a quiet prayer in the church, you’ll be greeted by some of the most colorful characters in the city.

Check out the Cultural Center of the Philippines

Cultural Center of the Philippines
Cultural Center of the Philippines

If you time your visit right, entrance to the CCP is free. This is usually from Tuesdays to Sundays, between 8AM and 6PM.

Visit the National Museum

The National Museum of the Philippines
The National Museum of the Philippines

Yes, the National Museum also opens its doors for free on certain days of the week. In this case, it’s on a Sunday between 10AM to 5PM. The National Museum features some of the most defining items of Philippine History, so it’s definitely something you should not miss.

Visit the National Library of the Philippines

National Library of the Philippines
National Library of the Philippines by Sky Harbor – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

So, the library may not be the coolest place to hang out – but if you love books, any public library in Manila will do. There are several in the city, and a quick search should help you locate one nearby. Peruse as many books as you want and perhaps find literary gems in nooks and crannies.

Shop at the Mall of Asia

SM Mall of Asia
SM Mall of Asia

Malls in Manila grow like mushrooms, but if you visit one – it will be the Mall of Asia. You could get lost in this sprawling mall for hours on end, and with so many food stalls on display, it would be tempting not to at least eat some of the offerings.

Experience Indie Film Watching at UP Film Institute

UP Film Institute
UP Film Institute

The UP Film Institute always has shows focusing on Indie Films that should keep you entertained, inspired, and enlightened. You can catch most of these free shows by being part of their mailing list. Even if you don’t watch the shows, the university grounds are worth exploring since it’s one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

See the Manila Bay Sunset

Manila Bay Sunset
Manila Bay Sunset

It might not be as quiet as you would hope, but Manila Bay offers the most exquisite sunset in this bustling city. Time your visit early in the morning if you want a breathtaking sunrise and as few people as possible.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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