With 16 bustling cities and 11 million occupants, NCR is a megalopolis unlike any other. Known as one of the most populous megacities in the world, this vibrant and chaotic maze has long been a space where Philippine history and modernity come alive.
Its borders encompass urban centers and residential developments within the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, and Pateros.
When trying to make the most out of your NCR experience, a visit to the Philippine capital of Manila is a good way to start. A silent witness to major events in Philippine history, its elusive streets and timeless architecture, which carry stories of times long past, are just waiting to be discovered.
Get to know more about local history and tradition by visiting cultural landmarks like Rizal Park, Intramuros, and the National Museum of the Philippines. You also don’t want to miss NCR’s vibrant contemporary arts scene, which you can experience in cultural hubs like the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Cubao Expo, The Collective in Makati, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines,
One thing you might notice upon arriving is the Filipino people’s penchant for malls, and in a place like NCR, you’re sure to get your fill of the Philippine shopping experience. Immerse yourself in the very spaces where families and friends love to bond, check out the latest upscale finds in malls like Rockwell Center and Shangri-La Plaza, or haggle your way through the bazaars, or “tiangge,” of Greenhills and Divisoria.
Coupled with the locals’ shopping addiction is their immense love for food. Luckily, a wide variety of traditional and modern cuisine awaits every NCR traveler. One can sample local staples like the famous “isaw” and “balut” at almost any street or go wining and dining across the countless restaurants in foodie havens like Salcedo, Maginhawa, BF Homes, and Kapitolyo.
NCR also has a thriving nightlife scene, with popular after-hours joints scattered across many of its cities. Night owls and partyphiles can dance the night away in the hip bars and clubs of Taguig, Makati, Tomas Morato, and the recently-opened City of Dreams Manila.
Don’t forget to drop by the Manila Bay area to experience the golden sunset just as the locals love to do.
No visit to NCR would be complete without it.
Places to visit in NCR
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