One of the most photographed nightspot in Manila is the towering skyline of the Roxas Boulevard as seen from the breakwater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. With bobbing white boats docked along the Manila Yacht Club acting as foregrounds; the buildings reflect their glowing electric hues on the dark rippling waters of Manila Bay.
The CCP was built by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in the late 60’s to promote and preserve Filipino arts and culture. National Artist Leandro Locsin was commissioned in designing the complex.
Apart from the shows presented in the halls of the CCP, the waters of Manila Bay surrounding the complex is an attraction in itself. Off to the right of the Main CCP building is Harbour Square. Formerly a vacant ground for cycling; it has since been converted into a conglomerate of restaurants and coffee bars. Being directly in front of the bay, it is quite perfect for dining, al fresco style.
Walk along a few meters more; past the Folk Arts Theater and the Coconut Palace is the Chinese Floating Restaurant (now closed) and Gloria Maris. Dining on either of these restos would take quite a toll on your wallet though.
Nevertheless, having no dough is no barrier in having a grand time in this place. The pier extending into the vastness of the Manila Bay requires no fee and people from all walks of life take pleasure in relaxing on this windy strip.
This is the perfect spot to watch the famed sunset of Manila Bay. Backdropped against Bataan’s Mt. Mariveles, the wharf has the perfect vista when it comes to viewing the last rays of the Manila sun. From this vantage, you can see the Mall of Asia on your left, the skyscrapers of Roxas on the right and straight on ‘till the early evening light; the shimmering bay of Manila.
Manila is a top destination to visit in the Philippines. Although growing in popularity, there are other cities throughout the Philippines that offer things this quaint city does not. Like Batangas, for instance, this city contains some of the world’s most famous Volcanoes as well as great diving locations. You can enjoy a day of sightseeing and then go take a stroll downtown to check out the city’s nightlife. Lined along the streets are Filipino restaurants, bars, and shops that are sure to catch your attention. Visiting this intriguing city is easy with the number of Batangas hotels available. Whether you end up in Manila or Batangas the Philippines is a great place to visit.