Places to Visit in Manila

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The Philippine city is seeing a renewed focus on art and design.

While not a traditional design destination, Manila is a city that wears many hats, and lately design hot spot is one of them. Often dismissed as another over-crowded and polluted Southeast Asian capital city, or merely a stopover en route to one of the Philippine’s many island resort destinations, Manila has recently been coming into its own. The art scene is vibrant, and furniture design—which has always been the Philippines' forte—is being taken to the next level by some exceptional local talent. With ample foreign investment, and plenty of creatives developing the city in exciting new directions, Manila is quickly becoming a destination in its own right.

Nestled in an oasis-like compound of late 1940s heritage houses in Pasay is the Manila outpost of Cebu’s popular Henry...
The same compound of post-war heritage houses is home to Avellana Gallery, designer Jojie Lloren’s atelier, and...
Located in the central business district of Makati on Nicanor Garcia St., which has become Manila’s mini design...
Tucked away in a corner of Makati, W-17 is an elegant warehouse space showcasing luxe home wares from the Philippines...
One of the leading local contemporary art galleries in Manila, Silverlens—which also has a presence in Singapore—is...
The 40,000-square-meter Makati showroom of Cebu-based, internationally renowned furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue...
Envisioned in the 1950s by Philippine abstract painter Fernando Zobel as a showcase for local and international talent,...
An example of adaptive reuse in a city where historic preservation has not always been priority, the Blackbird...
Intramuros, the walled city that was the seat of the government during the Spanish colonial period, is the oldest...
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