Metro Manila

Written by Patrick


Metropolitan Manila, officially the National Capital Region, is the seat of government and one of the three defined metropolitan areas of the Philippines. Its capital is the City of Manila. It is located on the island of Luzon and is composed of 16 cities and 1 municipality. It may be the smallest region in the country in terms of land area, Metro Manila is the second most populous among the country’s metropolitan areas.


Metro Manila

Coordinates: 14.58°N 121°E View Metro Manila Map


The following are a few useful and interesting details about Metro Manila.

14.58°N 121°E | View Map
Year Founded:
619.57 km2 (239.22 sq mi)
21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi)
Cities & Towns:
16 Cities, 1 Town (Municipality)
Manileño/a, taga-Maynila
Time Zone:
Zip Code:
Varies per city
Area code:
+63 -(02)-XXX-XXXX
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion in Metro Manila.
Tagalog, English
Known For:
Political, economic, and educational center of the country.
Major Industries:
Trade, Tourism, Business/finance, Manufacturing, Transportation
Best Time to Visit:
January to April, March
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):


Metro Manila has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen climate classification Aw) while the northeastern part of the region that lies on the foothills of Sierra Madre has a tropical monsoon climate. Together with the rest of the Philippines, Manila lies entirely within the tropics. Its proximity to the equator means that temperatures are hot year-round, rarely going below 15 °C or above 39 °C. Temperature extremes have ranged from 14.4 °C on January 11, 1914, to 38.5 °C on May 7, 1915.

Humidity levels are usually very high all year round. Manila has a distinct dry season from December through April, and a relatively lengthy wet season that covers the remaining period with slightly cooler temperatures. In the wet season, it rarely rains all day, but rainfall is very heavy during short periods. Typhoons usually occur from June to September.

The best time to visit Manila is during the drier months of January to April. Though temperatures are high during March and April, still it is a good time when you wouldn’t need to tackle the rains. 

The most appropriate clothing is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines


Metro Manila Cities and Town

The Metro Manila is divided into 16 Independent Cities and 1 Municipality:





The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Metro Manila:

  • Malacanang Palace
  • Malate District
  • Manila Bay
  • Manila Cathedral
  • Manila Ocean Park
  • Mermaid Swim Experience
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museo Pambata
  • Mystery Manila – Jupiter Makati
  • National Museum
  • National Museum Of Anthropology
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center
  • Paco Park

If you plan to visit Metro Manila, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:


The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Metro Manila throughout the year:

  • Feast of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo) – January 9
  • International Bamboo Organ Festival (Las Piñas) – February
  • Chinese New Year (Binondo) – February
  • Aliwan Fiesta (CCP) – April
  • Manila Day (Manila) – June
  • Cinemanila International Film Festival – July
  • Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival (CCP) – July
  • Metro Manila Film Festival – December 25 onwards


The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Metro Manila.

Where in the Philippines is Metro Manila located?
Metro Manila is located on southwestern portion of Luzon.

Is Metro Manila a city or province?
Metro Manila is a metropolitan area.

What is the Capital of Metro Manila?
The capital of Metro Manila is Manila City.

What is Metro Manila famous or known for?
Metro Manila is famous or known as political, economic, and educational center of the country.

How do I get to Metro Manila?
There are several ways to get to Metro Manila from almost anywhere in the Philippines and the world:

  • Plane | Almost every airport in the Philippines has direct flights to and from Metro Manila.
  • Ferry | Almost every seaport in the Philippines sails to and from Metro Manila.
  • Bus | Metro Manila can be reached by bus from most cities and provinces in Luzon.

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Metro Manila?
There are NO islands in Metro Manila.

What does Manila mean?
Manila’s original name, Maynilad, derived its name from two Tagalog words; “may,” meaning “there is,” and “nilad,” the name of a shrub that originally grew abundantly along the shores of the Pasig River and Manila Bay.

How Safe is Traveling in Manila?
Manila is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Manila the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Metro Manila is considered tropical but is hotter than most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines


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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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