Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated bayside city on the island of Luzon, which mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Manila began as a settlement on the banks of the Pasig River, and its name originates from “Maynilad,” referring to the mangrove plant known as Nilad, which was abundant in the area.

The flowers were made into garlands that, according to folklore, were offered to statues on religious altars or in churches. Manila is the nation’s center of education, business, transportation, government agency, embassy’s, nightlife and site seeing.