Manila By District

Manila is divided in to sixteen distinct neighborhoods, known locally as districts.  These sixteen districts are categorized into south districts and north districts with the area of Pasig being the dividing line between the districts.

South Districts

o       Ermita – This is one of the most popular tourist areas in Manila.  Daytime attractions and nightlife spots are generally located here.

o       Intramuros - this is the historic old town with interesting architecture; literally means " behind walls" and used to be for the Spanish upper class only

o       Malate – This is the other of the most popular tourist areas in Manila.  Daytime attractions and nightlife spots can be found here.

o       Paco

o       Pandacan

o       Port Area – This district is a relatively new neighborhood in comparison with the other neighborhoods of both the south and north districts.

o       San Andreas Bukid – This neighborhood was originally a part of the Santa Ana neighborhood but grew in to its own.  It retains much of the flavor of Santa Ana with a more modern style.

o       Santa Ana – Santa Ana is considered the old town sister district of San Andreas Bukid.

North Districts

o       Binondo – This is the Chinatown of Manila.

o       Quiapo : downmarket area, but interesting cathedral there; go there on the day of the black Nazarene!

o       Sampaloc – This is considered the old town sister district of Santa Mesa.  The two districts are very similar but this one has more history.

o       San Miguel

o       San Nicolas

o       Santa Cruz

o       Santa Mesa – This district was originally a part of the Sampaloc neighborhood but grew enough to become its own area.

o       Tondo – This is primarily a slum; not safe for Caucasians