Map x Manila

Looking down to the streets of Makati in this image from @kattsanjuan has us excited for the days ahead. Often considered to have that New York City character with a touch of Southern hospitality, there is much to discover in the Pearl of the Orient Sea. Keep scrolling as a few of our amazing users on show us their favourite city spots! #mapxmanila #finditliveit

San Agustin Church
Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Agustin is a Roman Catholic church which opened in 1607 and is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. Located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila, it is a place to behold.—@iamronjosef

Designer Blooms Cafe
There are a lot of relaxing cafes in Metro Manila that I visit to unwind. Designer Blooms Cafe is one of those. This cafe is located in the South Metro Manila, Alabang. Aside from their good coffee and food, you’ll be greeted by the relaxing aroma of the succulents that they sell. This is a good place to spend time alone or catch up, hang out, and unwind with your friends!—@jayceduarte 

Inside the public utility jeep. “Jeepneys” are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. They’re known for their crowded seating and kitsch decorations, which have become a symbol of Philippine culture and art. Originally made from U.S. military jeeps left over from World War II, modern jeepneys are now produced with surplus engines and parts coming from Japan. The jeepney rapidly emerged as a popular and creative way to re-establish inexpensive public transportation, which had been virtually destroyed during World War II. Recognizing the widespread use of these vehicles, the Philippine government began to regulate their use. Drivers now must have specialized licenses, regular routes, and reasonably fixed fares.—@rickcolin 

My Apartment
MY APT is all about modern minimalism with urban accents which portrays the cool and tough side of the Heima brand. Located in Suite 225 LRI Design Plaza, N. Garcia St. Makati City, it is the perfect haven for those with a more masculine taste.

Scarsdale Artisanal Delights
Scarsdale has wall art that displays the coffee bean anatomy, donut making illustrations, and their menu in beautiful typography. A long communal table on the second floor is a great place for meeting up with friends or working alone.—@klccheng

Cadiz City
Let's all go sit on a beach somewhere and drink until we fall asleep. If you want to escape the city heat for a bit, then venture to this sandy spot outside the Metro. Lakawon, a banana-shaped island in the northern portion of Negros Occidental can be reached just an hour flight from Manila.—@ice_vill

Ronac Art Center
One day, I saw a picture of this giant staircase and I was instantly fascinated by its unique and beautiful design. So I invited my friends to go to the Ronac Art Center to get a glimpse of it. I was told that the entire building's design was inspired by a mattress and this gigantic spiral staircase represents the spring. We had so much fun taking pictures of this beautiful masterpiece.—@chadjuego

Sweet Ecstasy
Late night grub? Discovered Sweet Ecstasy, this hole-in-the-wall alfresco style burger joint, that serves honest-to-goodness burgers, wings, and milkshakes. Here, we ordered the Nutella Oreo milkshakes, buffalo wings, double cheeseburgers, and their ecstasy fries (double cheese and sweet onions). Why not right?—@happytummytravels

The Wholesome Table
This is one of the more contemporary restaurants that circle around healthy and properly-sourced ingredients. The food is good and the interiors are stunning. I'd go back for the place alone.—@klccheng

Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago is a guarded citadel built by Spanish conquistador, Miguel Lopez De Legazpi. Several lives were lost in its prisons especially during the Spanish Colonial Period of World War II. Jose Rizal, the Philippine's national hero, was actually imprisoned here before his execution in 1896. At present, some areas of the ruins are used for theatre play productions.—@melaledesma

Heima Store
I love visiting the Heima Store early in the morning, around 10 am, just when they're opening the shop and not many people are around. It's always nice to start the day with some inspiration! It's a great little store packed with tons of colourful knick-knacks. Their Paper Club also carries a lot of my favourite publications from all over the world. I like stopping by, getting some pretty prints and pouring over them at brunch in one of the little cafe's that surround the area.—@kattsanjuan

Greenbelt is one of the upscale malls here in Manila. It not only comprises of fashion stores but also has a large dining option you can choose from (from high end restaurants, al fresco dining, fast food, pub, etc.). Its interior is my favourite, very minimalistic; it has a garden, small pond, and a chapel where families usually hang out.—@ronithology