Popularly referred to as Metro Manila, the National Capital Region is the seat of government and one of the three defined metropolitan areas in the country.
Best Time to Visit
For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.
Area: 619.7 km² (239.26 mi²)
Regional Center: Manila
NCR – National Capital Region
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Cities: (16) Caloocan; Las Piñas; Makati; Malabon; Mandaluyong; City of Manila; Marikina; Muntinlupa; Navotas; Parañaque; Pasay; Pasig; Quezon City; San Juan; Taguig, Valenzuela
- Crops (Palay, Corn, Banana, Mango, Coffee, Coconut)
- Food Processing
- Mass Transportation Operation
- Textiles and Garments
- Handicrafts and Furniture
The best way to get to NCR depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.
The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.
Use the following online service to determine the various transportation options available to you based on your point of departure.
The following are the modes of transportation available in this region.
Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily. Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.
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SEE & DO
- Art in Island Museum
- Ayala Center
- Ayala Museum
- Bamboo Organ at Saint Joseph Church
- Bonifacio High Street
- Casa Manila
- Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Fort Santiago
- Green Hills Shopping Center
- Luglugan Pancit Malabon
- Malabon Tricycle Tour
- Malacañang Palace Museum
- Manila Cathedral
- Manila Chinatown
- Mind Museum
- National Museum
- Philippine International Convention Center
- Quezon Memorial Circle
- Rizal Park
- San Agustin Church and Museum
- University of Santo Tomas (UST)
- Uptown Bonifacio
EAT & DRINK
- Arroz Caldo
- Chicken Inasal
- Crispy Pata
- Dinuguan at puto
- Fish Tinola
- Pancit Palabok
- Pansit Malabon
- Taba ng talangka
WHERE TO STAY
Where to Stay in NCR
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EVENTS & FESTIVALS
- Aliwan Fiesta
- Balut sa Puti Festival
- Caracol Festival
- Feast of Black Nazarene (Quiapo, Manila)
- International Bamboo Organ Festival
- La Loma Lechon Festival
- Philippine International Pyromusical Competition
READ MORE: 17 Regions of the Philippines (with map)