Fellowship Day/City Tour

Facts about the City Tour

 Explore Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. You go on a historic tour in the walled city of Intramuros during Spanish occupation, explore Rizal Park, the Central Bank of the Philippines museum, Cultural Center of the Philippines, and many others.

Featured Destinations

Intramuros & Fort Santiago, Manila

Old-world Intramuros is home to Spanish-era landmarks like Fort Santiago, with a large stone gate and a shrine to national hero José Rizal. The ornate Manila Cathedral houses bronze carvings and stained glass windows, while the San Agustin Church museum has religious artwork and statues. Spanish colonial furniture and art fill Casa Manila museum, and horse-drawn carriages (kalesa) ply the area’s cobblestone streets.

Rizal Park

Rizal Park’s history began in 1820 when the Paseo de Luneta was completed just south of the walls of Manila on a marshy patch of land next to the beach during the Spanish rule. Prior to the park, the marshy land was the location of a small town called Nuevo Barrio (“New Town” or Bagumbayan in Tagalog) that dates back to 1601. The town and its churches, being close to the walled city, were strategically used as cover by the British during their attack.

BSP Museum

The BSP Museum is the repository and custodian of the country’s numismatic heritage. It collects, studies and preserves coins, paper notes, medals, artifacts and monetary items found in the Philippines during its different historical periods.

Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, also known as the CCP Complex, is an 88-hectare reclaimed property owned by the Cultural Center of the Philippines located along Roxas Boulevard in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Travel Reminders

The Philippines, a country of over 7,000 islands, has a tropical climate all year. From October to February, when humidity is at its lowest and cooler days and sunny skies prevail, is the best time to visit the Philippines.

It has two distinct seasons: dry season and rainy/monsoon season. The rainy season begins in June and ends in early October, while the dry season (the best but also busiest time to visit) lasts from October to May.

What to wear during tour: Wear cotton linen all season but bring a few layers for cooler evenings or trips to the Highlands. A bathing suit, sunscreen, and a hat are required for beach visits.

If you’re traveling in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, and Baguio City, download the Grab app to safely and conveniently call taxis from anywhere in the city. It functions similarly to Uber and is an excellent way to ensure you get where you need to go.

Prepaid phone plans with Smart or Globe SIM cards are recommended. At the airport or malls, you can purchase a local sim card for 5G or LTE data service. Data plans are reasonably priced.

The Philippines is one of the world’s largest English-speaking countries! Many people speak English and can assist you in a language that you understand.

In the Philippines, tap water is not drinkable, but most hotels provided free water for guests to drink and refill their bottles.

There aren’t many ATMs in smaller and more rural towns, so withdraw enough cash ahead of time to be safe. Some ATMs do not accept foreign cards either. ATMs that accept foreign cards are those with the Mastercard, Bancnet, or Cirrus logos.

In the Philippines, plugs alternate between American two-prong outlets and European two-round plugs. Many places had outlets that could accept both into the same socket. Bring an adapter that has both to ensure you don’t run into any problems while traveling around the country.