Away from the malls, explore this neighborhood for a dose of history and culture.
Manila is a great city, but chronic nuisances like flooding, monstrous traffic jams, and pollution, among others, often muddy its beauty. In all that disarray, however, the San Miguel district seems to stand out.
Its claim to fame, besides being the original location of the San Miguel Brewery, is that it is home to Malacañang Palace, or the Official Residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Catholic churches in the Philippines are usually overflowing with parishioners on Sundays.
However, this is not the case for the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels in Manila, despite being the only shrine in the whole world dedicated to seven archangels.
St. Michael is located inside the Malacañang Complex. It is almost next door to the most important address in the country, Malacañan Palace. A few blocks away is another national shrine: one to St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of desperate cases.