Never quite the same

Manila’s name is thought to be a corruption of its prehispanic name Maynilad. This pre-hispanic name is believed to come from may, there is, and nilad, a mangrove plant abundant around the banks of the Passig River.

There is a Manila before and a different one after the WWII. It is said that the city never recovered its sense of self after the war and thus never regained its “Paris of Asia” splendour.

A popular overnight stop to head to paradise islands, Manila hosts 1million tourists per year. Makati, one of the many Barangays (barrios) of Manila, a good one for such one-night stops. Interestingly enough, in 2011, an underground tunnel was discovered 3.5 meters below the street level where a lot of high end buildings, modern shopping centers and big companies can be seen. The tunnels are said to be wide enough for trucks to enter and were designed and used as an “underground highway” to transport food, medicines, and supplies for the military.