The current Neo-Romanesque Manila Cathedral was built between 1954 and 1958 and elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope John Paul in 1981. The site has been home to several Cathedrals – the first being constructed from bamboo in 1581 and destroyed by fire two years later. Subsequent buildings were destroyed by earthquakes, with the second most recent reduced to rubble during the liberation of the city in 1945. The funerals of two former presidents were held in the Manila Cathedral including Carlos P. Garcia and Corazon Aquino.
Located within the historic Intramuros district, another fascinating church is the San Agustin Church, the oldest place of worship standing in the Philippines. The current structure was completed in 1607 and later renovated in 1854. Miraculously, the church has withstood damage from around a dozen significant earthquakes – many delivering substantial damage to Manila. It is widely accepted the elliptical foundation saved the structure from destruction.
Also consider exploring the Basilica of San Sebastian, designed by Gustav Eiffel.
Manila Airport (MNL)
Flights from Australia to Manila will disembark at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) is the main airport serving Manila and its surrounding areas. Commonly referred to as Manila International, the airport is made up of four terminals and is a major hub for Cebu Pacific.
Airport Accommodation: There are a number of hotels located in close proximity to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Book your Manila Airport accommodation.
Getting to Manila
There are several airlines that offer flights to Manila from Australia. Direct flights from Sydney or Melbourne take around eight hours. There are also flights that include a stopover in Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore. Flights from Perth via Sydney, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur take between 11 and 20 hours depending on the stopover. Flights from Brisbane via Taipei, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur take between 15 and 20 hours depending on the stopover.
Airlines that fly to Manila
Airlines that offer cheap flights to Manila from Australia include:
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