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View from the Hotel Best Western Astor

DateTime - 2006:09:19 13:48:59
ExposureTime - 1/160 seconds
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ApertureValue - F 9.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 27 mm

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Manila

The City of Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynila), or simply Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and one of the 17 cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila. Located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay just west of the National Capital Region in western side of Luzon, it is one of the central hubs of a thriving metropolitan area home to over 19 million people.[1][2][3] The city itself had more than 100 parks scattered throughout the city.

Manila, occupying a total land area of 38.55 square kilometers,[4][5] is the second most populous city in the Philippines, with more than 1.6 million inhabitants.[5] Only nearby Quezon City, the country's former capital, is more populous. The metropolitan area is the second most populous in Southeast Asia.[1]

Manila lies about 950 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong, 2,400 kilometers northeast of Singapore and more than 2,100 kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur. The Pasig River bisects the city in the middle. Almost all of the city sits on top of centuries of prehistoric alluvial deposits built by the waters of the Pasig River and on some land reclaimed from Manila Bay.

The layout of the city was haphazardly planned during the Spanish Era as a set of communities surrounding the fortified walls of Intramuros (within the walls), which was the original Manila. Intramuros, one of the oldest walled cities in the Far East, was constructed and designed by Spanish Jesuit missionaries to keep from invading Chinese pirates and native uprisings. During the American Period, some semblance of city planning using the architectural designs and master plans by Daniel Burnham was done on the portions of the city south of the Pasig River.
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