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Metro Manila, on the island of Luzon, is the national capital region of the Philippines. With massive traffic jams and a reputation for insecurity relative to other Southeast Asian cities, Metro Manila is often considered to be a challenging city to explore, but in reality, the contrasts are precisely what makes the city a great destination to both most spoiled and the most adventurous travellers.

As in the rest of the Philippines, expect local customs and behaviours to be different from your own. Metro Manila locals are more sophisticated than those in the countryside, yet expect customs, behaviors, and situations that may upset first-time visitors.

Metro Manila is more a "Los Angeles" than a "New York City" type of city, meaning that it is a multi-polar city with major business, shopping and leisure areas scattered across the city, rather than concentrated in a compact Downtown. 

- Wikivoyage

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