I am spending a couple of days in Manila next month & want to see a few of the main sites while I recover from jet lag & before I go to Cebu. I had planned to stay in Malate since it is close to the airport, close to the bay & the bay walk, & it has been described to me as the "real old" Manila with interesting cafes, bars etc.,... But I just heard that they closed all the open air bars along the baywalk, true? Has that really taken the life out of the area?
Some people, from the PH have had reservations about me staying there & have suggested Makati as safer & cleaner, with less touts & pros walking around than Malate. I assume this to be very nice, but with the same stores and vibe as any city around the world.
What say you residents & frequent visitors?
I should add that I am a relatively experienced traveler on my own.