Capital of the Philippines, this bustling city located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay is a major business center and a top destination for museums, galleries, and eateries. The Pasig River flows through the middle of Manila, dividing it into the north and south sections. As one of the most densely populated and traffic-choked cities in the world, running in Manila can be a challenge. But there are good spots and a growing running culture.
The best places to run in Manila are areas R that are closed to traffic, including the scenic Manila Baywalk, Seaside Boulevard by the Mall of Asia, Emerald Ave, and the Academic Oval of the University of the Philippines. Parks, although small, are also popular for running, whether its Bonifacio Global City, Luneta Park, Quezon Circle, or Heritage Park. Runners can put in off-road laps on one of Manila’s many public tracks. It is a bit of a challenge to find a long route that’s really scenic, but a few of these can be combined.
There are many options for getting around Manila, including a Light Rail, a Metro Rail, and a public bus. For a bit more money, you can also hire a taxi or “jeepney” to take you around town. Also, be aware of Manila’s heat and humidity, with distinct wet and dry seasons.