A bustling city with a laid-back, casual nature
The geography of Manila is decidedly urban. Manila itself is geographically situated on the island of Luzon (the northern most of the three island groups of the Philippines), on Manila Bay and at the mouth of the Pasig River. Due to its geographical location between Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay, plus the intersection of the Pasig River, Manila lies on a flood plane. The country’s chief port and transportation hub, Manila (pop. 1.6 million) is a part of larger Metro Manila (pop. 11.5 million), a sprawling urban area of 636 square kilometers comprising of 16 cities and one municipality.