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A Tourist's Guide to Neo-Manila


The Malacañang Palace, seat of power of the Pan-Asiatic Federal Government, juxtaposed to a street in the Laurel District

Metropolitan Neo-Manila

Location: Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic (New Philippines), Pan-Asiatic States

Population: 12,877,253

Density: 21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi)

Demonym(s): English: Manilan;
Spanish: manilense,[a] manileño(-a)
Tagalog: Manileño(-a), Manilenyo(-a), Taga-Maynila

Public Transportation: Trains, Jeepneys, Buses (Private transportation outlawed)
Languages/Dialect: Tagalog, Chinese, English (Most people speak English)
Payment Options: Labor Vouchers (exchange foreign currency at a remittance center)
"I walked the streets of San Francisco,
I've tried the rides in Disneyland.
Dated a million girls in Sydney,
Somehow I feel like I don't belong!

Manila, Manila
I keep coming back to Manila.
Simply no place like Manila.
Manila, I'm coming home!"

Metropolitan Neo-Manila (/məˈnɪlə/; Filipino: Maynilà, pronounced [majˈnilaʔ] or [majniˈla]), officially Metropolitan Neo-Manila (Filipino: Lungsod ng Maynilà [luŋˈsod nɐŋ majˈnilaʔ]), formerly known as simply Manila, is the official capital of the Pan-Asiatic States, and the official state-capital of the Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic. As of 2018 it was the most densely populated city proper in the world. While settlement in the region has been known since time immemorial, even before the era of Spanish colonization, it was only chartered city by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act 183 on July 31, 1901, originally, as a conglomerate of cities merged into one. The city was destroyed by Soviet nuclear weapons during the Third Pacific War, leaving much of its old heritage sites completely destroyed. In 1991, it was rechristened with the name Neo-Manila, and was designated as the capital of the Federation of Pan-Asiatic States in 1992 for its strategic ports and geographic location. It is now the seat of Pan-Asiatic government and is one of the three defined metropolitan areas of the Tagalog region of the Pan-Asiatic States.

The Metropolitan itself is composed of 16, large Districts namely: the District of Maynila (Or, Capital District), Laurel District, Caloocan District, Las Piñas District, Makati District, Malabon District, Mandaluyong District, Marikina District, Muntinlupa District, Navotas District, Parañaque District, Pasay District, Pasig District, San Juan District, Taguig District, and Valenzuela District, as well as the municipality of Pateros. Each District is a city in its own right, and their close, merging proximity with each other forms the entirety of Metropolitan Neo-Manila. The Metropolitan's capital district is the country's second largest city.

Metropolitan Neo-Manila, alongside Mexico City and Madrid are considered the world's original set of Global Cities due to its commercial networks being the first to traverse the Pacific Ocean, thus connecting Asia with the Spanish Americas, marking the first time in world history when an uninterrupted chain of trade routes circled the planet. This trade continues to flourish until today, and is attributed as a primer for the city's burgeoning growth rate. Neo-Manila has been damaged by and rebuilt from wars more times than the famed city of Troy and it is also the second most natural disaster afflicted capital city in the world next to Neo-Tokyo, yet it is simultaneously among the most populous and most wealthy cities in Southeast Asia.

Greater East Asian War Memorial

Located in the Capital District, the Greater East Asian War Memorial is an enormous park devoted to remembrance of the fallen of the Second and Third Pacific Wars. The Memorial is roughly the size of eight city blocks. At the center is a massive statue of a Red Army soldier carrying a young Filipino man, looking Westward. North of the statue is a solid concrete block with the inscription "Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь!", or "Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!"; the state-motto of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the famous Marxist catchphrase at the end of the Communist Manifesto. "Patriotic" shops are known to surround the area, which, ironically, sell retail souvenirs like dummy Red Army helmets, National Democratic Front caps, and assorted magnets. The Pan-Asiatic States Armed Forces conducts marches in the area from 2AM to 6PM. The memorial itself is open from 7PM to 8 PM. Once every two months, Air Shows and military parades are also hosted here.

A Pacific Wars era wartime recruitment poster featured in the Museum of Philippine Revolution

The Museum of Philippine Revolution

Built on the southern end of the memorial, the Museum of Philippine Revolution is a museum erected to commemorate the "national struggle" of the indigenous Tagalog Peoples in their creation of the New Philippine state. The Museum is the country's fifth largest museum, and is a bunker-like structure, built mostly underground. The first floor serves as the lobby and directory. The first basement is dedicated to pre-Hispanic Philippine history, while the final basement explores contemporary history, such as the 1995 Cultural Revolution; the rest of the museum is built in this chronologically-organized manner. The museum has over 165 different exhibits, and houses national treasures like the original copy of LinkNoli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and LinkEl Filibusterismo (The Filibuster).

The Museum is best known for its two largest and most popular exhibits, namely:

The Exhibit for Early Philippine Proletariat Culture

(Click on the coat-of-arms to listen to the anthem of the Tagalog Republic!)

The Exhibit for Early Philippine Proletariat Culture showcases artworks, pieces of literature, portraits, photographs, weapons, uniforms, and footage of the LinkTagalog Republic era of the Philippine archipelago, an era before the establishment of the First Philippine Republic. The Tagalog Republic, or Haring Bayang Katagalugan, is widely considered to be the first democratic republic in Asia, and the spiritual ancestor of the current Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic.

Upon entering this exhibit, visitors are first ushered into an auditorium, where the context of the era aforementioned is explained through a short 15-minute documentary by the National Historical Commission. At the end of the documentary, the Noble Hymn of the Tagalog Nation, the anthem of the Tagalog Republic, is played to set the mood of the exhibit.

The Exhibit for the Legacy of Resistance Against the Japanese Occupation

(Click on the coat-of-arms to listen to the Song of Philippine Independence!)

The Second Philippine Republic, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (Filipino: Republika ng Pilipinas; Japanese: フィリピン共和国きょうわこく, romanized: Firipin kyōwakoku; Spanish: República de Filipinas), or known in the Philippines as Japanese-sponsored Philippine Republic, was a puppet state established on October 14, 1943, during the Japanese occupation, and saw the end of the early People's Republic of the Philippines (est. 1936).

General Masaharu Homma decreed the dissolution of the People's Republic of the Philippines and established the Philippine Executive Commission, a caretaker government, with Vargas as its first chairman in January 1942. KALIBAPI– Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (Tagalog for the "Association for Service to the New Philippines") was formed by Proclamation No. 109 of the Philippine Executive Commission (Komisyong Tagapagpaganap ng Pilipinas), a piece of legislation passed on December 8, 1942, banning all existing political parties and creating the new governing alliance. Its first director-general was Benigno Aquino, Sr. The pro-Japanese Ganap Party, which saw the Japanese as the saviors of the archipelago, was absorbed into the KALIBAPI.

This exhibit features photographs and speeches of the various political leaders of the time in a sleek audiovisual tour, and the guerilla struggle against Japanese Fascism. However, the exhibit also recognizes the efforts of the political leaders who resisted the Japanese occupation from within the government itself, through filibustering and subversion of the Japanese agenda. Visitors are welcomed by this Linkspeech in Filipino by President Jose P. Laurel declaring the foundation of the "New Philippine Republic", as well as his Linkaddress in English to the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere Conference.

Controversially, the exhibit also features the many pieces of evidence and legacies detailing the stories of the subjugated Filipina "comfort women", victims of en masse rape camps which continued all throughout the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

The Song of Philippine Independence (菲律賓独立の歌) is played at the end of the tour.

A set of railways in Laurel District's business quarter

Laurel District

If you've come to Neo-Manila solely for rest and relaxation, no worries, the Laurel District has you covered. Honorably named after President Jose P. Laurel, first President of the short-lived Second Philippine Republic, for his heroic deeds as a Nationalist who actively tried to protect the Tagalog peoples even while under foreign occupation during the Pacific Wars, the Laurel District is the most recently developed District of the entire Metropolitan, and as such, is the go-to commercial District for mall-lovers and tech-savy urban explorers. Very few people know the accolades this city holds. Regardless, it remains on the periphery of both local and foreign sojourners because other districts to the South boast of a more cosmopolitan atmosphere.

But if you can find the time, why not drop by the Laurel District and experience the fun for yourself?

Little Moscow Mall

  • Operation hours: 10am-9pm

  • Highlight(s): Complete with all the shopping essentials, Little Moscow is an easy one stop shop for all your needs.

  • Insider info: The Markov Rail Transportation terminal is connected to the mall for easy commuter access.

Come to the Little Moscow Mall located along Kalangitan Avenue. There’s always something happening on the ground floor’s Activity Center—from celebrity endorsement launches to trade fairs, and even food festivals. You can stroll through or relax at the mall’s beautifully landscaped outdoor area.

There’s also a movie house, open garden, and arcade at the top floor. The easiest way to come here is by taking a Markov Rail Transportation ride and hopping off at the North Avenue station – which is connected to the mall proper.

Laurel Town Center

  • Operation hours: 11am-9pm

  • Highlight(s): The mall has numerous restaurants and cafes to choose from.

  • Insider info: Laurel Town Center stands on what used to be the grounds of the Myo Myung-Hee Korean Academy of the Sciences.

On the other side of the Laurel District, near the blue school of Bagong Katagalugan University (BagKat U) and the Laurel District Maryknoll University (LDMU), along Katipunan Avenue, the Laurel Town Center is another relatively new development, with restaurants and clothing outlets that are perfect for families.

There’s also a wide open space right in the middle of the complex, where you can people-watch to your heart’s content. The fastest way to get here is by taking a jeep headed towards Katipunan/UP Campus.

Luzviminda Street

  • Operation hours: 11am-9pm

  • Highlight(s): Catch a glimpse of the highly instagrammable Gerry’s Jeepney and try out their Filipino menu.

  • Insider info: Luzviminda Street is actually a part of a small compound owned by State-Company Feng Ltd., called New Tagalog Village, with its streets being named after places in the Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic.

Luzviminda Street, a portmanteau of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (the three primary groups of provinces that compose the Tagalog Soviet Socialist Republic), many Facebook posts have been dedicated to this bustling gastronomic nucleus. Luzviminda Street traverses Sikatuna and Teacher’s Village, surrounding the University of the Philippines’ campus.

The street itself is far-away from the nearest railway station, but part of the experience is taking a journey via jeepney, discovering hidden hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and sharing the find on social media.

The Rizal Monument

Luneta Park

Rizal Park (Filipino: Liwasang Rizal, Spanish: Parque Rizal), also known as Luneta Park or simply Luneta, is a historical urban park in the Capital Distrct, situated in an area formerly known as Bagumbayan in the era of colonialism under the Spaniards. Rizal Park is located along Roxas Boulevard, it is one of the largest urban parks in Asia. It has been a favorite leisure spot, and is frequented on Sundays and national holidays. Rizal Park is one of the major tourist attractions of Manila.

Situated by the Manila Bay, it is an important site in Philippine history. The execution of Filipino patriot José Rizal on December 30, 1896 fanned the flames of the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Kingdom of Spain. The area was officially renamed Rizal Park in his honor, and the monument enshrining his remains serves as the park's symbolic focal point.

The bronze-and-granite Rizal monument is among the most famous sculptural landmarks in the country. It is almost protocol for visiting dignitaries to lay a wreath at the monument. Located on the monument is not merely the statue of Rizal, but also his remains.

On September 28, 1901, the United States Philippine Commission approved Act No. 243, which would erect a monument in Luneta to commemorate the memory of José Rizal, Filipino patriot, writer and poet. The committee formed by the act held an international design competition between 1905 and 1907 and invited sculptors from Europe and the United States to submit entries with an estimated cost of ₱100,000 using local materials.

The first-prize winner was Carlos Nicoli of Carrara, Italy for his scaled plaster model titled “Al Martir de Bagumbayan” (To the Martyr of Bagumbayan) besting 40 other accepted entries. The contract though, was awarded to second-placer Swiss sculptor named Richard Kissling for his “Motto Stella” (Guiding Star).

After more than twelve years of its approval, the shrine was finally unveiled on December 30, 1913 during Rizal’s 17th death anniversary. His poem "Mi Ultimo Adios" ("My Last Farewell") is inscribed on the memorial plaque. The site is continuously guarded by ceremonial soldiers of Philippine Marine Corps’ Marine Security and Escort Group

The original monument itself was destroyed when nuclear bombs dropped in 1974, and was rebuilt through the support and organization of Supreme Commissary Benigno Aquino Jr. in 1994.

The Brukean Political Consulate (Interior) incorporating elements of Brukean architecture

Brukean People's Party of the Republic
Political Consulate

Established only recently, in 2019, the Brukean People's Party of the Republic 'Political Consulate' in the business quarter of the Pasig District, located along Ortigas Avenue, is a socio-cultural consulate for Pan-Asiatic academics pursuing Brukean studies, specifically, of Brukean Socialist studies offered to university students and Asian Communist Party members (both veteran and aspiring) pursuing law, international history, political science, anthropology, and other such studies which have outlined The Royal Republic of Bruke as a subject of political discourse.

(An old photograph of the People's Party's leader, Sefanit Fasika, who recently lost the elections for Prime Ministership in Bruke)

The consulate itself is open to the public, and its offices are readily available to students interested in pursuing Brukean political history or general culture as their college degree. For the more average person, the building also harbors a small interactive museum in its basement abridging and putting on-display the many conflicts and struggles the Brukean people have fought to attain, as well as their many major footprints on history. The museum features copies of old photographs, reprinted documents, articles, timelines, videos, and placards bringing the socialist and sovereign struggle of Bruke to life.

The Political Consulate is open from 6 AM to 6 PM, but the museum closes at 5 PM. The offices' lunch breaks are from 12 noon to 1 PM.