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The history of Manila is closely tied to the bay which is overlooked by the spectacular Manila Baywalk. Naval battles were fought here, including the celebrated La Naval de Manila in 1646. Today, the waterfront promenade is stippled with several establishments where you can make a pit stop with friends and family. Stroll along the scenic coastline or bask in the refreshing atmosphere as you admire the stunning sunsets.
The 1960s saw the emergence of a new business district in the then sleepy municipality of Makati. The Spanish-Filipino conglomerate of Don Jaime Zobel de Ayala developed the district by first establishing this main thoroughfare which cuts through to Highway 54 (now known as Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, or EDSA). Towards the end of the decade, Ayala Avenue emerged as the main artery of the Makati business area. Many major banks, multi-national corporations and embassies are located here.
The government-funded University of the Philippines opened in 1908 and is today the country's largest university system. This main campus at Diliman, Quezon City, covers 493 hectares dotted with approximately 26 colleges, 30 research/training institutes, 57 libraries, 10 residence halls, several canteens, theaters, a chapel and an alumni center. Echoing classical Greek architecture with its tall columns and fluid symmetry, the main administration building is fronted by the Oblation (shown in the photo), a rendition into sculpture of National Hero Jose Rizal's poem My Last Farewell.