Into the Millionaire's District

Ready to walk around the Philippines’ former Millionaires’ District?

In the early decades of the 1800s until as late as the 1950s, San Miguel de Manila earned for itself a distinction of being a favorite nook of the capital’s elite. Along with nearby Calle R. Hidalgo, the entire district of San Miguel became known as the country’s “millionaires’ row”, attracting the buenas familias of the city of Manila to build their summer residences here, away from the hustle and bustle of Intramuros.

Walking Tour San Miguel Manila La Cocina

San Miguel, Manila is deserving of being considered a “heritage district” due to the numerous pre-war mansions and houses that still remain standing gracefully  there. Some of these were once homes of powerful Filipino-Spanish clans that led the worlds of Philippine publishing, academe, medicine and politics. Not only that, San Miguel is also home to at least three churches. If one includes San Sebastian, which is an architectural gem in the Philippines, that makes four. 

San Sebastian Church in Manila

San Beda Abbey

The tour wraps up in a climactic and meaningful ending at the Legarda residence, where guests can actually EXPERIENCE the genteel life of pre-war San Miguel through La Cocina de Tita Moning.

Walking Tour San Miguel de Manila

Food Manila Walking Tour

Aside from taking beautiful photographs during this tour, expect commentaries on Philippine heritage: from culinary traditions, Philippine art styles and the influence of the Catholic Church on our architecture, values, and lifestyles.

Tour Highlights

San Sebastian Church
San Beda Abbey
St. Jude’s Church
Mosaicos de Machuca (closed on Sundays)
San Miguel Pro Cathedral
Passing by Pre-war Mansions
Merienda and Tour Around La Cocina de Tita Moning