Manila is the capital city of the Philippines. It is located in Luzon – the biggest island. The city occupies an area of 38.55 square kilometers. It is bounded by the west by the Manila Bay. It is part of the Metro Manila or National Capital Region composed on 16 cities and 1 municipality.
The city is divided into 897 barangays. Each barangay has its own chairperson and 7 councilors. For administrative convenience, all the barangays in Manila are grouped into 100 zones and which are further grouped into 16 administrative districts.
The city has six representatives popularly elected to the House of Representatives, a legislative branch of the Philippines. Each representative represents one of the six Congressional districts of Manila.
The Manila City Hall is located in the historic center of Ermita, Manila. It is where the Mayor of Manila holds office and the chambers of the Manila City Council. It was originally intended to be a part of a national government center envisioned by Daniel Burnham in the 1930s.
The clock tower, also designed by Antonio Toledo which was completed during the 1930s is the largest clock tower in the Philippines, reaching close to 100 feet in elevation. It stands out during nighttime when the whole of the tower lights up. It has now become the icon for the city of Manila.
The clock tower is synchronize with the Philippine Standard Time.
The City’s Official Seal
The shield on which the various images are emblazoned and which carry the nations colors signifies the valor, the blood and the idealism with which Manila’s forcers fought against invasion.
The circular band around the shield declares the seal to that of Manila, Philippines.
The six stars represent the six congressional districts into which the city is divided and governed the circle.
The beautiful pearl embedded in the shell symbolizes the character of Manila, a city that has transformed to hundred divergent cultures collected over the centuries from nationalities who landed on her shore into something essentially Filipino.
The sea lion, en garde, stands for the authority of the City Government – protective and defensive of Manila’s people & territory.
The waves of alternating azure and argent portray the Pasig River – a most important landmark whose length and path throughout the city chronicle the beginnings and the progress of Manila’s commerce & industry.