Book Your Hotel in Malate Today
Malate is a district of Manila, Philippines. Together with the district of Ermita, it serves as Manila’s center for commerce and tourism.
The word Malate is believed to have stemmed from the corruption of the Tagalog word “maalat'” (“salty”). Tradition notes that the tidewaters from Manila Bay flowed far inland and that seawater intruded into the freshwater collected from wells, thus making the drinking water in the area salty.
Malate during the Spanish colonial period was an open space with a small fishing village. During the Spanish period, the center of activity was the Malate Church, which enshrined Our Lady of Remedies. Devotion to the image was especially popular among pregnant women having a difficult pregnancy.
After the United States of America annexed the islands in 1898 as a consequence of the Spanish–American War, American urban planners envisioned the development of Malate as the newest and trendiest exclusive residential area for American families. American expatriates and some of the old Spanish mestizo families populated the district in modern high rise apartments and bungalows.
Despite extensive damage after the Second World War, many homes and buildings were still standing. The displaced wealthy families who evacuated their homes during the war returned and re-built their private villas and kept the whole district exclusively residential until the 1970s.
The once exclusive residential areas on the western portion of Malate began to transform in the 1970s into a commercial area with some large homes and residential apartments being converted into small hotels, specialty restaurants and cafes.
During the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos, visual and performing artists found a haven in Malate during the 1980s and it became a bohemian enclave and safe haven. Malate is continuously transforming itself as the center of recreation and entertainment for Manila with more restaurants, boutiques, bars, discos and novelty stores opening for business. The block bounded by the streets; Maria Orosa, Julio Nakpil, Adriatico and Remedios have become synonymous to “street parties,” al fresco dining, street dancing and concerts.
The western side of Malate across Taft Avenue remains a quiet middle-class area with several apartment rows converted into dormitories for students enrolled at nearby schools.
The district can be directly accessed by the main roads like the Roxas Boulevard, Quirino Avenue and Taft Avenue.
The Light Rail Transit (LRT-1) follows Taft Avenue and stops at three stations located in Malate, Vito Cruz Station, Quirino Station and Pedro Gil Station.
The country’s forefront financial agencies like the Department of Finance or DOF (Kagawaran ng Pananalapi), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or BSP (Philippines Central Bank) and lending institution LandBank of the Philippines established their headquarters in the district, while the National Naval Command Headquarters of the Philippine Navy, a unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines is at the boundary limits of Manila and the city of Pasay along Roxas Boulevard. The Bureau of Plant Industry is also headquartered in the area.
In the 1990s, Malate and the nearby district of Ermita had been “cleaned-up” and big businesses and resort hotels have sprouted in the district.
Harrison Plaza, Manila’s first enclosed modern mall, is located in the Malate district.
There is one hospital, the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, located at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Quirino Avenue.
The district is also home to the Philippine’s first sports stadium, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the country’s premiere zoological park, the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden. Promenades and parks by the Manila Bay have been made more convenient and safe with the opening of the Manila Baywalk area and the renovated Plaza Rajah Sulayman. A portion of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex also lies within the district.
Education and scholarly activity
Education in Malate is mostly provided by private schools. Several educational institutions which are part of the University Belt are located in Malate, these are the De La Salle University, De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Women’s University, St. Paul University Manila and St. Scholastica’s College Manila. Prominent secondary schools in Malate are the Jesus Reigns Christian Academy, Jose Abad Santos Memorial School and the Malate Catholic School. Doña Aurora Quezon Elementary School is the only public school in the district.
manila hotels, manila hotel, hotels in manila, makati hotels, manila vacation, manila philippines hotels, hotels in makati, things to do in manila, what to do in manila, manila tourism, manila tourist spots, hotels in roxas boulevard, manila points of interest, manila philippines nightlife, resort in manila, places to visit near manila, manila bar, makati nightlife, fun things to do in manila, best place in manila, manila activities, makati bars, bars in manila, weather in manila philippines, philippines nightlife, manila girls, hotels near us embassy manila, manila travel, places to go in manila, places to visit in manila for couples, manila resorts, tourist spot in manila, manila nightlife, nightlife in manila, manila attractions, where to go in manila, resorts near manila, places to visit in manila, hotels manila philippines, 5 star hotels in manila, list of hotels in manila, hotels in manila with pool, accommodation manila, cheap hotels manila, manila hotel philippines, hotel manila airport, hotels in manila near airport, manila hostel, manila hotels near airport, motels in manila, hotels in metro manila, hotel philippines, manila airport hotel, hotels near manila airport, manila cheap hotels, hotels in malate, malate hotels, manila hotel rooms, condotel manila, budget hotels in manila, best hotels in manila, hotels in manila philippines, manila hotel rates, hotel manila, cheap hotels in manila, affordable hotels in manila, manila philippines accommodation, manila hotel deals, attractions in manilaTags: 5 star hotels in manila, accommodation manila, affordable hotels in manila, attractions in manila, bars in manila, best hotels in manila, best place in manila, budget hotels in manila, cheap hotels in manila, cheap hotels manila, condotel manila, fun things to do in manila, hotel manila, hotel manila airport, hotel philippines, hotels in makati, hotels in malate, hotels in manila, hotels in manila near airport, hotels in manila philippines, hotels in manila with pool, hotels in metro manila, hotels in roxas boulevard, hotels manila philippines, hotels near manila airport, hotels near us embassy manila, list of hotels in manila, makati bars, makati hotels, makati nightlife, Malate, malate hotels, manila activities, manila airport hotel, manila attractions, manila bar, manila cheap hotels, manila girls, manila hostel, manila hotel, manila hotel deals, manila hotel philippines, manila hotel rates, manila hotel rooms, manila hotels, manila hotels near airport, manila nightlife, manila philippines accommodation, manila philippines hotels, manila philippines nightlife, manila points of interest, manila resorts, manila tourism, manila tourist spots, manila travel, manila vacation, motels in manila, nightlife in manila, philippines nightlife, places to go in manila, places to visit in manila, places to visit in manila for couples, places to visit near manila, resort in manila, resorts near manila, things to do in manila, tourist spot in manila, weather in manila philippines, what to do in manila, where to go in manila