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Manila (/məˈnɪlə/ mə-NIL; Filipino: Maynila) is the capital city of the Philippines and the most populous metropolitan area in the country and the 11th most populous in the world. Manila is the most densely populated city in the world and was divided into several districts. Manila has been a major settlement for three centuries, and since has been the political, economic, social, cultural, and educational center of the Philippines.

Manila is a leading global city, with its strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence.

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Intramuros, the ancient core of Manila, is the oldest district within the City of Manila built by the Spaniards. Its name, in Latin, Intramuros, literally "within the walls", meaning within the wall enclosure of the settlement, also describes its structure as it is surrounded by thick, high walls and moats. During the Spanish colonial period, Intramuros was considered Manila itself, being a major settlement for three centuries.

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