Curated experiences for the discerning traveler

We specialize in creating unique walking tour experiences that narrate the compelling stories of the Filipino people using historic sites as a visual tapestry of our heritage.

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We use history as a lens to try and understand why the Filipinos act the way they do and our clients love our tours because we’re not the usual, boring litany of dates, names, and trivia. We talk about the Filipino people’s place in history and encourage insightful conversations with our guests. Our success with this approach is reflected with how highly rated our reviews are on platforms like Tripadvisor.

This narrative-driven and fact-based approach has led to a more than healthy recognition of the quality of the service that we provide—so much so that we have had many high profile clients on our tours such as former Member of the Legislative Assembly Thomas Lukaszuk of Alberta, Canada, former Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Dardari of Syria, and even Queen Sofia of Spain.


3G: God, Gold, & Glory Tour

This signature program is the #1 walking tour in Manila on TripAdvisor. It has a 100% satisfaction rating among our clients!

Starts at PHP 1,788.80
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3GX: God, Gold, & Glory EXTENDED Tour

Our most expansive and in-depth program, this tour will take you on an adventure through more than 550 years of Philippine history.

Starts at PHP 2,585.00
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National Treasures

Learn about the stories—and even intrigues—of some of the most precious art pieces in the Philippines.

Starts at PHP 1,788.80
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Culture Café

Have you ever wondered what the Philippines was like before we became a Spanish colony? Well, now is your chance to find out!

Starts at PHP 1,788.80
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Baybayin Courses

Learn the ancient, pre-colonial writing system of the Filipino people in our deeply engaging courses on Filipino calligraphy.

Starts at PHP 1,499.00
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Motu Proprio

A tour that explores the two pioneer establishments of Filipino faith: Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church.

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Quality Over Quantity

All Manila For A Day engagements are private. We do not mix groups to preserve the quality of our tours.

Fun But Factual

We aim to enrich your knowledge with factual commentaries. All information can be cited as well.

No Commissions

We partner with other industries to bring you only the best deals. We do not skim from the top or pad at the bottom.

Cruelty-Free

No kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) rides for us, folks! We do not believe in the use of animals for entertainment.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between the 3G and 3GX Tour?
  • May I join another group?
  • Do you serve food and drinks on tour?
  • Do you offer kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) rides?
  • Do you provide transportation?
  • Do you offer customized tours? I want to visit only specific sites.
  • Why are you so expensive?
  • Is there a minimum number of participants for reservations?
  • What if there’s fewer than 5 of us?
  • Can I pay on the tour date itself? I don’t want to pay in advance. I just want to reserve a date.
  • I want a shorter tour, can I pay less?
  • Do you offer discounts to tour operators?
  • I don’t have a Philippine bank account, how else can I pay?
  • Can I pay via credit card?
  • I don’t have a PayPal account, how else can I pay?
  • How will I recognize the guide?
What is the difference between the 3G and 3GX Tour?

The 3G: God, Gold, & Glory Tour is our basic tour program and takes 3 hours to complete. It covers the basics of Philippine history and culture, particularly the foundation of the Philippines as a colony through Spain’s conquest of our islands. We go through the entire Spanish Colonial history of the Philippines and explain why the Spanish colonial experience is the root of many Filipino cultural idiosyncrasies. Basically, this tour will tell you why the Filipinos are the way they are today.

The 3GX: God, Gold, & Glory EXTENDED Tour on the other hand, is our best-selling program and takes 4.5 hours to complete. It is an upgraded version of the 3G tour and covers ALL of the major segments of Philippine history from the Spanish Colonial Era, to the American Era, all the way to World War II in the Philippines. It is everything the basic 3G Tour is, and more! This is the tour to take if you love history.

May I join another group?

No. All tours are private and exclusive to the booking party.

Do you serve food and drinks on tour?

This depends on the tour program. Most of our tours have a snack component but not full meals.

Do you offer kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) rides?

No. We provide walking experiences and do not believe in using animals for entertainment.

Do you provide transportation?

No. We only provide expertly guided walking tours. Once booked, your guide will meet you at the starting point of your tour program.

Do you offer customized tours? I want to visit only specific sites.

Yes. Get in touch with us at hello@manilaforaday.com to inquire about customized tour programs.

Why are you so expensive?

We are actually still one of the most competitively priced providers in the city considering the competence and expertise you will receive.

When you engage our services, you’re hiring experts who speak near-perfect, fluent English with native proficiency. Aside from their command of the English language, our Cultural Navigators are also true experts on the Philippines. Each one has spent years mastering their craft and learning everything they can about the Filipino people, which they then use to weave compelling narratives using our tour programs.

Is there a minimum number of participants for reservations?

No, but there is a minimum on pricing. This means that for one (1) participant or a group of five (5) participants, the rate will be the same.

What if there’s fewer than 5 of us?

All minimum rates are for a group of five (5) participants or fewer. This means that for one (1) participant or a group of five (5) participants, the rate will be the same.

Can I pay on the tour date itself? I don’t want to pay in advance. I just want to reserve a date.

Only full payment on or before the given deadline guarantees your reservation. If the payment deadline is missed, we reserve the right to open your requested schedule to other interested parties.

I want a shorter tour, can I pay less?

No. Our tours are designed to be taken as a whole program and follows a compelling narrative.

Do you offer discounts to tour operators?

Yes. However, we are very selective with our partners. Please send an email to hello@manilaforaday.com.

I don’t have a Philippine bank account, how else can I pay?

We accept credit card payments using PayPal as our secure payment gateway.

Can I pay via credit card?

Absolutely! We accept all major internationally recognized credit cards. Credit card payments are processed through PayPal.

I don’t have a PayPal account, how else can I pay?

You do not need a PayPal account to complete payment. Opt for the “Pay using a credit/debit card” option in your electronic invoice.

How will I recognize the guide?

Look for the Manila For A Day I.D. badge. Your guide’s contact details will be provided to you as well. You may then contact your guide through WhatsApp, Viber, SMS, or by giving them a quick phone call.

Client Reviews

We are a three-time Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee (2018, 2019, 2020) and Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice for 2020. All our programs have a 100% satisfaction rating among our clients. Their experiences speak for themselves—read our reviews and features below.
  • Dianne T.
  • Alisha D.
  • Suzanne V.
  • Monique R.

Oh my goodness… I can’t rate this tour highly enough! Although I would consider this an amazing educational walk with a friend. Dustin simply knows his history like the back of his hand and after recalling some of my new found knowledge to a colleague, she felt like she had been on the tour with me, so well done to you Dustin as I feel privileged to have learnt it from such an inspiring individual who is passionate about history, his heritage and his clientele!!!

I went for a half day VIP tour with Dustin and it was amazing (not sure if it was actually VIP, but I certainly felt like it!). I’d previously only visited Manila briefly and didn’t get a sense of what the community and culture was about. Dustin gave insights into the history of the Philippines, in a completely accessible, relatable way, even for a history novice like myself. Seeing into the culture and social structures was what I loved the most. Dustin’s style is fun, personal and passionate, and justifiably so. I find this nation to be spectacularly beautiful, for both its beaches and beauty, as well as its innate culture and charm. What a find.
Wonderfully rich in history, culture, and fun. Good for all ages in that our eldest at 76 and youngest at 13 thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The pace was perfect and our tour guide Dustin was very engaging and entertaining. I highly recommended for your out of town guests!
We had Dustin for the 3G tour who was superb from start to finish. His knowledge of the topic was unparalleled and he was able to answer all queries raised. We enjoyed his anecdotal historical and personal commentaries about the Philippines as a country and as a people but also world history, culture and current events. Highly recommended to first-time travelers and locals alike!

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