All that's left of Manila's Spanish heart is a hollow shell.
Feel like fleeing the country and its problems? You don't have to go very far to escape. Just travel two and a half hours out of Manila and then jump into the sea.
You can stay in a really cheap hotel, even bunk out 16 to a room at the youth hostel; you can choose to walk instead of taking the water bus; you can even - God help you - limit yourself to just one or two museums. All this you can will yourself to do, in the name of saving money in one of Europe's most expensive cities.