A district in Manila city, Ermita is located halfway between Malate and the old walled city of Intramuros. Before it became known for its motels, lodging houses, rooms for rent, prostitution dens and red light district, Ermita was a 16th century hermitage and a stage of war during the 1945 Battle of Manila. Ermita’s M.H. del Pilar Street and the street’s karaoke or KTV bars is the second-biggest center of prostitution in the country after Angeles City in Pampanga.

Along the street of M.H. del Pilar (Photo by jagfromspain)


The district, nonetheless, is home to the headquarters of the Department of Tourism, the National Library, National Museum, Manila Ocean Park, Quirino Grandstand, Bonifacio’s Wall, Manila Hotel, Metropolitan Theater, Luneta Park, and Philippine General Hospital, the biggest hospital in the country.

Ermita Church (Photo by nate0924)

How to get there

A taxi from any point in Manila is the most practical means of navigation in Ermita. You may also ride a jeepney bound for Mabini from Ma. Orosa Street. Ask the driver to take you to Ermita Church or to your desired destination in the district.

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