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Metro Manila - the National Capital Region (NCR) - grew around the original native settlement of Maynila after the Spanish arrived and built Intramuros (walled town).
The Metro area consists of the towns & cities of - Manila, Quezon City, Pateros, Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Madaluyong, Marikina, Muntilupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzueala.
Quezon City, is named after the former Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon who founded the city in 1948 to replace Manila as the country’s capital. As such it is home to several government offices, and Universities.
Centers of business and finance are Makati, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Manila City, and Ortigas Center.
The oldest Chinatown in the world is located north of Intramuros, just over the Pasig River.in Binondo.