I received this postcard last April from Kyla. Kyla is the daughter of my fellow postcrosser, mamiChris. Thanks guys for sending me the Manila Bay postcard. She wrote: “Hi there, hope you like our postcard! This is sunset in Manila Bay. It is really beautiful. I like this postcard. that’s why I want to give it to you.” I’ve been to Manila a few times, but never got a chance to visit the famous Manila Bay.
The bay is considered to be one of the best natural harbors in Southeast Asia and one of the finest in the world. It has an area of 1,994 km2, and a coastline of 190 km. The bay was the setting for the Battle of Manila Bay in 1898 in which American troops led by Commodore George Dewey, seized the area. Today, Manila Bay still remains important for commerce and industry, including fishing, although rapid urban growth and industrialization are contributing to a decline in water quality and deteriorating marine habitats. It also serves a focus for recreation for Metro Manila and is a popular destination for walks and for viewing the sunset.