Tribute to Manila Bay
Manila Bay, famous for its beautiful sunset, is the best natural harbor in Eastern Asia and one of the finest in the world. The city of Manila is on the eastern shore of the bay, and on the southeast is the city of Cavite. The entrance to Manila Bay is divided by the island of Corregidor into two channels.
According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition:
"During the Spanish-American War, in the battle of Manila Bay (May 1, 1898), an American squadron under Commodore George Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet off Cavite within a few hours. The Manila Bay area was the focus, during the early phase of World War II, of a desperate attempt to save the Philippines from Japanese conquest. In the Allied recovery of the Philippines (1944–45), many Japanese ships were sunk in the bay. The large U.S. naval base on Sangley Point was closed down in the early 1980s."
Today, Manila Bay is filled with restaurants, hotels and shopping complexes along Roxas Boulevard. The restaurant in Philadelphia was named after the famous Philippine site because it is easily recognizable.