Metro Manila · Manila Cyberspace
Online news sources, expat forums, entertainment guides, and more - we compiled a link list with the best that the Manila Cyberspace has to offer for Megacitizens like you!
Megacitizens in Manila are always connected to the Internet. The reasons for that are plenty: a good communication infrastructure (in terms of access rather than in terms of speed and/or stability of the connection), the need to stay in contact with the family and friends abroad (the overseas workers) as well as the high degree of liberty granted by the government make the cyberspace a viable playground for the Megacitizens. Find and join Megacitizens on the Internet!
Philippine Inquirer, biggest newspaper
Manila Bulletin, second biggest newspaper.
Philippine Star, third biggest newspaper.
Manila Standard Today, fourth biggest newspaper.
The Manila Times, oldest English language newspaper.
Business World, leading business newspaper.
ABS CBN News, first 24-hour news program.
GMA News, news division of the GMA Network.
Online newsportal of TV5.
OTHER NEWS WEBSITES
Rappler, social news network / citizen journalism.
Kicker Daily News, source for trending news.
Ten Minutes, visual news site, buzzfeed clone (Cebu-based).
Expat Forums and Associations
The new forum of Megacitizens.com! Meet other Megacitizens online to talk about everything under Metro Manila's sun, from "how to survive in the concrete jungle" to insider tips for night outs and weekend trips.
Website of the Alabang Ladies International Group. Good collection of links and information surrounding the women and family expat life in Manila. A must read for families moving to Manila and looking for support groups, making friends and sharing experiences.
Club de Damas Latinas, Expat club of Latin American women.
Dutch Club Philippines.
American Women's Club of the Philippines.
Manila Elks Lodge 761, American expat club.
Manille Bienvenue, French expat organization.
Australia and New Zealand Association (ANZA) of Manila
Mothers and Darlings (MADS) Manila, association of expat women with children.
Scandinavian Society Philippines (SSP).
British Women's Association (BWA).
Check also our section on Communities & Networks.
Other Well-Frequented Philippine Websites
Sulit is akin to eBay.com but without the bidding. From clothes to real estate, Sulit.com.ph has it. Most of the people who sell items or advertise services on the website are based in Metro Manila, but there are also an increasing number of sellers from different parts of the country.
Check also our article on Online Shopping in the Philippines.
Pinoy Exchange is where Filipinos, especially the internet savvy, share their ideas about certain things. There are pages on the website that review employers and companies as well as postings about which sun block product works better than others. From the socially relevant to the mundane, one can find Filipinos exchanging ideas at Pinoy Exchange.
ClickTheCity offers an entertainment guide for Manila. It is the main source for movie schedules.
Manila Concert Scene is a leading online source for concerts & events news.
A little consolation for Megacitizens who try to learn Filipino but struggle with the mix of Tagalog, Spanish, and English: even for Google's developers of speech recognition and voice search, the common 'Taglish' is a challenge, as they admit on their research blog.
Soon you will be able to take a virtual tour through the streets of Metro Manila without leaving your couch. Google Street View cars are driving through the Megacity's roads since end of January, capturing the surroundings with a 360° camera on the roof. Other parts of the Philippines are to follow later on.
The financial center of the Philippines is a national record holder in many regards: highest concentration of businesses, richest local government unit, and the largest skyscrapers. Now Makati has been announced the global number one in another discipline: taking selfies.