Metro Manila · Green Manila
Manila is a concrete jungle with all the environmental problems many Megacities have to face: congested streets, insufficient waste management and sewage systems, smoggy air, – the list goes on. And yet, there is hope. In this section we keep you updated about environmental events, new eco-friendly policies and infrastructure projects, and we present parks and other green spots within Metro Manila.
Love the outdoors? You can bike, swim, get on a boat, camp, go horseback riding, go fishing, or play paintball at La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City.
The University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, UP), affectionately referred to as 'Peyups' by its graduates, was founded in the year 1908. It is one of the country's best universities and also serves as a destination for many Megacitizens thanks to its many trees, sporting facilities, and cafés.
A popular open park located right smack in the middle of the Philippine capital, Rizal Park is also known to both locals and tourists as Luneta – a Spanish term that translates to lunette or crescent.
This beautifully designed park, bordered by Makati Avenue, Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue, is a green refuge for office workers and businessmen frequenting Makati. It hosts a string of upscale restaurants right smack in the middle of the Philippines’ major business district. The park is also a favorite spot for joggers, dog owners, and young families.
The park in the middle of the busy streets of Salcedo Village appears to be the green lung of the business district. At any given time, you will be able to spot Megacitizens roaming around this place, especially on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Offering lots of space, greenery, and leisure facilities, Quezon Circle is a popular destination for weekend trips with the family.
A forest in the Megacity? Arroceros, a park dubbed as Manila’s last lung, is an important patch of green in the concrete jungle.
Home to over 106 species, the Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden is a place where one can observe Philippine flora and fauna and a number of other animals from other parts of the world.
This artificial island located off the coast of Metro Manila is a sanctuary for migratory birds.
Opening its doors to the public in the 1970s, this Quezon City park is a nice place to go to for Megacitizens who would like to escape the busy streets of the metro. You can enter the park for 8 pesos.
Pasig Rainforest Park rebranded as Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE) has something for Megacitizens who love extreme sports and those who just want a respite from the busy streets of the metro.
Balara Filters Park is one of the oldest of Quezon City’s parks. It has swimming pools, a picnic grove, a windmill park, and art deco buildings.
Paco Park was once Manila’s municipal cemetery for an exclusive circle of people. Decades later, the former burial ground was converted into a park.
Washington Sycip Park near Greenbelt mall is a quiet patch of green in Legaspi Village, Makati.
This garden of native trees is among the newest biodiversity spots inside the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
The UP Arboretum is one of the remaining wildlife areas in Quezon City. It is home to 9,298 plants, 15 kinds of amphibians and reptiles, 47 bird species, and a number of mammals.
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The National Mental Hospital can be a perfect running place in the morning or late afternoon thanks to its surviving greenery, one of the few in Mandaluyong City. Just make sure to wear a proper running gear if you want to hit the pavements there.
In 2013 Makati City implemented a plastic ban, prohibiting the use of plastic, Styrofoam and other non-biodegradable materials as packaging for food and other products. Most other cities in Metro Manila enforce similar laws or are about to do so.
Dealing with the heavy traffic is a major challenge for Megacitizens in Manila. The metropolitan authorities try to reduce traffic through a number coding scheme. Effects of the coding scheme are cancelled out though because of the growing number of car owners in the metro. Here is what you should know about the traffic situation in the National Capital Region, why it is so bad and what else the authorities are doing about it.
During rainy season, flooded streets are quite a normality in parts of Metro Manila. Here is what you should know about the floods, how to prepare, how to get around when streets become waterways, and where to live in the Megacity to stay dry.
Slowly but steady Makati is becoming a bit more environmental-friendly. Around the same time as a city-wide ban on plastic-bags was implemented in 2013, the first low-emission hybrid buses have entered the streets. The Green Frog Hybrid Bus runs simultaneously on a diesel and an electric engine. This leads to less noise and 80 percent less exhaust emission, according to the operating company. Good news for the ever polluted Megacity Metro Manila.