Globetrotters love to tell stories of how they survived a bus trip in a developing country, crammed not only with people but also with chickens and piglets, with passengers sitting on the rooftop, and with a reckless driver who never slows down, no matter how sharply the road bends. In reality, bus tripping in the Philippines is more comfortable and secure than that, but it can be an adventure nevertheless.
Christmas is here! And we cannot stress enough how Filipinos take this holiday very seriously. To make the most out of this festive time of the year in the Megacity, here's our guide on what to expect and what not to miss, featuring crazy Christmas shopping, sparkling decorations, exciting traditions, delicious food, and the art of surviving traffic & traveling during the season.
The holidays in the Philippines is a time for family, reflection, and contemplation. Food, presents, and lots of laughter are equally important every holiday season, too. So what's it like between December 24 and December 26 in Megacity Manila?
All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are important occasions for many Christians in the Philippines. This is the day that they visit their deceased loved ones. Filipinos have a special and often cheerful way of celebrating All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day ad it often entails big family picnics at the cemeteries.
There will be a lot of changes in the coming days and possibly the next six years. Here are the things that Megacitizens should expect from the Duterte administration.
Tired of the daily traffic in the Metro? Why not carpool? Now you can do this through an app and all we can say is, it's wunderful!
It’s time to go back to school kids! Take a look at what you should expect in Megacity Manila during this time of year.
The new school year always starts some time in June for public elementary schools and high schools in the Philippines. This 2016, classes in public schools start on June 13, Monday. Private schools, including Manila's international schools, are free to start their classes any time in June or August.
Your company is sending you to the Philippines as an expatriate? You want to enjoy the tropical weather as a call center agent for a year? You found your long-term dream job in Manila? Whatever brought you to the Megacity as a foreigner, here are seven tips on working in the Philippines that will make your start easier.
Trains are the fastest but certainly not the most convenient way to travel long distances in the Megacity. There are five railway lines in Metro Manila: PNR Southrail and Northrail, LRT 1 and 2, and MRT 3.
The island province of Cebu is composed of 167 islands and islets surrounding a larger land mass where the capital Cebu City is located. If you are planning to visit Cebu this summer, take a look at this Megacitizen guide.
For Megacitizens, taxis are the main means of public transportation in Manila. You can see them at every corner of the city at every time of the day. Only problem: the more you need a cab, the less likely you will find one! During rush hour or when it is raining cats and dogs it will be difficult to get hold of a taxi.
C-5 is a 32.5 kilometers long circumferential artery road that connects the north and the south of Metro Manila, which makes it an important alternative to the always-congested EDSA. C-5 is actually a network of roads and bridges that is still being extended.
Roxas Boulevard is a 7.6-kilometer thoroughfare right at the shoreline of Manila Bay. It is the main arterial road in the very west of the Megacity, connecting Old Manila with the entertainment and shopping complexes at the bay and with the airport. As of January 2016, Roxas Boulevard now features a planting verge that separates the esplanade from thee busy road.
The North Luzon Express Way, commonly referred to as NLEX, is a modern tollway that allows Manilenos to quickly leave the Megacity behind and head up north, to the provinces of the Central Luzon region.
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.
In a 23.8 kilometer-long semicircle, EDSA leads through some of the most densely populated parts of Metro Manila, from Caloocan City in the north to Pasay City, near Manila Bay in the south. It further connects (from north to south) the cities of Quezon, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Makati. Many major HotSpots, malls, and business districts are located along the way.
If you are going to make Manila your home for a couple of years or so, you should consider getting your own car. Here is all you need to know: special traffic rules, where to buy or rent a car, and how to find a good driver.
Buses are the true kings of the road in Metro Manila. They ply the major roads as well as the highways. They have seating for 50 to 60 people but in full capacity, which is standard during rush hour, they can accommodate 100 people. Here is all you should know about riding the bus in and around the Megacity.
Jeepneys are a uniquely Filipino means of public transportation. They are the most inexpensive mode of transport in Metro Manila as well as in the provinces. Individually designed with colorful images and patterns, the jeepney has become an icon of Pinoy culture.
Home to the headquarters of many banks and major companies, some call it the Wall Street of the Philippines: Ayala Avenue is the main road of Makati's business district, framed by flashy skyscrapers on both sides of the road.
Are you ready for 2016? If you are spending the year in Manila and in different parts of the Philippines, take a look at the holidays, festivals, events, and concerts coming to the country this year.
Getting from A to B during the Philippine rainy season is no fun. As a little remedy for pedestrians, Makati City has developed a network of elevated and roofed walkways, connecting the shopping and entertainment area Ayala Center and the Central Business District (CBD).
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.
With its confusing traffic system and crazy driving culture, getting around in the Megacity Manila can be quite an adventure. The good news is that you will hardly get lost anywhere without the chance to use public transport.
The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2015 is taking place in Manila from November 18 to 19. With blocked roads, tightened security, and hundreds of cancelled flights, the event will have a major impact on daily life in the Megacity in the coming week. Here is our Megacitizens Guide on the APEC Summit 2015 in Manila.