A list of international holidays and celebrations of countries with considerably big expat communities in Metro Manila. It includes national days, festivals organized by cultural institutes or expat associations, and traditional foreign holidays that are celebrated in the Megacity as well.
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is the most celebrated holiday of the Chinese community in China and abroad. So it is not surprising that in the Philippines, a country which has centuries-old ties with China, Tsinoys (Chinese Filipinos) are always looking forward to it as well. Chinese New Year celebrations are big in the Megacity!
Beach parties, fireworks, karaoke - there are a lot of different ways of celebrating the last day of the old year and for welcoming the new year in the Philippines.
Noche Buena is celebrated on Christmas Eve, or midnight of the 24th of December. It is the most anticipated part of the holidays for many Filipinos because it is that time of the year when Christmas delicacies are served. Among these delicacies are a number of Filipino favorites. Find out what is served in most Filipino homes for Noche Buena.
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.
Filipinos love big festivities with family, friends, and neighbors, so children's birthdays are always a good opportunity to throw a party. There are a couple of birthdays that are particularly important: the 1st, the 7th, and – for girls - the 18th birthday. Here is our Megacitizens guide on how a proper celebration should look like.
Due to the strong Catholic belief in the country, Easter is a very important date throughout the Megacity. It is an exciting time in Manila, with lots of religious events and procedures to be attended, and many family events and commercial happenings taking place at the same time.
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.
Precolonial traditions, Chinese merchants, catholic Spanish colonizers, American pop culture... the Philippine society is a fascinating amalgam of many influences. Learn more about the diverse Philippine customs and traditions in this section.
March is "Graduation Month" in the Philippines, with students of all levels celebrating their progress in the educational system. The school year 2014/15 ends on March 27, marking the end of classes for public elementary and secondary students and the beginning of the long Philippine summer vacations.
Less thank two weeks and it is Easter! Many hotels, restaurants, and other venues offer exciting activites and promos during the holidays. Megacitizens.com compiled the best egg hunts and other Easter events 2015 in Manila's HotSpots, from Makati to BGC, from Ortigas to Alabang.
The annual Pyro Olympics will once again create a literally explosive atmosphere at Manila Bay on the coming weekends. Pyro companies from several countries compete in setting up the best compositions of light, fire and music to amaze a cheering crowd.
Father's Day is just around the corner! Say "Thank You" to your dad or hubby with these special father's day promos in Manila's hotels, restaurants, and malls.
Filipinos celebrated the 115th anniversary of the country's declaration of independence on June 12 with rituals, leisure time, and reminders of the Filipino virtues and history.
Life is changing constantly in a Megacity. Nevertheless, there are things that stay the same: holidays, traditional celebrations, and festivals are something to look forward to and they provide a certain structure throughout the year. Have a look at this section to see the yearly cycle of landmark events which take place in the Megacity of Manila. This is a naturally growing section, with every new landmark event finding its place here.
Dancing with dragons, playing with fire: the team of MEGACITIZENS.com joined the Chinese New Year celebrations on January 31 in the heart of Binondo. Check out our video and the photo gallery with impressions of Chinese New Year 2014 in Manila's Chinatown.
After weeks of Christmas preparations, family get-togethers,traveling, and New Year's celebrations, it was time for the Megacitizens to met up again in 2014 and chat about life in the Metropolis.
The month of June was the month of friendship, communities and get-togethers. Our July newsletter catches the most important events and news which highlighted the vital importance for friendships, communities and networks.
Pancit is the Philippine version of noodles. They are of Chinese origin and can be found in every canteen and on every party. Pancit Bihon is probably the most popular and common form of this comfort food. Having some people over for a house warming or birthday celebration? Here is what you should serve your guests.
Please refer to this section for the latest updates of the official Philippine national holidays. If holidays fall on weekend's, the president often declares the succeeding Monday as a day off, factually 'moving' the holiday and creating a long weekend. Watch out for announcements of the President's palace.