Find out what happened in the last four weeks in Manila and the Philippines and how the international media portrayed it!
- 180 Malaysian delegates attend 4th WACOM Manila
- Manila Five in Court: Two Confessed to Plot, Three Have Not — Should Their Cases Be Merged?
- Sushmita Sen on judges panel for Miss Universe pageant 2017 in Manila on January 30
- Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in Manila
- Proteste vor US-Botschaft in Manila gegen Trump (German)
Since Megacity Manila is the capital of a developing country, there is a wide range of international organizations that are always looking for well-educated and skilled international staff. The Asian Development Bank for example has its headquarters right in the heart of the Philippine capital.
The Philippines is a relatively solid democracy with a strong civil society. Nevertheless, it is still a developing country, with persistent social problems, corruption, and a partially inefficient bureaucracy. Here is an overview of the political system, the level of development, and many links to country reports and fact sheets that provide you with further information about all sectors of society.
Manila stands for a couple of things such as Politics, Economy and Crime. The most important things a Megacitizen has to know about this city are summarized below in some easy-to-remember paragraphs. With that in mind, go out and make experiences of your own - and let us know about it!
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.
The former Sta. Ana Race Track – also known as Hippodromo or PRC (Philippine Racing Club) – is becoming the 21 hectare 'Circuit Makati'. The vast oval area where Makati's citizens once gathered to watch horse races is already a popular venue for plays, sport events, and international concerts for up to 20,000 guests.
Driven by a vision to improve people’s lives, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) based in Manila targets its investments wisely to help alleviate poverty. From infrastructure to health services to the improvement of public administration systems, ADB has always aimed to lend a helping hand.
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.
How is the status quo of green living, energy, and construction in the Philippines? The yearly fair and conference "Green Philippines" gives answers to this question, with more than 150 companies and organizations presenting eco-friendly products and new projects to save the environment.
Though still hidden behind a high fence, some parts of Makati's new entertainment and lifestyle district are already open to the public - as the Megacitizens.com team found out during a visit.
With millions of participants in more than 150 countries, Earth Day is the biggest environmental celebration in the world. In the Philippines, about 2,000 stakeholders work together to raise awareness for environmental issues in the country.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced the launch of two big - and long awaited - projects: the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1 and the so-called Stage 3 of the Metro Manila Skyway. Both infrastructure projects target issues that have long been subjects of complaints and heated debates.
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.
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.
A live music event at the Hard Rock Café Makati will promote environmental awareness on Wednesday, October 2. By purchasing a ticket, guests adopt a native tree that will be planted in a reforestation project.
In the aftermath of the President's State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on July 22, 2013, we were able to talk to well-known political analyst Professor Edmund Tayao about its relevance for Megacitizens.