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!
Chinese New Year, or also known as Lunar New Year, is the most celebrated holiday of the Chinese community in China and abroad. So it is not very surprising that in the Philippines, a country which has centuries of ties with China, the celebrations are looked forward too. The Chinese New Year celebrations are big in the Megacity! Celebrate the Chinese New Year on the 28th of January!
Every January 9, the streets of Old Manila get flooded by ecstatic crowds trying to touch - or at least catch a glance at - the revered religious statue of the Black Nazarene. It is a spectacle worth experiencing, but it can be pretty stressful if you are not used to these kinds of events.
SM City North EDSA is the granddaddy of Philippine malls. Being the biggest mall in the country until recently, it provided generations of Filipino shoppers with a clear idea of what a mall should look and feel like.
As one of the largest malls in the world, SM Mall of Asia (MOA) justifies its name. The huge conglomeration of shopping and dining opportunities with its adjacent boulevard strip of bars in stone-throwing range of the Manila Bay is simply amazing.
American-style Halloween has become a highly popular celebration all over Metro Manila. Kids enjoy organized "trick or treat" events and costume contests, while the older ones go wild on Halloween-themed parties and zombie fun runs in the middle of the night.
October is coming, and not only the German expats in Metro Manila are getting ready for some savory food and fresh Bavarian Beer. Oktoberfest has become a popular festivity among the Megacitizens of Manila and other Asian cities. We show you where you can celebrate this year.
The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (GPCCI) will hold its annual Summer Networking Night on Wednesday, 25 May 2016. Join the German-Philippine Business Community for a night of international networking at the beautiful Skye Lounge, located on the Roofdeck of W Highstreet Building in BGC.
Labor Day, the international day for the achievements and rights of workers, is a regular holiday in the Philippines. It is celebrated with protest marches on the one hand and job fairs on the other.
Featuring a float competition, dance parade, and a beauty pageant, the annual Aliwan Fiesta is rightfully dubbed as "The Mother of Festivals" in the Philippines. Participants come from all over the archipelago to represent their region and show the cultural diversity of the country.
On Bataan Day or Araw ng Kagitingan (Filipino for "Day of Valor"), the Philippines commemorates the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942, and the subsequent death marches. The regular public holiday is an occasion to honor the Filipino soldiers in World War II.
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.
Have you been in the situation that you are traveling through the city and then you see an event you would really like to go to? You scan for a website where to buy tickets from and you only see the name of a mall or a Facebook fanpage but have not idea where to get the tickets? Then read the following lines.
The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) made it in the history books for being Asia’s first international convention center – housing paintings and sculptures of various Filipino artists and also serving as a venue for political summits, conventions and concerts of international artists.
The Rizal Stadium started operations in 1934. It houses the Philippine National Football Team (the Azkals), the United Football League, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The stadium has been host to many international events ever since.
With a seating capacity of 16,000 and a full house capacity of 20,000, Mall of Asia Arena is the biggest event venue in the Megacity.
'Every year thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to Manila to be part of the procession of the Black Nazarene. All participants in the procession hope that they will have the opportunity to touch the wooden statue. They hope that this will protect them from harm and ensure health in the future.'
Going to the Mall or 'malling' is a favorite activity on weekends and holidays, for families and couples or for anyone who just wants to grab a quick bite. There are a lot of malls which have a lot to offer. If you are looking for activities for a night out, be warned: some of them close early, around 9 pm. This excludes all the bars outside the mall itself and the cinemas, which let you in until the last show starts, which is usually around 10 or 11 pm. If you stick to the opening times of the malls, there is still a lot to do. You can go shopping (what malls are actually made for), watch a new blockbuster movie with your darling, have dinner in the busy but cheap food court or in a more fancy restaurant, play with your children at the playground, or compete in arcade games/ pool/ online games with your friends.
Just in the city for one week or some days and no clue what to do? No problem, we got that covered! As every day of the week is unique and asks for different activities, we came up with a compilation of what you can do: kicking off the week with a cold after-work beer on Monday and ending the week with sports, a walk in the park, or a big breakfast menu.
With its rich cultural background, the Philippines is proud to host plenty of events, revolving around art, movies, music, or religious and traditional holidays. Those events always bring together mixed crowds and are usually enjoyed by a large number of people. So if you plan to visit an event, plan ahead!
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.