Golf is a popular sport among the higher middle class and the upper class in Manila, among Filipinos and expats alike. In fact, some of the few green spots you see on the city map are not parks but vast golf courses, accessible only to members or paying guests.
The Zone is a huge sports hall with 15 badminton courts and one basketball court. It is open for members and non-members.
Pole dancing is deceiving as a sport and dance. While the movements seem to defy the laws of gravity, it is gravity that you have to befriend and understand to master dance. Awareness of how the body works can make all the difference.
When living the fast-paced life of a Megacitizen, in a foreign country and with long work days, it is not always easy to keep your body and mind balanced and healthy. Often you might choose to just grab some snack from the nearest fast food restaurant during lunch, and perhaps get a microwave meal from 7-11 after work. But there are other options...
You can find a range of swimming pools across the Megacity - from simple public pools where you can take a dip, university pools for some serious laps, big water parks for the whole family, and fancy, relaxing pools located in hotels. Here are some of the best swimming pools in the Metro.
Originally from Hong Kong, electrotherapy massage is available in Megacity Manila through Takshing Healthcare and Beauty Center.
Say "Wellness Center”, and everyone immediately associates it with spa treatments and traditional medicine. Yet, Metafactor is backed by a certain philosophy and a fresh twist – putting together dermatological, dental, gym, spa, and rehab facilities under one massive roof.
You should definitely not drink tap water. Even though there are claims that the tap water is okay - at least during the dry season - it is definitely not worth the risk of getting infected with bacteria and other harmful organisms. The same goes for using tap water for boiling it e.g. for pasta or tea. Clean, drinkable water is inexpensive. We strongly suggest that tap water be used solely for washing and bathing purposes.
The question of where to go when mother nature calls is an important one. There are certain things you should know about while you are in the Megacity and the rest of the country. Should you ask for the loo or use another word for it?
Before, Megacitizens had to print out emergency numbers or save them on their phones. Now there are only a few numbers for you to remember. For accidents and other medical emergencies, you can dial 911. For citizen complaints, call 8888. To call the police, take a look at our list.
Thinking of getting health insurance in the Philippines? PhilHealth is your best bet but there are other choices. Here, take a look!
Not sure where to find trusted doctors in the Megacity? We have a list for you.
Being away from home and living in a different country strips you of that sense of protection and security. Panic, anxiety or depression ultimately strikes if you don't deal with the problem sooner. The results can be disastrous, with some resorting to isolating themselves from the world or worse.
With average temperatures of more than 30 degrees, staying hydrated is vital in Metro Manila. Here is what the Megacity has in stores, from mango juice and below-zero beer to service water and 3-in-1 coffee.
St. Luke’s Medical Center is a premiere tertiary hospital that provides expert medical care. It was established in 1903 in Quezon City. The hospital is deemed one of the best in the Philippines and recognized as a leader in healthcare services in Asia.
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.
Deemed the home of the best pediatrics department in the country, Philippine General Hospital (PGH) boasts training, service, and research facilities to uphold its mission and the mission of the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine.
You can find pharmacies which are open 24/7 all around the city. They sell a large variety of nonprescription and prescription drugs.
Vegetarians often have a hard time in the restaurants and cantinas of the Megacity. But they don't have to starve, as there are actually quite a number of places that serve delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes in Metro Manila.
The local Filipino food is not what you would expect in (Southeast) Asia. It is less filled with vegetables and more focused on meat - on the issue of rice your estimation would be right: it is eaten a lot. The food is quite heavy, not that spicy, most of the time grilled or fried, and often seasoned with soy sauce, vinegar, fish sauce and other interesting flavors.
The Megacitizens guide for moving to Manila, from booking a flight and packing your things to finding a job and making new friends.
Health Care in the Megacity is generally very good. Nurses and Doctors are well educated and a substantial amount of those educated in the country work abroad, in clinics in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. In comparison to other Southeast Asian countries, there is no need to leave the country for serious illnesses. If there is a need for a second opinion, there is still the opportunity to board a three-hour flight to Singapore.
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.
What could be better after a long and stressful day at work than to work out? Metro Manila offers almost any kind of sport - from football and basketball to golf and ice skating. MEGACITIZENS.com shows you how to keep yourself fit and healthy, and we present to you the best sport facilities and clubs in the Megacity.
The Asian Hospital is a leading tertiary healthcare facility in the South of the Megacity. It offers a 'hotel-like ambience' and has been around sine 2002. With 241 beds and 800 doctors, the Asian Hospital is the go-to place for medical treatment if you are staying in the Alabang Hotspot.