The Marikina Shoe Museum looks like any other building from the outside - but from the inside it will blow your mind (if you love shoes). Shoes, shoes and more shoes worn by some of the most unique figures in the Philippine society including those that belonged to one of the international most famous shoe lovers on Earth: Imelda Marcos. Have a look - maybe not at the price tags though!
The EDSA Revolution or People Power Revolution from 1986 is the most important event in contemporary Philippine history. Being a crucial element of the country's identity as a democratic nation, the successful campaign against the Marcos regime is commemorated on February 25th each year.
The Jorge B. Vargas Museum houses a fine collection of Philippine art from the 19th and 20th century and regularly features temporary exhibits of contemporary Philippine artists. It is located at the main campus of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.
Benigno Simeon Aquino III, fondly known as Noynoy or PNoy, rose to power during the 2010's elections, one year after his mother - the former president 'Cory' Aquino passed away. With the outpour of sympathy for the family because of the democracy ikon’s death and with Noynoy being the symbol of hope for the country, the unmarried Aquino won his bid for the Philippine presidency in 2010 and led the country until 2016.
Philippine General Emilio Aguinaldo served as the first president of the islands at the age of 28 when the country gained a short-lived independence in 1898.
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!
The University of the Philippines (Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, UP), affectionately referred to as 'Peyups' by its graduates, was founded in the year 1908. It is one of the country's best universities and also serves as a destination for many Megacitizens thanks to its many trees, sporting facilities, and cafés.
Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat or Sultan Kudarat was a Maguindanao native who fought fervently against Spanish conquistadors who attempted to conquer his kingdom. A direct descendant of the Muslim missionary Shariff Kabungsuwan who brought the religion to the islands between the 13th and 14th century, Sultan Kudarat was the main force that hindered the Christianization of Mindanao.
Hated by many but still admired by some, former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcos is the person who shaped the Philippines in the second half of the 20th century -more than anybody ever did. Traces of his two-decade-long reign can still be found everywhere: in infrastructure and pompous architecture, in the economic power structure, in still pending legal cases, and in social problems that originated from or worsened in the Marcos era.
National Heroes Day is a public holiday in remembrance of known and unknown Filipinos who fought for the nation's freedom and sovereignty throughout history.
Former Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. is regarded as an icon of Philippine democracy. His assassination in 1983 fueled the opposition to rise up against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, inspiring the first People Power Revolution and installing a new administration.
Luneta Hotel is one of Manila's most beautiful and historical structures, built in 1918. Designed by the Spanish architect-engineer Salvador Farre, the belle epoque structure was once described as reminiscent of French Renaissance architecture with Filipino stylized beaux arts. It used to be home to local politicians, celebrities, expats and diplomats including former US President Dwight Eisenhower during its heyday. An important architecture of its time, its walls have kept many secrets, tragedies, triumphs, and stories of dalliances from its high-profile guests.
Located in Clark, Pampanga, Nayong Pilipino offers cultural and historic tours of the Philippines in one venue. If it's your first time in the Philippines and can't really go around the country in one visit, this is a good first stop.
Ramadan, the 9th and most sacred month of the Islamic Calendar, started after sunset on July 6, 2016. Like their fellow believers around the globe, Filipino Muslims are celebrating it with fasting, prayers, and contemplation. Ramadan will end on July 6 with a big feast during Eid-Al Fitr.
The Rice Terraces of Banaue are breathtaking. Located in the North of Luzon, these 2000-year old masterpieces of agriculture are a must-see.
Get your Philippine flags ready, it's the country's Independence Day! Find out more about this national holiday and what Filipinos do to celebrate it.
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.
Originally the summer house of a Spanish aristocrat and now the residence of the Philippine President, the Malacañang Palace has its fair share of colorful history.
The Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority in the country, paralleling the President (executive) and the Congress (legislative). It houses the 14 Associate Justices and the Chief Justice who watch over the acts of the president and the legislation in the country.
Travelling in the Philippines is a delight since you will find tourist hotspots such as Boracay as well as many places rarely visited by tourists. With 7,107 islands in the tropical destination, there are lots of places to see, from the windy Batanes Islands in the very north to popular Palawan and Bohol to parts of Mindanao in the south. We compiled the most marvellous islands, exciting hiking trails, fascinating natural wonders, and cultural heritage sites of the Philippines for you.
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.
The historic town of Vigan is one of the best examples of a well-preserved Spanish colonial town in the Philippines, established in the 16th century. It is famous for its authentic Spanish-era homes lining the restored cobblestone streets. In December 2014, it was named as one of the New7Wonders Cities of the World.
Located approximately 48 kilometers west of the Philippine capital Manila, the island fortress of Corregidor serves as reminder of the courage and valor of Filipino and American soldiers who bravely defended the country from invading Japanese forces during the Second World War.
Known as a nationalist and revolutionary, the Philippine lawyer Andres Bonifacio started the Philippine Revolution against its colonial master Spain in 1892.
For a long time, the history of Manila was shaped by foreign powers. In fact, few cities in the world have such a long history of colonization. Here is a brief overview of the city's and the country's checkered past.