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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)
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.
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.
Christmas is here! And we cannot stress enough how Filipinos take this holiday very seriously. To make the most out of this festive time of the year in the Megacity, here's our guide on what to expect and what not to miss, featuring crazy Christmas shopping, sparkling decorations, exciting traditions, delicious food, and the art of surviving traffic & traveling during the season.
On a Sunday evening at around 8 pm the Megacities Team met in Quezon City to check out some places in the northern part of the Megacity. One of the real hotspots in the area is without a doubt Tomas Morato Street. Just a three-minute cab ride away from GMA-Kamuning MRT Station, the interesting part of Tomas Morato is located between Timog Avenue and Kamuning Road, where bars, clubs, and restaurants flock both the left and right sides of the street to form a long, lively strip.
Whether you are needing the latest updates to run your business, are interested in politics or just want to know what is going on in the Megacity, news and information are vital to the life of a Megacitizen. Manila, well-known in Southeast Asia to have a comparatively high degree of free media and investigative journalism (though almost all media outlets are owned by powerful corporations and families), offers a variety of sources to acquire the information you are looking for.
If you are looking for even more up-to-date information unmediated by the media outlets mentioned in the other articles, you can go directly to the websites of the most important government departments and/ or follow their Twitter accounts.
Stay informed... Here you can find regularly updated information through local media providers, such as Inquirer, ABS-CBN, or Manila Standard Today.
The city of Manila - which is located in the Megacity with the same name - has previously been the business district of the Metro region and as such has a lot to offer for Megacitizens - until today. It . Today, our Megacities team visited the Hotspot Chinatown and the Hotdot Malate and presents to you a unique view into the 'old town' - a stark contrast to the glamorous parts of the Megacity such as Makati or The Fort.
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The South Metro Manila Skyway Project is one of the Megacity's biggest improvements in transport infrastructure in recent years. Residents of the south can enjoy relative ease of travel when using the separated elevated motorway. An extension of the Skyway to connect the south and north of the Megacity is currently under construction.
Online news sources, expat forums, entertainment guides, and more - we compiled a link list with the best that the Manila Cyberspace has to offer for Megacitizens like you!
When it smells of Glühwein and Bratwurst and students sing “Neunundneunzig Luftballons” in the heart of Fort Bonifacio, it can only mean that the Mabuhay Germany celebration is on. Since 2008, the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) has been organizing this annual event along Bonifacio High Street. It aims to give the perfect blend of serious business, exciting cultural events and fun-filled family activities - all during one sunny weekend.
It is mid June and the rainy season has just started, but already Metro Manila experiences the first floods.
It is safe to say that all Megacitizens in Manila are also active in the Cyberspace – and as soon as they are reading this paragraph, they are also Megacitizens in Cyberspace. The reason for that is quite simple. Cost for connection to the Internet via smart phone or USB dongle for the laptop are comparatively low and free wireless networks are provided in many coffee shops and restaurants in all HotSpots.
The three largest newspapers are all published in English language with occasional remarks in Filipino (which are translated most of the time). You can buy newspapers from cornershops (Sari-sari stores) and convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and MiniStop, as well as from several chain stores such as Dunkin' Donut.
A business district is always busy, especially during the rush hours roughly 7 am - 10 am and 4.30 pm to 8 pm. Except avoiding to drive during those times, there are some more details gathered by our Megacities team that might help you to stay sane when driving in Makati.
The financial center of the Philippines is a national record holder in many regards: highest concentration of businesses, richest local government unit, and the largest skyscrapers. Now Makati has been announced the global number one in another discipline: taking selfies.
There are several radio stations and TV shows which feature current news. A large number of them (especially in the radio sector) only air their news in Tagalog or local languages. However, there is a selection of television shows and radio stations that keep a Megacitizen updated in English.
The Sinulog Festival is a cultural event that is celebrated every 3rd week of January in Cebu City, Visayas.
On 14 November 2012, the European Union held the “European Higher Education Fair 2012: Brighter Prospects” (EHEF) in The Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati. This event was an invitation to Filipinos aspiring to acquire a masters or doctorate degree in EU countries to achieve higher learning in an academic environment that has state-of-the-art research and cutting-edge facilities.
One of the prime properties of Metro Manila is about to change the city it belongs to. A court declared that the glitzy commercial and entertainment district Fort Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is rightfully a part of Makati and not of Taguig City.
Effective July 12, the European Union lifts its airport ban on Philippine Airlines (PAL). In 2010 the EU had blocked all Philippine carriers from flying to its member countries, due to serious safety concerns.