culture

Mannequins "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/mannequins/30764-1-eng-GB/Mannequins_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Mannequins

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!

Vargas Museum "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/global-businesses/vargas-museum/892903-1-eng-GB/Vargas-Museum_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Vargas Museum

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.

President Noynoy Aquino "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/president-noynoy-aquino/39527-1-eng-GB/President-Noynoy-Aquino_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 President Noynoy Aquino

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.

International Holidays "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/international-holidays/600374-2-eng-GB/International-Holidays_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 International Holidays

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 Celebration "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/chinese-new-year-celebration/35618-1-eng-GB/Chinese-New-Year-Celebration_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Chinese New Year Celebration

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!

UPDiliman "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/leisure-education-and-communities/updiliman/831216-1-eng-GB/UPDiliman_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 UPDiliman

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.

Christmas Lights "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/christmas-lights/703448-1-eng-GB/Christmas-Lights_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Christmas Lights

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.

xmas shopping "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-life/xmas-shopping/767492-1-eng-GB/xmas-shopping_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 xmas shopping

Still not done with your Christmas Shopping? Here are the mall hours for the holiday season 2016 in Manila.

xmas day_resize "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-life/xmas-day_resize/768381-1-eng-GB/xmas-day_resize_zoom_image.jpg" 982 498 xmas day_resize

The holidays in the Philippines is a time for family, reflection, and contemplation. Food, presents, and lots of laughter are equally important every holiday season, too. So what's it like between December 24 and December 26 in Megacity Manila?

Pole Academy Philippines "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/pole-academy-philippines/717562-1-eng-GB/Pole-Academy-Philippines_zoom_image.jpg" 1963 1200 Pole Academy Philippines

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.

xmas food "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/mashup-and-event-pictures/xmas-food/1789642-1-eng-GB/xmas-food_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 xmas food

Noche Buena is celebrated on Christmas Eve, or midnight of the 24th of December. It is the most anticipated part of the holidays for many Filipinos because it is that time of the year when Christmas delicacies are served. Among these delicacies are a number of Filipino favorites. Find out what is served in most Filipino homes for Noche Buena. 

simbang gabi "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/simbang-gabi2/757964-1-eng-GB/trashed/9540e38a22a6fd7b6810b7e7f443b18d_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 simbang gabi

During the nine days before Christmas, Catholics in the Philippines attend Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, a series of masses that take place late in the evening or before sunrise, between 3 and 5 am. 

Handicrafts "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/handicrafts/26534-1-eng-GB/Handicrafts_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Handicrafts

If you haven't decided on what present to give your loved ones back home this Christmas, Filipino handicrafts and other local products would be a good choice. Check out our list where you can find authentic Pinoy-made products. 

all saints day "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/all-saints-day/1658528-1-eng-GB/all-saints-day_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 all saints day

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are important occasions for many Christians in the Philippines. This is the day that they visit their deceased loved ones. Filipinos have a special and often cheerful way of celebrating All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day ad it often entails big family picnics at the cemeteries.

Sultan Kudarat Monument "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/sultan-kudarat-monument/30915-1-eng-GB/Sultan-Kudarat-Monument_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Sultan Kudarat Monument

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.

xmas decor "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/mashup-and-event-pictures/xmas-decor/1517249-1-eng-GB/xmas-decor_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 xmas decor

Christmas is here! Yes, you heard right. In the Philippines, Christmas begins at the start of the “ber” months: SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, DecemBER. In fact, the country is known all over the world for celebrating Christmas the longest.

Underground River Tour (28) "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/underground-river-tour-28/2186393-1-eng-GB/Underground-River-Tour-28_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Underground River Tour (28)

Palawan Island was voted as the most beautiful island in the world by Conde Nast readers. Would you like to go to the island while you are in the country? Take a look at this guide.

Ayala Museum "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/ayala-museum/1229444-1-eng-GB/Ayala-Museum_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Ayala Museum

Owned by the Ayala Foundation, the Ayala Museum is a six-storey edifice established in 1967. The Ayala Museum features different exhibitions and workshops on culture and the arts in during the whole year - which might bring you to buying a membership card! The definite-have-to-be-seen is the Crossroads of Civilizations, a breath-taking and stunning exhibition.

Ninoy Aquino Monument "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/ninoy-aquino-monument3/31789-1-eng-GB/Ninoy-Aquino-Monument_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1123 Ninoy Aquino Monument

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.

Crowd "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/crowd/790323-1-eng-GB/Crowd_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Crowd

The Supreme Court of the Philippines declared the Reproductive Health Law constitutional in April 2014, putting an end to the debate regarding birth control, sex education, and maternal care. By 2016, during his first State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned that the RH Law will be in full force.

Nayong Pilipino "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/nayong-pilipino/1664835-1-eng-GB/Nayong-Pilipino_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Nayong Pilipino

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.

National Museum "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/misc/national-museum/national-museum6/1430990-1-eng-GB/National-Museum_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 National Museum

Want to learn more about Philippine art, culture, and history? The National Museum offers all of it and you don't have to pay a single centavo to get in! The National Museum consist of the National Museum of the Filipino People, the National Art Gallery, and the National Planetarium. All three buildings are located within walking distance in Manila. The National Museum also operates regional museums all over the Philippines.

Grand Mosque of Cotabato City "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-life/grand-mosque-of-cotabato-city/415576-1-eng-GB/Grand-Mosque-of-Cotabato-City_zoom_image.jpg" 1988 1200 Grand Mosque of Cotabato City

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.

Chocolate Hills "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/chocolate-hills/56892-1-eng-GB/Chocolate-Hills_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Chocolate Hills

Chocolate Hills, cute Tarsiers, colonial Spanish churches, white sandy beaches and a prime diving spot in one destination. Is this impossible? No. You can find all of that in Bohol.

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