Globetrotters love to tell stories of how they survived a bus trip in a developing country, crammed not only with people but also with chickens and piglets, with passengers sitting on the rooftop, and with a reckless driver who never slows down, no matter how sharply the road bends. In reality, bus tripping in the Philippines is more comfortable and secure than that, but it can be an adventure nevertheless.
Eating and Drinking like home? At least if you are coming from Europe or Northern America, this promise can be fulfilled. As shown in our HotSpot section, there are a lot of good restaurants featuring international cuisine. Even if you don't like to go out, you can have a more Western lunch or dinner.
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?
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.
You get groceries from all over the world in Philippine supermarkets, but the country also has its own local brands of delicious food, drinks, and snacks. Here is what you should definitely try out.
You get snacks, drinks and other necessities 24/7 at literally every street corner in the Megacity, thanks to international chains of convenience stores and the typical Filipino Sari-Sari stores.
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...
Doing the groceries in Manila means visiting either one of the supermarkets inside the shopping malls or going to a stand-alone one equally big. There are also smaller grocery stores in Metro Manila that serve villages and communities in the area. These grocery stores usually have basic items in their inventory. However, if you want to buy imported goods because you miss having them, going to one of the following supermarkets is probably the best idea.
The Divisoria Market and the 168 Shopping Mall are located in the center of Manila City’s Chinatown. Shopping here is hard work and means bargaining, bargaining, bargaining - definitely not the kind of shopping for the faint-hearted.
There are a lot of places in the Megacity where you can have the perfect shopping experience - and in some you can even do the groceries and go shopping the latest clothes at once. For the latter category, have a look at our section on selected Malls in the Megacity. This section features stand-alone supermarkets, shopping centres, and stores which offer a wide range in goods as well as a great shopping experience.
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.
Your company is sending you to the Philippines as an expatriate? You want to enjoy the tropical weather as a call center agent for a year? You found your long-term dream job in Manila? Whatever brought you to the Megacity as a foreigner, here are seven tips on working in the Philippines that will make your start easier.
We haven't forgotten the locals because they are Megacitizens too! Most of the people living in Megacity Manila are locals from all over the country. You can easily identify those born in the Megacity and those from outside Manila by asking them which province they are from. If they come from the province it basically means that they were born somewhere else and moved to the capital. Locals living in Manila are in average more liberal, more open-minded and have a higher proficiency in English compared to those living in other parts of the country.
Pica-Pica and Pulutan are terms for Philippine finger food. It is usually fatty, salty, and delicious, just the right snack to keep your stomach in balance during a long night out in Manila's bar scene.
Experience a feeding frenzy at Bonifacio Global City this April by attending the World Street Food Congress.
Endless chains of sausages, tables laden with the freshest seafood, baskets filled with exotic fruits, mountains of rice: wet markets are the best way to get to know the world of Philippine food.
Manila is a Megacity, therefore you will find all kinds of different restaurants and bars spread over the metro area. Whether international cuisine, hard rock cafè or local bar - the Megacity has it all. There are also some specialities that you might not find in every Megacity and that is what we would like to point out here.
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.
Whether you want to get to know the Philippine cuisine or crave for some food from your home country, in Metro Manila you have all the options. Here we let you know where to go for fine dining, vegetarian food, fresh bread, and 'merienda', and which Pinoy delicacies you have to try out.
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 Philippine cuisine is not the typical Asian cuisine you might imagine. Here we tell you everything you need to know about Filipino food culture, from typical meals and beverages to street food, wet markets, and Jollibee.
The Megacity Manila Shopping Basket gives newcomers in the Philippines orientation on how much they will pay for local and imported food, beverages, and toiletries in Manila's stores. It also allows to track the price development in the country, as we update the list every month and provide the prices in pesos, US dollars, and euros.