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Office "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/office/37252-1-eng-GB/Office_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Office

If you'd rather work for yourself than for others, there is always the option to set up a company and start your own business. Making use of your experience and skills and offering them in a foreign Megacity might be an opportunity for many Megacitizens to start a new chapter in life.

Flowers for your Valentine "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-life/flowers-for-your-valentine/36289-2-eng-GB/Flowers-for-your-Valentine_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Flowers for your Valentine

February 14 is that day of the year when dating gets a bit more flowery, sweet and cheesy than usual. The Megacity is all romantic with red signs everywhere, special offers and couples walking hand-in-hand through the streets. Valentine's Day is celebrated big time in Manila.

Only Golfers allowed (near Lake Taal) "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/only-golfers-allowed-near-lake-taal/523523-1-eng-GB/Only-Golfers-allowed-near-Lake-Taal_zoom_image.jpg" 1600 949 Only Golfers allowed (near Lake Taal)

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.

Feast of the Black Nazarene "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-life/feast-of-the-black-nazarene/29019-1-eng-GB/Feast-of-the-Black-Nazarene_zoom_image.jpg" 1600 1200 Feast of the Black Nazarene

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.

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.

Bus "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/bus/298931-1-eng-GB/Bus_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Bus

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.

Mount Pinatubo "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/basic-and-daily-needs/mount-pinatubo/31554-1-eng-GB/Mount-Pinatubo_zoom_image.jpg" 1600 1200 Mount Pinatubo

Leading through ash-covered wastelands, rocky valleys, over creeks in spate and through lush forests, the trip to Mount Pinatubo is an epic, adventurous journey – but one that can be done in just one day, starting and ending in Manila. 

Fireworks "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/fireworks5/28776-1-eng-GB/Fireworks_zoom_image.jpg" 1806 1200 Fireworks

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 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.

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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?

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. 

Philippine Brands and Pasalubong "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/philippine-brands-and-pasalubong/718298-1-eng-GB/Philippine-Brands-and-Pasalubong_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Philippine Brands and Pasalubong

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.

store "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/store/720523-1-eng-GB/store_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 store

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.

Suits "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/mashup-and-event-pictures/suits/1967367-1-eng-GB/Suits_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Suits

Suit up! Custom-made clothes are often considerably cheaper in Metro Manila than in Western countries. Finding those small tailor shops in the Megacity can be a feat, but there are a couple of places where they will provide you with that suit you need.

International Cuisine "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/international-cuisine/996178-1-eng-GB/International-Cuisine_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 International Cuisine

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...

Parlor "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/local-businesses/parlor/721293-1-eng-GB/Parlor_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Parlor

Do you need to go to the salon? One of the upsides of living in a Megacity is that it offers you a wide range of options for those who need a haircut, a manicure, and everything in between. 

Spa "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/spa/49334-1-eng-GB/Spa_zoom_image.jpg" 770 390 Spa

Looking to relax your muscles and get rid of that back pain? It may be time for a massage. 

Landmark "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/landmark/31134-1-eng-GB/Landmark_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Landmark

Strictly speaking, The Landmark it is not a mall but a large department store, selling you clothing, household goods and other every day items for a very reasonable price. Affordable products and the location in the very middle of Makati's shopping district make this department store the top choice for many of Manila's shoppers.

Glorietta 5 "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/glorietta-5/31705-1-eng-GB/Glorietta-5_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Glorietta 5

Originally a park, Glorietta today forms the heart of Ayala Center, the giant shopping district of Makati City with its interconnected malls and department stores. Glorietta offer a wide variety of retail products, dining options and entertainment, making it a popular venue for family shopping sprees as well as night outs with friends.

Eastwood Mall "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/eastwood-mall/664454-1-eng-GB/Eastwood-Mall_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Eastwood Mall

Eastwood Mall marks the very center of Eastwood City and is dubbed as the heart of this work-live-play enclave in southern Quezon City. With its four floors it has just the right size: big enough to fit in some restaurants, shops and boutiques, and small enough for you to pleasantly find your way around without getting lost.

divisoria "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/malls/divisoria/951399-1-eng-GB/divisoria_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 divisoria

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. 

Wifi in Cafes "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-and-untagged/wifi-in-cafes/463229-1-eng-GB/Wifi-in-Cafes_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1015 Wifi in Cafes

There is an abundance of free Wi-Fi spots in Metro Manila especially in the business, shopping and entertainment districts. Take a look at this article here so you know where to find them. We also added tips on online safety while using public Internet access. 

Tablet "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/tablet/28604-1-eng-GB/Tablet_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Tablet

The Philippines is host to some of the best hackers world wide. Combined with quite a high number of thefts and stolen laptops and smart phones, information security becomes and important topic. If your gadgets get stolen, at least you can prevent the thief from browsing through your bank data.

Gadgets "/var/ezdemo_site/storage/images/media/manila/images-manila/unnamed-untagged/gadgets/40078-1-eng-GB/Gadgets_zoom_image.jpg" 2000 1124 Gadgets

Manila is a gadget-hungry Megacity. Megacitizens are always hunting for the latest smartphones and the hottest trends in gadgetry. Unfortunately, it is a myth that premium gadgets are much cheaper in Manila than in the United States or Europe. Truth is: they are slightly cheaper but you won't get the latest models as soon as they are available in the US.

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