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.
Earthquakes are quite common in the Philippines. They are mostly harmless but there is a a certain risk for stronger earthquakes, so you should be prepared. Here is the Megacitizens Safety Guide for Earthquakes, including links to the Valley Fault System Atlas.
One of the first things that newly-arrived Megacitizens will notice in Manila are the gun-toting policemen and security guards. Authorities and private security staff with side-arms and sometimes even shotguns are a common sight in the tropical destination.
It’s time to go back to school kids! Take a look at what you should expect in Megacity Manila during this time of year.
The new school year always starts some time in June for public elementary schools and high schools in the Philippines. This 2016, classes in public schools start on June 13, Monday. Private schools, including Manila's international schools, are free to start their classes any time in June or August.
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.
The Philippine Social Security System (SSS) is a public service which provides, among others, retirement and health benefits for workers and employees in the private sector.
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.
The Bureau of Immigration has its main office in Intramuros, Manila City. Hundreds of foreigners and Filipinos go there everyday to extend visas, get clearances, or change their residence status. Here is the Megacitizens survival guide for the Bureau of Immigration.
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.
The House of Representatives, together with the Senate, forms the legislative branch of the government in the Philippines. It is also referred to as the 'Lower House'. Members of Congress are elected by either legislative districts or nationwide through party lists supporting marginalized groups.
The Senate of the Philippines commonly known as Senado, is the upper chamber of the bicameral legislature of the country.
PhilPost is the government-owned national postal service. You can find the nearest office via the company's homepage. Just walk into the establishment and tell the person at the counter where you would like to send whatever you are holding in your hand. PhilPost is good for the delivery of national mail or international mail and postcards. However, for important documents as well as parcels, you might want to look for an alternative among the global players.
On Manila Day, Manila City celebrates its foundation on June 24, 1571. Schools, government bureaus, and private offices are closed on this special non-working holiday, and Manileños enjoy the free time in parks and malls.
'In order to save some money and because I was curious getting to know the notorious Philippine Bureau(crazy) of Immigration, I dared to take care of the paperworks myself instead of just hiring a travel and visa agency', Jo, Megacitizen
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has announced the launch of two big - and long awaited - projects: the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 1 and the so-called Stage 3 of the Metro Manila Skyway. Both infrastructure projects target issues that have long been subjects of complaints and heated debates.
Some notaries public of Metro Manila do not work in fancy offices but under the open sky. That might seem odd to foreigners, but it does have its advantages.
What about a time travel to the year 1900? This August, a photo exhibition presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) brings back to life the colonial past of the Philippines.
In the aftermath of the President's State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on July 22, 2013, we were able to talk to well-known political analyst Professor Edmund Tayao about its relevance for Megacitizens.