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.
You lost your phone and/or wallet or somebody stole your valuables? Megacitizens.com tells you what to do next, and what preventive measures you can take to save yourself from as much trouble as possible.
The Philippines belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Metro Manila is fortunately safe from the latter. Here we give you an overview of the archipelago's 23 active volcanoes and the latest eruptions.
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.
Typhoons are often making landfall in the Philippines and might affect Megacity Manila. Here is what you should know about typhoons and how to stay safe before, during, and after the storm.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a „state of lawlessness“ on 3 September 2016, after a bombing in Davao killed 14 people and injured more than 60.
With an increasing number of storms and other calamities, coupled with fragile infrastructure, chances are high that you experience at least one or two brownouts per year in the Megacity Manila. Here is what you should know about power outages and how to be prepared.
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.
Ayala Alabang Village is a big subdivision of almost 30,000 people. The popular expat neighborhood is located in Muntinlupa City, in the southern part of the Megacity.
As most other Megacities in the world, Metro Manila is unfortunately home to a high crime rate compared to the rest of the country. Most of the crimes committed in Manila are robbery and theft. Poverty and unequal distribution of wealth are the prime reasons behind most of the crimes.
Itching to go swimming or attend a beach party? There is no need to hop on a plane because you can have some outdoor fun in Mindoro - an island paradise near the Megacity.
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.
Trains are the fastest but certainly not the most convenient way to travel long distances in the Megacity. There are five railway lines in Metro Manila: PNR Southrail and Northrail, LRT 1 and 2, and MRT 3.
Buses are the true kings of the road in Metro Manila. They ply the major roads as well as the highways. They have seating for 50 to 60 people but in full capacity, which is standard during rush hour, they can accommodate 100 people. Here is all you should know about riding the bus in and around the Megacity.
The Office of Civil Defense will conduct a metro-wide earthquake drill on Thursday, July 30th after holding a nationwide earthquake exercise on July 23rd. The July 30th drill will be held from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.
In January 2015, the leader of the Catholic church visited Manila as well as areas in the Visayas that had been devasted by Typhoon Yolanda.
The Philippines has over 20 active volcanoes sprinkled around the islands, making it the perfect place for those who love adventurous climbs. Below are the top Philippine volcanoes to climb - and how to prepare to stay safe.
Do you like oldtimers or have a kid that is crazy about fire trucks? Then you should pay a visit to the Makati Central Fire Station.
Let us take you on a wild ride through Metro Manila's Rush Hour! A timelapse video of riding a motorcycle to work, from a peaceful suburb in Paranaque through congested highways to Makati's Central Business District - two hours of crazy morning traffic in less than four minutes.
Tired of buying new gallons of expensive purified water every other day? Lux water purification systems provide you with drinkable water right from the tap.
+++ Update Saturday, 8 November 2014 +++
Recovery and rehabilitation efforts are still ongoing in areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Here is an update on what has been done and what still needs to be done one year after the disaster.
Metro Manila experiences heavy rainfall due to the tropical storm Maring. Many parts of Manila got flooded since Sunday night, August 18/19. The Megacities team took some pictures and videos to show how the Manileños cope with it.
If you have enough of endless taxi lines, old vehicles, and choosy drivers, you should try out Uber. The company connects passengers with private drivers via its mobile app - easy, safely, and quickly.
U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting the Philippines on Monday, the last stop of his week-long Asia-Pacific tour. Airport terminals and certain roads will be temporarily closed for the visit.