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.
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.
Brace yourselves, rainy season is coming! The first rainstorms show that the Philippine summer is over.
Dealing with the heavy traffic is a major challenge for Megacitizens in Manila. The metropolitan authorities try to reduce traffic through a number coding scheme. Effects of the coding scheme are cancelled out though because of the growing number of car owners in the metro. Here is what you should know about the traffic situation in the National Capital Region, why it is so bad and what else the authorities are doing about it.
In a 23.8 kilometer-long semicircle, EDSA leads through some of the most densely populated parts of Metro Manila, from Caloocan City in the north to Pasay City, near Manila Bay in the south. It further connects (from north to south) the cities of Quezon, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Makati. Many major HotSpots, malls, and business districts are located along the way.
If you are going to make Manila your home for a couple of years or so, you should consider getting your own car. Here is all you need to know: special traffic rules, where to buy or rent a car, and how to find a good driver.
With its confusing traffic system and crazy driving culture, getting around in the Megacity Manila can be quite an adventure. The good news is that you will hardly get lost anywhere without the chance to use public transport.
For the newcomer, a Megacity is always overwhelming in many different aspects. But one of the first things that comes to mind is always: How will I ever find my way around in Metro Manila, with its 17 cities, dozens of shopping, entertainment, and business districts, gated communities, and millions of citizens? The good news is: there are actually only a handful of main arterial roads connecting the different cities and centers. Knowing them helps to get around in the city.
Built in the year 1938, the beaux-arts building called Calvo now houses what is deemed as one of the most underrated museums in Metro Manila.
Filipinos love to grab a bite on the go. A street scene in Manila is not complete without a street food vendor. Here we present to you some of the craziest and/or most delicious of these uniquely Filipino snacks, from Adidas (chicken feed) to Walkman (pig's ears).
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.
Soon you will be able to take a virtual tour through the streets of Metro Manila without leaving your couch. Google Street View cars are driving through the Megacity's roads since end of January, capturing the surroundings with a 360° camera on the roof. Other parts of the Philippines are to follow later on.