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.
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.
During the nine days before Christmas, Catholics in the Philippines attend Simbang Gabi or Misa de Gallo, a series of masses that take place late in the evening or before sunrise, between 3 and 5 am.
All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are important occasions for many Christians in the Philippines. This is the day that they visit their deceased loved ones. Filipinos have a special and often cheerful way of celebrating All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day ad it often entails big family picnics at the cemeteries.
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.
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.
Filipinos love big festivities with family, friends, and neighbors, so children's birthdays are always a good opportunity to throw a party. There are a couple of birthdays that are particularly important: the 1st, the 7th, and – for girls - the 18th birthday. Here is our Megacitizens guide on how a proper celebration should look like.
A long procession of young men, barefoot, heads covered, shirts torn apart, revealing lesions, wounds and sore, bleeding backs -the Penitensya (penitence) is a bloody but fascinating Good Friday tradition that can be observed in many Philippine provinces and parts of Metro Manila.
Funeral traditions among the Catholic majority in the Philippines are similar to other Catholic countries in the world. However, there are certain customs that are particularly Filipino.
With the Sta. Anang Banak Taguig River Festival the city of Taguig honors its patroness Sta. Ana. Every July 26, the people of Taguig celebrate the festival on the river - a reminder of the old days, when their ancestors' main source of living was fishing.
Precolonial traditions, Chinese merchants, catholic Spanish colonizers, American pop culture... the Philippine society is a fascinating amalgam of many influences. Learn more about the diverse Philippine customs and traditions in this section.
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).
Mabuhay Germany is the biggest German-Philippine event in the country, a blend of business, culture and fun-filled family activities. This year's motto is "Connect Now!", and that is what it is all about: connecting business people with potential partners, distributors with customers, and - last not least - Germans and Filipinos.
The Philippines' biggest beer fest is back! As every year, thousands of people will be served with savory German cuisine, free flowing beer, and Bavarian live music during the two-day Oktoberfest at the Sofitel Manila.
Life is changing constantly in a Megacity. Nevertheless, there are things that stay the same: holidays, traditional celebrations, and festivals are something to look forward to and they provide a certain structure throughout the year. Have a look at this section to see the yearly cycle of landmark events which take place in the Megacity of Manila. This is a naturally growing section, with every new landmark event finding its place here.
The traditional beer fest promotes camaraderie among the Filipinos and Germans. Come and enjoy Bavarian specialties, free floating beer, and upbeat folk music with thousands of guests.
Dancing with dragons, playing with fire: the team of MEGACITIZENS.com joined the Chinese New Year celebrations on January 31 in the heart of Binondo. Check out our video and the photo gallery with impressions of Chinese New Year 2014 in Manila's Chinatown.
You know you are attending a great party when people are dancing on benches and tables. The Megacitizens team joined the 75th Oktoberfest of the German Club Manila in Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
November was all about the holiday season and the celebrations it involves.
Nicholas Day on December 6 is an important pre-Christmas celebration in several European countries. The Goethe Institute invites to a 'Kulturabend: Nikolaustag', with traditional songs, a quiz, sausages, and the hot wine punch 'Glühwein' (mulled wine).