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.
Basketball was brought to the Philippines by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) during the early American colonial period, in the first half of the 20th century. Today it is the most popular sport in the country, whether that's played on the streets, at schools, in colleges or in the professional level.
The good news is that there is a variety of very good international schools - from Kindergarten to postgraduate courses - located in the Megacity, for every of your children's period of life and even yourself. Education however - especially good one - is a luxury good in the Philippines and therefore quite expensive.
Whether you are planning on taking up a Master in Business Administration, a PhD in Enivronmental Science or just a certificate course in advanced photography, the Megacity has it all. Almost. For postgraduate education, there are five universities that offer a wide range of programs.
Private Universities such as Ateneo de Manila as well as international schools (also private) pay well and can offer a competitive salary for Megacitizens staying in the Philippines and looking for a job. The monthly salary can go up to 3000 US Dollar and higher. Excited? Take a look at the universities you can send your resume to.
Because the Philippines is an English-speaking nation, the Megacity attracts a lot of students, lecturers, and teachers from around the world. Most students who choose to study in Metro Manila come from different parts of Southeast Asia and from South Korea, while teachers and lecturers come from different parts of the globe. The pay in education especially in private schools and universities is quite good.
Are you ready for 2016? If you are spending the year in Manila and in different parts of the Philippines, take a look at the holidays, festivals, events, and concerts coming to the country this year.
Good colleges can be found all over the Megacity. When talking about the Philippine elite colleges, people will often refer to the "Top 4". The Top 4 universities are Manila's finest educational institutions and the best option if you are looking for international college education. Nevertheless, there are some other universities which offer good education.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) invites all music aficionados to a week-long festival in July, featuring the various orchestras and symphonic bands in the country.
As you can see in the picture, the University of the Philippines (UP) is getting ready for the annual UP Fair, a week-long open-air festival in the Sunken Garden of the Diliman Campus. It is THE event for students and visitors alike on UP grounds.
The University of Santo Tomas in Manila is a busy place on this October's Sundays. Thousands of mostly young and ambitious graduates from Philippine law schools are taking their bar exam, the licensure exam for lawyers.
Usually cheerdancing is only a side issue, meant to warm up fans for a big sport event. Not so in Metro Manila. The Cheerdance Competition of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is one of the major yearly sport events, with an audience of up to 23,000 people following the event live and many thousands more in front of the TV and the live-tickers on the Internet.
'My credo back then was: if I don't get out of the city every two- to three weeks, I go nuts'