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.
Do you reach for the sky in everything that you do? You should take up quarters in the Gramercy Residences! With 71 storeys and a height of 302 meters, this residential tower in Makati offers the most breathtaking views of Metro Manila.
Being one of the biggest companies that offer traditional landline services, Bayantel has been a household name in the country. Bayantel or Bayan, however, was recently bought by Globe.
Internet access if easy to find in the Megacity and they come in different forms. You've got your 24/7 Internet shops and open Wi-Fi in local coffee shops and some fast food chains and you also have options to get your personal Internet plan at home. We've gathered information about Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the Megacity to guide you on which plan you should get.
PLDT (Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company) offers a wide range of Internet services including traditional Internet access via their myDSL products as well as prepaid and post-paid plans.
Globe offers traditional internet services including a free WI-FI router and landline (post-paid) as well as the Internet stick (prepaid) and several service bundles for all types of Internet users.
There is an abundance of free Wi-Fi spots in Metro Manila especially in the business, shopping and entertainment districts. Take a look at this article here so you know where to find them. We also added tips on online safety while using public Internet access.
Looking for a new computer customized for your usage, for the newest tablet or just for a longer LAN cable? Below we present you a selection of reliable and not too expensive computer stores where you get all the accessories and gadgets you wish for.
The Philippines is host to some of the best hackers world wide. Combined with quite a high number of thefts and stolen laptops and smart phones, information security becomes and important topic. If your gadgets get stolen, at least you can prevent the thief from browsing through your bank data.
If you find shopping in Manila's malls too stressful or if you are looking for special deals and promos, the Internet offers quite some opportunities.
Over-the-counter (OTC) payment collection services are often located in shopping malls, grocery stores, and sometimes the nearest street corner. You can settle most of your monthly bills and many other payments by dropping by these shops.
Whether you are needing the latest updates to run your business, are interested in politics or just want to know what is going on in the Megacity, news and information are vital to the life of a Megacitizen. Manila, well-known in Southeast Asia to have a comparatively high degree of free media and investigative journalism (though almost all media outlets are owned by powerful corporations and families), offers a variety of sources to acquire the information you are looking for.
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.
Stay informed... Here you can find regularly updated information through local media providers, such as Inquirer, ABS-CBN, or Manila Standard Today.
Located in the city of Mandaluyong, Lancaster Hotel Manila is known for its modern décor and subdued luxury.
O2 Space provides shared working spaces for start-ups, freelancers, and entrepreneurs.
Online news sources, expat forums, entertainment guides, and more - we compiled a link list with the best that the Manila Cyberspace has to offer for Megacitizens like you!
It is safe to say that all Megacitizens in Manila are also active in the Cyberspace – and as soon as they are reading this paragraph, they are also Megacitizens in Cyberspace. The reason for that is quite simple. Cost for connection to the Internet via smart phone or USB dongle for the laptop are comparatively low and free wireless networks are provided in many coffee shops and restaurants in all HotSpots.
The three largest newspapers are all published in English language with occasional remarks in Filipino (which are translated most of the time). You can buy newspapers from cornershops (Sari-sari stores) and convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and MiniStop, as well as from several chain stores such as Dunkin' Donut.
The financial center of the Philippines is a national record holder in many regards: highest concentration of businesses, richest local government unit, and the largest skyscrapers. Now Makati has been announced the global number one in another discipline: taking selfies.
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.
Electronic communication is a very important aspect of every-day life, even more so in a Megacity where friends and colleagues might live in different cities. Here is everything you need to know about communication in the Megacity, from landlines and cell phones to tablets and online shopping.
A little consolation for Megacitizens who try to learn Filipino but struggle with the mix of Tagalog, Spanish, and English: even for Google's developers of speech recognition and voice search, the common 'Taglish' is a challenge, as they admit on their research blog.
There are few countries where BlackBerry phones are as popular as in the Philippines. Now the company has launched the BlackBerry Q5, its newest smart phone that targets the emerging markets in particular.