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.
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.
Manila is a gadget-hungry Megacity. Megacitizens are always hunting for the latest smartphones and the hottest trends in gadgetry. Unfortunately, it is a myth that premium gadgets are much cheaper in Manila than in the United States or Europe. Truth is: they are slightly cheaper but you won't get the latest models as soon as they are available in the US.
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.
During rainy season, flooded streets are quite a normality in parts of Metro Manila. Here is what you should know about the floods, how to prepare, how to get around when streets become waterways, and where to live in the Megacity to stay dry.
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.
House and lot prices in this subdivision are slightly lower than those located in the adjacent Forbes Park. But it is just as prestigious.
Bel-Air is regularly voted the cleanest and greenest barangay (neighborhood) in Makati City. The subdivision is known for its good community life, with numerous cultural events and festivities throughout the year. The Bel-Air Village Community Center houses a post office, a clinic, a gym, and several function rooms.
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.
You can find ATMs of the different local (and some international) banks everywhere across the city. Most ATMs are situated inside malls, banks and on the outside walls of banks. The latter are accessible 24/7. Outside the Megacity, there are still ATMs in every town. If you plan to go to the deepest countryside or smaller village, though, you might not be able to find an ATM for a while.
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.
For Megacitizens, taxis are the main means of public transportation in Manila. You can see them at every corner of the city at every time of the day. Only problem: the more you need a cab, the less likely you will find one! During rush hour or when it is raining cats and dogs it will be difficult to get hold of a taxi.
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.
Travelling in the Philippines is a delight since you will find tourist hotspots such as Boracay as well as many places rarely visited by tourists. With 7,107 islands in the tropical destination, there are lots of places to see, from the windy Batanes Islands in the very north to popular Palawan and Bohol to parts of Mindanao in the south. We compiled the most marvellous islands, exciting hiking trails, fascinating natural wonders, and cultural heritage sites of the Philippines for you.
The APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting 2015 is taking place in Manila from November 18 to 19. With blocked roads, tightened security, and hundreds of cancelled flights, the event will have a major impact on daily life in the Megacity in the coming week. Here is our Megacitizens Guide on the APEC Summit 2015 in Manila.
A popular open park located right smack in the middle of the Philippine capital, Rizal Park is also known to both locals and tourists as Luneta – a Spanish term that translates to lunette or crescent.
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.