Metro Manila · The Year in 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.
In observance of Eid al-Adha, Malacañang has declared 12 September 2016 a regular holiday. That means another long weekend for Filipinos!
October is coming, and not only the German expats in Metro Manila are getting ready for some savory food and fresh Bavarian Beer. Oktoberfest has become a popular festivity among the Megacitizens of Manila and other Asian cities. We show you where you can celebrate this year.
American-style Halloween has become a highly popular celebration all over Metro Manila. Kids enjoy organized "trick or treat" events and costume contests, while the older ones go wild on Halloween-themed parties and zombie fun runs in the middle of the night.
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.
'Since its inception in 1999, the Cinemanila International Film Festival (CIFF) has endeavored to revive the Philippines as the center of Southeast Asian cinema and encourage the creation of international caliber, yet uniquely Filipino films.'
This public holiday celebrates the birthday of Andrés Bonifacio on November 30, 1863. As a young man, Bonifacio became the military leader of the Philippine revolution against the Spanish colonizers, making him one of the national heroes of the Philippines.
Christmas is here! And we cannot stress enough how Filipinos take this holiday very seriously. To make the most out of this festive time of the year in the Megacity, here's our guide on what to expect and what not to miss, featuring crazy Christmas shopping, sparkling decorations, exciting traditions, delicious food, and the art of surviving traffic & traveling during the season.
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.