The Presidential Museum and Library in Manila is one of the oldest structures in the country. It displays a number of art pieces connected to the country’s former executives and their first ladies.
Being the first freely elected Philippine president after the Marcos era, Cory Aquino counts as one of the national ikons of the democratic Philippines, together with Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr., her husband. The Filipinos honor her as “the housewife who led a revolution” and “mother of Philippine democracy”.
Jose Rizal is the Philippines' National Hero. He was an eye doctor, artist, and writer. As a non-violent reformist, his written works inspired a revolution that led to the transformation of the Philippines into an independent democracy. He died a martyr, leaving behind a famous death poem entitled "Mi Ultimo Adios" or "My Last Farewell".
In 2013 Makati City implemented a plastic ban, prohibiting the use of plastic, Styrofoam and other non-biodegradable materials as packaging for food and other products. Most other cities in Metro Manila enforce similar laws or are about to do so.
President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino delivered his 5th State of the Nation Address, highlighting the achievements of his administration, attacking his critics, and emphasizing another inherited "ill" of his term.
President Benigno Aquino pointed out the recent gains in economics, education, health, and social services in his 2013 State of the Nation Address (SONA). But he also took the joint session of congress as an opportunity to shame government agencies for the still prevailing corruption.
Thousands of Filipinos took to the streets on Monday, August 26, to protest against the misuse of tax money and for the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), better known as 'Pork Barrel Fund'.
U.S. President Barack Obama is visiting the Philippines on Monday, the last stop of his week-long Asia-Pacific tour. Airport terminals and certain roads will be temporarily closed for the visit.
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.
After decades of armed conflict and 17 years of negotiations, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government of the Philippines have signed a historic peace treatment on March 27.
Every New Year's Eve, hundreds of people in the Philippines get injured by (often non-certified and unsafe) firecrackers and by stray bullets. Now the government backs the idea of widely banning fireworks.
In a statement on its website, the Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) advised foreign tourist visa holders not to take part in protests and mass actions such as the pork barrel rallies.
Last Sunday, German expats and other Megacitizens from all over Metro Manila met in Legaspi Village to watch the country's general election, the Bundestagswahl, on TV. The German Club Manila had invited members as well as non-members to the 'Election Night'.
It was the month of Local Life! Megacitizens experienced so much of the local Philippine life that it made it to our trending topic.
Our first newsletter deals with life in the Philippines between national elections and Stammtisch! Surely, a Stammtisch is a very good place to discuss politics and elections. Not so for us, as the Megacitizens in Manila discussed the more basic needs and the joy of local life.
One of the prime properties of Metro Manila is about to change the city it belongs to. A court declared that the glitzy commercial and entertainment district Fort Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is rightfully a part of Makati and not of Taguig City.
In the aftermath of the President's State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on July 22, 2013, we were able to talk to well-known political analyst Professor Edmund Tayao about its relevance for Megacitizens.
The 2013 elections were the second ever held automated elections in the country. In the weeks leading to the elections more than 65 people became victims of election-related violence.
Imelda Marcos’ extravagant lifestyle and her over 2000 pairs of shoes gave birth to the word Imeldific –now an official word in the dictionary. It wasn’t just the shoes or the designer clothes and her love for closing the whole of Macy’s so she can shop without being disturbed whenever she dropped by New York City that made the Leyte native infamous. It was her elegance and her beauty that made Imelda an unforgettable figure both in the Philippines and worldwide.
Guided city tours seem boring and exhausting, especially in the hardly pedestrian-friendly City of Manila? The theatrical tours of artist and notorious cultural activist Carlos Celdran prove the opposite.