Located in the busy central business district, Fairmont Hotel Makati offers luxury and comfort to its guests. The place, conceived by leading interior designers and architects, features cultural characteristics merged with sophisticated designs.
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.
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.
Pretty similar to the tricycle except that it runs solely on muscle power, a pedicab is one of the cheapest modes of transport in the metro, usually fitting one or two passengers. It can take you anywhere within an assigned area, such as a barangay (neighborhood) or village.
To get around in Manila and neighboring provinces, you also have the option to hire a car for yourself or your driver. The minimum age for car hire in Manila is between 21 and 25 years old, depending on the rental company. Foreigners must show passport ID and a valid national driver’s licence or International Driving Permit.
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.
The annual holidays in the Philippines are a mix of various political, historical and religious celebrations and there are quite a number of them in the calendar. Here is all you should know about what you can and can not do on such holidays, and how local life is in the Megacity when the offices are closed.
In a 23.8 kilometer-long semicircle, EDSA leads through some of the most densely populated parts of Metro Manila, from Caloocan City in the north to Pasay City, near Manila Bay in the south. It further connects (from north to south) the cities of Quezon, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Makati. Many major HotSpots, malls, and business districts are located along the way.
Home to the headquarters of many banks and major companies, some call it the Wall Street of the Philippines: Ayala Avenue is the main road of Makati's business district, framed by flashy skyscrapers on both sides of the road.
The country around the Megacity has everything you could wish for, from sandy beaches to breath-taking mountains, from pristine water to untouched deep jungle. As the archipelago consists of 7107 islands (give or take some during high-tide and low-tide), it is almost a necessity to hop on a plane from time to time to reach your destination.
With its confusing traffic system and crazy driving culture, getting around in the Megacity Manila can be quite an adventure. The good news is that you will hardly get lost anywhere without the chance to use public transport.
Most major international couriers offer their services in the Philippines. While the services of international carriers are not commonly used for domestic transport of mails and parcels, they are the carriers of choice for many international companies and organizations as well as for Megacitizens sending goods and postcards to their loved ones.
For the newcomer, a Megacity is always overwhelming in many different aspects. But one of the first things that comes to mind is always: How will I ever find my way around in Metro Manila, with its 17 cities, dozens of shopping, entertainment, and business districts, gated communities, and millions of citizens? The good news is: there are actually only a handful of main arterial roads connecting the different cities and centers. Knowing them helps to get around in the city.
As a means of public transportation, tricycles are almost as common in the Philippines as Jeepneys. Tricycle rides are bumpy, loud and smelly but they are often the fastest and most convenient way to get around.
With the streets and trains of the Megacity being more congested then ever, Manila is resorting to a means of transportation that had been suspended several years ago: the Pasig River Ferry.
It is mid June and the rainy season has just started, but already Metro Manila experiences the first floods.
Metro Manila experiences heavy rainfall due to the tropical storm Maring. Many parts of Manila got flooded since Sunday night, August 18/19. The Megacities team took some pictures and videos to show how the Manileños cope with it.
How is the status quo of green living, energy, and construction in the Philippines? The yearly fair and conference "Green Philippines" gives answers to this question, with more than 150 companies and organizations presenting eco-friendly products and new projects to save the environment.
The motto is: 'Cebu Pacific Air - It’s time everyone flies'. Cebu Pacific is the prime low-cost airline of the Philippines for domestic operations and thus revolutionized flying, offering 'every Juan' (symbolic nickname for a Filipino) the opportunity to fly. The airline also features a growing number of international destinations in Southeast Asia, such as Jakarta (Indonesia) and Singapore.
The FX is a cross between the sarao/jeepney and a cab. Riding on one is like carpooling with a bunch of strangers. When it was introduced to Manila's streets, those who drove an FX or a car with fixed tariff rates utilised the Tamaraw FX, from which this mode of transportation derived its name.
"Don't drive here!", a Discovery Channel show that did a feature on Manila said of the traffic situation in the Megacity. Undeniably, amid the traffic caused by a surplus of autos in the road and the wreck of transport organization in the Philippines, a car is still the fastest way to get around from point A to point B in the Megacity. And for the transcendent Megacitizens in Manila, the solution is either the famous taxi cabs or a second-hand car.
South East Asian Airlines (SEAIR) is the second-oldest airline in the Philippines. Since 2011 it is owned by Singapore-based Tiger Airways with 40% of its market share. SEAIR services domestic and international routes (the latter not from the airport in the Megacity) and can also be regarded as a low-cost airline.
Clark is a rapidly growing airport, located roughly 80 kilometers north of Metro Manila. You can get some cheap flights from CRK, but you should think twice if it is really worth the hassle.