As the capital city of the Philippines, it should be a given that living in Manila would be ideal. Being a highly urbanized region, Metro Manila has been regarded by many as the center of economic progress insomuch that the metropolis attracts both investors and would-be homebuyers to take up residence in the city. Unfortunately, living in Metro Manila has not exactly been a good prospect for most, given the increasing traffic and pollution problems. However, despite some of the city’s more pressing challenges, life in Manila continues to thrive. After all, there is quite nothing like living in what is also known as the business and culture hub of the Philippines. Indeed, life in Metro Manila is as diverse and exciting as one can expect it to be.
FACTS ABOUT METRO MANILA
- The city was named after a flowering mangrove. The city’s designation is said to be derived from Maynilad, which translates to “a place with nila” with nila or nilad being a flowering shrub or mangrove tree found in Madagascar, western Pacific, and tropical Asia. The flower was said to thrive and bloom in abundance along the shores of Manila Bay and the delta of the Pasig River.
- The capital city tops the list of the most densely populated cities in the world. It has a population of about 1.6 million people, in an area of 16.56 sqm. Regardless of this, however, the city has also made it on the “Emerging Cities Outlook” list of capital cities that are currently on the rise.
- While the city is divided into administrative districts, these are then subdivided into a total of 897 barangays. These same barangays are designated by numbers in lieu of names.
- The Philippines is known to be a predominantly Catholic country, and Metro Manila is no different. In fact, the city has some of the oldest churches chockfull of ancient and religious artifacts, as well as antique religious iconography.
- Also known as the Walled City, Intramuros was constructed to serve as protection from invasions in the 16th century. It served as the city’s strongest bulwark against invaders and is also the oldest district pivotal to the history of the city.
- Metro Manila’s oldest shopping district, Binondo, is also known as the oldest Chinatown in the world. The enclave was established way back in 1594.
- Back in the 16th to the 19th century, Manila was part of a focal galleon route. The galleon that sailed from the Metropolis to the world carried goods from all across Asia such as silk, pearl, and various spices.
- Metro Manila underwent an extensive reconstruction due to the intensive aerial bombing it suffered towards the end of World War II, when most of the city was destroyed.
- San Agustin Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at the heart of the city. Completed in 1607, the church’s stands as a heritage and cultural site. The structure is largely inspired by Baroque elements. The trompe lóeil design created by artisans is one interesting and distinct aspect of the church’s interiors.
- The city used to be a British colony for two years as one of the consequences of the Seven Years War (1756-1763), which pitted the British against the French and its allies, including Spain. While the war was fought in Europe, the colonies of the involved countries were not spared from involvement. As a consequence, the British saw the conflict as a rather opportune time to invade the Philippines.
- Before Makati became the business hub of the city, Escolta Street in Bacolod was recognized as the premier and sophisticated urban district of the city. The fashionable hub was established it 1594, with its name derived from the Spanish word escoltar (which translates to “to escort.”). The place was also known to be a popular shopping strip laden with a series of jewelry stores, department stores, and various business offices.
- Metro Manila is named as one of the premier shopping destinations in Asia. The city has also ranked 66 out of 100 when it comes to affordability.
- The city is recognized as the Philippines’ top overnight tourist destination by the Department of Tourism in 2013. The city sees over a million tourists in just a single year.
REASONS TO LIVE IN MANILA
1.) Living in Manila guarantees work flexibility
The country is known to have a good share of BPO offices (Business Process Outsourcing). In fact, among all the industries present in the Philippines, the BPO sector is recognized as the one with the most offices and, consequently, employable positions. In this regard, it should be no question that the industry is thriving. Metro Manila, apart from having plenty of BPO positions to be filled, also has a good share of prosperous businesses that would consequently need human resources. As a result, plenty of individuals from neighboring cities and even regions would come to the city to find work. More importantly, work hours are incredibly flexible, with most offices allowing its employees to work from home or even work different shifts. And being the city that never sleeps, it should come as no question that there will be a myriad of 24/7 restaurants and eateries in proximity to just about any workplace.
2.) An avenue for travel
Metro Manila is known as the jump-off city by many when it comes to traveling in the Philippines. Most travelers would likely book a ticket to the capital city before visiting any other Philippine cities and provinces. This is because Metro Manila gives travelers ease of access to these other cities and provinces—particularly the ones located in Luzon. For many, it would only take a single plane ride or bus ride to get to where they want. More importantly, travelers with prospective international excursions would not have to double book tickets just to get to most foreign countries, seeing as the metropolis has flights going to most foreign countries.
3.) Your nights are guaranteed to be never dull
Being the city that never sleeps, Manila has a bustling nightlife. In most provinces, bars and clubs would only get busy during the weekend, but in Metro Manila, it can get busy as early as Monday night. With employees looking to relax and unwind after a long day, you can expect these bars to get filled up as early as 8 in the evening. With a myriad of clubs and bars, you are guaranteed to find a place to relax and enjoy.
4.) Considered as the land of many opportunities
There is no denying that many individuals see Manila as an avenue to further their career goals, or even simply a place to land a job. With so many people flocking to the metropolis from the provinces, it is without a doubt that the city is a place for opportunities. Similarly, students who are not averse to studying away from home would also come to Manila in hopes of realizing their collegiate dreams as the city is known to have some of the country’s best schools. In this regard, Metro Manila is just not the land of many opportunities, but the place for a myriad of possibilities as well.