36 Facts About Metro Manila


The Metro Manila galleon was the first known commercially traveled trade route that sailed the Pacific for 250 years, bringing to Mexico their cargoes of luxury goods, economic benefits, and cultural exchange.

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Presidential Decree No 940 states that Metro Manila has always been, to the Filipino people and in the eyes of the world, the premier city of the Philippines, being the center of trade, commerce, education, and culture.

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The City of Greater Metro Manila was abolished by the Japanese with the formation of the Philippine Executive Commission to govern the occupied regions of the country.

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When Metro Manila was established, there were four cities, Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay and the thirteen municipalities of Las Pinas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela and Pateros.

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Metro Manila is exposed to multiple natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, and typhoons.

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Metro Manila was ranked as the second riskiest capital city after Tokyo to live in according to Swiss Re.

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Metro Manila Zoo is the oldest zoo in Asia, which was founded on 1959.

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Framework of government and governance in Metro Manila is based on Republic Act No 7160, otherwise known as the "Local Government Code of 1991".

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Previously Metro Manila was governed by a regional government authority, the Metro Manila Commission and was led by a governor.

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Bill was introduced in 2014 proposing the creation of a new governing body in Metro Manila to be known as the Metropolitan Manila Regional Administration .

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Metro Manila has a population of according to the 2020 national census.

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Metro Manila remains as the least expensive capital city in the Asia-Pacific to occupy prime office space at an average rent of $22 per square meter per month.

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Metro Manila makes it to the "Global Top 30" cities according to property consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle, citing its economic scale, vast population, large gross domestic product and BPO specialization as its competitive edge.

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Metro Manila has many central business districts, which categorizes it under the multiple nuclei model in human geography terms.

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Bonifacio Global City is the newest business district of Manila and is the premier financial and lifestyle center of the metropolis.

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Metro Manila is home to some of the largest shopping malls in the world, three of which are in the top 10.

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Gambling in Metro Manila has become a popular tourist attraction in the region.

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Metro Manila is a popular gaming destination in Asia, rivaling other major gaming destinations such as Macau and Singapore.

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Metro Manila is widely celebrated in popular lore, frequently the setting for mostly Filipino books, movies, and television programs.

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Metro Manila is the home to the National Museum of the Philippines, the national museum of the country.

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Prominent museums in Metro Manila include the Ayala Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Lopez Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, The Mind Museum, Museo Pambata, Museo Valenzuela, Museum of Philippine Political History, Pasig City Museum and the Rizal Shrine.

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Prominent sporting venues in Metro Manila include the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Mall of Asia Arena, Filoil Flying V Arena and the Cuneta Astrodome.

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The Greater Metro Manila Area is home to the Philippine Arena, the world's largest indoor arena.

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Metro Manila Storm are a rugby league team training out of Rizal Park and playing home matches at the Southern Plains Field, Calamba, Laguna.

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The Metro Manila area is home to a number of rugby union teams such as the Alabang Eagles, Makati Mavericks, Manila Nomads Sports Club and the Manila Hapons.

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The University of Santo Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Ateneo de Metro Manila University are some of the oldest educational institutions that was established during the colonial period.

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The country's top ranked universities, located in Metro Manila, are widely known to be as follows, University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and University of Santo Tomas.

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Prominent secondary schools in Metro Manila include the Philippine Science High School in Diliman, Quezon City, the national science school of the Philippines and the Manila Science High School in Ermita, the forerunner of all the science schools in the country.

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Metro Manila is designated by the Department of Health as the pioneer of medical tourism, expecting it to generate $1 billion in revenue annually.

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All the 159 police community precincts of Metro Manila will be using the electronic blotter system in recording crimes starting June 2015.

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In 2012, the AFP Joint Task Force-National Capital Region was launched to ensure peace and stability in Metro Manila, bearing the same function of the deactivated National Capital Regional Command, although it operates on a much smaller size than its predecessor.

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Transportation development in Metro Manila follows the Metro Manila Dream Plan, which consists of building short-term to long-term infrastructure lasting up to 2030 and addressing its issues on traffic, land use and environment.

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Circumferential Road 5 serves the people near the regional limits of Metro Manila and serves as an alternate route for Circumferential Road 4.

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The other airport that serves Metro Manila is Clark International Airport in Angeles City which is located 80 kilometers away.

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Metro Manila will have its bus rapid transit system operational by 2018.

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Metro Manila Water operates on the east zone, comprising the cities of Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, Pateros, San Juan and Taguig.

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