Manila

Philippines

Angela Serafico

Hi! I’m Angela, and I’m in a love-hate relationship with my country, the Philippines. I’ve lived in Metro Manila for 18 years, and I love it, for the most part. However, I hate the current government and what they believe in, because it has affected my city in an extremely negative way. I joined the Youth Mayors programme because I feel very strongly about socio-political issues, especially human rights and politics, due to the state my country is in right now. I am also trying to find my own way to incorporate a sustainable lifestyle, not only for me, but for family and friends back home.

My City

Metro Manila, more commonly known as the National Capital Region, is composed of 16 cities: Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela. According to the 2015 Census, the population within Metro Manila reached 12,877,253, with Manila being the most densely populated city in the entire world. We pride ourselves in being the only Catholic Asian country, which can sometimes be a problem when we are unable to separate church from state. We are also known for having poor urban planning. Now, Filipinos have to deal with excessive traffic, public transport crises, and very few open areas and public spaces. Aside from that, poverty and income inequality are also two very important issues that we have been unsuccessful in reducing.

Snapshot
  • Manila is the 3rd city with the lowest quality of life.

  • Estimated population: 12,877,253 (2015 Census)

  • Population Density: 42,857/sq km in Manila

  • Metro Manila houses the oldest Chinatown in the world.

  • Public transportation consists of buses, trains and WWII inspired jeepneys

  • Metro Manila is considered the fourth most dangerous city in the world.

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