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An Expat Talks about Living in Manila, Philippines

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Manila

How long have you lived there?

1 year

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Taking language courses at one of the Universities or Colleges is a good way to meet both locals and other expats whilst learning language and culture. I can personally recommend De La Salle/CELL or Christian Language Study Centre.

If you can get membership of a Sports or Country Club, grab it. I've been a member of Valle Verde Country Club and found it to be a fantastic place to get away from the bustle and noise of Manila, not to mention play sports!

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

No, they are not diverse, but yes, they are accepting.

Although very CCatholic on the surface, often it is "do as we say, not as we do".

Gays and other minority groups do not seem to be unduly persecuted as far as I can see.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Call centres are the booming business. Manufacturing, usually for the local market, is significant.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

Hmmm, locals love their shopping malls. Weekends are busier than the weekdays. "Gimmicks" are popular on Friday or Saturday night, typically in Manila, Eastwood Libis or Makati. This can be any form of going out with friends, but Manilenos love a drink ;-)

If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Be patient. Learn the language, or some anyway. Don't rush to judgement, better often to reserve your opinion.

Muck in with the real locals to learn the real Manila.

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