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InterNations - a trusted Network & Guide for Expats in Manila
- Build up valuable contacts with like-minded Manila expats
- Find reliable information and trustworthy tips about the expat life in Manila
- Join top-class InterNations events to meet fellow expatriates in town
Meet the InterNations Expatriate Community of Manila!
Mabuhay, and welcome to Manila! At InterNations, we connect people from all over the world in a community of like-minded expatriates. In our Manila Community, you'll find all the information you need, from finding answers to questions like "how do I access the healthcare system?" to recommendations such as "What's the first national dish I need to try?". Manila can be confusing at first with its unconventional structure of districts; from the buzzing Metro district to the traditional Chinatown and Pasay River. But not to worry, just look at our guides for moving to and working in Manila to get a feel for this unique capital of the Philippines.
If you can't find an answer to your question in the dedicated guide articles, you have the comfort of knowing our forum is full of other expats who are ready to share their experiences with you and guide you through any problems, big or small.
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The traditional cuisine of Manila includes Chinese and Asian flavors like pork, mushrooms, peanuts, soy sauce and seafood. You'll also find lots of soups, stews and noodle dishes on the menu, with enough variation to keep everyone's palette happy; from meat and vegetable stews, to spicy pork dishes and light, fresh seafood — this is a national cuisine that is easy to get on board with.
When looking for work in Manila, you'll find a variety of industries providing employment for residents. There are job opportunities for expats in manufacturing, shipping, education, retail, fitness and beauty. If you're looking for the center of multinational business, head to Makati, known as the central business district (CBD). For more information about the various districts and industries, read our guide to working in Manila.
The city has an interesting past, from the Spanish occupation to independence in 1946. Consequently, there's a huge amount of well-presented history and culture to explore in the city's many museums, such as the enormous National Museum, the dazzling gold of the Ayala Museum, and the immersive Museo Pambata. You'll also find contemporary collections in the modern and fascinating Mind Museum and the ever-changing Lopez Museum and Library. There's plenty of enriching opportunities in Manila.
Socialize and Network with Like-Minded Expats
Finally, don't forget the social side to your big move; you'll want some like-minded friends to meet up with. Have a look at our event calendar to find meetings and get-togethers on a range of interests such as professional networking, photography, music, wine, football and hiking, to name just a few. And also don't forget our bigger InterNations Official Events in Manila. In no time at all, you'll find that you are part of a community of talented, intelligent and friendly global minds — just join InterNations today!
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