A Definitive Guide to Manila Traffic

When you live in Metro Manila, heading out of your house means coming face-to-face with one of the most dreaded traits of the megacity: the infamous Metro Manila traffic. Every day, millions of travelers in and around the Metro struggle through one of the longest commutes in the world, with cars, buses, motorcycles, bikes, jeeps, and pedestrians all vying for space on the road. Over 370,000 vehicles daily pass through EDSA, Metro Manila’s busiest highway, and the metropolis itself has a population of 12.8 million people. If you’d like to know more about this perennial problem, or are stuck in traffic yourself, then here are ten top facts about traffic in the Metro.

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8 Most Beautiful Golf Courses in the Philippines

As the saying goes, golf is the gentleman’s sport. Where other sports may have boxy, plain arenas, golfers compete in lush greens with stunning vistas unlike any other. In the Philippines, a tropical paradise with over 7,000 islands, the game is elevated by the balmy tropical weather and unique views that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. According to website Top 100 Golf Courses, there are almost a hundred different courses in the Philippines where golfers can enjoy their sport. Here are eight of the most beautiful spots in the archipelago where you can tee off.

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How CrossFit Fosters Inclusivity

CrossFit is taking the world by storm. An article on Health.com notes that CrossFit is often touted as one of the best and fastest routes to a healthy body. With the whole workout program based on the fundamentals of functional fitness, CrossFit focuses on using movements that reflect things you do in daily life— like picking things up from the floor, climbing stairs, and carrying heavy bags, among other things.

Apart from it being a good workout for both fitness enthusiasts, CrossFit also builds a community by fostering a safe space for anyone with a passion or interest for the sport.

If you still find yourself intimidated by the sport, here are some reasons why you might 

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10 Best Gyms in the Philippines

Almost every new piece of research on fitness and health agrees on one thing: exercise is a necessity if you want a healthy lifestyle. Apart from functioning as a way for you to relieve stress, regular exercise provides you with benefits that affect both your mind and your body. An article by Time Magazine reports that exercise regulates blood flow to the brain and improves mental performance, as well as causes overall happiness and wellbeing from after-workout endorphins.

With the benefits of an exercise habit remaining unquestionable, we’ve compiled a list of gyms in Metro Manila— some with branches anywhere in the Philippines— where you can be motivated to break a sweat and push your body to be as fit as it can be.

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10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the Philippines

Dogs are a man’s best friend, and in a country famous for its family ties, that adage is true tenfold. The Philippines is home to several dog breeds, many of them imported from other countries, and the tropical climate means that there are some breeds that are more popular than others. Currently, the Philippine Canine Club, Inc. (PCCI) lists over 85,000 purebred dogs in its studbook. If you’re curious as to which kinds of dogs are common in the country, here’s a list of the top ten most popular dog breeds in the Philippines.

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Rock On: 5 Places to Get Your Wall-Climbing Fix in Metro Manila

There are tons of fitness fads that fade in and out of popularity, but there’s one on the rise that looks like it’s here to stay. Wall-climbing is an intensive, cardio-heavy sport that makes use of all your muscle groups, so you get a full-body workout all at once. Climbers scale vertical planes with the aid of grips or protrusions on the walls, holding themselves up until they can find their next foot- or handhold. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s intense, fulfilling, and fun.

Health Fitness Revolution says that wall climbing combines cardio and strength into one workout, but that’s not the only reason why climbers climb. It strengthens muscles, increases flexibility and mental strength, and reduces stress, so if you’ve been looking for your newest workout, wall climbing might be the one for you. There’s also nothing like the feeling of pride after having accomplished a climb, which is enough to make enthusiasts come back again and again. Interested in capturing the experience for yourself? Check out this short list of places to get your wall-climbing fix in Metro Manila, strap on your gear, and climb!

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24 Philippine Artists Shaping Local Contemporary Art

Thanks to the advent of social media, art in the Philippines is now no longer confined to the dry galleries of yesteryears. Instead, you can take a look at some of the best contemporary art in the Philippines by simply opening an app on your phone, or by hopping over to your nearest art fair. Philippine arts and culture are more accessible now than ever, and there’s never been a more exciting time to be an art enthusiast in this country.

The public has long had a fascination with artistic works, and you can see that art is now moving beyond the standard museum fare. In the Philippine art history timeline, no other era has had as much variety, both in medium and in the artists themselves, as this one. Whether you look at visual art, video art, performance art, or any other style in the Philippines, you’ll more likely than not find a Filipino artist making waves. To familiarize yourself with the modern art scene in the country, here’s a list of Philippine artists and their works below.

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How Will Brexit Affect Overseas Filipino Workers?

As was discussed in a previous Daydreaming in Paradise article, Brexit is one of the most pressing political, economic, and social issues facing the United Kingdom currently. And in an age of globalization, where anything that happens to a single country has an effect on other countries, the impacts of Brexit are far-reaching. In fact, Allianz Chief Economic Adviser Mohamed El-Erian has noted that Brexit is already changing the ways countries are choosing to structure their economies.

While most of the impacts will be felt by the UK itself, other nations are bracing themselves for what will happen once the UK’s exit from the European Union is finalized. And as governments hash out macroeconomic policies and treaties, the consequences of these decisions hit hardest at the bottom.

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How Will Brexit Affect the Philippines?

If you tune into any news channel that covers international news, then you’ll have heard about Brexit. The biggest political, social, and economic issue facing the United Kingdom today, Brexit is shorthand for Britan exiting the European Union. It has been the source of much discussion, concern, and political conflict since it was put into motion three years ago, and with the deadline for the exit looming ever closer, it’s as relevant as ever. Here’s a brief primer on what Brexit is, and how it will affect the Philippines.

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The Very Best Jazz Bars in Metro Manila

It’s no secret that Manila is home to an incredible range of musical talent. All over the Metro are a huge variety of singers, songwriters, and bands performing in any number of genres and styles. With all this talent, it’s no surprise that you can find a nice place to grab a beer and listen to some good music just about anywhere. Still, there’s nothing like the atmosphere that the classics will bring you. If you’re not quite feeling up to the noisy energy of a crowd this weekend and just want to sit back with a drink and some contemporary nostalgia, then here’s a list of some of the best jazz bars in Manila.

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