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CITY OF MANILA (METRO MANILA)


GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION: Bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast, and Pasay to the south.

ACCESSIBILITY:
Nearest airport:
Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Nearest seaport:
Port of Manila
Major road networks:
Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, Osmena Highway (South Superhighway), Espana Boulevard, Light Railway Transit and Philippine National Railways

CLIMATE AND WEATHER:
It has a distinct, albeit relatively short dry season from January through April, and a relatively lengthy wet season from May through December.

HOTELS AND RESORTS:
Aloha Hotel, Bayview Park Hotel, Best Western Hotel La Corona, Casa Bocobo Hotel Manila, Century Park Hotel, City Garden Suites, Citystate Tower Hotel Inc., CSB International Conference Center, Diamond Hotel Philippines, Eurotel, Garden Plaza Hotel Suites, Executive Plaza Hotel, G Hotel Manila, Grand Opera Hotel Manila, Hotel H2O Manila, Hotel Indah Manila, Hotel Kimberly, Hotel Las Palmas, Hyatt Hotel & Casino Manila, Jade Vine Executive Inn, Lotus Garden Hotel, Manila Hotel, Manila Pavilion Hotel, Miramar Hotel Manila, Palm Plaza Hotel, Pearl Garden Hotel, Pearl Lane Hotel, Orchid Garden Suites-Manila, Roxas Garden Hotel, The Pan Pacific Hotel, The Pearl Manila Hotel, The RPL/Swagman Hotel, Manila Residences Tower 1, Oasis Park Hotel, Boulevard Mansion, Legend Hotel, Malate Bayview Mansion Hotel, Mabini Mansion Hotel

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:
Binondo Church, Malate Church, Manila Bay, Manila Ocean Park, National Museum, Roxas Boulevard, Paco Park, Plaza San Luis, Fort Santiago, Malacanang Palace, University of Sto. Tomas, Philippine Normal University, Bonifacio Shrine, China Town, Bulwagang Gat Antonio Villegas, Casa Manila, Rizal Shrine, Mabini Shrine, Rizal Park, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Pasig River, San Agustin Church and Museum, Manila Cathedral, Quiapo Church, Ermita District, Postigo Gate, Parian Gate, Minor Basilica of San Sebastian, Bahay Tsinoy, Intramuros Light and Sound Museum, Museo ng Maynila, Museo Pambata, Parish of Our Lady of the Abandoned, the Museum-De La Salle University, Manila, Dangwa, Sta. Ana Church, Tondo Church, Walled City of Intramuros, Post Office Building, Metropolitan Theater, Walls of Intramuros,

FIESTAS AND EVENTS:
JAnuary 5-13 - Sto. Nino Festival, January 9 - Feast of the Black Nazarene, January 19 - Lakbayaw Festival, January - Buling-Buling Festival, February 7 - Chinese New Year Festival, May 4 - Flores de Mayo, June 12 - Independence Day, June 24 - Manila Day, December - Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion

ETHNIC GROUPS:
Bicolanos, Bisayas, Ilocanos, Maranaws, Kapampangans, Tagalogs, Arabs, Americans, Chinese, Indians, Indonesians, Japanese, Koreans, Spanish,

LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS:
Arab, English, Indian, Japanese, Minnan Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog

RELIGION:
Aglipayan, Baptist, Buddhism, Catholicism, Evangelical, Hinduism, Iglesia ni Cristo, Islam, Muslim, Protestantism, Taoism

FAMOUS SONS AND DAUGHTERS:
Andres Bonifacio - founder of Katipunan. Politicians - Vice President Jejomar Binay, Secretary Mar Roxas. Celebrities and Personalities - Aaron Agassi, Aga Muchlach, Agoy Isidro, Amparo Lucas, Andrea Torres, Andrew Schimmer, Angelu de Leon, Ara Mina, Ariel Rivera, Beverly Vergel, Bianca Gonzales, Bianca Manalo, Billy Crawford, Bobby Andrews, Bobby Chouinard, Bryan Callen, Camille Pratts, Chacha Canete, Christian Bautista, Christopher de Leon, Claudine Barretto, Cogie Domingo, Coleen Gracia, Corazon C. Aquino, Cris Villanco, Cristina Raines, Dawn Zulueta, Dely Atayatayan, Denise Laurel, Donna Cruz, Eddie Gutierrez, E J Jallorina, Elmo Magalona, Eula Valdez, Fernando Poe, Jr., Francine Prieto, Gabby Lopez, Geneva Cruz, Geoff Eigenmann, Gian Magdangal, Gretchen Ho, Heart Evangelista, Honey Harlow, Illac Diaz, Imelda Ramos, Isabel Preysler, Izzy Canillo, JC Tiuseco, Jamie Rivera, Jane McLean, Janna Cachola, Jason Sabio, Jeff Francisco, Jessica Hagedorn, Jewel Misohe, Joey Santiago, John Pratts, Jordan Woodland, Jose Llana, Juan Torena, Judy Ann Santos. Julie Chua, Karel Marquez, Karylle, Kathleen de Leon, KC Concepcion, KC Montero, Kitkat, Kris Aquino, Kristina Paner, Lea Salonga, Lolit Solis, Louie Cordero, Luis Alandy, Maricel Soriano, Marife Necesito, Marian Agustin, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Matimtiman Cruz, Maxine Magallona, Neile Adams, Nikki Gil, Ogie Alcasid, Paolo Contis, Philip Tan, Pia Reyes, Pilar Seurat, Piolo Pascual, Polo Ravales, Rachel Ann Go, Randy Santiago, Raymart Santiago, Regine Velasquez, Rico J. Puno, Rosa Rosal, Rudy Fernandez, Rudy Robles, Ruffa Gutierrez, Ryan Agoncillo, Sabrina Mauier, Sam Concepcion, Sid Lucero, Stefanie Walnsley, Stephen Diego, Sunshine Cruz, Susan Penhaligon, Tirso Cruz III, TJ Trinidad, Valerie Concepcion, Vic Diaz, Vilma Santos, Wendell Ramos, Willie Revillame, Zaijian Jarilla, Zoren Legaspi, Zsa Zsa Padilla

Richard L. Milante was selected the 3rd grand Prize winner in ithe PRA, 1st National Essay Writting Contest "Dear Foreign Retiree... Why You Should Retire in My Town".

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA:
Smart, Globe, Sun

SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Malls:
11/88 Maill, 168 Shopping Maill, 999 Shopping Mall,Harrison Plaza, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Manila Ocean Park Mall, Robinsons, SM Malls, Tutuban Mall, University Maill
Popular establishments:
7-11 Convenience Store, Aristocrat, Barbara's, Cafe Adriatico, Chic Boy, Chow King, David's Tea House, Harbor View, Ilustrado, Jollibee, Kentucky Friend Chicken, La Cocina de Tita Moning, Lolo Dad's, Mang Inasal, Max's Restaurant, McDonald's, Mercury Drugstore, Ministop Convenience Store, National Bookstore, Pan de Manila, Pizza Hut, Ristorante delle Mitre, Seattle's Best, Shakey's, Starbucks, Watsons, Xin Ren Ho Chinese Drugstore, Yellow Cab, Zamboanga Restaurant
Entertainment venues:
Ermita and Malate Districts, Paco Park

BANKS:
Allied Bank, Asia United Bank, Banco De Oro, Bank of Commerce, Bank of the Philippine Island, BDO Private Bank, BPI Family Savings Bank, China Bank, Chinatrust, Citibank N.A., Citibank Savings, Development Bank of the Philippines, EastWest Banking Corporation, Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Land Bank of the Philippines, Metrobank, Maybank, Philippine Bank of Communications, Philippine Business Bank, Philippine Christian Univerity, Philippine National Bank, Philippine Postal Savings Bank, Philippine Savings Bank, Philippine Veterans Bank, RCBC Savings Bank, Rizal Commercial and Banking Corporation, Robinsons Bank, Security Bank, Sterling Bank of Asia, Union Bank of the Philippines, United Coconut Planters Bank, UCPB Savaings Bank

UNIVERSITIES:
ABE International College of Business and Accountancy, AMA Computer University, Adamson University, Arellano University-Manila, Asian Institute of Computer Studies, Asian Social Institute, Centro Escolar University-Manila, Chiang Kai Shek College, Chinese General Hospital Colleges, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, College of Arts,Sciences and Technology, College of the Holy Spirit, Concordia College, De La Salle University, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, De Ocampo Memorial College, Emilio Aguinaldo College, East Asia College, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez College, Far Eastern University, FEATI University, Informatics Computer Institute-Sampaloc, Informatics International College-Manila, Institute of Science and Technology, La Concordia College, La Consolacion College, Letran College, Lyceum of the Philippines, Manila Times School of Journalism, Mapua Technical Institute, Manuel L. Quezon University, Mary Chiles College of Nursing, Mary Johnston Ciollege, Metropolitan Medical Center, National University, PMI Colleges, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila, Perpetual Help College of Manila, Philippine Christian University, Philippine Normal University, Philippine School of Business Administration, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Philippine Women's University, San Beda College, San Sebastian College, St. Jude College, St. Paul's College, St. Scholastica's College, Santa Isabel College, Technoligical Institute of the Philippines, Technological University of the Philippines, The Manila Times College, The National Teachers College, University of Manila, University of Santo Tomas, University of the East - Manila, University of the Philippines- Manila

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS : Aguinaldo International School Manila, Eton International Shool

HOSPITALS:
Amisola Maternity hospital, Canossa Health and Social Center Foundation, Inc., Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center, Clinica Arellano General Hospital, De Ocampo Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Dr. M. Unciano Sr. Medical Center, Esperanza Health Center, F. Lanuza Health Center and lying In Clinic, Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, Hospital of the Infant Jesus,  Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Manila Doctors' Hospital, Maria Clara Health Center and Lying-In Clinic, Mary Chiles General Hospital, Mary Johnston Hospital, Medical Center Manila, Metropolitan Medical Center, Nephrology Center of Manila, Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center, Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Tondo, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Pedro Gil Health Center and Lying In Clinic, Perpetual Help Hospital, Perpetual Succor Hospital and Maternity Clinic, Philippine General Hospital, Presidential Security Group Station Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Santa Ana Hospital, Seamen's Hospital, St. Jude Hospital & Medical Center Inc., Santo Tomas University Hospital, The Family Clinic Inc., Tondo Foreshore Health Center, Tondo Health Center, Tondo Medical Center, Trinity Women and Child Center "The Birthplace", United Doctor's Medical Center.

MONTHLY COST OF LIVING:
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PRA RETIREMENT INFORMATION:
Accredited facilities: 
Admiral Baysuites, Anchor Skysuites, City Place, Manila Residences Bocobo, Manila Residences Tower 1, Noble Place, Oxford Parksuites, Prince View Parksuites, The Manila Residences Tower II, Wharton Parksuites
Merchant partners:
 Healthway Medical Clinics, Inc., Ramada Manila Central
Registered retirement accommodations:
Retirement franchises:
Nearest PRA satellite office:
Head Office  29th Floor Citibank Tower 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Number of PRA retirees:    7,922

LIRA MOA:

GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:
Investment zones:
Robinsons Place Otis, Manila Harbour Center, San Lazaro Tourism and Business Park
Government agencies/branch offices:
Anti-Money Laundering Council, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Board of Liquidators, Build, Operate and Transfer, Bureau of Communication Services, Bureau of Construction, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Domestic Tourism Promotions, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics, Bureaau of Labor Relations, Bureau of Local Employments, Bureau of Local Government and Finance, Bureau of Local Workers, Bureau of Plant Industry, Bureau of Quarantine and International Health Surveillance, Bureau of Women and Young Workers, Bureau of Working Conditions, Commission on Election, Commission on Filipino Overseas, Court of Appeals, Databank and Information Service Division, Demographic and Social Statistics Division, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Finance, Department of Health, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Tourism, Energy Regulatory Commission, Industry and Trade Statistics Department, Information Technology Systems and Research Division, Islamic da'wah council of the Philippines, Institute for Labor Studies, Insurance Commission, Juidicial and Bar Council, Komisyon sa Wikang Pilipino, Land Transporation Office, Maritime Industry Authority, Metro Transit Organizations Inc., National Bureau of investigation, National Center for Degenerative Deseases, National Commission for Culture and Arts, National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, National Historical Institute, National Investigation Office, National Library, National Park Development Committee, National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers, National Statistics Office, National Wages and Productivity Commission, Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Office of the President, Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, Office of Tourism Coordination, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Commission on Women, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, Philippine General Hospital, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Philippine Judiciary Academy, Philippine Mediation Center, Philippine National Railways, Phlippine Navy, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Postal Corporation, Philippine Regulation Commission, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Tourism Authority, Presidentail Commission for the Urban Poor, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, Presidential Communications Operation Office, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, Social Development Research Center, Procurement Service Bureau, Supreme Court of the Philippines, Tourism Promotions Board

Embassies : Holy See, Republic of Palau, United States of America, Vietnam

Consular Offices: Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chile, Jaimaica, Jordan, Poland, Tunisia, United States of America

LINKS: http://www.manila.gov.ph,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manila


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