Manila among the best cities in the world – website
MANILA, Philippines – Manila has been hailed as one of the best cities in the world according to a survey by foreign lifestyle website Time Out.
The country’s capital ranked 34th out of 53 “world’s best cities for 2022” that the “global media and hospitality brand” included.
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland in the United Kingdom, tops the list.
Survey respondents voted Manila the ‘third most resilient city’, the website revealed, adding that ‘not a single respondent described the city as rude – instead it was admired by many for the welcoming and contagious smiles of its inhabitants”.
While gaining a reputation for “traffic jam overcrowding”, Time Out wrote: “The heritage of Chinese, Spanish and American influences makes Manila an underrated hub for art and culture, with customs and a more unique cuisine.»
He also acknowledged that Manila has stayed afloat amid shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic – in which measures such as the “cruel banning of alcohol and the demand for spacesuit-type face shields” have implemented – after the introduction of vaccination.
Time Out encouraged its customers to visit Manila because it “truly comes alive” with the presence of “upscale malls, eclectic contemporary art galleries and cutting-edge southern music venues”.
Manila could refer to the city of Manila or the National Capital Region, also known as Metro Manila.
With this development, the Manila city government recognized former Mayor Isko Moreno for his leadership which led to the city’s inclusion in the Time Out list of top cities.
In a resolution drafted by Manila councilors Joel Villanueva and Ernesto Isip Jr., the city council said Moreno “exemplifies political will and commitment to solving seemingly insurmountable problems and challenges long overlooked by previous administrations.”
“This unprecedented political dedication, steadfastness and tenacity has brought about significant changes in the city of Manila in terms of poverty reduction, social service delivery, people-centered infrastructure projects, education and health care,” he said.
Moreno, elected in 2019, had just started his term as mayor when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020.
Programs and projects were implemented under his tenure such as the construction of Bagong Ospital ng Maynila, Tondominium and Binondominium and Basecommunity social housing projects; renovation of the Manila Zoo; the Manila COVID-19 Field Hospital and the digitization of transactions within the city administration.
In a Facebook post, Moreno thanked the city government — led by its allies Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and Vice Mayor Yul Servo-Nieto — for the accolade.