War-torn Marawi’s rebuild ‘painfully slow’: Red Cross chief

The “painfully slow” reconstruction of a Philippine city flattened in a war with Islamic militants is causing discontent, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross said Tuesday. The 2017 invasion of Marawi by gunmen waving the black flag of the Islamic State group sparked a five-month battle with the country’s army. More ...

Urban development

Millions hit in Manila’s ‘worst’ water shortage in years

Millions hit in Manila’s ‘worst’ water shortage in years

"We need an alternative water source and we need it yesterday."

Opening of steep ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Kamuning footbridge deferred, to undergo redesign

Opening of steep ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Kamuning footbridge deferred, to undergo redesign

They’re finally coming to their senses. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) finally listened to the public and said it will postpone the opening of the...

Plastic trash found in Boracay shore after first day open to public

Plastic trash found in Boracay shore after first day open to public

Are we back to square one? It’s only been a day since Boracay was re-opened to the public but it looks like people are back to polluting the area. At least that’s what...

Philippine flag and ‘barong Tagalog’ serve as inspirations for new senate building

Philippine flag and ‘barong Tagalog’ serve as inspirations for new senate building

A futuristic design inspired by Filipino culture has been chosen as the look of the Philippine Senate’s new building. The senate announced yesterday that it picked Los...

SWS: Almost all Filipinos hopeful about 2018

SWS: Almost all Filipinos hopeful about 2018

Nearly all Filipinos will enter 2018 “with hope rather than fear,” a Social Weather Stations survey showed, posting a record high in optimism over the start of a new...

Philippines’ Duterte vows to get to truth of deadly mall blaze

Philippines’ Duterte vows to get to truth of deadly mall blaze

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed yesterday to get to the truth about the blaze in his home city that killed 37 call center workers. He said he made the promise during a...

Manila will be a ‘dead city’ in 25 years: Duterte

Manila will be a ‘dead city’ in 25 years: Duterte

President Rodrigo said in a speech yesterday that Manila will be a “dead city in 25 years” as he lamented the worsening traffic situation in the capital and moved for the...

Pinoys now one step closer to 4-day work week with new House Bill

Pinoys now one step closer to 4-day work week with new House Bill

The 4-day work week may soon become a reality after the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a bill allowing companies to implement compressed work weeks....

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is here to stay

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is here to stay

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, currently home to the Philippines’ national teams and a structure that has stood for more than 80 years, will no longer be sold to a group...


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Coconuts Manila Urban development

With the government’s latest MRT project and the seemingly non-stop construction of high-rise buildings, Metro Manila is continually modernising and urbanising to the dismay of tree huggers and heritage conservationists. Coconuts Manila will give you the latest updates on urban developments in the Metro. Which government project will (finally) push through? Which ones will cause traffic? OMG there’s a new mall again? Watch this space for updates on the lil’ city we call home.