Megalopolis Manila – Getting Around

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Megalopolis Manila – Getting Around

by Grant Leishman

Metro Manila, the Capital of The Philippines is a sprawling metropolis that covers an area of approximately 250 square miles. Into that area are crammed a contentious number of people. The 2015 census would tell us that 12.8 million people live in the Metro, but to listen to media reports and other sources, numbers of 20 million people are often quoted. Whichever is right probably doesn’t matter, either way, it’s an awful lot of people crammed into such a tiny area. I’ve heard Metro Manila called the most populous city in Asia and I wouldn’t bet against it. Wherever you turn there are people.

Metro Manila is actually a conglomeration of sixteen separate cities and one municipality, that form the Metro, or as it is often called, The National Capital Region (NCR). The largest of these cities by population and by area…

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