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Manila: Capital and chief port of the Philippines
Manila, officially the City of Manila, is the capital of the Philippines and a highly urbanized city. It is the most densely populated city proper in the world as of 2019. It was the first chartered city by virtue of the Philippine Commission Act 183 on July 31, 1901 and gained autonomy with the passage of Republic Act No. 409 or the "Revised Charter of the City of Manila" on June 18, 1949. Manila, alongside Mexico City and Madrid, is considered the world's original set of Global Cities due to Manila's commercial networks being the first to traverse the Pacific Ocean, thus connecting Asia with the Spanish Americas, marking the first time in world history when an uninterrupted chain of trade routes circled the planet. Manila is also the second most natural disaster-afflicted capital city in the world next to Tokyo, yet it is simultaneously among the most populous and fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia.

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The rickshaw classroom for indigenous kids [Video]

The rickshaw classroom for indigenous kids

A group of Filipino teachers have found an creative way to help children of indigenous communities living in remote mountains north of Manila catch up on their studies under the new norms of pandemic..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published
Need homework help? Try Manila's dial-a-teachers [Video]

Need homework help? Try Manila's dial-a-teachers

A call center manned by teachers has opened in Manila, to make sure students don't fall behind in their online studies during the coronavirus pandemic.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:17Published
Drive-thru pet blessing in Manila on feast of St Francis [Video]

Drive-thru pet blessing in Manila on feast of St Francis

Pet lovers in Manila received blessings for their animals via a drive-throughceremony on Sunday to celebrate the feast of Saint Francis, the patron saintof animals, despite restrictions imposed to stem..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:27Published
Philippine government efforts to preserve historic Manila [Video]

Philippine government efforts to preserve historic Manila

Decades ago, Manila was called the Pearl of the Orient, but the Battle for Manila destroyed much of its grandeur.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:29Published

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Army chief: Suicide bombers behind deadly Philippine attacks

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