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City of Manila

Last updated date:2018/10/1

City of Manila is a lively energetic city in the Republic of the Philippines, and is a marriage of the traditional and modern cultures of the East and West.

Date of sister city relationship: July 1, 1965
Languages: English, Pilipino
Currency: Peso
Attractions: Rizal Park / Fort Santiago / Malacañang Palace / Intramuros old walled city

Overview of the City of Manila

Population: 1.66 million (2007)
Area: 25 km2,
Geography: Manila is located on the western edge of Luzon Island, on the eastern edge of Manila Bay. It is traversed by the Pasig River. Much of the waterfront is reclaimed land.
Climate: Is considered a Tropical Savannah climate. Being close to the equator, it has a very small temperature range. Overall humidity is high on average with a long wet season lasting from May to December.
City: Politic and economic capital of the Philippines. It is divided into 14 Districts, which in turn are divided into 897 Barangays, which are the smallest administrative division in the Philippines: around 30-100 household units each. It is one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

City of Manila and Metro Manila National Capital Region

Manila is the capital and central city of the Metro Manila national capital region.
Metro Manila was established in 1975 through Presidential Decree No. 824. At its creation, it encompassed 4 cities including Manila and Quezon—and 13 municipalities including San Pedro de Macati, Marikina, and Muntinlupa. As of 2016, all but one of the constituent municipalities have become cities.

The Metro Manila Development Authority forms the administrative body of the metropolitan area, and Metro Manila Council is its governing board and policy making body.

Of Metro Manila’s 17 constituents, 16 are ranked as HUC (Highly Urbanized Cities; similar to Japan’s government ordinance cities). One of these is Manila, which is a sister city of Yokohama.

Sister cities

In 1963, during the visit of Manila’s Mayor to Yokohama, he expressed the wish to establish a sister city relationship with Yokohama. Following this, the sister city project was realized in 1965 as a result of citizen petitions to the Manila International Sister City Association.

History of Yokohama and Manila’s relationship

1965 July: The cities become Sister Cities
1966 August: The Yokohama Manila Friendship Committee is founded
1971 June: Yokohama delegation visits Manila, attends the 400-year Manila founding ceremony
1974 May: The President of the Manila International Sister Cities Association visits Yokohama
1976 November: Citizen groups visit Manila
1978 May: The Secretary-General of the Manila International Sister City Association visits Yokohama
1978 November: Yokohama-Manila citizen friendship delegation visits Manila
1980 June: Yokohama-Manila citizen friendship delegation visits Manila
1980 Sep-Oct: The Manila City Deputy Mayor and his delegation visit Yokohama
1982 June: Yokohama-Manila citizen friendship delegation visits Manila
1983 October: The Mayor of Yokohama visits Manila, pays a courtesy visit to the Mayor of Manila
1985 November: 20th Sister City Anniversary, Yokohama official representative and citizen friendship missions visit Manila
1987 September: Representative from the Philippines-Japan Cultural Association visits Yokohama
1989 April: The Mayor of Manila attends the Manila Special Day Expo
1989 June: Yokohama Manila Friendship Committee representatives visit Manila for the 418-year Manila founding ceremony
1989 August: Representatives from the Philippines-Japan Cultural Association visits the Yokohama Expo
1990 June: 25th Sister City Anniversary, Yokohama citizen friendship and cultural exchange groups visit Manila
1993 April: The mayor of Manila and his delegation visit Yokohama
1993 November: Citizens from the Yokohama Manila Friendship Committee visit Manila
1995 August: 30th Sister City Anniversary, Yokohama citizen representatives, a delegation from the Yokohama Manila Friendship Committee and a youth delegation visit Manila
1995 Sep-Oct: 4 cities (Mumbai, Manila, Odessa, and Vancouver) celebrate 30th Sister City Anniversaries. A delegation from Manila City visits Yokohama
1998 October: A photo exhibition in commemoration of General Artemio Ricarte is held in Yokohama
2000 June: The "Cinema & Talk" event is held as part of the 35th Sister City Anniversary.
2000 August: The "Summer Vacation International Class" event is held as part of the 35th Sister City Anniversary
2000 November: 35th Sister City Anniversary, citizen delegation visits Manila
2005 August: 40th Sister City Anniversary, citizen delegation visits Manila
2010 August: Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau Director visits Yokohama as part of the 45th Sister City Anniversary
2013 September: The Mayor of Manila visits Yokohama
2015 March: The chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and seventeen
Mayors of Metro Manila visit Yokohama
2015 May-June: Coordinating Sister Cities and International Affairs for Mayor Estrada City of Manila attends the 50th Sister City Anniversaries event
2015 September: The Mayor of Yokohama held a keynote speech at APEC Women and the
Economy 2015
The Mayor of Yokohama meets the Mayor of Manila
2016 October: H.E.Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines visits Yokohama
2016 November Philippines women entrepreneurs visit Yokohama
2017 March Citizen delegation visit Manila
2017 June The Mayor of Taguig City visits Yokohama
2017 October Davao City Delegation visit Yokohama

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