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The City of Manila ranked 34th in Time Out’s list of best cities in the world, according to a report by Manila Bulletin.

This year’s Time Out Index is focused on “the ones with thriving nightlife, amazing food and drink, and art, culture and museums galore” as the world opens up again after the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the City of Manila continues to face problems such as overpopulation and epic traffic jams, Time Out credited the capital city for being, “an underrated hub for art and culture, with unique customs and cuisine to boot” that was mainly influenced by the legacies of Chinese, Spanish, and American.

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It also praised the City of Manila for its aggressive Covid-19 response

“The pandemic brought the longest lockdowns, cruel liquor bans, and the demand for spacewear-like face shields, but a strong vaccine drive has helped this megacity stay afloat,” the magazine wrote.

“Manila was voted the third most resilient in this year’s survey, and not a single respondent described the city as rude – instead, it was admired by many for the welcoming and infectious smiles of its people,” it added.

Time Out added people should visit the City of Manila as it is thriving again.

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The city really is thriving again. Let Manila entertain you as it has before with its high-end shopping malls, eclectic contemporary art galleries, and the edgy music venues of the south,” it wrote.

One hundred percent of respondents in Manila didn’t describe locals as rude, making it the least rude city in this year’s Index. Sixty percent said that the city was resilient, while 78 percent raved about its nightlife and party scene.”


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