Let’s face it: Filipinos are a people obsessed with mobile phones. Even before the smartphone boom of the early 2000s, the mobile industry in the Philippines had been one of the strongest across the world, with the country reportedly generating the highest volume of SMS. At its peak, the mobile industry in the Philippines accounted for 10% of all SMS messages sent, with 2 billion messages being sent every day.
These days, our phones serve as more than mere tools for easy communication. As smartphones become more affordable and more and more people shift from feature phones to smartphones, we’re slowly getting more use from our mobiles. Studies reported by the company that creates the mobile slots on Pocket Fruity have shown that across the world, people have used their smartphones everywhere from in church to at school or at work, while in class and in meetings, and while waiting for public transportation. Some have even missed meetings and classes from playing games on their phones, or being too distracted doing other things like browsing through social media. But our smartphones can give us more than just recreation; by getting the right apps, they can be extremely helpful, especially when moving about a digitally-connected city like Manila.
More than apps like Waze, Uber and GrabTaxi, there are several apps you need to try in order to truly get the most out of your smartphone as a Manileño:
Not everyone is comfortable hitching rides with total strangers, and not everyone can afford to pay hefty flagdown rates and the like for cabs. For those who would much rather discover Manila on foot and take public transportation, Sakay.ph offers a wonderful solution. You can use the app to discover a variety of different ways to get to where you need to go, complete with estimated fare.
Zomato has become a name recognized across the world for excellent restaurant reviews and updated information, and it’s never been better in the Philippines. Recently, Zomato has been hiring new food critics to go around the Metro to find undiscovered havens. From Makati to Maginhawa and back, you’re sure to find a restaurant to sate whatever craving you have.
It’s a sad reality that traffic is a fact of life in Manila, but with the help of the MMDA App, things can be a bit more manageable. With up-to-date information on the traffic situation in various places across the Metro. It’s a great help no matter what time of day, or where you’re going, and can really be useful when planning out the day.
Do you use any other apps to help make living in Manila survivable, or have you found other ways to make use of your mobile phone in Manila?