|50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 1
The SPOT Team | Published:
May 15, 2009
Think you've seen everything and been everywhere?
This list just might make you think again.
Vacations don't always require road trips,
a plane ride or a passport. A "staycation" is always a handy alternative
for burned-out urbanites while staying close to home. SPOT.ph rounds up
a list of places in the city which you can explore and retreat to this
50. Eat shrimp so fresh, it's alive
Have an authentic Japanese sushi experience
and say "Konnichiwa!" to Sushi Kappo Kobikicho, where the waiters are dressed
in tuxedos and the sushi is so fresh, it just might jump when you try to
pick it up with your chopsticks. Call ahead to make reservations, and expect
to shell out at least P1,000 per person.
Visit the Kobikicho
website or call 752-1280 for details. Sushi Kappo Kobikicho is at G-03
JAKA II Bldg., 150 Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City.
49. Brush up on style
Indulge your inner Anna Wintour at the
School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA). Learn more about fashion, styling,
sewing, and makeup with week-long sessions ranging from the P8,000-personal
styling module to the P12,500-fashion overview. Find more details on the
workshops at StyleBible.ph.
SoFA is at 55 Paseo de Roxas Ave. Makati
City. To find out more about the school, visit their official
website, call 892-8807, or email email@example.com.
48. Get comic-crazy
Meet local comic book artists, diehard
fans, and indie publishers or get your fill of cool collectibles at Komikon
Summer Fiesta 2009 on May 16. Then on Saturday, May 23, head on over to
Fully Booked for Free Comic Book Day. Just show up at the store starting
at 10am and get an instant freebie—“hey, if you're not a comic book fan,
it would at least make you "The Cool Uncle/Aunt" to your teenage nephew.
The Komikon Summer Fiesta 2009 is on May
16 at Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman. For more information, visit their
Fully Booked has stores in Power Plant Mall, Bonifacio High Street, Gateway,
Mall of Asia, and Shangri-La Plaza. Call 858-7000 or check out Fully
47. Be able to say, "Ox brain? Yeah,
I've tried it." (Note: Will not make you smarter)
No, this isn't Fear Factor. Ox brain is
really on their menu and people actually order it. Shawarma Center
in Malate is one of the most frequented post-drinking food binge spots
in Manila. Aside from their succulent shawarma and shisha's, the restaurant
is also famous for their ox brains. The dish has a similar texture to that
of an omelet, only a bit heavier. It's not so bad once you get to taste
it. Just imagine you're putting scrambled eggs into your mouth.
Shawarma Center is located along
Salas Street, Malate, Manila.
46. Score (relatively) inexpensive jewelry
Grooms-to-be and guys with lavish girlfriends
can expect to be wowed by the vast golden wares of the jewelry shops that
are in Binondo. The congested nature of the merchants in Ongpin will guarantee
you the best price you won't likely find in any jewelry store located in
high-end malls. Score genuine Chinese gold and make your significant other
happy without having to starve yourself for weeks. It's a win-win situation.
The gold shops can be located at the entrance
of Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila.
45. Strip off those calories
Take the only class where people have
the right to tell you to take it off. A striptease class is a great way
to lose those pounds without losing your interest in exercise. You don't
have to strip all the way but nobody's going to stop you if you do.
Strip at Peak Performance, 2/F McGwen Building,
16 Don A. Roces Avenue, Quezon City. Call them at 413-3466 or visit their
Jill Ngo-Crisologo teaches strip tease classes every Thursday from 8 p.m.
to 9 p.m. Walk-ins accepted. P380 per session, P1350 for four sessions,
P2700 for eight sessions and P4000 for 15 sessions.
44. Watch a good film at Mogwai in Cubao
From Hollywood classics to underground
cinema, get your fill of the reel world at Mogwai in Cubao X. Run by practicing
filmmakers and film scholars as consultants, Mogwai has no censorship restrictions.
So expect to see those little films with powerful pictures alongside mainstream
releases and more. Screenings this month include an Animation Week at Mogwai
with films from France (Kirikou and the Sorceress) and Japan (Kiki's Delivery
Service) until May 16.
is located at Unit 62 & 63 Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon
Open from 6pm-2am, check out mogwaifilm.multiply.com
for screening updates
43. Learn to make films.
at the School of Intermedia, Film and
technology (SHIFT). A new department under the One
School, get schooled by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Quark Henares
and learn how to write, direct, shoot and edit your own short films. Short
programs will run until May 28 while the full curriculum starts in June.
The full curriculum will be open by June
for the certificate program, the one-year diploma program, and the two-year
associate degree. For more information on SHIFT, go to www.theoneschool.org,
call 401-1389, 817-4391, 817-4396, or visit the campuses at 55 Paseo de
Roxas St. or 3904 Quingua St., Makati City.
42. Go crazy with the P85-and-below
finds at Saizen
A new store, Saizen, recently opened shop
at Robinsons Galleria and offers items from Japan's Daiso Sangyo Inc. Plastic
goods, stationery, cosmetics, garden and kitchen utensils line the shop's
shelves, most of which go for only P85. Closet hoarders will find that
most anything they need (and may need) is at Saizen.
Saizen is located at the 3rd Level East
Wing, Robinsons Galleria, EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.
41. Take your passion to the streets
Let the masters show you how it's done
right on the streets—“Bonifacio High Street, that is. On May 30, the UP
Madrigal Singers will give a choral workshop, Tanghalang Pilipino will
teach street dance and Ballet Philippines will teach modern dance. How's
that for indulging your artsy appetite?
The BGC Arts Festival will be held on May
30, 8 p.m. at the Activity Area, B2, (near Krispy Kreme), Bonifacio High
Street, Taguig. Visit their website www.bonifacioglobalcity.com.ph.