|50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 3
The SPOT Team | Published:
May 23, 2009
30. Laugh it up
Sample some smart, sometimes snarky, straight-up
stand-up comedy. The Comedy Cartel is a group of seasoned and still-somewhat-new
comedians led by Tim Tayag, who specialize in delivering punch lines one
after another—“no audience-bashing, guaranteed. Usual venues include Spicy
Fingers in Greenbelt 2 and MagNet Café in Bonifacio High Street.
To find out where the Comedy Cartel is
performing next, check out their events calendar at the eCircle
29. Hitch yourself onto a kite
Ever tried paragliding? Power kiting is
pretty much like that, with a big kite (almost like a parachute) pulling
you up into the sky on a nylon rope—“except that instead of launching from
a speedboat, you'll be launching from a skateboard. Power Kite Manila offers
lessons for P500 every weekend at Mall of Asia from 4pm to 6pm. Watch them
in action here.
For details, visit Power
Kite Manila's Multiply page
28. Scour Binondo for hard-to-find Asian
Asian film buffs can get their fill of
hard-to-find masterpieces at hole-in-the-wall video shops along Ongpin
Street, Binondo. A variety of contemporary classics like In the Mood for
Love and Infernal Affairs are a likely to be found in these shops. If you're
one for lengthy drama marathons, television dramas like Meteor Garden and
Frog Prince are also on sale.
The line of hole-in-the-wall video stores
are along Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila.
27. Get inked by the master
If you're thinking of getting a tattoo,
chances are your boyfriend/girlfriend and/or parents are vehemently against
it. Wanna be a rebel and do it anyway? Might as well get it done by the
best. Ricky Sta. Ana of Skinworkz has done work with a lot of local celebs
including Dylan Vizcarra, Maui Taylor and Chito Miranda among others. So
sport that awesome tattoo with pride (along with the bruises you're likely
to have after you show it to your significant other).
Skinworkz's main branch is located at Pasilyo
d-19 Cartimar Arcade, Pasay City but you can also visit the Quezon City
shop at # 2 Timog Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.
26. Have fish eat your dead skin
Have your foot calluses devoured by fish
at the Manila Ocean Park. These fish are called doctor fish, named for
their appetite for dead skin that has helped people with skin diseases.
You sit at the edge of a pool and wait for the fish to bite your feet;
it's not painful, but it might tickle. At P120 per 20 minutes, it's a great
alternative to a foot spa for the non-squeamish.
Manila Ocean Park is located behind the
Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, Manila. Call them at 567-7777. Check
out their site www.manilaoceanpark.com.
25. Get your feast on
Your Saturday mornings will never be the
same again with Banchetto. Banchetto is the Italian word for feast and
that's exactly you'll find along Emerald Avenue in Ortigas. Every Saturday
from midnight til 11 a.m., indulge in street food, fresh vegetables, drinks,
dessert and all kinds of cuisine you could think of.
Check out Banchetto's site: www.banchetto.multiply.com.
24. Create Kinky Sweets at Marta's
Non-traditional gown, check. No bouquet
throwing at the ceremony, definitely. And no prim and proper tea parties
for your bridal shower, for sure. Mix kinky with pretty sugary things at
Marta's in Serendra where they will definitely let you do what you want
with your cupcakes and cookies. Be sure to rent the whole place for the
Check out the party possibilities at Marta's
Cakes at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City with telephone number 915-3802.
23. Get a Spa Treatment at Any Time
of the Day at Wensha Spa
even at 2 a.m. Wensha Spa, offers
treatments for the weary 24/7 with unlimited food, served shabu-shabu and
hotpot style. Combine rejuvenation, slight hedonism and therapy all in
one place. Just don't go beyond six hours (maximum time you can stay there).
Even pleasure has its limits.
Wensha Spa is located at Buendia, CCP Complex
(in front of the World Trade Center), Pasay City with telephone number
832-0515 and a branch at Timog corner Quezon Ave., Quezon City.
22. Explore the Enclaves of Paco Park
If you're up to seeing a bit of history
and pockets of green, Paco Park, which used to be a cemetery, is actually
still an interesting place to visit. The last interment was in 1913 but
the park still has markers where national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and the
three martyred priests of the independence movement were laid to rest.
On weekends, the park is full with weddings
and receptions, while people flock to the St. Pancratius Chapel on Sundays
for Holy Mass. Don't miss out on dining at the original branch of Old Swiss
Inn right beside Paco Park. The restaurant still retains its Old World
charm and kids eat for free from Fridays to Sundays as long as an adult
companion orders from the ala carte menu
Paco Park is located along General Luna
St., Paco, Manila. The park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00AM to
5:00PM. Entrance fee is PhP5.00 (five pesos) per person.
21. Try the Sampaguita Ice Cream at
An exotic dessert for the uninitiated,
it may not be your dream cream but it certainly opens up your palate for
the pleasures of this cold treat. The scoop from people who've actually
braved a lick and a spoonful is that it's pretty good.
Restaurant is located at 744 Calle Real Del Palacio (Gen. Luna St.),
Intramuros, Manila with telephone number 527-2345.