|50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 4
The SPOT Team | Published:
June 05, 2009
20. Try the only ice cream you'll need
an ID to buy
It's that rare Sunday brunch family reunion
which makes you need a drink NOW. Invite everyone to Elfav and calm your
beer belly with their beer ice cream. At P60 per scoop, it has three percent
alcohol content. Tastes just like beer and it even has peanut bits. Also,
you can silence the nephews and nieces with Elfav's Yakult ice cream.
Elfav is at 2/F Pergola Mall, Aguirre Avenue
corner Elsie Gaches Street, Phase 1, BF Homes, Parañaque City. Call
them at 659-3025.
19. Ride the Karaoke Jeep
Cocktails, karaoke, and your own 20-seater
airconditioned jeepney: can you think of a better way to get stuck in traffic?
Bring foreign or balikbayan guests around, or take a refresher course on
those field trip sites of your schooldays. Go on an extensive tour of Manila's
landmarks, an Intramuros Cultural Heritage Tour or Spa and Shopping Spree
Tour, all with your very own tour guide.
or call (02) 638-8374, 638-8609 loc. 102, or (0905) 385-9723, (0922)
18. Go back in time
Looking for that big gesture? Skip the
limo and go for a kalesa ride around Intramuros. Tour the walls of Intramuros
and take in the sights of Spanish-style buildings and ruins. Rides start
at P250 but make sure you settle the price before the ride.
Kalesas can be found on the streets of
Intramuros, Manila City.
17. Go photo crazy at the Chinese cemetery
A little creepy but it's definitely out
of the ordinary. As the second oldest cemetery in Manila, the Manila Chinese
Cemetery has a rich history which you can find out from local guides. Fill
your camera's memory card with snapshots of the grand mausoleums and memorials
that this cemetery houses. Make sure you wear comfy clothes and shoes and
bring water bottles for the hour-long tour. Tour rates start at P500.
The Manila Chinese Cemetery is located
along Aurora Boulevard, Manila City.
16. Fake it til you make it
While nothing beats going to the beach,
you can still get that post-beach glow. Get the next best thing using tanning
products available in local supermarkets and beauty stores like Nivea,
Shiseido and Clarins. If you'd rather have professionals do it, head over
to body care clinics like Basement Salon and Brazilian Bare.
Basement Salon is located at GD 106 Carpark
Building, Shangri-la Plaza, Mandaluyong City. Call them at 638-2033. Brazilian
Bare is located at Rustan's Makati, Ayala Center, Makati City. Call them
15. Know your future in Quiapo
Ignore your inner-skeptic and travail
the chaotic streets of Manila, all the way to Quiapo Church so you can
know what the universe has in store for your future. A row of manghuhulas
will greet you once you arrive, coaxing you to avail of their mystic services.
For P100, you have your pick of palm reading, tarot cards or even a full
body reading. At the end of the session, ready your wallets as you'll be
offered a magical amulet. You can skip on the amulet though as it'll cost
you three times more than the actual reading.
The manghuhulas are located just along
the sides of Quiapo Church, Quiapo, Manila
14. Jump off a building like you're
12 (and French).
You've seen parkour in the James Bond
movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, and in Madonna's
"Confessions" Tour, performed by those agile, wily human jumping beans
or traceurs running, jumping, climbing an urban obstacle course. Parkour,
a French word meaning 'art of movement," is here in Manila, and enthusiasts
have taken over local parks and tops of buildings all over town regularly
to apply their carefully studied moves and jumps. It's child's play, plus
you supposedly get abs.
Check out the Parkour Philippines website
visit www.pkph.net and www.pkph.multiply.com
or call 583-4290.
13. Watch the sun set while your meat
There's nothing like witnessing Manila's
famous sunset while biting into a chunk of luscious charred meat or fish
in a tropical al fresco setting. Really.
Sofitel's Sunset Bar (Call 551-5555) features
a nightly (6-10 p.m.) poolside barbecue of fresh seafood, marinated meats
and an array of salads, tropical fruits and native desserts, plus a cultural
show. Weekdays, P1,460 per person; Fridays P1,704. The Pan Pacific Hotel's
Sundeck (Call (02)536-0788 has a sunset barbecue every Friday.Get the mixed
grill combo for P750 or the mixed seafood combo for P700. Subject to weather
conditions, so call first.
12. Watch the cinema in the open air.
Yes, just like you see in French movies,
but Luneta-style. Since 1982, Cinema-in-the-Open-Air has entertained and
enlightened the public with free screenings of documentaries and full-length
movies presented in cooperation with the National Historical Institute
(NHI) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For 27 years, films by
renowned directors from Franco Zeffirelli and Akira Kurosawa to Gerry de
Leon and Mike de Leon Venue have been screened at the Rizal Park Open-Air
11. Take the Sunset Cruise
Can't get enough of the sunset? Take a
75-minute- set, dining or moonlight cruise aboard the M/V Spirit of Manila
while a live band plays as the boat cruises along the length of Roxas Boulevard.
Pay P250 for the cruise only, or P495 including a four-course dinner by
Barbara's. Boarding is at the CCP Harbour Square across Starbucks.
Check boarding and docking skeds at www.manilabay.net
or call Prestige Cruises at 832-8967 or (0927)555-5502 . Or live it up
a little and party at sea on the "Sunset Cocktail Cruise at Manila Bay"
on a private yacht. P1,980 per person includes a round trip from a hotel
(or any location within the CBD) pickup point to the Harbour Square and
back via an airconditioned Karaoke jeepney (see above), a 75-minute cruise,
hors d'oeuvres and three glasses of your choice of wine, beer or other
Visit www.jeepneytours.com or call 638-8374
/ 638-8609 loc. 102, or (0905) 385-9723 / (0922) 844-0413.