|50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 5www.spot.ph
The SPOT Team | Published:
June 12, 2009
10.Use a national landmark for exercise
The main ramp at the faÃ§ade
of the Cultural Center of the Philippines is open to joggers on Sunday
mornings, providing a scenic way to burn calories. You might end up wheezing
and panting your way up and down the ramp, but at least you'll have a nice
view while doing it.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
is at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Manila.
9. Check into the Headshot Clinic
In this day and age of online social networking,
those clumsily shot self-portraits showing the photo-snapping arm cut off
from the frame just won't do anymore. Photographer Niccolo Cosme certainly
found his niche after his friends kept bugging him to shoot their mugs.
His Headshot Clinics hold mass photo sessions
(each person gets five minutes) in different venues, after which all the
headshots are mass-uploaded onto their site. Cosme has also done a headshot
campaign of celebrities supporting anti-AIDS activism, and his One World
Series has shot heads in Saigon, Pnom Penh, Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok and
or text (0922)811-9293 , (0917)863-5135 or email email@example.com
to inquire about the next clinic near you.
8. Sit at Chef Bruce Lim's Table
For bookings at least 24 hours in advance,
Chef Bruce Lim (who co-stars with Angel Aquino on Tablescapes on the Asian
Food Channel) can whip up a five-course customized meal at his Chef's Table
near Kalayaan Avenue for up to 12 people. It's like being in your own live
private cooking show. Nope, no bookings for marriage proposals yet, but
he has had some strange requests, like the one asking for beef tapa for
all the courses, including dessert! His calamari, clam soup and ahi tuna
and salmon tartar are top favorites.
Call or text (0918) 887-1277.
7. Say yes to drag
Club Mwah has been around for five years
yet it's still a vital stop in a complete Manila itinerary. Its famed "Bedazzled"
series is now on its eighth season. Says owner Pocholo Malilin, "'Bedazzled
8' is the most ambitious and spectacular show ever, with musical numbers
evoking the Lido de Paris, Moulin Rouge, a bit of Broadway, and the Vegas
Jubilee Follies. Featuring the Follies Mwah in numbers from Miss Saigon
and Chicago, the highlight of the show is an Indian dance to the tune of
Madonna's "Shanti Shanti" featuring the goddess Shiva and her 16 arms atop
a white elephant." This you got to see, right?
Club Mwah is at located at 652 Boni Avenue,
Mandaluyong City. Call 532-2826, 535-7943 or visit wwwclubmwah.com.
6. Ride the Pasig River Phoenix
Escolta to Guadalupe in just 55 minutes
during rush hour? No traffic in the water, that's why. Zip through town
on the Pasig River Ferry which runs from Intramuros, Manila to Kalawaan,
Pasig. With 12 fairly new ferry stations along the Pasig river stretch,
trips are 55 minutes apart, with the first one at 5:30 a.m. and the last
at 9:05 p.m. Ferries are air-conditioned, double-hulled, catamarans and
are clean, with big LCD TVs. See historic sights along the way, including
Malacanang Palace, Pasig River Lighthouse, Jones Bridge and Post Office
Building. Not bad for the P20 to P45 fare.
Just to allay your fears, due to rehabilitation
efforts of the Asian Development Bank, the river is now more green than
brown and not as smelly anymore--the Pasig River, like the phoenix, has
risen again. (Sorry, couldn't help ourselves.).
5. Feast on food for thought at La Solidaridad
Drop by many Manila bibliophiles' best-kept
secret—“the 42-year-old bookstore tucked away on Padre Faura St. owned
by National Artist Francisco Sionil Jose. From well-known Western classics
to hard-to-find Asiana and Filipiniana, this bookshop around the corner
boasts of a discriminating range of titles and knowledgeable salespeople
you can't find in its mammoth chain counterparts.
La Solidaridad is located at 531 Padre
Faura Street, Ermita, Manila with telephone number 523-0870. The shop is
open from 9a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
4. Get Starbucks, then ponder life (and
death) at the American Cemetery
Get away from it all without going so
far away. Grab a frap and find your way to an oasis of tranquility amidst
the urban jungle, and sit under shady trees, on verdant greenery and among
17,202 dearly departed American soldiers killed here and around New Guinea
during the Second World War. Spanning 152 acres on a plateau with impressive
views over the lowlands to Laguna de Bay and distant mountains.
The Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
is located in Fort Bonifacio (formerly Fort William McKinley). Open daily
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except December 25 and January 1
3. Sit in the park for a free concierto
Yes, the famed Concert at the Park and
Paco Park Presents series of the Imelda Marcos days live on. Catch a free
ballet, classical music or cultural performance at the Rizal Park Open-Air
Auditorium, Saturdays at 5 p.m. and at the Paco Park Fridays at 6 p.m.
June marks the 111th anniversary of Philippine
Independence and the 433rd anniversary of the founding of the City of Manila,
so watch for these shows: Concert at the Park: June 7, Pamantasan ng Lungsod
ng Maynila Dance Troupe and Rondalla Band; On June 14, the Kalayaan Singers;
June 21, the Manila City Chorale and Manila City Band; and June 28, the
Sinaglahi Dance Troupe of the City College of Manila. Paco Park Presents:
June 5, St. Paul University Manila College of the Performing Arts, June
19, "Ang Pangkat Kasarinlan," June 26, "Young Filipino Artists in Focus"
featuring Joanna Ruth Livioco on the violin and Michelle Nicholasora on
or call 302-7374.
2. Practice your p-p-p-poker face
at the Metro Card Club. Home to
poker enthusiasts, it is the first club located outside any casino. Open
24 hours, 7 days a week, the card club is legal and secure with experienced
poker dealers, pit bosses and managers. Check out their weekly tourneys
and learn to outplay the best poker players in the city.
Metro Card Club is located at the Metrowalk
Commercial Complex, Pasig with telephone number 633-1422. For more information,
check their website at www.metrocardclub.com.
1. Read manga for free at the
Serious Naruto fans can now browse through
the manga collection at the Japan Foundation in Manila. If you are among
those whose imagination has been gripped by Japanese comic books, spend
an afternoon (or the whole day!) and allow yourself to get lost in fantasy.
All for free.
The Japan Foundation in Manila is located
at the 12th Floor Pacific Star Building, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue corner Makati
Ave. Makati city. The library is open from Mondays to Fridays from 10:00
a.m. 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit the website at www.jfmo.org.ph..