4 Unforgettable Road Trip Itineraries You Can Do From Manila

Nothing beats a good ol’ road trip with friends and family. A bag full of snacks, fun playlist, and wacky travel companions are all you need for a good time. Fortunately, old roads are being renovated and new expressways are being built making road trips safer and faster.

A good idea for road trips is to travel to the farthest destination first. then visit the interesting attractions and fun activities on your way back. This will ensure you still have energy for sightseeing and not get bored of the travel back home.

Now that you have everything prepared, here are some incredible destinations you should venture when you plan to road trip outside Manila.

The Northwest Road Trip – Ilocos

Probably one of the most popular road trips in Luzon, many undertake this 12-hour drive to the province of Ilocos northwestern part of Luzon. If you love history and relics from the past, this road trip is perfect for you. This trip might take a few days depending on how long you intend to stay at each destination. Three to four days are sufficient for most.

On your first day, head to the edge of Luzon at Pagudpud (12-hours from Manila). Take a break from the long journey by dropping by these interesting points along the way:

– Surf at San Juan, La Union
– Eat Calasiao Puto, Pigar-pigar, and Bangus at Dagupan
– Take a quick dip at Suso Beach, Ilocos Sur

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8 Artsy Activities to Enjoy in Manila

Sure, Manila gets a bad rap for its horrendous traffic and pollution. And while many people (locals and foreigners alike) love to hate this frequently misunderstood city, the country’s capital is teeming with fun things to do and cool places to see—particularly for the artsy and creative. If you’re happiness revolves around arts, crafts, and music, do check out these 8 creative activities in Manila.

1. Visit museums

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Visiting museums is not just all about appreciating or interpreting art. It is also one of the quickest ways to better understand a city. So needless to say, whether you’re into arts or not, a trip to the museum should be on your things to do in Manila list. Admire artworks, sculptures and artifacts at these museums*:

The National Museum
Artists of all levels and skills should pay the National Museum a visit, as it holds some of the most significant artworks and archeological pieces about the Filipino culture. Many of these national treasures date as far back as the 18th century, such as the 3,000-year-old Manunggul Burial Jar. Of course, our very own version of Mona Lisa, Juan Luna’s Spoliarium, will surely give you heart-wrenching feels and chills. Artworks by Hidalgo, Botong Francisco, Luz, and Manansala, are also a must-see. Continue reading 8 Artsy Activities to Enjoy in Manila

Exciting Activities in Manila That Let You Live Out Your Favorite Characters (Real or Fictional)

Admit it or not, you sometimes dream of becoming someone you are totally not. This can be a fictional character from your favorite movie or novel, a mythical creature or even a real-life hero. But what if I tell you that you there are exciting activities in Manila that let you experience some of those fantasies even for just a day?

Here are some unique and exciting activities in the metro that let you emulate your favorite characters:

1. Be a ninja warrior

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If jumping, climbing, vaulting and other sick stunts on American Ninja Warrior are your definition of fun, then you should consider taking up Parkour. Also known as Free Running, Parkour teaches you how to move fluidly and efficiently through various obstacle courses. If you’re down with the physical and mental challenge, visit Ninja Academy, the first and only indoor Parkour gym in Manila.

Ninja Academy
Locations:
#155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave., Brgy. Rosario, Pasig City
Warehouse 2 BNM7210 Group Corporation, Manila Doctors Village Road, Las Piñas City
Price: ₱350 (for adults), and ₱290 (for students)
Contact: +63 917 565 8945
Website: http://ninjaacademy.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NinjaAcademyph/

2. Train like a super spy

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Manila Attractions and Activities Beyond Your Usual Intramuros Tour

Intramuros is almost synonymous to Manila attractions. It’s one of the first tourist spots that comes to mind when we think about places to see in the metro. And it’s not hard to understand why. Intramuros is quintessentially the old Manila—forever frozen in #ThrowbackThursday with its rustic, Spanish houses and centuries-old churches. However, beyond the walls of Intramuros await the new Manila we’ve come to love, despite its countless quirks. If you’re done with Intramuros, here are some other exciting attractions and activities in Manila:

1. Go on a Binondo food trip and or Dampa seafood tour

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When you smell Chinese spices and incense wafting through the air, you know you’ve reached the land of legit dimsum and dumplings in Manila. Known as the world’s oldest Chinatown, Binondo is a go-to stop for those spur-of-the-moment Chinese cravings—from hakaw, hopia, mami to lumpia and more. Long before Tim Ho Wan and Din Tai Fung invaded Manila, there were Wai Ying, Dong Bei and many other value for money and belly-approved hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Binondo food trip is quite easy to DIY. But if you prefer a guided and trivia-filled tour, then book with The Big Binondo Food Wok!

If fresh seafood sounds more palatable to you, a dampa or seafood market would be your best bet. This is perfect for big groups, balikbayans, and foreign friends or small groups and duos with big appetites. Can’t go wrong with buttered shrimps, baked mussels, and scallops, and salmon sinigang. Southerners can visit Seaside Macapagal in Pasay or D’ Original Dampa in Parañaque to satiate their urgent Continue reading Manila Attractions and Activities Beyond Your Usual Intramuros Tour

12 Cheery Events In Manila This Week

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50 Shades50 Shades! The Musical Parody

If the book had your toes curling with excitement and the movie got you ants in your pants, the hilarious, sensual stage show 50 Shades! The Musical Parody will definitely make you roll on the floor giggling, a comeback after its productive run early this year. Let your holidays sizzle with laughter through this musical theater interpretation of the bestselling novel, which includes pleasurable dance acts and 11 original songs like “I Don’t Make Love”, “How Much Can I Take?”, and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me”. A word of warning though, it’s strictly for those 18 years and above.

December 15 – 16, 2016 | 8:00PM
December 17, 2016 | 4:00PM and 8:00PM
Music Museum, Level-C, Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills, San Juan
Tickets: Php 1,200 (Balcony); Php1,800 (Orchestra); Php2,400 (VIP)
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5 Rooftop Bars in the Metro That Won’t Break Your Budget

by Geninna Ariton

When you hear rooftop bars, you immediately think, ka-ching ka-ching, you need to bring a lot of moolah because it ain’t going to be cheap.  And why shouldn’t it be expensive? Most rooftop bars in the city will leave you breathless. Especially with sunset and city views that you can only see if you own a top floor condo in a highrise tower. And these rooftop bars are usually found in hotels, or fancy office towers meant to target the people working there whose salaries go higher than a thousand bucks a month.

But don’t fret, we’ve found these rooftop bars that will let you enjoy local beers (from P50- P85) and cocktails (less than P230 per glass) on a budget. Imagine that! Without further ado, here are rooftop bars all around the metro where you can enjoy affordable drinks and scenic views of the city.

BunkBar

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This place has the cheapest drinks, ever! Local beers are just P50 and cocktails range from P80-P120. You cannot get a better deal than this. Plus there is this artsy vibe, complemented by the astonishing murals and the decor. They have bean bags and banigs if you feel like lying down and watching the stars. Not to mention they have events like poetry reading and live entertainment, just check out their FB page.

The location isn’t hard to find either. Although there will be no signs up front, look for Jovan Bldg. along Shaw Blvd., in front of PCSO. Do not be misled by the guards and do not ask them about opening hours and such. Bunk is open from 5pm, and the last call is 12mn, though you are welcome to stay until 3am, Tuesdays to Continue reading 5 Rooftop Bars in the Metro That Won’t Break Your Budget

Where to Best Experience Christmas Spirit in the Philippines

Saying Christmas season is a huge deal among Filipinos is an understatement. Being a predominantly Catholic country, the Philippines just can’t help but live and breathe Christmas. We excitedly start the countdown as soon as the “ber” months roll in. The anticipation further builds up when radio stations start filling the airwaves with Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas songs. And for some reason, we automatically start LSS-ing to its catchy tunes, much to our dismay or guilty pleasure. Then Christmas-themed events and bazaars, both old and new, begin to pop-up everywhere. So if you’re looking for places where you can truly relish the spirit of Christmas, don’t miss some of these top Christmas attractions in the Philippines:

1. Ayala Triangle Gardens’ Festival of Lights

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Photo by Marc Gerard Del Rosario | CC BY

Conde Nast Traveler deemed The Festival of Lights in Ayala Triangle Gardens as one of the most spectacular places in the world to see Christmas light displays. Like a destination straight out of fairy tale, this miniature forest right smack in the middle of Makati CBD transforms into an enchanting paradise at night. Its millions of twinkling lights that hang from trees and Christmas hymns that fill the air will surely melt even the Grinchest of hearts. Now on its 6th year of offering holiday cheer, this synchronized lights and sounds show runs daily until January 8 from 6pm-10pm every 30 minutes.

2. Silay City’s Christmas Village

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Christmas celebration is a serious matter for the Silaynons. Every year, participating barangays in Silay City, Negros Occidental goes head to head and vie for the best belen and arc. These intricately-designed Christmas belens and arcs are exhibited at their public plaza that they meticulously convert into a Yuletide- Continue reading Where to Best Experience Christmas Spirit in the Philippines

10 Delightful Happenings in Manila This Week


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01 Christmas CarnivaleChristmas Carnivale Bazaar

Still cramming for your Christmas shopping? Look no further because you might find what you are looking for at the Christmas Carnivale Bazaar. Go on a spree with the entire family where you and your kids can enjoy some balloon twisters, jugglers, clowns, and other carnival attractions. Shop till you drop while you support the projects of Zonta Club of Alabang in providing maternal health talks, initiatives addressing violence on women and children, and other programs for women in the community. You can also hang out at the food court for some great eats as you listen to Christmas carols and other entertainment.

December 9 – 11, 2016 | 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Cuenca Park, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
Fee: Free admission
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14 Joyous Events In Manila This Week

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01 Christmas BakingChristmas Baking Workshop 1

It’s Christmas party time once again! As you busy yourself with your menu, do not forget some freshly baked goodies for the kids. Gift them with your labor of love through your own Chewy Sugar Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, Blondies, Fudgy Brownies and Lemon Pound Cake. If you don’t know how to prepare these, worry no more because Chef Junjun de Guzman of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies will teach you the basic procedures in creating these treats. CACS is also offering a Christmas Baking Workshop 2 (December 5) and a Flat Bread and Spreads Workshop (December 6).

December 2, 2016 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Center for Asian Culinary Studies, 455 P Guevarra Street, San Juan
Fee: Php2,900
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14 Pulsating Events In Manila This Week

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01 25 Mushrooms

Ensaymada and Empanada with Chef Franz Presnide of Cordon Bleu, Dusit Bangkok

The cool Christmas breeze is in the air and soon the Filipino tradition of Misa de Gallo will begin. Wake up your loved ones with the delicious whiff of your ensaymadas and empanadas, two of our favorite Pinoy snacks. Through the instruction of Chef Franz Presnide who had a Diplome en Boulangerie from Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School Bangkok, learn how to create your tasty treats suitable for Christmas parties. Master the making of Quezo de Bola Ensaymada, Ube Ensaymada, Salted Egg Ensaymada, Beef Empanada and Chicken Emapanada through this class from Sari Jorge’s cooking school, 25 Mushrooms Kitchen.

November 24, 2016 | 10:30AM – 2:00PM
25 Mushrooms Kitchen, Molito Lifestyle Mall, Commerce Ave. Ayala Alabang (beside Cravings), Muntinlupa
Fee: Php1,300
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