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

Ninja Academy
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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
#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

2. Train like a super spy

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Pens, books, and magazines are just some of the seemingly harmless objects Jason Bourne can turn into deadly weapons. And even without weapons, he is just as badass with hand-to-hand combat. Those insanely cool and nasty fight scenes were based on the Filipino martial art called, Kali, also known as Arnis and Eskrima. Matt Damon loved the practical and destructive nature of Kali and chose it to build on his Jason Bourne character. If you want to wield improvised weapons like Jason Bourne or simply want to learn street-based self-defense, train in Kali at these venues:

Pekiti Tirsia Kali Manila
Location: Basketball Court of Blue Ridge B, Comet Loop, Blue Ridge, Project 4, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Price: Contact directly for details on their current rate
Contact: | (0939) 910 6450

Combat Kali Manila
Locations: Different training venues
The Roxy Events Place and Party Venue
Stardanz Fitness Studio
White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio
Price: Contact directly for details on their current rate
Contact: | 0917 934 9268

3. Fly like an acrobat

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Don’t believe anyone who says you need wings to fly. You don’t need such negativity in your life. And clearly, that negatron hasn’t seen Cirque du Soleil. If you’re keen to fly like an acrobat or swing ala Spiderman or Tarzan, book a trapeze lesson at Flying Trapeze Philippines. But if hoops and silks are more like your idea of soaring, you can try aerial arts at Polecats Manila. Wings not required. Just balls to defy gravity.

Flying Trapeze Philippines
Location: Federacion Drive corner 9th Ave. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Price: ₱1,000 to 1,250 per class
Contact: | 0917-242-0331

Polecats Manila
Location: 22nd Floor, Strata 100, F. Ortigas Jr. Road (formerly Emerald), Ortigas, Pasig City
Price: ₱800 (walk-in rate for Aerial Hoop and Silks)
Contact: | 631-0818 or 0917-700-7653

4. Shoot like a Navy SEAL

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US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is known as the deadliest American sniper. Some of the best shooters in the world, Navy SEALs were the ones responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. If you want to become a sharp shooter, whether for competitive or self-defense shooting, you can try target shooting at Stronghand Shooting Range, which is Asia’s first and only toxic free indoor shooting range. If you prefer a PNP-accredited firing range, then head over to Commander Shooting Range.

Stronghand Shooting Range
La Défense Building, 1660 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave., Quezon City
Price: ₱500 (range fee which includes 1 target board, eye and ear protective rental) + ₱500 gun rental) + ₱10* (cost per non-toxic ammo, which starts at ₱10) + ₱1000 (lesson)
Contact: | 721-7174 or 0927-424-3855

Commander Shooting Range
Location: #6 12th Avenue, Murphy Cubao, Quezon City, 1109 Cubao, Quezon City
Price: ₱250 (Firing Range Entrance Fee) + ₱200-500 (Gun Rental) + ₱9-35 each ammo.
Contact: 709-4076 or 912-2487

5. Show off your detective skills

Are you a wannabe Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew? Do you enjoy cracking tricky puzzles and riddles? Fan of murder mysteries? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you’ll surely get a kick out of being locked in a room decoding puzzles to exit. Escape rooms are some of the newest and most exciting activities in Manila. Be sure to gather your deduction-obsessed squad and put your detective skills to the test at these interactive escape rooms:

Mystery Manila
Location: Unit 9A JW Plaza Building, 195 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Quezon City
Price: Starts at ₱550/pax for 1 to 2 pax, ₱500/pax for 3 pax, ₱450/pax for 4 pax and ₱400/pax for groups of 5 or more
Contact: 501 2824 or 0917 582 08 08

Breakout Philippines
Location: Paragon Plaza, Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Price: Starts at ₱600/pax for 1 to 2 pax, ₱500/pax for 3 to 4 pax, and ₱400/pax for 5 or more
Contact: | 0927-2571602 or 0928-8214531

The Escape Hunt Experience Manila
Location: 5773 Ebro Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Price: Starts at ₱1,000/pax for 2 pax, ₱850/pax for 3 pax, ₱750/pax for 4 pax, ₱650/pax for 5 pax
Contact: | 751 9124 or 0915 596 8989

6. Channel your inner Katniss or Hawkeye

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The government isn’t likely ever going to launch a Hunger Games-like entertainment. And the Avengers won’t likely need another archer anytime soon. But you never know, right? So if bow and arrow are your weapons of choice, then try hitting the bullseye at these archery schools:

Gandiva Archery
Location: Unit 703-705 One Corporate Center, Julia Vargas corner Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Price: ₱980 for 1 hour trial package
Contact: 638 8771

Archery Academy
Location: 5/F Intrawest Center, #33 Annapolis St. Brgy. Greenhills, Brgy. San Juan, Metro Manila
Price: ₱550 per head for 1 hour class pass
Contact: | 0917-803-7422

Sagittarium Archery
Location: 4th Floor A & A Bldg, #37 Scout Borromeo St., South Triangle, Quezon City
Price: Non-members using range equipment: ₱600/hour (Weekdays), ₱750/hour (Weekends)
Contact: 576-0774 or 0915 1206966

7. Swim like a mermaid or merman

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Now, if you resonate more with Ariel, the Little Mermaid, then swap your legs for a monofin and try mermaid swimming aka mermaiding. These mermaid swimming schools in Manila will help make your Dyesebel (or merman) dreams come true:

Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy
Location: Various Metro Manila venues
Price: ₱1,500- 3,500 (depending on the lesson)
Contact: | 917 324 3947 or 0917 845 2752

The Mermaid Institute
Locations: Various Metro Manila venues
Price: ₱1,500 intro session (1 hour 30 min of basic mermaiding)
Contact: | 0918-926-3830 or 921-28-48

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