Go for a Geek-fest in these Manila Spots for Geeky Barkadas

So you and the gang aren’t quite outdoorsy. The mountains don’t call out to you, and the beach is only fun when you have it all to yourselves. You don’t like malling either and find sifting through the crowds tedious. And those “tugs-tugs” clubs – let’s not even go there. So what do you guys do on a Friday night or a free weekend? Check out this list of Manila spots for geeky barkadas to find your answer!

Table Taft Board Game Café

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Normal meals getting too boring for your barkada? Give it a geeky twist at Table Taft Board Game Café. A fave hangout spot for Taft Avenue students, Table Taft, has a wide selection of games you and the gang can enjoy over awesome affordable food. Compliment Cards Against Humanity with their bowls, or joust over Jenga with their ice cream shakes. Whatever mood you guys are in, there’s a board game – meal combo for you. Just make sure you don’t have classes after because you might not Continue reading Go for a Geek-fest in these Manila Spots for Geeky Barkadas

Have this Unique Manila Daytrip by Taking the Pasig River Ferry

Think you’ve seen and done it all around the Metro? Think again! The Pasig River Ferry service may have been opened in 2007 (and reopened in 2014), but it remains to be a secondary and oft-forgotten means to get around the city. With this Manila day trip itinerary, however, not only will you evade traffic, but you’ll also get to discover another side to the city itself.

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Operating from Mondays to Saturdays from 6:00AM to 4:15PM, the Pasig River Ferry includes the stations of Plaza Mexico, Escolta, PUP, and Sta. Ana in Manila; Guadalupe in Makati; and San Joaquin and Pinagbuhatan in Pasig. For rates and Continue reading Have this Unique Manila Daytrip by Taking the Pasig River Ferry

13 Valentine’s Promos in Manila for an Unforgettable Celebration

It’s that time of the year once again. Roses seem redder, chocolate seems sweeter, and the sky looks bluer. Whether you’re under the spell of Cupid or not, Valentine’s is always a great excuse to head out and have some fun. And with these Valentines promos in Manila, it’s pretty hard not to.

Take your sweetheart, your BFF, your barkada, or even your whole family and enjoy these awesome treats that are sure to make your Valentine’s more memorable.

The Henry Hotel Manila

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Pull out all the stops with The Henry’s extra special romantic package. If you stay between February 10 to 19, not only do you get an intimate dinner at the hotel’s old-world courtyard, you also get breakfast for 2, couples massage, a bouquet of flowers, and a complimentary bottle of wine. This comes with an overnight accommodation for 2 in their stylish suites, where old-world charm and modern comforts are sure to give your stay an extra special ambiance. Reservations start Continue reading 13 Valentine’s Promos in Manila for an Unforgettable Celebration

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

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
Website: http://ninjaacademy.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NinjaAcademyph/

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

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

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making everyday feel like an adventure. We’ve got ideas on how to make the most of your time, even when you’re not leaving town! Find out what’s happening in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide.

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.


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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

13 More Unlimited Wine Promos for your Vino Obsession

Just can’t get enough of those oaky reds and buttery whites? Fret not because we heard your plea. Since you loved this list of all-out wine promos in Metro Manila, we’re giving you even more! Choose from this updated roster to satisfy your tongue and satiate your soul (yes, your soul). Whether it’s for your brunch cravings, post-dinner drinks, and weekend unwinding, these unassuming wine meccas are waiting for you with open arms.


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Motorino is a Neapolitan-style pizza place with beautiful interiors, freshly made pasta, and a pizza menu to die for! For starters, you might think that pairing pizza with wine is sacrilegious as pizza’s most common alcoholic buddy is an ice-cold bottle of beer, but prepare to get your mind blown when you wash down a slice of their Quattro Formaggi with a chilled glass of Montepulciano, among others. It’s a partnership made by the Neapolitan gods.

The Promo: Wine All You Want

Possibly the most affordable unlimited wine option on this list, Motorino’s wine buffet costs only Php395. The only catch is that this is only good for the first 90 minutes, and then you’ll have to buy your wine by the glass or by the bottle. But hey, an hour and a half of their wine aren’t bad for such a low price! You can avail of this promo in Motorino’s BGC, Greenbelt 3, and SM Mall of Asia branches. Their last call for the promo varies per branch so make sure to call ahead of time to check!


No Reservations


The once-secluded and borderline abandoned United Street of Kapitolyo has now become a bustling hub for foodies and drinkers alike. No Reservations is one of Continue reading 13 More Unlimited Wine Promos for your Vino Obsession

The Revival: Fresh Spots and Old Staples Reinvigorating Malate

In its glory days, Malate was the rendezvous of society’s most beautiful faces: artists, socialites, and celebrities, even influencers, ambassadors, and politicians from around the globe. Its streets were teeming with glitz and glamor, and its many bars and restaurants overflowed with the perfect mix of flair and decadence. It was definitive Manila, and in it was the city’s heart.

Fast forward to the Malate most of us grew up to know, and barely any of its glorious past was retained. Artists’ lounges closed its doors for lounges of a different kind, and Malate’s crowd became seedier and seedier. Until finally, it became mostly known as “that part of town” you just do not visit.

Thanks to the efforts of the city government and the nostalgia of private companies, these days Malate is experiencing a kind of resurgence. New bars and restaurants, as well as updated oldie-but-goodies, are making waves, creating a Malate revival many have been longing for. The way things are going, it seems only a matter of time before Malate reclaims its spot as one of the hippest, most happening, places in the city.

So do yourself a favor one Friday night. Visit these spots and partake in the unique atmosphere of one of Manila’s most legendary districts, and witness the Malate revival all for yourself.

The Bar @1951

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Just like its first iteration as Penguin Cafe, a Malate legend from the 80’s until it closed its doors in 2009, The Bar @1951 is a mecca of free spirits and creative souls. Serving up la vie bohéme, The Bar @1951 has a dedicated gallery space, a live performance space, a loft conducive to deep conversations, and an overall vibe of creativity and free-thinking. It is most often frequented by artists of all brands for the art shows, live music, and good company. With such a distinct and unique vibe, it’s a welcome alternative to the glossy clubs and disco lights Continue reading The Revival: Fresh Spots and Old Staples Reinvigorating Malate