Metro Manila · Summer in the City - Activities & More (UPDATE)
Summer is here, the sky is blue and you want to go out. Check out what you can do during the summer even if you are in the metro.
It is deeply embedded in many cultures to have fun during the summertime. It must be because it is that time of the year where one can expect more sunny days than gloomy ones. There are a few things you can do during the scorching Philippine summers even if you’re in the concrete jungle that is Manila.
Bird watching is a little known activity in the metro but even if the concrete jungle does not have that many trees, many bird species still call Metro Manila home. At the University of the Philippines, specifically near the NIGS area and the College of Science, wild birds can be seen. The National Science Complex, established inside the university in the latter part of 2006, has a number of wild birds including Collared Kingfishers, Pied Trillers, Black-naped Orioles, Red-keeled Flowerpeckers, Common Kingfishers, Narcissus Flycatchers, Scaly-Breasted Munias, Long-tailed Shrikes, among others. There is no entrance fee, just go to UP Diliman and bring your binoculars.
While you can schedule this activity any time of the year, if you are not going to hit the beaches near Manila, you might as well spend a day or two in the walled city. Intramuros dates back to Spanish colonial times and can offer visitors an insight on what Manila was like during those times. The walled city is part of Philippine heritage and is among the most visited attractions in the capital.
Ride A Calesa In Manila’s Old Quarters
Even if it is hot, riding a calesa in Ermita, Binondo, or in Intramuros can be fun. A calesa is a horse-drawn buggy used as a mode of transportation in different parts of the Philippines a long time ago.
Watch A Play
Manila has a thriving theater community and you can watch their plays in a number of places. The CCP is one destination for those who would like to see new stuff in the Philippine theater scene but aside from the CCP, the University of the Philippines’s theater department often hosts plays at Palma Hall (AS). If you would like to watch a play at the Cultural Center of the Philippines you can visit their website.
Experience the capital’s nightlife by going clubbing. Manila has clubs ranging from the mid-range to the exclusive. It is home to Pangea, Chaos, and Buddha Bar Manila. There are also a number of preferred areas and hotspots in the metro where you can hangout.
Visit Metro Manila’s Nature Parks
Metro Manila has a number of nature parks where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. These nature parks includes Arroceros Forest Park in Ermita dubbed as “the last lung of Manila”, Freedom Island at La Huerta, Parañaque and Daniel Fajardo, Las Piñas, La Mesa Eco Park in East Fairview, Quezon City, Manila Zoological and Botanical Garden in Malate, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Diliman, Quezon City, and the Pasig Rainforest Park (more info here).
Metro Manila has various sports venues available to the public. Some of the places mentioned below however charge fees. For further suggestions, visit our Megacitizens Sports section.
City Kart Racing located at Circuit Makati can satisfy your need for speed for P590. City Kart Racing has a 700 m circuit. The Circuit also has a panoramic terrace, a reception area, covered stands, a bar and restaurant, and other facilities. For more information about this activity, you can call 856 9155.
If you are fond of bowling, you can go to Astrobowl at Starmall, Alabang, Muntinlupa, Paeng's Bowl and Billard Room in Eastwood, or to any SM Bowling Centers at the SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, SM City North Edsa, and SM City Fairview.
If you would like to play football, you can go to Nomad Sports Club located in Parañaque or to the Sunken Garden inside UP Diliman in Quezon City. If you are planning to go to the latter, bring a ball with you.
If you love golf, Metro Manila has various golf and country clubs you can go to. This includes Alabang Golf Country Club, Army Golf Cllub, Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, Villamor Golf Course, Veterans Golf Course, Philippine Navy Golf Club, Manila Golf and Country Club, Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club, Capitol Hills Golf and Country Club, and Club Intramuros Golf Course.
Ice Skating Rinks
If you like skating, there are a few ice skating rinks in the tropical country’s capital. This includes ice rinks inside SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and SM Southmall.
There are many beautiful destinations just outside Manila that you can visit within a weekend, including beaches, national parks, hiking trails and relaxing resorts. For suggestions, have a look at our Travel section. Quick getaways within Metro Manila can be fun as well because there are a number of places to go to and a number of things to do that can keep you busy during weekends.
This includes visiting City of Dreams Manila where you can have an exhilarating gaming experience. You can stay in any of the three hotels in this establishment too and enjoy world class service.
You can also spend a laid back weekend inside the University of the Philippines in Diliman.Formerly a forested area, this oasis in the metro is now among the most visited places in Quezon City because of its relatively fresher air. The university has a hostel located near Ylang-Ylang Residence Hall. Jogging around the academic oval or playing football at the Sunken Garden are only a few of the activities you can do while inside UP Diliman. If you would like to watch a film, the Film Institute often has film showings during weekends and weekdays. For eats, there are a number of restaurants inside the university shopping center, the Bahay ng Alumni, UP Town Center, and behind the Institute of Islamic Studies.
And in case you are undecided, just check out Megacitizens' very own Event Section!
There are other activities you can do in the city without spending too much time in the sun especially this time of year.
At Market! Market! you can play laser games with family and friends. The games available will get your adrenaline pumping for as low as P 190. For more information about the games available and the price list, take a look at this link.
Solve A Mystery This Summer
You can solve a mystery at MysteryManila for a fee. A great way for aspiring sleuths to exercise their mental muscles, MysteryManila offers excitement for the Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes in you! MysteryManila has three branches in the metro. This includes one in Quezon City, one in Jupiter, and one in Century City Mall.