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If you are moving to Manila, it’s almost impossible to run out of things you can do during your time out due to the numerous leisure activities available throughout the capital city.

If you are moving to the Philippines, you are more likely to settle in Manila, its capital city, which is rich in opportunities. Besides, you can as well enjoy various activities there during your free time, such as museums, parks, cinema halls, etc. Manila also holds a big historical and cultural heritage that you can discover through its magnificent architecture. So what are you waiting for to get started?

Culture and history

Museums

The region hosts more than 40 museums that you can discover during your free time to learn more about Philippine history and culture. The National Museum of the Philippines in Manila should be the first one on your list, to cover the basic. You will then have plenty of options for speciality museums dedicated to arts, sciences. Some of the famous ones include the Ateneo Art Gallery, the Ayala Museum (Makati), the Mind Museum (Taguig), the Philippine Science Centrum (Marikina) and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (Manila). If you’re interested in the more ‘out of the ordinary’ there is the Museum of Miniatures (Marikina) and the Manila Trick eye Museum (Pasay).

Intramuros

The capital city holds an immense history dating back to the 16th century, stretching over 64 hectares of Intramuros. This stone citadel, which is an emblematic site, retained the old look of the city back in the days. You might even see some calesa (horse-drawn carriages) around.

Food

Restaurants

Food lovers will be delighted by the availability and variety of restaurants in Manila as there is always something for all tastes and budgets. Most of the favourites are concentrated in the areas of Makati, Kapitolyo (Pasig) and Bonifacio Global City (Taguig). There is also Chinatown (Binondo) and Little Tokyo (Makati) for a more East Asian experience. There are always hidden gems throughout the Metro if you know where to look.

Food markets

Two things Filipinos love: eating and socialising. You can find both in food markets, with plenty of varieties to choose from and with an open area. Some of the most famous ones operating at night include Mercato Centrale (Bonifacio Global City), Cucina Andare (Makati), and Banchetto (Pasig). Taking place during the weekends, you have the Legazpi Sunday Market (Makati), Salcedo Saturday Market (Makati), and Sidcor Sunday Market (Quezon City).

Outdoor activities

Parks

Manila also hosts a few adventure and theme parks such as the Ocean Park where you can discover the country's marine species, La Mesa Eco Park that is sprawling with trees and flowers, the Manila Zoo, which is ideal for spending quality time with your children, and the Padre Blanco Garden in Intramuros, bursting with old world charm.

Kart Racing

If you prefer the adrenaline from karting, you can choose from City Kart Racing (Makati) or Kart Trak (Pasay).

Paintball

There aren’t plenty of outdoor sports activities present in Metro Manila due to its geography. But they compensate for this by creating other adrenaline-fueled activities such as paintball. You have Global Gutz (Taguig), Adventure Zone (Pasay), Xtreme Paintball Philippines (Sta. Ana), Gotcha Paintball (Quezon City), and HOSLA (Quezon City).

Indoor activities

Shopping

If you love shopping, Metro Manila is the ideal place to be. You’ll find plenty of SM City Malls throughout the metro like North Edsa (Quezon City), Megamall (Mandaluyong) and Mall of Asia (Pasay), just to name a few. There is also Glorietta (Makati), and TriNoma (Quezon City). The following malls are more known to cater to the higher end of the market: Greenbelt (Makati), Shangri-la Plaza (Mandaluyong), Power Plant Mall (Makati) and Newport Mall (Pasay). If you like bargains then you will definitely enjoy the Divisoria malls (Manila) or Greenhills (San Juan).

Cinema

You will also find many cinema halls across the capital city offering both 3D and even 4D experiences, namely the Podium Cinemas, Power Plant Cinemas, Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Shang Cineplex Cinemas 1 and 2, SM Megamall Cinema, SM Mall of Asia IMAX, SM North EDSA IMAX, Gateway Platinum(Cineplex 10), Eastwood Ultra 7, Ultra Newport Cinemas (Cinemas 1 and 2), etc.

Sports

Finally, if you enjoy sports, you can choose among various activities like fencing, swimming (as the city hosts many swimming pools and even ones which include spas), basketball, boxing, archery, or badminton. You can even do indoor rock climbing at Climb Central Manila.

 Useful links:

Manila (official site)
Circuit Makati
Bonifacio Global City

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