2015-07-27 13:16:10

If you are moving to Manila, you can probably find some time to discover the city and enjoy various leisure activities that are available.

Find in this article an overview of leisure activities that are available in Manila, the Philippines 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 which you can discover through its magnificent architecture. So what are you waiting for to get started?


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, is deemed to be Manila's ambassador worldwide.


The region hosts more than 40 museums which you can discover during your free time to learn more about the Philippines history and culture. The Ateneo Art Gallery, the Mabini Shrine, the Museo ng Makati, the Children's Museum, the Mind Museum, the Marikina Shoe Museum, are just a few of them.


Food lovers will be delighted by the availability and variety of the local cuisine in Manila. Indeed, you can find different types of restaurants across the capital city. There is something for all tastes and budgets, especially in Makati. Moreover, if you wish to have an insight or get initiated to the local cuisine, you can choose among the Cookery Place, the Maya Kitchen, the Kitchen Hobbies, the Culinary Creations and the Global Academy.


Manila also hosts a few adventure and theme parks such as the Ocean Park where you can discover the country's marine species, and the Manila Zoo which is ideal for spending quality time with your children.


If you love shopping, Manila is the ideal place to be. You can start by visiting the Mall of Asia which hosts many shops, restaurants, cinema halls and other facilities, as well as many over shopping malls. You can also enjoy Manila's numerous markets, namely the AANI Organic Market for vegetarians, the Banchetto, the Foodtown Week-end Market, the Northeast Greenhills Sunday Market, the Legazpi Sunday Market, the Mercato Centrale, the Salcedo Market, the Sidcor Market, the Soderno and the Xavier Week-end Market which are known to be the region's top 10 markets.


You will also find many cinema halls across the capital city, namely the Podium Cinemas, Powerplant 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.


Finally, if you enjoy sports, you can choose from various activities such as swimming (as the city hosts many swimming pools), badminton. Children activities are also easily accessible. Moreover, the city has a special sports website which can keep you updated regarding sports activities.

Yellow pages

The Philippines Yellow Pages will give you an idea about all the leisure activities that are available in Manila if you have not yet decided what suits you best.

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Leisure in Manila Forum 
Manila (official site) manila.gov.ph
Philippines Yellow Pages - Leisure in Manila www.yellow-pages.ph

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