Fun never stops in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. From a shopping spree in Greenhills to a staycation in a hotel in Ortigas, you’ll definitely find something to enjoy in this vibrant locale.
Here’s a pocket guide of the best thing to do in each of the region’s 16 cities to guarantee a thrilla in Metro Manila.
1. Makati City
If you’re looking to appease your appetite for some history, visit the Ayala Museum that features a collection of more than a thousand gold artifacts. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm. Full access admission fee is PHP425 for regular adults.
2. Malabon City
This city offers a unique experience called the Malabon Tricycle Tour. Tourists may choose between these two packages: a heritage tour in various galleries, ancestral houses and churches, and a food trip to have a taste of Malabon’s specialties.
3. Mandaluyong City
Bring the kids and visit Trampoline Park – Zero Gravity Zone. It’s a big warehouse filled with a bunch of trampolines stretching from wall to wall, allowing you to jump and literally fly in every direction.
4. Manila City
See Intramuros in a new light by spending a night or two at The Bayleaf Intramuros. With the hotel’s room and tour package, you can get a fancy accommodation within the historic Manila landmark and a cool tour while on a bamboo bike.
5. Marikina City
This city is known for its handcrafted shoes, so it’s just fitting to visit the Marikina Shoe Museum. It features traditional footwear from different countries, as well as shoes from prominent personalities like the former first lady Imelda Marcos, who is famous for her massive shoe collection.
6. Muntinlupa City
Did you know that the smallest lake in the country is found in this city? Families will surely enjoy bird watching, fishing, and picnic in the Jamboree Lake.
7. Caloocan City
Take part in the annual Pajotan Festival of Caloocan. It is held every last Sunday of January and highlights the rich culture and tradition of the city. This feast pays tribute to a variety of mango fruit called pajotan, one of the city’s top products.
8. Las Piñas City
Head to St. Joseph Parish Church to see the famous bamboo organ that was built by a Spanish native in between 1817 and 1824. This is historically known as the only bamboo organ in the world.
9. Navotas City
Dubbed as the Philippine fishing capital, this city has long been an important fishing community in the country. So when you’re in Navotas, make sure to grab some of their specialties, such as patis (fish sauce) and bagoong (shrimp paste).
10. Quezon City
Feed your soul by watching a stage play in UP Diliman. This May, UP Dulaang Laboratoryo has a run of an August Strindberg adaptation. Entitled “Alembong”, this Filipinized version of the play “Miss Julie” is open to the public.
11. San Juan City
Shop until you drop in Greenhills Shopping Center. It is the biggest flea market in the metro where you can pick up anything from clothes to food to furniture, all under bargain prices.
12. Taguig City
Dreaming of seeing the canals of Venice? You don’t have to break the bank to fulfill this wish. Head over to Venice Grand Mall and take a gondola ride. You’ll surely delight in the colorful architecture that this canal is lined with.
13. Valenzuela City
Go where the locals go and visit the Valenzuela City People’s Park. It is an urban community park where everyone can enjoy a day outdoors. It houses an interactive fountain, children’s park, giant chessboard, gazebos, picnic grounds, and a mini-zoo.
14. Parañaque City
Along the sprightly streets of Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, you’d find Artists Haven. Filled with an arrangement of paintings from talented artists in Manila, it has become a treasure trove for all the hungry creatives. During weekends, you can probably sign up for a workshop.
15. Pasay City
Want to experience the world in a different perspective? Step into a topsy-turvy world as you explore the Upside Down Museum. It’s an interactive attraction that will distort both your orientation and size.
16. Pasig City
Not a fan of under-the-sun fun? Why not book your summer staycation at The Linden Suites. Its latest promo allows you to stay in a deluxe room, plunge in a gorgeous pool, and relish a complimentary refreshing cooler. This hotel in Ortigas offline promo is available until May 31. More budget-saving deals are up for grabs at http://www.lindensuites.com/promotions/.