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5. Watch a movie for free in Carlos Celdran's former living room.
The Living Room, the living-room-cum-art-space of famous Manila tour guide Carlos Celdran's North Syquia Apartment in Malate, houses free film showings once a month. The "first of many random film showings," as Celdran put it, was cartoonist Nonoy Marcelo's Tisoy screened on July 15. To be updated on the next film showing, subscribe to Carlos Celdran's blog, text 0920-9092021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Living Room is at #24 North Syquia Apartment, 1991 M.H. del Pilar, Malate, Manila. Email email@example.com.
4. Never get lost in Manila again!
If you were born without a sense of direction, this website is for you-- more so since Manila isn't exactly the most street-sign-(what street signs?) friendly city around. MetroManilaDirections.com is a motherlode of commuter knowledge, containing detailed directions, landmarks, maps, public utility vehicle routes and terminals, and taxi pick-up services. If you can't find what you're looking for in the website, ask MMD. They claim to respond "really fast" and so far, they have replied to every inquiry within 24 hours.
3. Sneak a peek into your future at your next house party.
Treat your party guests to counseling on romantic, familial and financial matters through tarot card reading. Da Seekers' Cove offers tarot reading party packages for P5,000 per three hours. If you prefer a more in-depth session, try their one-on-one personal consultations that involve counseling and tarot reading for P1,500 per hour, or the Dream Insights session at P1,500 per hour.
Da Seekers' Cove is at 4/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City; and 2/F Expansion Wing, Alabang Town Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Call 637-1286.
2. The early bird catches the, uh, bird.
Or the sight of one, at least. Bird-watch early in the morning or late in the afternoon right in the city! Wild Bird Club of the Philippines president Mike Lu named in this Inquirer.net article he top five birding sites in Metro Manila: the National Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of the Philippines Diliman, the Manila Film Center in Pasay City, the American War Memorial in Taguig, the Hagonoy Pumping Station in Taguig and the Tambo Mudflats in Parañaque City. To join the free WBCP guided bird-watching trips, email Lu at firstname.lastname@example.org. Wear long pants and rubber shoes or hiking shoes, and bring a cap or umbrella, snacks and drinks. If you don't have a binocular, the WBCP rents out pairs at P50 each.
1. Play with giant chess pieces and munch on 1950s-style pan de sal.
Cozy up at the charming Pan de Amerikana in Marikina that has novel wooden fixtures like a windmill, a kalesa and a wheelbarrow. Make time fly while waiting for your order by requesting for chess pieces you can play with on the dining tables that double as chess boards. Or battle it out using the almost-four-feet-tall chess pieces at the restaurant's center plaza. Pan de Amerikana claims it serves authentic 1950s-style pan de sal (P5.50 per piece) so make sure you grab some. Pan de Amerikana's bread assortment are also available in the Makati, San Juan and Quezon City branches but only the Marikina branch offers viands like the bestseller Ilocano longganisa, and houses the chess centerpieces.
Pan de Amerikana is at 92 Ordonez St., Concepcion Dos, Marikina. Call 475-2398.
To read 50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 1, click here.
To read 50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 2, click here.
To read 50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 3, click here.
To read 50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 4, click here.
Photos from Krav Maga Philippines, Arts in the City, Carlos Celdran's blog, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bayanihan Dance Company, Metro Manila Directions, Da Seekers' Cove, Pan de Amerikana and the Philippine Underwater Hockey Confederation.