50 Things to do in Manila: Part 3

Looking for new things to do in the city? SPOT’s list continues.

mike-unson 30. Laugh it up
Sample some smart, sometimes snarky, straight-up stand-up comedy. The Comedy Cartel is a group of seasoned and still-somewhat-new comedians led by Tim Tayag, who specialize in delivering punch lines one after another-no audience-bashing, guaranteed. Usual venues include Spicy Fingers in Greenbelt 2 and MagNet Café in Bonifacio High Street.

To find out where the Comedy Cartel is performing next, check out their events calendar at the eCircle Entertainment website


2-280x300 29. Hitch yourself onto a kite
Ever tried paragliding? Power kiting is pretty much like that, with a big kite (almost like a parachute) pulling you up into the sky on a nylon rope-except that instead of launching from a speedboat, you’ll be launching from a skateboard. Power Kite Manila offers lessons for P500 every weekend at Mall of Asia from 4pm to 6pm. Watch them in action here.

For details, visit Power Kite Manila’s Multiply page


dvd 28. Scour Binondo for hard-to-find Asian DVDs
Asian film buffs can get their fill of hard-to-find masterpieces at hole-in-the-wall video shops along Ongpin Street, Binondo. A variety of contemporary classics like In the Mood for Love and Infernal Affairs are a likely to be found in these shops. If you’re one for lengthy drama marathons, television dramas like Meteor Garden and Frog Prince are also on sale.

The line of hole-in-the-wall video stores are along Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila.


ricky-280x300 27. Get inked by the master
If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo, chances are your boyfriend/girlfriend and/or parents are vehemently against it. Wanna be a rebel and do it anyway? Might as well get it done by the best. Ricky Sta. Ana of Skinworkz has done work with a lot of local celebs including Dylan Vizcarra, Maui Taylor and Chito Miranda among others. So sport that awesome tattoo with pride (along with the bruises you’re likely to have after you show it to your significant other).

Skinworkz’s main branch is located at Pasilyo d-19 Cartimar Arcade, Pasay City but you can also visit the Quezon City shop at # 2 Timog Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.



26. Have fish eat your dead skin
Have your foot calluses devoured by fish at the Manila Ocean Park. These fish are called doctor fish, named for their appetite for dead skin that has helped people with skin diseases. You sit at the edge of a pool and wait for the fish to bite your feet; it’s not painful, but it might tickle. At P120 per 20 minutes, it’s a great alternative to a foot spa for the non-squeamish.

Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park, Manila. Call them at 567-7777. Check out their site www.manilaoceanpark.com.




12 25. Get your feast on
Your Saturday mornings will never be the same again with Banchetto. Banchetto is the Italian word for feast and that’s exactly you’ll find along Emerald Avenue in Ortigas. Every Saturday from midnight til 11 a.m., indulge in street food, fresh vegetables, drinks, dessert and all kinds of cuisine you could think of.

Check out Banchetto’s site: www.banchetto.multiply.com.


13 24. Create Kinky Sweets at Marta’s
Non-traditional gown, check. No bouquet throwing at the ceremony, definitely. And no prim and proper tea parties for your bridal shower, for sure. Mix kinky with pretty sugary things at Marta’s in Serendra where they will definitely let you do what you want with your cupcakes and cookies. Be sure to rent the whole place for the girls.

Check out the party possibilities at Marta’s Cakes at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City with telephone number 915-3802.


wenshanew 23. Get a Spa Treatment at Any Time of the Day at Wensha Spa
...even at 2 a.m. Wensha Spa, offers treatments for the weary 24/7 with unlimited food, served shabu-shabu and hotpot style. Combine rejuvenation, slight hedonism and therapy all in one place. Just don’t go beyond six hours (maximum time you can stay there). Even pleasure has its limits.

Wensha Spa is located at Buendia, CCP Complex (in front of the World Trade Center), Pasay City with telephone number 832-0515 and a branch at Timog corner Quezon Ave., Quezon City.


1-280x300 22. Explore the Enclaves of Paco Park
If you’re up to seeing a bit of history and pockets of green, Paco Park, which used to be a cemetery, is actually still an interesting place to visit. The last interment was in 1913 but the park still has markers where national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, and the three martyred priests of the independence movement were laid to rest.

On weekends, the park is full with weddings and receptions, while people flock to the St. Pancratius Chapel on Sundays for Holy Mass. Don’t miss out on dining at the original branch of Old Swiss Inn right beside Paco Park. The restaurant still retains its Old World charm and kids eat for free from Fridays to Sundays as long as an adult companion orders from the ala carte menu

Paco Park is located along General Luna St., Paco, Manila. The park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. Entrance fee is PhP5.00 (five pesos) per person.

ilustradocom-280x300 21. Try the Sampaguita Ice Cream at Ilustrado Restaurant
An exotic dessert for the uninitiated, it may not be your dream cream but it certainly opens up your palate for the pleasures of this cold treat. The scoop from people who’ve actually braved a lick and a spoonful is that it’s pretty good.

Ilustrado Restaurant is located at 744 Calle Real Del Palacio (Gen. Luna St.), Intramuros, Manila with telephone number 527-2345.


To read 50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 1, please click here.

To read 50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 2, please click here.

To read 50 Things to Do in Manila: Part 4, please click here.

More next Friday.

Images from ecircleentertainment.com, powerkitemanila.multiply.com, skinworkztattoo.com, ï¿½ manilaoceanpark.com and martascakes.com.ph.

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