Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Guide for Ye of Little Faith

What to do and where to go during Manila’s two quietest days of the year

( The last time we checked, the Philippines is about 80 to 85% Catholic, leaving 15 to 20% of the population wondering what to do during Holy Week. Lent can be a pretty decent period for those who don’t participate in Catholic or Christian activities, what with lovely food offerings from different fast food chains and restaurants. Plus you get extra vacation time, but alas, malls are closed and only a few restaurants are open. So what do you do?



Go to Work

First, if you have the option, go ahead and head to work. Be reminded that the MRT and LRT are closed from March 28 to March 30, so set your alarm properly. Fortunately, since most people will be on vacation, the roads will be clear.

Should you decide to work, DOLE has a guide on how much you’re going to get for being the earnest little bee you are. The most applicable passage might be the one that says an employee working on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours. Not such a bad deal.



Drive Around

Number coding will be lifted from March 27 to April 1, including Las Piñas, and Makati coding is lifted from March 28 to 29. Take advantage of the open roads and see Manila in a refreshing, uncluttered light. Check out What’s Open this Holy Week to see where you can grab some chow while you’re out.


Take a Walk at the Parks

All the major malls are closed on March 28 to 29. Take this time to enjoy some open areas around Metro Manila and check out our 10 Manila Parks to Visit, plus the more updated 10 Hangout-Friendly Green Spaces.

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Here is a quick guide to the Black Saturday (March 30) schedule of the major malls in the Metro:

  • SM Malls - Regular mall hours
  • Ayala Malls - Regular mall hours
  • Robinsons Malls - Regular mall hours
  • Megaworld Lifestyle Malls  - Regular mall hours
  • Power Plant - 12 nn. to 10 p.m.
  • Greenhills Shopping Center - 12 nn. to 9 p.m.
  • Shangri-La Plaza - 12 nn. to 9 p.m.
  • Gateway - 12 nn. to 9 p.m.
  • Festival Supermall - 12 nn. to 9 p.m.


Catch Up on Your TV Shows and Movies

Here is a list of movies you can watch, if you’re into hellfire. The extra two days off will finally give you the time to watch all of those episodes you missed and maybe finally see the movies that got Oscar nods. We know how you feel, we don’t know where the time goes either. Invite friends who also don’t celebrate (or mourn) this holiday and have a good old-fashioned movie-marathon.


If you forgot to do your shopping for your munchies, make a quick stop at Shopwise on Maundy Thursday. Here are their hours:

  • Alabang - Closed
  • Araneta - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Libis - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Manila - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Makati - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sucat - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Puregold will also be open, albeit they will be closing earlier. Check out the store nearest you here and look up their contact details for more information.

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