50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 2

SPOT.ph continues listing down cool things to do in Manila you may not know about. For part one, click here.

city-kart-racing140. Race to win.

Fill your need for speed at the new City Kart Racing at Market! Market! For P450, make your Formula 1 fantasies a reality complete with the suit and helmet for 10 minutes. For a hassle-free ride, wear rubber shoes. Kids can race too but they have to be at least four feet tall. The City Kart Racing is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


City Kart Racing is at the third floor of the structured car park of Market! Market!, C5 corner 32nd street, Taguig. Email them at welcome@citykartracing.com.



republiq139. Party like there’s no curfew.

At Encore owner Erik Cua’s new club Republiq, you can party 'til the sun comes up. It’s electro-hiphop-retro-pop every Wednesday, hiphop-dance-top-40 every Friday, and house-electro every Saturday. Encore stamps are valid at Republiq after Encore’s midnight curfew. Read about Republiq’s star-studded launch.

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Republiq is at The Plaza, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City. Call them at 0917-5508888 or 856-0128.



waka-waka-choco38. Eat chocolate for free.

Appreciate and devour chocolates for free at the one-hour workshop at Heavenly Chocolates every month. In July, get a taste of chocolates from Africa on the 24th at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Heavenly Chocolates accommodates only 25 to 30 participants per workshop so better reserve a slot.


Heavenly Chocolates is at 127 Roces Ave., Quezon City. Call them at 666-2208.




b-side-collective37. Explore an artsy hub.

Even though some shops at The Collective are not open yet, the creative center at the heart of Makati has been attracting artistic souls, partyphiles, bikers, cosplayers, food lovers, and more. So far, the stores open are: restaurants Wabi-sabi Noodle House, Wingman and Pasta Box; mini natural grocer-café Ritual; club B-Side; Outerspace Gallery; and shops Vinyl on Vinyl, Hocus Bicycle and Screen Printing Workshop, Longboards Manila, Skitzo, Sundae, Hysteric Wacko, Homeroom, Blackbook and Crazy Eddies. Most shops are open from Tuesday to Saturday (12 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).


The Collective is at 7274 Malugay Street, Makati City.



wine-museum36. Have a wine fest every Thursday.

The Wine Museum hosts wine tasting events every first and third Thursday of the month starting at 7 p.m. For this coming Thursday, July 1, the tasting features three wines from Australia for P995 per person. If you have too much to drink, you can even spend the night at one of Wine Museum’s nine bedrooms but make sure you book a room at least a day in advance. You can make reservations for the wine tasting sessions until a day before the event as long as slots are still available.


The Wine Museum is at 2253 Aurora Boulevard, Pasay City. Call them at 239-4278, 853-5894 or 831-7951.



b-encore35. Do the tango at Encore.

Monday nights are in full swing at Encore with dance instructors teaching hip ballroom dance moves starting at 7:15 p.m. Organized by dancing queen Becky Garcia, the event’s entrance fee is P600 (consumable), and the dance instructors’ services are at P350 per hour.


Encore is at Unit D, The Fort Entertainment Strip, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For the Monday night ballroom dancing, call Encore at 0915-8510620.



maya-kitchen134. Learn how to be a Cooking Mama (or Papa).

The Maya Kitchen offers cooking classes every month. In July, learn how to make flaky empanada, homemade flavored pasta, deep-pan pizza, malunggay pancake (yes, you read that right) and more. There are also advanced classes on bakery production, restaurant operations and barista training. Rates start at P1,000. Check out the class schedule.


The Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center is at 8/F Liberty Bldg., 835 A. Arnaiz Ave., Legaspi Village, Makati City. Call them at 892-5011 loc. 108 or 892-1185.



eiga-sai-201033. Sit back and watch two major film festivals in July.

Start July with a free Japanese movie marathon at the Eiga Sai 2010. Eiga Sai, which literally means "film festival," features 10 films that range from drama and comedy to action and animation. It runs from July 1 to 11 at the Shangri-la Cineplex 4, and from August 3 to 21 at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. Check out the screening schedule.


Next silver screen stop: the 6th Cinemalaya Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines starting July 10. Showcasing nine full-length films and 10 short films, Cinemalaya also has a new category this year called Director’s Showcase. It features films by those who have directed at least three commercially released films: Mario O’ Hara (Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio), Joel Lamangan (Sigwa), Gil Portes (Two Funerals), Mark Meilly (Donor) and Joselito Altarejos (Pink Halo-Halo). Watch for a retrospective of LVN films from July 12 to 18 and the Cinemalaya Congress as well. Movie tickets are at P150 and festival passes are at P1,500. See the screening schedule here.

The Shangri-la Cineplex is at the Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Call them at 633-2227 or 633-7851 loc. 170 to 171. The Cultural Center of the Philippines is at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For Cinemalaya inquiries, call the CCP at 832-1125 local 3.





master-class32. Bring on the drama every month.

The theater season is upon us again so get your calendars (and wallets) ready. Legally Blonde has already started showing, while Equus, Cats and Swan Lake start in July. Sleeping Beauty and Master Class start in August, Xanadu in September, A Little Night Music in October and Little Women in November. Click the links above for more details.





forever-2131. Shop 'til you drop at Forever 21.

It’s every fashionista’s dream come true-Forever 21, the giant retail chain from California, finally opens a Philippine branch at SM Megamall. Be one of the first 250 to line up on the July 2 opening and get a gift certificate worth P250.


Forever 21 is at the 2/F of SM Megamall A, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.




Check out "50 Things to Do in Manila" Part 1 to Part 5.

To read 50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 1, 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.

To read 50 More Things to Do in Manila: Part 5, click here.


Republiq photo by Eddie Boy Escudero, B-Side photo from B-Side’s Facebook, Wine Museum photo from Wine Museum’s website, The Maya Kitchen photo from The Maya Kitchen website, and Forever 21 photo from StyleBible.ph.

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