Top 10 Places to Spot Stars

SPOT.ph lists the celeb hangouts where you’re most likely to "run into" the stars.

SPOT.ph did some sleuthing and uncovered the best places in the metro to go star-gazing, and we don't mean the kind where you need to use a telescope. As much as they try to stay under the radar, celebrities can't keep away from their favorite restaurants, salons, gyms, or clubs for long. Hence, here's a list of hotspots known for their celebrity clientele... but don't tell them we told you.

 

10. Music 21 Plaza
27 Timog Avenue, cor. Sct. Tobias Q.C.
Tel. 371-6531
Open daily from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m.

The lowdown: Strategically located within the vicinity of the Kapamilya and Kapuso networks, this state-of-the-art KTV hangout and restaurant flaunts over 35,000 songs in their music library.

The perks: Membership is free, and the bar is open till the wee hours of the morning.

Celebrity Sightings: This is where the much-talked-about reconciliation between John Lapus and Jobert Sucaldito took place in 2008. Star sightings include Ara Mina, Valerie Concepcion, Cristine Reyes, Jomari Yllana, Rhian Ramos, and EJ Falcon. The country's Entertainment Press Society (ENPRESS ) also holds social gatherings here. Coincidence?

Best time to go: Weeknights

 

9. Fuel Up Bar & KTV

4th floor, LITES Building, 36 Holy Spirit Drive, cor. Don Matias St. Don Antonio Heights, Quezon City
Tel.355-2905
Open daily from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The lowdown: Fuel Up Bar and KTV has become a tambayan to the celebrity friends of its screen-idol owner, Angel Locsin.

Celebrity sightings: Maxene Magalona, Chito Miranda, Raymond Gutierrez, Ehra Madrigal. Bubbles Paraiso is a bar regular with a cocktail named after herself (Party Queen, P130), plus this is where the cast of Imortal, Angel Locsin's latest supernatural-fantasy TV series, partied on Halloween.

The perks: This KTV bar offers a wide array of updated song lists. Plus, it boasts of a swanky VIP room that has a life-size BMW Mini Cooper, an open air lounge with a mini-bar, and a garage lounge showcasing live bands.

Best time to go: Weeknights

 

8. Mr. Kurosawa

G/F Eastwood Mall Veranda, Libis, Quezon City
Tel.901-0825
Open Mondays to Thursdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.

The lowdown: Mr. Kurosawa comes from the same creators as Sumo-Sam, with celebrity entrepreneur Marvin Agustin as one of the owners, and serves a fusion of European and Japanese cuisine.

The perks: The Eastwood restaurant shows off chic interiors good enough to impress someone on your first date, plus a wide-ranging menu that offers both affordable and pricier items.

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Celebrity sightings: Expect a number of Marvin Agustin’s friends to dine in every so often. Regulars include Angelica Panganiban and Paolo Contis who, according to the staff, dig their tuna and salmon sashimi. Jay-R, Billy Crawford, Nikki Gil, Jennylyn Mercado, and Dennis Trillo have been spotted here too.

Best time to go: Weekday afternoons

 

7. Cantinetta

Blk. 9 Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Tel. 403-0145
Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00mn

The lowdown: An Italian restaurant known for pizza with cheese that melts in your mouth, Cantinetta gets rave reviews from celebrities and foodies alike.

The perks: The clandestine location across Powerplant mall is a lot quieter than their Pasong Tamo branch, and the ritzy zip code jacks up the price range. Still, Cantinetta is among the best Italian haunts in town-ask celebrity stylist Liz Uy, she'll tell you.

Celebrity sightings: Star sightings include Anne Curtis, Georgina Wilson, and Isabelle Daza. Celebrity stylist Liz Uy listed Cantinetta among her favorite restaurants in Manila. Plus, a Tweet last week: "Gosh I ate so much in Cantinetta!"

Best time to go: Weekday nights

6. Weekend Bazaar: Salcedo Market

Jaime C. Velasquez Park, between Leviste and Tordesillas streets in Salcedo Village, Makati City
Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The lowdown: Arguably the most famous weekend market in the metro, Salcedo Market is a souk of sorts and has become a favorite among celebrity foodies, especially those that hail from the South.

The perks: Get your hands on hard-to-find items like Panaderya Gng. Bukid’s freshly-baked Challah bread, Anatolia Cuisine’s Turkish pastries and desserts, and diabetic-friendly popsicles at Picole Healthy Ice Pops.

Celebrity Sightings: Lucy Torres once wrote about her craving for Challah bread in her Philippine Star column "I think it is a little drop of blessing in this big busy city, catching bread while it's hot... So yes, God bless bread, and ladies like Gng. Bukid who bakes them with hand and heart late into the night... I have never met her yet, but I do love her bread." Plus, Sharon Cuneta once caused a commotion here when she interviewed farmer Gil Carandang of the Herbana Farms booth.

The only time to go: Saturday morning

5. A Taste of LA

171 A. Roces Ave. cor. Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Tel. 374-2461
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

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The lowdown: Situated within the vicinity of the country's top media networks, it probably feels like the TMZ office when you dine here. The café has been around forever, and they serve traditional American-Italian cuisine.

The perks: The restaurant is dimly-lit and perfect for stealthy star-spotting. You can grab a table by the corner and stake out celebrity diners while enjoying steaks, burgers, and pizza.

Celebrity sightings: This Morato restaurant is also a coveted venue for press conferences. Philippine President Noynoy Aquino was spotted here, and incidentally, waiters attest that it has become Korina Sanchez's go-to place for eating, hanging out, and holding meetings. Pops Fernandez and Lorna Tolentino also threw a joint birthday bash here earlier this year. Other sightings include Judy Ann Santos and king of late night German Moreno.

Best time to go: Weekday afternoons

4. Sir George by Mary Pauline Salon

60 City Lifestyle Bldg., Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Tel. 374-54-71
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10a.m. to 9p.m.; Sundays and holidays from 9a.m. to 6p.m.

The lowdown: Located just a few blocks away from GMA 7 and ABS-CBN, this beauty hub has been the architect for many of today's celebrity hairstyles, thus earning the loyalty of an A-list clientele.

The perks: This full-service salon offers everything from haircuts to foot spas, and prides itself in being a one-stop shop for beauty needs.

Celebrity sightings: You’ve probably heard celebs thanking Sir George for their hair and make-up on shows like ASAP and Party Pilipinas. Sir George boasts of Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao as one of its powerhouse patrons, which also includes Sam Milby, Piolo Pascual, Iwa Moto, Arnold Clavio, Wilma Galvante, Melissa Ricks, Isabel Oli, Gerald Anderson, Kim Chui.

Best Time to Go: Weekday afternoons to an hour before closing

3. Republiq

The Plaza, Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City
Tel. 856-0914
Open on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m

The lowdown: Here, it's all about exclusivity. If you manage to get your name on Republiq's guest list (or if you don't mind shelling out P500), this hotspot lets you ogle at Manila's best dressed partyphiles.

The Perks: Republiq comes from the same group who introduced Embassy Superclub, Encore, and Manor to the local bar scene; these guys are known for throwing the best parties around.

Best time to go: Wednesday and Friday nights

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Celebrity Sightings: The likes of Georgina Wilson, Anne Curtis, Solenn Heusaff and Raymond Gutierrez have often been spotted hanging out with part-owner Tim Yap during Republiq parties.

2. Jing Monis Salon

3rd Level Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati City
Tel. 893-4098
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The lowdown: Formerly known as Propaganda, the splurge-worthy Greenbelt salon is popular for its celebrity patrons flaunts swanky Mediterranean interiors and cuts ranging from P450 to P1500.

The perks: This is the only salon in the city with a business lounge. Monis partnered with HP to provide guests with laptops and internet access where you can surf the net while getting your hair done.

Celebrity sightings: Judy Ann Santos and Sarah Geronimo both swear by him, and the two were among the main guests during the salon's inauguration in 2009. Other star patrons include Joey Mead, Sarah Geronimo, Kris Aquino, Robin Padilla, Martin Nieverra, Mylene Dizon, Anne Curtis, Liz Uy, Georgina Wilson,and Rajo Laurel.

Best time to go: Weekday afternoons

1. Grams Diner, Starbucks, and Fitness First at The Loop

The Loop, ELJCC Building, Sgt. Esguerra cor. Mother Ignacia, Quezon City
Grams Diner Tel. 412-2871
Starbucks Tel. 410-5156
Fitness First Tel. 927-0000

The lowdown: Grams is located at the ground floor of the ABS-CBN headquarters where you'll get to feast on breakfast samplers or the diner's BBQ pork belly while keeping one eye out for the network’s stars. Right beside it is Starbucks, where celebrities like KC Concepcion, Gerald Anderson, Kim Chiu supposedly get their coffee fix. Fitness First on the 5th floor flaunts high-end equipment and loyal patrons like Jake Cuenca, Jericho Rosales, and Gab Valenciano.

The Perks: Unlike the GMA 7 lot, these ABS-CBN haunts allow public access so the chances of rubbing elbows with kapamilya stars are relatively high.

Stars spotted: Reporters have been known to do ambush interviews at Grams, possibly because its easy to catch the network’s stars when they come here to eat. The likes of Billy Crawford, Mariel Rodriguez, and Bea Alonzo have all been interviewed on the spot here. Other celeb sightings include Martin Nieverra, Gary Valenciano, Gabby Concepcion, Maja Salvador, Vhong Navarro, and Bernadette Sembrano.

Best time to go: Sunday mornings, before ASAP starts for Grams; weekday afternoons for Starbucks; Sunday mornings for Fitness First

 

Photos from www.republiqclub.com (Republiq) and Facebook (Salcedo Weekend Market, Music 21)

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