One Day in Manila for P800: Alabang

Once a farming district, it's now one of the most exciting locations south of the metro.


( In the 1980s, if the north had Fiesta Carnival and C.O.D., the south had Big Bang sa Alabang. It was the go-to weekend habit for families and kids to enjoy lots of rides and carnival treats amid the playful noise and buzzy atmosphere.


Today, Alabang is a developed residential and commercial enclave home to big companies. But don’t let the skyscrapers deceive you, because among the high-rise buildings are open spaces adorned with trees, striking a good balance between modern infrastructure and Mother Nature.


Alabang is accessible through either the Alabang or Filinvest exits from SLEX, or via PUJs/PUVs passing along the Alabang-Zapote road.


Big Bang sa Alabang may be a thing of the past, but not to worry. A day spent in Alabang can still give you a bang for your buck!



Relax at The Park in Madrigal

Southbound from Alabang-Zapote road, turn left on Acacia Avenue, make a U-turn, then turn right on Trade Avenue and you will see The Park which is part of the Madrigal Business area. For those working in the nearby offices, The Park allows for a quick change of scenery from the four walls of the corporate office. Take a seat and chat with a friend, or just feel the breeze from the cluster of trees amidst the neighboring buildings.



Budget: Free


The Park is at Madrigal Business Park, Finance Street.


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Satisfy your sweet cravings at Le Petit Cheri

Take a break from the usual Asian flavors and drop by Le Petit Cheri for your fair share of French desserts. As you enter, you're welcomed with some dainty interiors and a Parisian feel. Adjacent to the salad bar is a photo wall that can be a nice conversation piece among friends on an afternoon treat. On the second floor is a mini-library filled with various titles from different genres.


Budget: P95 for the Croissant Bread Pudding


Le Petit Cheri is at Unit 8 Molito Lifestyle Center, Madrigal Avenue (403-8896, 403-6354, 0917-511-0138). Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Sunday).




Rent a bike at Filinvest

From Filinvest Avenue, make your way towards Parkway Street and past Asean Drive where you’ll see several bikes available for rent. There is a variety of bikes to choose from which makes it perfect for family bonding or quality time with friends. The adjacent streets are pedestrian-friendly and filled with lush trees that make the ambiance perfect for a quick break from busy city life.


Budget: P100 per hour


Bikes are available to rent from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Monday to Sunday).




Test your limits at the Filinvest MTB Trail

Lush greens and challenging routes envelop this pocket of land which is also a trail runner’s haven. From single track to challenging uphill and downhill bike trails, your endurance and strength will surely be put to the test. Take a breather and appreciate nature as you enjoy the sounds of rustling leaves and feel the rays of the sun.



Budget: Free


The Filinvest MTB Trail is at Filinvest Avenue.



Order Crispy Pork Sisig at Manong’s

Manong’s Bar & Grill is a famous after-office hangout and it doesn’t fail to deliver by serving quality food at affordable prices. Manong’s has been around for 15 years and is still a favorite among south-dwellers. Its isolation from the chain of restaurants in the Alabang commercial area gives it a more cozy and laid-back vibe. Whether you want to chill with colleagues or celebrate an occasion with the family, Manong’s is the best place to visit. 


Budget: P190 


Manong's Bar & Grill is at Parkway Corner Spectrum, Filinvest Corporate City (401-1470, 401-4044). Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Thursday) and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (Friday to Sunday).




Master your golf swing at Southpoint Driving Range

Right across the lane of residential buildings along Parkway Avenue is Southpoint Driving Range, a favorite among golfers in the south. Opened in December 1998, it has stood the test of time and earned a loyal clientele. Working on your mental focus and proper swing will not be a problem at this place. Golf clubs are also available for rent. The best time to visit is in the morning.


Budget: P300 per hour (weekday promo rate from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.)


Southpoint Driving Range is at Block 22 Parkway Corner Spectrum, Filinvest (401-2567).



Try Coco Hut’s spicy fried chicken meal

The heat of the summer is undeniable with an average temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. For those who want a quick summer fix, there's Coco Hut Fried Chicken and Fish at Commercenter. The restaurant’s interior is filled with wood elements that recreate that ocean side feel, from the long benchto the hut-inspired service counter. Aside from fried chicken, their menu also has several Filipino dishes to choose from.



Budget: P115


Coco Hut Fried Chicken and Fish is at Commercenter Alabang, Commerce Avenue corner Filinvest Avenue, Filinvest Corporate City. Open 24 hours.

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