PHOTOS: 10 Picture-Perfect Spots to Watch the Manila Sunset
Where to get the best views around the city
(SPOT.ph) It’s easy to get caught up in the sweltering heat of the city, not to mention the painful commute during rush hour. But maybe once in a while, it's also okay to stop, look up, and appreciate the ‘Golden Hour’—when the sun paints dreamy hues over the sky as it sets. Every single day we have the chance to witness this: You just have to be at the right place, at the right time.
Here's a list of the 10 places where you can enjoy the sunset around the metro.
Discovery Primea’s pool area
Taking a dip in the pool at this hotel (said to be one of the tallest buildings in the country), means also getting a view of the city. Top it off with a drink during happy hour (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily) at The Gilarmi Lounge, and you're set for the night.
Discovery Primea is at 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City (955-8888).
Hole in the Wall
While there's plenty of food choices to keep yourself busy, Hole in the Wall's outdoor area also offers pretty views at twilight, where you might just see cotton candy skies over the city.
Hole in the Wall is at 4/F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue corner Salamanca Street, Makati City. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Verona Rooftop Lounge, Privato Hotel
Chill on the balcony of Verona while sipping a mojito with a wonderful view of the skyline to match.
Verona Rooftop Lounge is at 23/F Privato Hotel, 706 Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Monday to Saturday), and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday) (717-5888).
Libingan ng mga Bayani
Take a break from the noise of the city and watch the warm light cast beautiful shadows across the Heroes’ Cemetery while paying your respects to the soldiers who rest here.
Libingan ng mga Bayani is at Bayani Road, Taguig City.
Also a favorite choice among celebs (Julia Barretto’s debut and Heart Evangelista’s bridal shower to name some), this events place forms a magical silhouette at sunset.
Fernbrook Gardens is at Portofino South, Daang Reyna, Las Piñas City. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (710-8545, 0917-870-3838)
VASK Modern Tapas and Gastronomic Cuisine
Let the heavy traffic pass while having a drink or two (or more) at the deck of VASK.
Vask is at 5/F Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (217-6563, 0917-806-5292)
Oblation Plaza, UP Diliman
Cap your run around the university campus by resting in front of “Oble,” and see the statue’s silhouette take a vibrant backdrop.
The Oblation is at University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.
From Harbour View's Facebook page
Harbour View Restaurant
This Filipino al fresco restaurant serves sumptuous seafood and more. Take in the famous Manila Bay sunset while dining with family and friends.
Harbour View Restaurant is at 1000 Katigbak Parkway, Rizal Park, Manila. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (710-0060, 703-0330, 359-0570)
Craving good sushi? Try Yakumi, a fine-dining Japanese restaurant inside Solaire, which offers a magnificent view of Manila Bay at dusk.
Yakumi is at G/F Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (closed on Monday) (888-8888 local 60221)
Navotas Centennial Park
Spend time to sit and relax at Navotas Centennial Park, the Northern Manila District’s version of Manila Bay. Spend more than a minute to appreciate the calming and spectacular view.
Navotas Centennial Park is at C-4 Road, Navotas City.
If you're heading southbound, look out your window to appreciate the sunset along Coastal Road.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza
There are plenty of spots to catch the sunset at Sofitel, which makes it a favorite area for couples to take that perfect wedding shot. Stay poolside at the Sunset Bar as you watch the sun come down, or relax in one of the hammocks or huge white bean bags...until it's time to head over to the buffet.
Sofitel Philippine Plaza is at the CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City (551-5555).
Photos by Mimi Miaco (Verona, Yakumi), Carmelo Lim (Discovery Primea), Nichi Gatdula (Hole in the Wall), Angelo Santos (Libingan ng mga Bayani), John Paul Rivera (Fernbrook Gardens), Chamee Pecson (UP Diliman), Venz Bernabe (Navotas Centennial Park), Klara Fernandez (Coastal Road), Bricx Martillo Dumas (Sofitel), and from the establishments’ Instagram and Facebook pages (VASK and Harbour View)