The Best Things To Do in Manila During the Rainy Season


Solve riddles, climb and play!


The ber months mark a change in Manila. As Christmas approaches, EDSA fills up (instant traffic: just add water). More and more parties pop up, and mindsets seem to lax. But what marks these months most is the rain. It's tempting to stay in with a mug of hot chocolate and Kings of Convenience on repeat. But these long rainy hours do get boring and sometimes going to the mall just doesn't cut it. Lately, innovative activities have been popping up all around the metro. Five or ten years ago, your older sibling didn't have the same opportunity. So aren't we lucky? All you have to do is step out and try something new and far more fun.


Solve riddles at Mystery Manila


Mystery Manila presents an activity that challenges your mind. You and your companions step into a room and rack your brains to figure out clues in 60 minutes. If you solve the mystery, you win a prize—although the real prize lies in the fun of the challenge. There are several rooms with a themed location and scenario, so you can keep coming back to try new mysteries. Mystery Manila has expanded fast and has branches in Century City Mall, Jupiter Street and Libis, so it's equally accessible for everyone. You can easily walk in, but it's always best to reserve so the Mystery Makers are extra prepared for you.


Unit L305 3/F Century City Mall,
Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St, Brgy. Poblacion,
1210 Makati

(2) 718 92 51
(63) 917 820 64 69

Monday to Friday: 1PM to 930PM
Saturday: 10AM to 1030PM
Sunday: 10AM to 930PM



2/F G. A. Yupangco Building,
Jupiter St. and Gil Puyat Avenue corner Reposo St., 
Brgy. Bel Air, 1200 Makati
(Landmark: Starbucks right across Mapua Makati & SM Jazz)

(2) 587 1689
(63) 917 559 40 10

Monday to Friday: 1PM to 930PM
Holidays/Saturday/Sunday: 9AM to 930PM



Unit 9A, JW Plaza Building, 195 E. Rodriguez Jr Ave. 
(also known as C5, right across the street from the entrance of Eastwood) 
Brgy. Bagumbayan, 1110 Quezon City

(2) 02 501 2824
(63) 917 582 08 08

Monday to Friday: 1PM to 930PM
Holidays/Saturday/Sunday: 9AM to 930PM


Appreciate art at the National Museum of the Philippines


To visit the National Museum of the Philippines for leisure has a different feel compared to a visit for a school project. The dull patter of the rain, the dim lighting and the art make for a romantic date. It's best to go early morning with walking shoes on, so you can spend the whole day wandering the Museum of Fine Arts, Anthropology and Natural History. Since its recent renovation, the once-stuffy rooms now boast soft sunlight. There’s an entire new wing with three new galleries, too. A must-see is Juan Luna's legendary Spoliarium, as well as the works of Amorsolo, Bencab, Manansala and Sanso. Meanwhile, the Old Session Hall of the Senate of the Philippines features beautiful architecture. At only P150 per adult, immersing yourself in Philippine culture for ta day is definitely worth the visit. (Free admission on Sundays!)


Taft Ave, Ermita, Manila, (2) 527 1215

Opening hours: 10AM to 5PM Tuesday to Sunday; closed on Mondays


Play at Ludo: Board Game Bar and Café


Enter Ludo and you are greeted with laughter. People pore over their board games or cards with competitive faces. Shelves brimming with boxes and boxes of games outline the room, and fill it from floor to ceiling. To play, you're required to order a minimum amount of food or drink. There's a delicious spread of milkshakes to choose from or imported beers if you're looking to unwind after work. The nacho chips are particularly popular. For more soft-spoken folk, there's a separate room with a no-noise rule, which is far more peaceful. There are games for all types of people, young and old. There's your usual Monopoly or Cards Against Humanity. But there are also rare and random games featuring anime, trains, murder and even cheese!


26 Scout Torillo St. Corner Scout Fuentabella,
Quezon City, (2) 7918634.

Operating hours:

Monday to Thursday: 4PM to 12AM
Friday: 4PM to 2AM
Saturday: 12PM to 2AM
Sunday: 12PM to 12AM
Holidays: 12PM to 12AM


Pet cats at Miao Cat Cafe


As the first cat cafe in Manila, Miao takes its innovation from the charm of Japan. Stepping over the threshold, you leave your shoes at the receiving area and disinfect your hands. A low door leads you to a room that's a comfortable type of small. On tables and chairs lie a plethora of cats: lazing, playing, or swishing their tails. The locals are mostly Persians or Scottish Folds, plus a few Puspins, many of which have their own Facebook pages and fans. It's best to make a reservation because the cats take hour breaks from human interaction. For P300 you get a free drink and pastry. And of course, you get to chill with a gang of kittens for two hours—a perfect way to spend a cozy afternoon.


2/F 7 Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City, (2) 2747937 or (2) 9258777617

Operating hours: 5PM to 7PM, 8PM to 10PM


Scramble at Climb Central


In Greenfield district, the door to Climb Central is more like a portal to a state-of-the-art rock climbing room. Forget your childhood climbing in Market! Market! or Rockwell. Climb Central offers a fully air-conditioned room, comfortable mats and ultra-modern equipment. For P400, you have the option to work your muscles and have fun the whole day. After a 15-minute safety briefing, you put on your shoes and strap on your harness. It's best to have a friend with you, who will belay (control the rope that keeps you hanging) you to the top and back to the bottom. Preferably, this friend is reliable and has steady hands. There are different walls with different levels, all a challenge to trail blaze your way to the top!


The Portal, Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong, (2) 734 8883


Operating hours:

Monday to Friday: 1PM to 10PM

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10AM to 10PM