Getting your friends together is like herding sheep. Only instead of needing a pen to keep them rounded up, what you need is a destination – something you can all do together, and have fun while you’re at it.
While catching the latest awesome movie and hanging around somewhere you can relax is a usual thing for most barkadas, you can never run out of places to go to that’s near the Metro, or a few hours’
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Here are ten fairly inexpensive destinations that you can head to:
An offshoot of the Outbreak Manila marathon series, Breakout Manila is a place you can go if you want to try out your team work and experience a few thrills as the rooms feature an element of Zombies and other forms of supernatural phenomenon. The goal is quite literally to break out of the room… in forty-five minutes or less.
Rates for five people and above are PHP 400 a head, although they do adhere to a strict schedule, so if you book, make sure to be there on time.
Location: Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Mandaluyong
Where Breakout specializes in the thrill of escape, Mystery Manila is all about the mystery. While the premise of a locked room and escape is still the same, there are more mysteries than zombies at Mystery Manila. In this case, though, you’ll need to solve the mystery of the room in an hour or its game over.
Like Breakout, rates for five people and above are PHP 400 a head, and you’ll be best served by booking your barkada for a try at the rooms early.
Location: Unit 9A JW Plaza Building, 195 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Quezon City
Contact: (+63) 02 501 2824 or (+63) 917 582 08 08
Nuvali Republic Wakepark
If you and your friends would rather take on the brave outdoors over the pulse-pounding craziness of a mystery (or zombies), maybe wakeboarding is for you. It has plenty of thrills, and Laguna is rarely as beastly hot as Manila.
Board rental is free at the beginners’ area, but rental for 8 hours (and that’s run all you want) is PHP 1,500 per person. Perfect for those days when you just want to get out and try something new.
Location: West Diversity Boulevard Nuvali, Calamba, 4027 Laguna
Contact: (02) 864 0402
Global Gutz Paintball
Okay, so maybe you and your friends rule at Halo or Call of Duty. Your teamwork is flawless when you go up against other players all around the world, but what about when you have to make it happen on an actual battlefield?
If you’ve ever been curious to test it, try out the paintball arena of Global Gutz. Rates normally start at PHP 500 per person for a day pass (that includes gear, 20 bullets).
Location: Philippine Army Gymnasium Compound, Lawton Avenue cor. Bayani Road, Fort Bonifacio
Contact: (02) 710-6088 | 0915-643-3123
If you aren’t up to getting splattered with paint, there’s always laser tag. But where Paintball gives you a better range of vision, you’ll be running (or sneaking) around in a neon-lit arena when you all go head-to-head at Lazer Xtreme. You can go up against each other, or another group.
Location: 4th level, Market! Market!, Fort Bonifacio
Contact: (02) 856 6467
Lazer Xtreme has two branches, one at Market! Market!, and the other at Alabang Town Center. Rates start at PHP 190 for your first game on a weekday (Monday to Thursday), PHP 220 on a weekend (Friday to Sunday), and there are packages available for groups.
Archery at Gandiva Cafe
If lasers and paint aren’t your style, or if you prefer going all Katniss/Merida/Legolas/Hawkeye/Green Arrow/Arsenal with your friends, head on down to Gandiva Cafe. You can try your hand at shooting targets with a compound bow with your friends and have a little food after – best not to try re-enacting that scene from Brave, though.
The trial package is normally PHP 980 per hour, but there is a weekday promo that lets you have at it for PHP 680 an hour instead.
Location: Meralco, Pasig, Metro Manila
Contact: (02) 638 8771
Parkour at Ninja Academy
Have you ever wanted to make like Ezio or Altair from Assassin’s Creed and rain death from above? Now you can, sort of. You and your barkada can head on down to Ninja Academy for a few parkour and freerunning lessons. Other classes here include Kenjutsu.
Rates at the Ninja Academy start at PHP 350 (for adults), and PHP 290 (for students) for a day’s use of the facilities.
Location: #155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, Metro Manila
Contact: (02) 624 2872
Tabletop Gaming at Ludo Cafe
If you and your friends have ever been a little curious about all these little tabletop games, and you’d like to eat at the same time, why not head on down to Ludo Boardgame Bar and Cafe. While no general rates apply, purchase of a specialty drink or dish (starting at PHP 150) lets you play with any of the available board games, and if you happen to fall in love with a particular game, you can purchase it (providing that they have one in-stock).
Location: Sct. Torillo, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Contact: 0920 921 8482
Tabletop Gaming at The Appraisery
You could actually say that The Appraisery is Ludo’s big brother in the sense that it operates much like a haven for tabletop role-playing gamers, minatures gamers, deck-building gamers, and comic book fans. As with Ludo, there isn’t a general rate for people who want to come in and game, but they do serve good food and beverages.
Consider dragging your friends down here if you’d like to start up a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, or play Magic: The Gathering, and any of their large selection.
Location: General Romulo Avenue, Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Quezon City
Contact: (02) 921 2682
The Mind Museum
Want something a little calmer than most? Take a trip to the Mind Museum If you and your barkada happen to like interactive exhibits and science in general, or are just curious. Exhibits here tend to change, and special exhibits come around every so often.
Location: J. Y. Campos Park, 3rd Ave, Taguig
Contact: (02) 909 6463
An all-day pass costs PHP 750, while three-hour passes cost PHP 600 for adults, and PHP 450 for Children and Students.
That’s just ten places scattered about Manila and nearby areas. If you and your friends ever want to plan a weekend together, here are a few places to get you started.
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