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’
Here are ten fairly inexpensive destinations that you can head to:
An offshoot of the Outbreak Manila marathon series, Breakout Philippines is a place you can go if you want to try out your teamwork 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 per head, although they do adhere to a strict schedule, so if you book, make sure to be there on time.
Transportation: Each of the locations apart from the Serendra branch are conveniently accessible via Train. The Serendra branch is easily accessible via the BGC buses near the Ayala MRT station. Look to spend Php 45 – 50 if you’re commuting from nearby locations, or Php 50 – 100 if you’re splitting a ride with friends.
Paragon Plaza: Paragon Plaza Ground floor Reliance St., corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Serendra: Second Floor, Serendra, Taguig City
Katipunan: 315 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
The Block: Second Floor of the The Block, SM City North Edsa, Quezon City
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.
Transportation: The Jupiter and Century City Mall branches can be accessed via jeeps. For the Jupiter St. Branch, take a jeep from the stop Buendia MRT and get off at Mapua. The Century City Mall branch can be accessed by the Makati Ave. jeeps running from Landmark Ayala. The Pasig branch means taking a bus or train to SM Megamall, and a walk to Meralco Ave. Similarly, the QC branch can be accessed by taking a train to Cubao and getting in an Eastwood-bound jeep near Cubao Expo.
You’ll want to have at least Php 60 – 100 ready if you’re commuting.
Jupiter: 2nd floor, G. A. Yupangco Building, Jupiter St. and Gil Puyat Avenue corner Reposo St.
Century City Mall: Unit L305 3rd Floor Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St.
Pasig: 3rd Floor Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center
Quezon City: Unit 9A, JW Plaza Building, 195 E. Rodriguez Jr Ave., Across Eastwood
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 at Republic Wakepark 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 the rental for 8 hours is Php 1,500 per person, along with an 8 hour day ride pass is Php 995. Perfect for those days when you just want to get out and try something new.
Transportation: The best way to get to Republic Wakepark is by car, so you and your friends will want to split gas costs. Get at least Php 200 – 500 ready for this, depending on how many you are.
Location: West Diversity Boulevard Nuvali, Calamba, 4027 Laguna
Contact: (02) 864 0402
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 LazerXtreme. You can go up against each other, or another group.
Transportation: P2P Buses are available at Glorietta for those traveling to the ATC Branch, you’ll want to have at least Php 200 on you for the entire trip, excluding the fees for the match. The Market! Market! branch is accessible via BGC Buses, the terminal is located near the Ayala MRT station, on the northbound side. You’ll want to take the B-Route bus, and have at least Php 60 for the round trip.
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.
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’s Archery ranges. 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.
Since its establishment, Gandiva has opened the doors to a new branch in Davao, and Arrowland at SM Megamall. The original branch is currently closed. For Rangers in the Metro, Arrowland is open from 10 am to 10 pm. Prices start at Php 675 for 75 arrows.
Transportation: SM Megamall is easily accessed via MRT, Bus, and ride-share apps. Those commuting will want to have Php 22 – 60 on them if they wish to commute, and at least Php 100 if they’re sharing a ride with friends.
Location: 5th Floor, Fashion Hall, SM Megamall
Contact: (02) 577 0956
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 3 hours use of the facilities plus a free gauntlet class. There are also memberships for those interested in further lessons.
Transportation: The Pasig facility is accessible by taking a bus to Robinsons Galleria, and a 7 minute Walk to Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue. Commuting there should cost between Php 12 – 45 depending on where you’re coming from. The Las Pinas location can be accessed via Buses in Buendia heading to SM Southmall, and from there, it’s an 8-minute walk. A bus to SM Southmall is around Php 55, so have twice that ready for your trip.
Pasig: #155 Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, Metro Manila
Las Pinas: BNM7210 Group Corporation, Manila Doctors Village Road, Las Pinas
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).
Transportation: The QC Branch is accessible via a train ride to GMA-Kamuning Station, and a walk to Timog Ave., from there, you can take a jeep that turns to Sct. Ybardolaza, and get off at the Sacred Heart Parish. Walk down Sct. Fuentebella St., and Ludo will be on your right. You’ll want to have Php Php 30 -50 on you to get there.
The Makati branch is accessible via Jeeps from MRT Buendia, or walking down Jupiter St. from the station. You’ll want to have Php Php 30 -50 on you to get there.
Quezon City: 26 Sct. Torillo St., Cor. Sct. Fuentebella St., Diliman, Quezon City,
Makati City: 38 Jupiter St., Cor. Planet St., Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati City
Contact: QC: +6326899322 Makati: +6328107125
That’s just eight 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. With more places to hang out opening every day, there’s a lot of potential places in the metro and a little outside of it to just chill with your friends.
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