• Family Weekend Itinerary! Where to Go, Eat, and Shop on Feb. 16 to 18

    There's so much to do in Metro Manila this weekend!
    by Jillianne E. Castillo .
  • Family Weekend Itinerary! Where to Go, Eat, and Shop on Feb. 16 to 18
  • It's a payday weekend! Make the most out of it and enjoy quality bonding time with the family. Do something fun, eat good food, shop and unwind. Need ideas? Here are a several things happening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you might want to check out:

    What to do


    Hoard books at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale


    The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will happen for the first time in Metro Manila, all day and night (yes, it's open for 24 hours) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. It will be here from Feb. 16 to 25 and admission is free. There will be 2 million brand new books at 60 to 80% off! The book fair claims to be the world’s biggest one, and it has been held in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand. Read more about it here.  

    Sign the kids up for a dino sleepover 




    At The Mind Museum's Dino Adventure happening on Feb. 17 to 18, let the kids travel back in time to learn about dinosaurs from around the world in a sleepover like no other. Guests will explore the museum after hours, join in on fun activities and challenges, and sleep underneath the starry sky of the Universe Gallery or under the watchful eye of Stan, the T.rex. Participation fee is P2,000 inclusive of meals, souvenir, and activity materials. Register here.   

    Have fun at PLAY



    PLAY (which stands for Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young) is Okada Manila’s recently opened family-friendly indoor fun facility! Designed with kids aged 1 to 16 years old in mind, PLAY has a total of eight purpose-built play areas. There's a two-level playground and maze, a mini pretend-play town, an interactive video game space, a sports zone, an area especially for babies and tots, and more! Read more about it here

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    Where to eat

    Have a plate of lechon with rice at The Lechon Shop



    Ditch the diet for lechon? Absolutely! You can get quick lechon for lunch with the family at The Lechon Shop in Scout Tobias St., Quezon City. Previously, you could only get Leonardo's Lechon whole but now you can have a serving of it with rice at the restaurant! Spot.ph described their roast pig as “juicy and bursting with herby flavor from the blend of garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, and rosemary.” The Lechon Rice Bowl or Lechon Sisig will leave your cravings fully satisfied.  

    Sit back and enjoy a meal at the Bench Café 



    Did you know Bench now has a full-fledged restaurant? Located at the Bench Flagship Store in Taguig, it's called the Bench Café and it offers food for comfort, a.k.a. Filipino food, with a bit of a twist. Be greeted by chic modern interiors and order a Bench/to for every member of the family. Each Bench/to meals comes with two ulam dishes, a tomato-and-onion salsa, dip, and Ifugao rice. Spot.ph recommended the B3 set — butterflied and breaded tilapia paired with gising-gising. End with the Tsoknut Ice Cream Sandwich or the White Halo-halo.  

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    Where to shop

    Shop and celebrate Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year at BGC 



    The Katipunan Weekend Market is headed to the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center for BGC's Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year weekend celebration. Find gourmet packaged food, lucky trinkets, toys and gift items, graphic tees and accessories, arts and crafts goods, home and lifestyle items, vintage collectibles and one-of-a-kind creations.



    At BGC's Love and Luck, there will also be a giant fairytale book installation, a Valentine's concert, cultural Chinese performances, and activities like calligraphy and paper-cutting. Of course, there's going to be fortune telling too with booths for palm reading and tarot reading. It's all happening this weekend, Feb. 16 to 18 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

    Scout for new appliances


    Western Appliances is having its annual Grand Warehouse Sale this weekend, Feb. 15 to 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Dagupan St., Quezon City. Brands on sale include Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, Pioneer, Condura, Whirlpool, GE, Carrier, American Home, Kelvinator, and more! For inquiries, call 373-4501 loc. 100. 

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    Where to spend your me-time 

    Spend Valentine’s with Hubby at KidZania without the kids



    If you've brought the kids to KidZania, you know how fun it is. Now it's time for the grown-ups to have a little fun at the play city too. Relive your favorite high school fair game booths at their special event on February 15, "Back to Kidz: A Grown-ups Night High School Fair." You'll get to experience everything on offer plus, there's going to be a few extras like a Jail Booth, a Marriage Booth, and more. Tickets are at Php750 until February 14. Buy online here

    Watch movies about love



    Valentine's weekend with the hubby? Catch a movie (or several) at Cinemathique Centre Manila for their February line-up. Their theme for this month is love (of course) and they'll be screening indie rom-com favorites including Kita Kita, and I'm Drunk, I Love You. Binge watch and catch Siargao, Deadma Walking, and 12 as well. Tickets are at Php100 only! The Cinemathique is located at T.M. Kalaw, Manila.

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