Going out for fun doesn’t have to be too expensive. If you’re bored in your house and would like to spice things up during your free time, but don’t want to spend so much, we gotchu fam!
You won’t run out of free things to do in Metro Manila! Here are 10 free Metro Manila activities you can do in your free time.
1. Drop by at The National Museum Complex
The National Museum Complex is composed of three different buildings: Fine Arts, Anthropology, and Natural History. You can tour these buildings and appreciate the culture and Filipino heritage based on the country’s history.
The National Museum of Fine Arts houses the works of our national artists, artists during colonization, and even some exhibits by contemporary artists. Who would forget Juan Luna’s painting, Spoliarium?
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Tonight we feature the Masters of Philippine Art – Juan Luna, Felix Hidalgo and Vicente Manansala – and get to know more about their works and their lives from 3 very unique perspectives. Tune in to State of the Art, Sundays 11pm on @ancx.ph with replays on Wednesdays also at 11pm. 🎨
The National Museum of Anthropology showcases the preserved artifacts from antiquity and the heritage of Filipinos as a race.
The National Museum of Natural History presents the biodiversity of species in the Philippines. They show some preserved endemic species, flora and fauna you can see in the country. The newly-opened museum also attracts visitors with its beautiful interiors and architecture. Plus, they also display the preserved body of the longest crocodile in captivity, Lolong.
2. Read the archives at the National Library
If you’re a student and you want to find old articles, newspapers, ads, and books, you can drop by at the National Library to find what you’re looking for. You may check out their vast collection of newspapers and magazines. Perfect for graduating students and those doing their thesis.
3. Enroll yourself in a language course
Even with various language apps to help you out, learning a foreign language is quite hard to do alone. Why would you get stuck in self-learning when you can enroll in a language class for free? The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority are offering free language courses in a classroom environment. While priority is given to Overseas Filipino Workers who already have employers abroad, you should still sign up and grab the opportunity of free study.
4. Stroll around Luneta Park
You won’t be a certified Manileño if you haven’t visited Rizal Park in Manila. Drop by Jose Rizal’s monument and pay your respects, even though a huge photobomber is behind him. Enjoy the green scenery in the park perfect for family and barkada picnics. You can also go to a lights and sound narration of Jose Rizal’s life for a small fee to relive the last moments of the hero.
5. Jog around the university oval at UP Diliman
Morning exercises can be quite a challenge if you are alone. Why not join the crowd at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus and jog around the university oval? A lot of joggers and cyclists go there for their morning routines. Bicycle lanes are also provided for joggers and cyclists. You can even play football and frisbee on their Sunken Garden. Take an obligatory Oblation shot to finish your exercise.
6. Watch local and international films for free
Some small movie houses host free movie screenings for local and international films. Alliance Francaise de Manille, for example, screens French films for free every Wednesdays. You just have to come early and check out their schedule because seats are for first-come, first served basis.
Meanwhile, some microcinemas like Cinematheque Centre Manila have free screenings of award-winning indie films and even some restored classics. You may check out the schedule on their Facebook page, or just pay a small fee on the movie of your choice. Not only you enjoyed the film, you also helped the striving local film industry.
7. Jam with the live bands
Looking for free concerts? Many Local Government Units have programs that showcase the local Filipino talent. Some places like Tiendesitas in Pasig City have a month-long OPM festival almost every day this July. You may check out the schedule on their Facebook page as well.
You may also watch out for programs inside malls, where some bands actually perform to promote.
8. Attend spoken word performances
Check out the homegrown talents in performance poetry with free spoken word poetry nights and events. Some art groups such as The Loudmouth Collective, Betsin Art Parasites, The Artidope, Whitewall Poetry, have events where artists perform their pieces. There are open-mic sessions as well, so you can share your story, too.
9. Tour the historical churches
Metro Manila is filled with historical and beautiful churches. Check out the most majestic churches like San Agustin Church in Intramuros which is labeled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Manila Cathedral that features beautiful interiors, Binondo and Malate Church which boasts its history, and many more.
10. Volunteer for a cause
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"The more we give, the better we become. Real love is not self-seeking, and it will always cost you. It will cost your heart, your time and your money. . It will cost your comfort, your rights, and your pride. It will cost you to 'lay down your life' for the life of another. . And only those who learn to die to themselves are the ones who get to experience the resurrection power that comes with it — resurrection into real love, into real life, and into meaningful relationships." . Words by @making_a_marc, Gawad Kalinga worker . It is only through the spirit of "bayanihan" and #WalangIwanan that we can create a kinder and happier world for the young.
If you’re the type of person who wanted to do worthwhile things in your free time, you might want to redirect your energy to volunteer for Non-Government Organizations. With the issues we face in the country like hunger, poverty, lack of education, and lack of proper housing, helping hands who would like to volunteer are welcome.
You may volunteer to plant more trees, help build proper housing, rescue animals, any help can do. If more people recognize these issues we face today, more people can think of ways to solve it. You can be one of them.
There are various free Metro Manila activities you can do in your free time. You don’t even have to get fancy. If you’re looking for a worthwhile activity to do, you won’t run out of choices.
What other free activities can you do in Metro Manila? Let us know in the comments!