Galentine’s Day is nearing! Yep, you heard that right: Galentine’s Day, not Valentine’s Day. This made-up holiday by the sitcom series Parks and Recreation‘s Leslie Knope, defining it as a day where “ladies celebrate ladies.” In the show, Leslie and her gal pals gather for brunch to exchange presents, share stories, and express their love for one another. Because who needs a Valentine anyway when you’ve got amazing BFFs, right? Here are some fun things to do and refreshing places to explore with your besties for a Galentine’s Day like no other!
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Fun places and activities in Manila for Galentine’s Day
1. Go roller skating
Who’s ready to get their groove on? Fisher Mall’s Roller Disco lets you skate along to old-school bops under vibrant neon lights! If you’re looking for unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your besties, then this is definitely one you can’t miss. Aside from letting you in on vintage nostalgia, it’s also a great way to sneak an exercise and break a sweat.
For more information, visit Playland Fisher Mall’s official Facebook page.
2. Hunt for the best ukay-ukay finds
Thrifting or ukay-ukay is a fun and affordable way to spend Galentine’s Day with your barkada. When shopping with friends, it can be a pleasurable experience to go through items together and snag great deals. Find one-of-a-kind clothing pieces, accessories, and even pre-loved furniture for your humble abode. After all, you can never go wrong with a bit of retail therapy.
3. Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa day
Want to take it easy this Valentine’s Day? How about a spa date with the besties? Metro Manila is brimming with spa and massage places for some much-needed relaxation and rejuvenation (as it should). From massages to facials to body treatments and other pampering services, you don’t need to travel so far for a healing escape. #Dasurb!
4. Find a new coffee shop to hang out at
Manila boasts a booming java scene, especially with new cafes popping up in town every now and then. Here, you’ve got pet cafes, library coffee shops, and even flower stores serving up cups of joe — all sorts of concepts for a unique coffee experience. Sure, hitting a cafe with friends may be nothing out of the ordinary. But, there’s nothing quite like discovering a new hangout spot in town! Bond over delicious brews and conversations for some chill quality time this Galentine’s Day.
5. Go museum and gallery hopping
Any history buffs and art lovers here? Get inspired on a museum-hopping adventure with friends! Not only is it an entertaining activity, but it also makes for an immersive educational experience. While you’re at it, why not check out the free exhibits and galleries in town, too? Now, who’s ready to fill their IG stories with artsy snapshots?
6. Learn pottery
Picking up a new skill or hobby is an exciting endeavour in itself. But, to be able to share the experience with your friends adds another level of fun! Learning pottery lets you bond in a creative and fulfilling way with your barkada. Are you curious enough to try your hand at wheel throwing, hand building, and other pottery techniques? Look out for workshops and studios to start your ceramic craft with a friend!
7. Explore Old Manila
When was the last time you did some sightseeing with your friends in Manila? Enter the historic enclave of Intramuros, Binondo, or Escolta, and discover what stories and gems lie ahead. As popular tourist destinations in the metro, they offer all sorts of experiences for every wanderer. You and your barkada can even join tours for the ultimate turista feels! Sometimes, being a tourist in your own city isn’t so bad.
8. Go on a relaxing staycation
You and your barkada don’t have to travel outside of Manila to go on a much-deserved vacation. At these relaxing Airbnbs and vacation rentals, you can finally escape from the city life routines! From luxury penthouses to tastefully furnished condos to cosy homes, there’s something out there that’ll suit your fancy. We don’t know about you, but a quick staycation will always be a splurge-worthy Galentine’s Day gift!
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Now you might be thinking: Why wait for Valentine’s Day to do these things? You’re right! Showing your love and appreciation for the people in your life is not limited to holidays and special occasions. For starters, this list is a great way to kick off celebrating your friendships more often. Know other fun activities to enjoy with your besties? Let us know on our official Facebook page and update us on your Galentine’s Day adventures on @tripzillaph!
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