Article by: Gisele F.
Edited by: Meg B.
Easter break is right around the corner, Bearcats! While the long-awaited break allows us all to finally get some “me time”, not all of us are going to travel out of town or out of the country. Some may opt to stay home and binge-watch Netflix on their devices while others decide to turn into TV couch potatoes. What else can one do while staying in town? What does good ol’ Metro Manila have to offer to folks that aren’t exactly staying up till the early morning hours, surf-watching YouTube videos?
#1 Go for a Run!:
Go for a run! As basic and boring as this may sound, why not give it a try? Go to your local park or run around your village and get some miles in. It’s a fun little way of staying active during the break. At the same time, you can’t go wrong with this form of exercise– it makes you feel refreshed and helps build up strength. If you’re not feeling that adventurous and don’t want to run outside, you can always run on a treadmill at your local gym. It’s just as good and you will sweat less buckets! Important tip: Keep yourself well-hydrated- especially in these 40°C temperatures!
#2 Visit a museum!:
How about visiting a museum? A newly-opened museum you can go to is the National Museum of Natural History located in Rizal Park, Manila. Visiting a museum is a fun way to not only get out of the house, but also to learn something new. We students are currently living in the Philippines, so why not learn a thing or two about this country’s natural history? From its tropical climate patterns and its diverse flora and fauna to its abundant marine and mineral resources, you can find it all at this world-class museum. In this neighborhood near Rizal Park, the NMNH stands as one point of the museum triangle. You can also walk over to the National Museum of Anthropology to find out more about the Filipino people, and complete the trio of buildings at the Museum of Fine Arts.
#3 Go Skating!:
Want to get a whiff of cool air, still be active, and hang out with friends? Skate on ice indoors! With school work piled up, you may not have realized that there actually are a couple of skating rinks in Metro Manila. SM Megamall and the Mall of Asia are two places you can go to ice skate. As you all struggle together to maintain balance on the ice, you end up creating a stronger bond and may even care more about each other– while temporarily escaping from the summer heat.
#4 Go do some archery!:
Shoot some arrows! Head to SM Megamall’s Arrowland by Gandiva and get some bow and arrow lessons under your belt. Unleash your inner archer and strengthen your focus and hand-eye coordination with a friend or two! Though this activity may seem like an individual sport, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it with your friends. Jasmin W., a student who will be staying in Manila during the break, says, “I have family coming to visit me, so we can do some archery or even bowl. Whatever it is, as long as we are spending time together, it will be memorable.”
So as Easter break dawns on all of us, ask yourself: Should I stay or should I go?