Do you have plans this Holy Week? For some of us who’d rather opt to stay in Manila and avoid the Armageddon of cars before and after this holiday season, Having so many things in our lives from the daily rat race we participate in it is imperative to take a pause. Finally, some peace and quiet in the city! Truly a pretty rare occasion where more than half of the population will go on a hiatus elsewhere.
EAT, GO and DO this Holy Week
Not everything is closed for Holy Week and we’re here to show you how you can optimize your down low time during this season.
We’ll show you which restaurants are open, where you can go with your family and loved ones, and compliment that with worthwhile activities.
So you’ve probably seen listings of open restaurants in Metro Manila this Holy Week, but the thing is those list will just give you branches of all the popular commercial chains, by which is already a Captain Obvious information. As we always commit to curate things for you, here are 5 restaurants that we frequent. 24 hours open and solid good food!
SINSUN SEOLNONGTANG (MALATE)
A hidden Korean Shabu-Shabu and Samgyusal Restaurant in the center of Manila. Unlimited deals, good quality meat, and excellent sauces.
- Open 24/7
- Quality and premium meats (dry aged pork and USDA beef)
- Bang for the buck! Unlimited deals starts at 450php
What to Get?
- Go for their excellent Shabu-Shabu
- The Unlimix BBQ set
- 1845 Maria Orosa St., Malate, Manila
- Contact:02 310 8282
OLD SWISS INN (MAKATI)
- Open 24/7
- Quality comfort food
- Private and comfortable ambiance
- Zomato Gold: Buy 1 Take 1 on main dishes
Where in Makati can you go to get hearty, authentic Swiss food? Not to mention a place that is also open 24 hours round the clock for 7 days delivering the same level of consistency for the past 70 years? With this special feature, we want to give homage to the famous and the original Swiss-European restaurant.
What to get?
Try out their lent special, The Neptune Fondue (1,650php); The wealth of the sea on your table: salmon, shrimps, fish fillet, squid and scallops, dipped in saffron-infused seafood stock. Served with a carousel of sauces and garlic rice
Satisfy your relentless cheese appetite with lots of melted cheese.
Perhaps go for their signature classic dishes;
- Makati: G/F Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Urdaneta, Makati City
- Contact: 818-8251
The home of the best chicken barbeque in Manila! Introduced back in 1945 and has been well loved for generations of Filipino families.
What to Get?
- Open 24/7
- Comfort food served the right way
- Central location
Find The Aristocrat (24/7 Branches)
- Makati: 46 Jupiter Street corner Saturn Street, Bel-Air Village, Makati City Phone: 899-5035/ 895-0725
- Roxas: 432 San Andres Street, Malate, Manila Phone: (02) 524 7671 to 7
The Original Pares Mami House
Located at the corner of N.S. Amoranto (famously known as Retiro). Red and white walls are scruffily faded and the bright orange bowls are readily available to welcome patrons. The place is simple, again scruffy, and raw. But you can see the old hardware of aluminum, paint on the wall, faded old menus that it is a heritage restaurant and the tradition of eating at this place had been passed on from generation to another.
What to get?
But none of these competitors or copycats can battle out The Original Pares Mami House. I recommend ordering the classic Beef Pares, of course, the camaron rebusado and their campto soup. Good food stands the test of time. You do not need so much forward thinking concepts and expensive restaurants to satisfy your search for palate satisfaction. A complete set of Pares will cost you 90php (2 USD) as of May 2017. Expect to spend 300php (4 USD) for two people. You already have 2 sets of Pares, 1 side viand or noodles and share a bottle of cold Coke.
Find The Original Pares Mami House
- The Original Pares Mami House (check Waze for exact location)
- N.S Amoranto Sr. Avenue, La Loma, Quezon City
- Open 24/7 (except Maundy Thursday and Black Friday)
Engaging Reflection with Church Simplified’s WALKWAY: REFLECTIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Most will do Visita Iglesia (visiting churches) as traditional we all grew up doing, but you can pray and commune spiritually in a different way.
From filling an exhibit that covered 20 feet back in 2008 to 2 kilometers stretch if installations across BGC High Street. The Walkway: Reflections of the Stations of the Cross exhibit re-imagines how we experience Christ and re-establishes why there is a need to reflect during Holy Week. Experience the Station of the Cross in a different way. The event runs from March 20-27.
Location: Stretch of Bonifacio High Street, Global City Taguig.
Get to know Church Simplified here.
Start a Gratitude Journal
Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for instance, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants or thinks they need. The feeling of Gratitude constitutes another facet of Positive Psychology.
Practicing gratitude means paying awareness to what we are thankful for the scale of feeling more compassionate toward the world at large. It can motivate people to make positive changes in their lives.
One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal. While regular journaling has been proven to improve your well-being, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful and experience this feeling of calmness and contentment. If you haven’t tried it, now is the perfect time to form this daily habit.
Check out our related article: HOLY WEEK 2019 MALL SCHEDULES IN METRO MANILA
The Quintessential of Holy Week
Us Christians remember with sorrow all the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus also comes is the resurrection. The quintessential representation of Life, Death, and New Hope. This is the season when we can just pause and reflect on our spiritual life. We don’t want to sound preachy here, but often times we tend to forget how important it is to keep our parched souls nourished from time to time.
Wishing you a blessed and restful Holy Week.
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