Experience Manila for a Day: Grits, Hipster Finds and Sunsets

Fat Girls Day Out- Manila


Manila may be both chaotic and crammed but never dull. New shopping malls are rising next to the slum areas, the poverty and the luxury coexist in some weird alignment just next to each other. Manila may not be famous for its beauty, but its magnetic energy gives you a special feel. dissimilar and lively in so many ways, it’s a great city to explore even if you only have one day of time.

Although we’re presented with the BGC’s, Makati CBDs and new uprisen hip spots. We always go back to the core of the city. It is where we find its soul, the old funky vibe of what Manila should be. It has character and can cater to anyone.

This experience guide is a mixture of old and new. As we try to re-introduce Manila to you on a different angle.


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Most of the recommendations on this guide are all the renovated and revamped by the government that most of us aren’t aware of.  It is highly recommended that we take time re-visit and appreciate these iconic spots.


Fat Girls Day Out- Manila

Fat Girls Day Out- Manila


  • Location: Rizal Park
  • Opens 5:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5- 2hours
  • Parking: available
  • Average cost: Light snacks and drinks (50php-70php)/pax



Simply known as Luneta Park. It is our own urban park located along Roxas Boulevard, Manila adjacent to the old walls of Intramuros. The Manila City Hall has been doing a great job upgrading and maintaining the park as they re-introduce new avenues for bird watching, organized food stalls, micro parks inside the park.


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Snack boxes peppered around the plaza. They’re pretty organized and clean.


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Randomly challenge chess veterans over at The Chess Plaza. Inaugurated during 1979, nerves and patience are tested to the hilt given the very high level of competition. Masters, club players, high rated players, and very strong enthusiasts all sharpen their skills in this small chess plaza. One cannot underestimate any player. But, be wary of chess hustlers whose only aim is to make a few bucks through blinding blitz games.


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Fat Girls Day Out- Manila

  • Location: Planetarium (along Rizal Park)
  • Opens 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Entrance: is free (for the interim)
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1.5- 2hours
  • Parking: available


The Planetarium is located between the Japanese Garden and the Chinese Garden at the Luneta Park. They already have full-dome shows that are available due to their recent upgrade in facilities from the last their 1975 analog projector has been integrated with a new digital projector by Goto. This hybrid projection is the first in Asia.


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Schedule of weekly shows:

Tuesday to Saturday

  • 9:00 am – A Planet for Goldilocks
  • 10:30 am – Hayabusa Back to the Earth
  • 1:00 pm – A Planet for Goldilocks
  • 2:30 pm – Journey to a Billion Suns
  • 4:00 pm – Hayabusa Back to the Earth


  • 10:00 am – Journey to a Billion Suns
  • 2:00 pm – Hayabusa Back to the Earth


  • Location: The National Museum
  • Opens: 10:00am-5:00 pm
  • Entrance: Free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 2- 3hours
  • Parking: available
  • Address: P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila
    Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Website: National Museum Official Site


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Beautiful brass doorknobs of the National Museum


The National Museum has a three-dimensional goal covering diverse fields of knowledge through various educational, scientific and cultural activities. The personal favorite will always be the preserved cultural significance art in history

We always come during weekends and it is a good initiative of the national government that they waived the entrance fees to the museum making it more accessible to the greater public. More patrons are coming in consistently especially during the weekends.

Aside from collections from different known National Artist like Juan Luna, they also showcase contemporary art and installs per time seasons. Making Art today as an open forum for visual statements available for aesthetic consumption.



The public areas are newly renovated, well-lit, air-conditioned and efficiently placed collections.


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This entire art collection constitutes a large portion of the artistic patrimony of the nation and one of our legacies to the coming generations.


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  • Location: Cinematheque Center Manila
  • Opens: dependent on screening schedule
  • Adress: 855 T. M. Kalaw St., Ermita Manila
  • Ticket Price: 150php, sometimes free.
  • Approximate duration of stay: 2 hours
  • Parking:  available
  • Website: http://www.fdcp.ph/




Not to everyone’s awareness that there are venues sponsored and initiated by our national government under the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), whose mission is to “Bring Filipino films to Filipinos“. Currently, the Philippine Cinematheque is a vital part of the Sineng Pambansa or National Cinema program of FDCP it is functionally designed to host a film museum, well-managed screening room, and can host various related seminars.



Learn more about Cinematheque Manila from one of our featured experience-based articles.

Update schedules HERE


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  • Location: Escolta
  • Entrance:  free
  • Approximate duration of stay: 1hour
  • Parking: Side Street
  • Average cost: Dependent on your purchases


Celebrate and appreciate Filipino ingenuity and craftsmanship in Escolta Maker’s Market.

A project started by a collective community of artists, 98B the market aims to bring back the glory days of the former premier shopping district. Every weekend, most predominantly Saturdays. Where local artist makers of multidisciplinary design disciplines gather and sell their own products.



Entrepreneurs gather here and set up shops to interact with the community and sell local artist-made merchandise, crafts, and quirky vintage items.


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You can find prints of different art styles and different media from several of the emerging artists present in the market. They do not capitalize their art too much so you’d be able to purchase items at a very reasonable price.

Read more about Escolta Proj. Here: Escolta Resurrection

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  • Location
  • Address: Along Roxas Blvd. Manila
  • Entrance: FREE
  • Approximate duration of stay: 2 hours
  • Parking: available

What better way to end your day than to witness the magnificent Manila Bay Sunset.


Fat Girls Day Out- Manila


Sunset views are amazing, romantic, and relaxing. The breathtaking scenery of a sunset turning the sea and the skies into gold can take our problems and stresses away. It is literally free.


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Just take a spot and wait. Sometimes we just need to pause for awhile doing nothing at all.

Other optional activities: Fort Santiago and Intramuros walking tour. Check out the Manila Biennale 2018 Month long activities HERE.


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In conclusion, Manila is a silo of history and culture from the past. It is our direct link to the archive of what and who we were before. The Philippines had a pretty interesting history of struggle, tolerance and triumphant recoveries.


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Most myriad attractions may look obscure and flawed by the people and lack of government support before, but we can now see that we are picking up slowly and both national gov’t and even private groups are making an effort to resurrect the spirit of the past that influences us now. We are a cultural gumbo of  Spanish, American, and Chinese influences are heady and rich. What we inherited from our ancestors are their resiliency, adaptability and the capacity to rebuild ourselves and our nation after centuries of being handed over from one colony to another.



Update: Would you like to experience this day with us? We’ve recently partnered up with Klook to provide Out of the Box activity tours like this. You may book your own tour here A Day in Manila with the Fat Girls Day Out.





Engage with us; experience@fatgirlsdayout.com or fatgirlsdayoutph@gmail.com


Want to know more contents similar to these Check out our What to Do- Sub Culture Guides here; Stories about tattoos, art, coffee, obscure films, and even Rizal Park.

Find us at Klook PH should you want to join us during our #DayOut. Adult Fieldtrip, yes?



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