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Make this an unforgettable holiday for your granddads and grandmoms!
We Filipinos are known for being family oriented. That’s why holidays like Mother’s and Father’s Day and the upcoming Grandparents Day are important to us. With the latter hovering just around the corner, you’re probably already looking for special Grandparents Day activities that you can do with your grandparents. Although eating out is a great idea, the metro offers more bonding opportunities than you think.
Prices:Adults – PhP1,500; Students – PhP750; Seniors and PWD – PhP1,200.
You can book tickets and check the schedule through Carlos Celdran’s website https://carlosceldranwalks.wordpress.com/
Visiting Intramuros is an entertaining and educational way to celebrate Grandparents Day.
Images: Left, @dexbaldon; Right, @rcobfenda
One fun activity you can do with the whole family is revisiting Intramuros. It holds beautiful sceneries and stories that all generations will enjoy, from your grandparents down to your younger siblings. Instead of aimlessly walking around the grounds of the Walled City, avail of the affordable walking tours to know more about Intramuros’ history.
One such tour is Carlos Celdran’s Walk This Way Intramuros Tour. For three hours, Carlos Celdran will walk you and your family through the beauty of Intramuros while also giving you fascinating information about the Walled City’s culture, architecture, and secrets.
August 2020 Update:Intramuros is currently closed.
Weekend – Adult/ Children PhP750/Senior Citizen, PhP536
Enjoy a night to remember with your grandparents at the Manila Bay Cruise.
Images: Left, Manila Bay Cruise Facebook Page; Right, @eivyroselavalle
Another special activity you can do this upcoming Grandparent’s Day is the Manila Bay Cruise. Run by Sun Cruises Manila, this tour is a unique way of enjoying the Manila skyline and appreciating a different perspective of Manila Bay.
The cruise starts at sunset, and you will be toured around the bay for an hour and a half with accompanying music and a sumptuous buffet. Your grandparents will surely enjoy the slow stroll of the yacht along the bay and the magnificent view of the glistening lights of SM Mall of Asia.
August 2020 Update:Sun Cruises Manila has permanently shut down due to the pandemic.
3. Watch a ballet show.
Where:CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate, Pasay
Price Range:PhP300 – PhP3,000
Visit TicketWorld.com for show times and seat selection
If your lolo or lola used to dance, a night of ballet might be the treat they’ll enjoy.
Image: Ballet Philippines Facebook Page
If your grandparents are fans of the performing arts, one good way to treat them this coming weekend is by watching a ballet show. Ballet Philippines, a renowned dance company in the country, is opening its 49th season this weekend at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, so what better way to treat your grandparents (and yourself) than watching one of their performances?
To open the season, Ballet Philippines will be performing Carmina Burana. Music will be provided by the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
4. Visit a weekend market.
Where:Herrera St. cor. Legazpi and Salcedo V.A. Rufino St., Legazpi Village, Makati
Find food, clothes, and even vinyl records at Legazpi Sunday Market.
If your grandparents prefer something simple and laidback, an early morning walk at a weekend market such as the Legazpi Sunday Market might be the bonding activity for you. Wake up as early as 7:30 AM and stroll around Legazpi Sunday Market’s 200 stalls that sell anything from food, apparel, to home accessories. No two stalls are alike, so visit each and every one of them to make the most out of your trip.
Once you get your fill of everything Legazpi Sunday Market has to offer, you can buy a drink or two and hang out at the nearby Legazpi Park to unwind before heading home.
5. Go on a staycation.
Where:Asean Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd. Entertainment City Parañaque
Price range:Starts at PhP16,800
A luxurious sleep and posh pampering might be a treat your grandparents deserve.
Image: NÜWA Hotel at City of Dreams Manila Facebook Page
For a grandiose treat for your grandparents, why not give them a staycation at Nüwa? It is City of Dream’s newly opened hotel which features classic Asian aesthetics in its architecture and design. Aside from the comfortable and luxurious rooms, Nüwa also boasts an in-house spa—a treat your grandparents will surely enjoy.
The spa at Nüwa is known for its aqua therapy facilities that include an aroma steam, a vitality pool, and an outdoor pool. These facilities will reinvigorate your grandparents even if you only stay overnight.
August 2020 Update:City of Dreams is temporarily closed.
Where:Paseo De Roxas St cor Makati Ave cor, Ayala Ave, Makati
Surprise your grandparents with a picnic this coming Grandparents Day at Ayala Triangle Gardens.
Image: Ayala Triangle Gardens Facebook Page
Ayala Triangle Gardens has always been a favorite spot for families. The two-hectare park in the heart of Makati is dotted with hundreds of trees. It also houses various public art pieces that can be the perfect backdrop for a picnic with your family this coming Grandparents Day. In case you didn’t pack any food, several restaurants are also located around Ayala Triangle Gardens including Kanin Club, Banapple, and Blackbird.
7. Watch a musical.
Where:Entertainment City, 1 Aseana Ave., Parañaque
Price range:PhP1,550 – PhP7,000
Visit TicketWorld.com for show times and seat selection
If you can’t watch a musical live, going for a musical movie is a good alternative!
Image: Mamma Mia! Facebook Page
If your grandparents are into music, you might want to take them to see a musical. But since the country is currently fighting a pandemic, it would be wiser to watch one within the comforts of your home. Some feel-good movie musicals you can watch with your grandparents are Hairspray, Mamma Mia, and La La Land.
Splurge and treat your lolo and lola to any of these activities this coming Grandparents Day. Let us know in the comments section how you plan to celebrate!
This article was originally published in Yoorekka on September 06, 2018.
About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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