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Long Weekend Alert! Here are 5 Mini Vacay Plans for Every Type of Weekender

Long weekends are every man’s consolation after a week of hustling like a horse and beating deadlines at work. It’s a craving we’ve all had, and we’re immensely grateful for little windows of rest and relaxation once in a while.

For those who haven’t planned anything for this weekend yet, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered. Here are some easy-to-follow suggestions for every type of weekender.


1. For Movie Buffs

If you’re like, “I can’t let this weekend pass without going out to the movies!” well then, you’re in for a treat! Gawad Urian just awarded the best of the best movies of the past year and Cinema Centenario in Maginhawa made sure everyone can see these films. Immerse yourself in critically-acclaimed films like Respeto, BIRDSHOT, Kita Kita, Smaller and Smaller Circles, Changing Partners and a lot more.

You can catch these proudly Filipino-made masterpieces from June 15 to June 21. Check their line up here:

Cinema Centenario is located at #95 Maginhawa St. Quezon City.


2. For Curious Historical Types

If you’ve been to Intramuros and have memorized by heart every historical site there is in the famous walled city, you can opt to go a little across the bay and explore Corregidor Island. Rich in history and culture, Corregidor is just a ferry ride away from Manila and can easily satisfy your craving for history and trivia. 

Sun Cruises offers a round trip ferry ride from Manila to Corregidor at reasonable prices, depending on what else you want to include in the package. It just takes around two hours from the bay to the island.

You can either go on a day trip or stay overnight. There are hotels and inns in the area that can accommodate guests who plan to stay the night and explore the historic World War II site. Add a little bit of spice to your trip and ask the locals about spooky stories that have haunted the island.

You can book your tickets here:


3. For Dad Of The Year Awardees

A quaint boutique hotel in Salcedo, Makati has made special arrangements for Dads this Father’s Day. Treat your pops or your hubby with a staycation at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences.

They offer a bit of everything that your dads or husbands would enjoy; a spacious room big enough for Dads to relax in, an art gallery located at the 3rd floor of the hotel (currently displaying works by artists Dar Buan Encinas and Rommel Perez), and delectable food at their in-house restaurant and café, Pablo. 

Picasso offers a 60% discount all weekends of June by just using this code on their booking website: 2018ILOVEDAD

You can book your stay here:


4. For The Art Junkie

HUB: Make Lab just dropped their newest gallery opening happening this June 15 at Mabini Projects in Ermita, Manila. 

The gallery is called Mani|Obra and it features works from various Filipino artists that provoke shop talk and intelligent art discourse between practitioners and patrons. It promotes openness among curators and artists through artworks, special presentations and forums. 

This particular exhibition was inspired by Brenda Aballa—a constant figure in Escolta who cooks and sells peanuts and other snacks to the community. Her roots trace back to Agustina Sabangan, also known as the “Reyna ng Escolta,” and the pioneer street vendor in the area.

The exhibition will run from June 15 to July 13 at 2F Casa Tesoro, 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. It’s open from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2pm to 6pm only.


5. For Those Who Wish To Escape Dramanila

There are tons of places near Manila that you can escape to for the weekend. One of which is the Lotus Pod in Bay, Laguna. Drive a little farther out of the city and experience total peace and relaxation.

Lotus Pod Bed and Breakfast offers their signature massage, their special Lotus Pod spa and dinner under the stars—all for the sake of some down time during the long weekend.

You can check out their rooms and rates here:

Be sure to make the most out of this long weekend because delicious, extended holidays are few and far between!