Lost In The City: 11 Destinations For Your Inner Emo Girl
Let’s face it: we all want to get lost sometimes and we needn’t look too far, book a ticket, or pretend to like the beach. The city’s as good a place as any to kick back, lose the office shoes, and gain some traction when you want to be alone. Below are 11 destinations for the girl who wants to go rogue this Holy Week. So trade in the kitten heels for the white trainers—it’s going to be a long and rewarding walk. Bring a journal, a smartphone for Instagram-ready shots, and the book that’s been dog-eared at page 20 since 2017. You’re finally going to find the time to read it all the way through to the end.
1) Washington SyCip Park
Legazpi St., Legazpi Village, Makati
Named for the renowned banker and accountant, the Washington SyCip Park is a short walk from Greenbelt Mall, and is peppered with tropical fauna, romantic gazebos, benches, and a quaint koi pond. It’s a miniature version of the national parks you can find in more prosperous neighboring countries. Quotes by SyCip also festoon the benches where you can finally turn your novel to page 21 and beyond.
2) Ayala Museum
Makati Avenue Corner de La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati
Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.
Mull over the masterpieces of masters old and new without the annoyance of a crazy crowd this Holy Week. Also take in the gold exhibit that’s on permanent display, as well as the diorama which takes you through an entire course of Philippine history in 60 intriguing stations.
3) Kasalikasan Garden
De Jesus Oval, Taguig, Metro Manila
Plan a picnic for one at the Kasalikasan Garden where a flurry of trees wraps you in a comforting embrace. Consider it a welcome respite from the concrete jungle looming over the garden’s manicured amphitheater and age-old trees. Dog-lovers are also sure to find kindred spirits here, as their canine kin are free to frolic through all the surrounding green. A venue for wedding receptions, as well as stage plays and musicals, the garden’s as close as you can get to a higher power without having to go to church.
4) La Fuerza Plaza
Chino Roces Avenue, corner Sabio Street, Makati
Head out to Chino Roces Avenue and slip into one of the most exciting art spaces and hipster joints in Makati—one that’s home to every kind of art: commercial, contemporary, traditional or pop. Check out Finale Art File for a mix of murals, installations and modern masters; Nova Gallery for contemporary art and mixed media; and Vinyl on Vinyl for more commercial fare by way of designer toys and pop art.
The New Habitual. Our industrial space at Chino was designed to focus on the coffee. We built the bar to act like a stage where we could put our growing skills as specialty coffee baristas on display. We left the place bare so that nothing would distract you from the coffee itself. But as we learned through the years, good coffee alone doth not a good coffee shop make. So we went back to the drawing board and, with the help of some friends, designed the space that we thought, in utility and feel, reflects our ideas for a new Filipino Coffeeshop Culture, a design we felt focuses on YOU. Kahit sa design, walang forever. We're excited to open our doors. #thiswillbeahabit
5) Habitual Coffee
2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
Open from 8 a.m. to 9p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday
Coffee’s a delicious habit in this specialty café that only serves fresh cups off an AeroPress—let overpriced coffee shops peddle the latest brewing methods; we all know that the best places specialize and don’t diversify. The space is also known for its industrial interiors—exposed beams, concrete slabs and ridged sheets. Unlike popular franchises, the pace is slow and the silence is sweet.
6) St. Andrew The Apostle Parish
62 Constellation Street, Bel-Air II, Makati
Easily one of the most beautiful and distinctive churches in Makati, this church was built by National Artist Leandro Locsin, and was named after the patron saint of Metro Manila and Barangay Bel-Air. The white structure is shaped like a tiered tent and the floor plan takes its inspiration from St. Andrew’s X-shaped cross. National Artist Vicente Manansala also crafted the beautiful copper cross that hangs from the ceiling. This masterpiece of a parish is what happens when modern masters interpret the faith, and make of religion only the highest art.
7) Greenbelt Chapel
Ayala Center, Legazpi Village, Makati
Known to the initiated as the Sto. Niño de Paz-Chapel, the Greenbelt chapel is a Sunday slog, with holy masses running well past an hour. Not so this Holy Week when you can slip in at will, and clock out when you choose—without any of those church matronas giving you mean tita looks for wearing your cold-shoulder top and sneakers.
8) Watch a Movie in Century City Mall
Century City, Kalayaan Ave., corner Salamanca Street, Poblacion, Makati
One of the more understated malls in the city, Century City Mall is one of the best places to watch a movie alone, sans crowd, company, and frenzy. It also houses Hole in the Wall—arguably one of the best food courts in Makati. You can listen to the latest indie band hissing through friendly speakers while you scarf down the baddest umami-licious fried chicken in town (I’m looking at you, Bad Bird).
9) Greenbelt Park
Ayala Center, Makati
Yes, we love all things Japan these days, and Greenbelt Park’s no exception to our rising sun fixation. Spend a good thirty minutes entertaining peddlers who’ll sell you bread crusts for the koi ponds. Sprinkle them over murky water and watch the orange nippers flock to their flaky carb of choice.
10) Jaime C. Velasquez Park
Tordesillas Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
May’s really the perfect season for the Jaime C. Velasquez Park when the flame trees are in full bloom—but Holy Week comes in a close second. Sit and finish a book in any of the park benches as the neighborhood kids sneak in at around 3 p.m. to slide and swing.
11) Toby’s Estate, Salcedo
G/F V Corporate Center, L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village Makati.
Open from 7 a.m.to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every Sunday
For the writers among us emo girls, bring pen and paper—or apple pen and iPad pro—to Toby’s Estate in Salcedo Village. Order a cortado to go with the Traviata breakfast on the menu. A nice mix of two eggs in a skillet, arugula, cherry tomatoes, and bread, it’s a hearty emo girl’s brekkie before she scratches and scribbles on the page.