Rachael’s Thinco Weight Loss Transformation

Find out how Rachael lost 15.8kg with Thinco’s Starter Kit Program Pack!

Embarking on the journey of weight loss to achieve her body goal was made easy and fun for Rachael, all thanks to Thinco’s Starter Pack with Diet Capsules! Results were instantaneous after taking the healthy diet supplements provided alongside a nutritional weight loss program to shed off the unwanted weight. 

See what inspired Rachael to try Thinco and how it’s been the best weight loss program for her transformation!   

It Started With A Pair o f Jeans

We’ve all been there. Having that one pair of your favourite jeans that you just can’t fit anymore.  It was definitely an indicator for Rachael that something had to be done. 

“There were a number of factors which made me want to lose weight.  It started with a pair of jeans that I had in the back of my cupboard that I used to fit. They were my favourites, so I didn’t want to throw them out as my goal was to fit back into them ‘one day’. I had to throw out a lot of my clothes as they didn’t fit, and I was tired of seeing the buttons pull on my clothes.” 

Rachael admits this was the struggle that led her to seeking weight loss supplements, but there were actually more health-risk factors involved which motivated her towards a Thinco weight loss transformation. 

“Then, my Doctor told me that I needed to lose a few kilos so I would stop getting sick. The tipping point was when I went home to visit my mum and she told me I was getting ‘chunky’ – my mums gentle way of saying I needed to lose some weight. When your mum says you’re getting fat… you know you’ve got to do something about it. I was recommended Thinco by a friend who had seen success and guaranteed me it would work.” 

And It Happened To Be The Best Weight Loss Program For Her!

After starting the program at 82.1kg and at a size 14, Rachael dropped 7.1kg and weighed 75kg after only 25 days by by following a meal plan and taking the weight loss supplements. The Thinco Starter Pack with Diet Capsules provides an easy-to-follow diet plan which comes in phases from Phase 1 to Phase 3 that helps you sort out your groceries and even gives recipe suggestions for healthy, nutritious meals!   

“Since then, I’ve followed Phase 3 and found it incredibly easy to stick to as the food is so delicious and easy-to-follow. I’ve now got a new, healthy relationship with food and have dropped a total of 15.8kg. I’m now 66.3kg, size 10 and never felt better!”

The Thinco Starter Pack with Diet Capsules comes in a 50-Day Active Plan as well, which includes the same supplements, program guide and meal plan, and gives you double the results in weight loss. In Rachael’s case, she continued her journey and actively lost more than her initial goal of 7kg.

“Initially, I only wanted to lose 7kg, so I chose the 25 day Starter Pack with Diet Capsules. It had everything I needed to lose weight, and keep it off afterwards. I loved the fruit infuser water bottle that came with it as it made keeping my water intake up easy.”

She Did the Journey With Friends and Made Memories, Too  

There’s no better way to lose weight than to do it with other people! Rachael found support and encouragement from the Facebook Support Group which you can become a VIP member of too once you begin using the Thinco Starter Pack. Rachael suggests that for anyone about to start their journey, to join the group as well. She shares a few other tips! 

“Firstly, join the Facebook Support Group. This group is filled with inspirational people who really help to keep you accountable. The  admins are really supportive too and check in to see how you’re going. There are a lot of new recipes posted too that make cooking a breeze. Also, make sure you take quality before and after photos. It’s really motivational to look back on your photos and see how far you’ve progressed. I also recommend meal prepping a few days worth of meals. It makes it so much easier to stick to the diet when you have food ready and you’re not tempted to buy take-out.” 

If you’re about to start your own weight loss journey, you may have also had a few misconceptions about weight loss programs. 

One of them is the “hunger fits”, but in Rachael’s experience, this was not a problem.

“When I started, I was really worried that I would be hungry, light headed or weak. But the capsules really helped to suppress my appetite, so I never felt hungry! I actually felt full most of the time, and even struggled to finish some meals – a    feeling I never thought I’d have. I was also worried that I might gain the weight back when I finished the diet, but even after I’ve finished, I’m still losing weight.”

Rachael hasn’t just met her weight goal but has gained so much more from her journey with the Thinco Starter Pack including a healthier relationship with food, which her friends from the Facebook Support Group have helped her stay closer to, and away from the naughty food! 

“Before Thinco, I would constantly snack on food that had no nutritional value. I now know how much I should be putting on my plate, and what foods to eat. I’ve also gained an incredible support group through the Facebook group. When I find myself wanting to binge out on naughty foods, the girls in the group always have my back and help me make better food choices. I also love the recipes they post.  I never realised how easy it was too cook up delicious, nutritious and healthy meals. I can always count on the group for new recipe ideas.” 

But It’s More Than Just A Weight Loss  Program…

Rachael’s also learned a valuable lesson on self-confidence after having completed the Thinco Starter Pack. Reflecting on how she used to feel about her body and comparing the difference to how she views her self now have been the biggest reward for Rachael. 

  “Before Thinco, I was really self concious. When  someone would ask me to go to the beach, I always hesitated saying “I’m not really a beach person”. The truth was,  I was just too embarrassed to walk from my beach towel to the water. I can’t thank Thinco enough for helping me to gain my self-confidence back and enjoy going to the beach, without feeling like I need to cover up.”  

Read more about Rachel’s journey of going beyond her expected body goal by using the Thinco Starter Kit Program Pack! Full article here below: (link to second copy)

Start Your Thinco Weight Loss Transformation Today! 

If like Rachael, you’ve decided that it’s time to make a change not just for a personal body goal, but more importantly for your health and self-image, start your Thinco journey today and witness the same results in your weight loss! Watch your eating habits become healthier with a guided meal plan to get the nutrients you need and don’t worry about getting hungry with the help of  all-natural, hormone-free diet capsules that will ease your appetite! 

The Thinco program works as a combination of both to burn off that bad fat from your body, allowing you to see and feel the difference in just 25 or 50 days. Take it from Rachael!

“I would 100% recommend Thinco to a friend. Thinco is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made as it helped me to lose a total of 15.8kg and get my BMI back into the ‘normal’ category. I feel healthier, have more energy and now know how much and what food I should be eating, “ Rachael proudly says of the weight loss program.  Get your Thinco Starter Pack with Diet Capsules now and experience your own weight loss transformation!  *Individual results may vary*

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Finding the Perfect Bikini Is Like Finding The One 

Finding the perfect bikini can be an adventure in itself. When you’re prepping for your much-anticipated vacation, a weekend beach trip with the S.O., or traveling to an international summer destination, swimwear is not only a necessity, it’s an absolute priority. You’ve already planned your Instagram feed to revolve around your strapless bikini or hey, string bikini for the bold, right? So here’s how to find the perfect bikini…which is pretty much like finding the one

THREE WORDS TO GUIDE YOUR BIKINI QUEST:

With a plethora of options for bikinis in Australia alone, it’s crucial to zone in to what’s going to cover all the bases. Think three words and stick to them. 

Functional. Classic. Quality-made.

It’s easy to go for the low-price, trendy, swimwear sale finds but remember you want your bikini to be your best mate. It has to be reliable and it has to stand the test of time, in quality and style. Choosing your swimsuit right can make or break a beach trip so don’t compromise on this, girls! 

Checking the fabric, cut, and design is essential in your quest to finding the perfect bikini.

Luxury brands like Australian-based Bondi Born offer swimwear to the girl who values quality for her buck and is searching for that perfect bikini to not only look good in, but feel great in. She’s investing in a timeless piece that in turn makes her relationship with it, priceless

WHAT YOUR SWIMWEAR SHOULD DO FOR YOU:

Once you’ve found that perfect bikini, you are all set and then some. Ultimately, your perfect bikini should be the one that keeps you on trend, but makes you stand out. It should be the one so well-fit, it allows you to let loose! The perfect bikini should be your partner-in-crime for all things fun in the sand, sea, and sun

Now you can tick that off your beach trip checklist!

Where To Eat In Pampanga: 10 Most Authentic Kapampangan Restaurants

Pampanga is known as the “Culinary Capital of the Philippines,” and rightly so. Foodies travel far and wide to taste some of the most authentic Filipino dishes. But just a two-hour ride from Manila is the haven of traditional and mouthwatering cuisine. Take a trip up north and do what the Kapampangans do best: eat until they can eat no more! Here’s a foodie guide of where to eat in Pampanga and 10 of the most authentic restaurants you’ll find in the province!

Test Your Stomachs

Everybody’s Café

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Have you ever tried betute, kamaru, or dinuguan? Well, if you’re up for frog legs, fried crickets, and pig’s blood, then this is the place to try them out! But don’t let those scare you. Everybody’s Café is home to comfort food dishes as well. Try the mami for those rainy day feels. It is composed egg noodles with shredded meat and broth and costs only PHP 140.

If you’re coming for breakfast, get the whole spread for PHP 550 that also includes longganisa and tapang kalabaw (cured buffalo meat that tastes like tocino, but a little more sour). Wash it all down with their signature tsokolate (PHP 95), a rich chocolate batirol that takes three hours to prepare! Everybody’s Café is true to its name for being a staple of where to eat in Pampanga because it’s simply for… everyone!

Everybody’s Café
Angeles Branch: 105-106, BPI Arcade, Nepo Mart, Angeles City, Pampanga
San Fernando Branch: MacArthur Highway, Del Pilar, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Aling Lucing’s

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You can’t go to Pampanga and not have a plate of sisigPampanga is also known as the birthplace to this dish of fatty, sizzling pork bits. Its origin is Aling Lucing’s aka the Sisig Queen. She’s the woman who practically invented the indulgent delicacy back in the ‘70s so as not to waste any parts of the pig. When you ask, where to eat in Pampanga? Aling Lucing’s most likely the answer you will get. Many other provinces of the Philippines have tried to do this dish justice, but it just can’t compare to the Kapampangan way of cooking it.

Aling Lucing’s
Glaciano Valdez corner Henson Sts., Brgy. Agapito del Rosario, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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ALTERNATIVE: Can’t make it to the pioneer Aling Lucing’s on your visit? Then head on over to its sister restaurant, Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy! Mila’s is another household name that offers just as good of a savory hot plate at PHP 200. Also, try their crispy sisig version! Just don’t count your cholesterol afterward!

Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy
San Andres St., Brgy. San Angelo, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Modern Takes on Classic Filipino Dishes

Café Fleur

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Tucked into a home-like space, Café Fleur is Chef Sau del Rosario’s French twist to classic Filipino dishes. The café alone gives a pleasant vibe, but the reason this restaurant landed on our list of where to eat in Pampanga is that of its unique dishes! Upon visiting, you should try the pako salad, which is made light and zesty with watermelon as an appetizer. Then dig into theburo (fermented rice) and hito (catfish). The catfish is rolled in mustard leaves, giving it a strong yet satisfying taste that you can roll like sushi!

For dessert, take a bite of the Pandan Sansrival, which is Café Fleur’s popular dish and may not regularly be served. Other items on the menu include Crispy Pork Macadamia Kare-Kare, Lamb Caldereta with Kesong Puti, Tamales Mexico and Pampaguena and another delectable dish, Salted Egg Bibingka Cheesecakeall with a twist!

Café Fleur
L-463B Miranda St., Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Angeles City
Open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Bale Dutung

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One of the top restaurants in not just the Philippines but also in Asia, Bale Dutung is the simple food concept of Chef Claude Tayag. It is a must when deciding where to eat in Pampanga not only because of its status but also because of its menu! You can choose from three standard ones: the Kapampangan SpreadLechon 5 Ways, and the Anthony Bourdain menu. Yes, Anthony Bourdain went here and featured it on his show, No Reservations—we weren’t kidding about status.

Make sure to bring a big group, though, so you can devour all ten mouthwatering dishes in the span of four hours and prepare a budget, too! The ambience and experience are definitely worth it!

P.S. The Lamang-Dagat Kare is to die for!

Bale Dutung
Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
By reservation only
+63917 595 0218

1956 Downtown Café

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As if Chef Claude Tayag couldn’t do enough, he created another restaurant inspired by Bale Dutung. Although this time, instead of signifying his Kapampangan heritage, he’s giving an ode to the year of his birth! 1956 Downtown Café is a retro-styled diner that serves dishes with a twist too like Pork Adobo ConfitLechon Tacos (Did someone say lechon? And tacos?), and the creamy yet refreshing, Halo-Halo with Crema de Pastillas!

We recommend for a full meal, best-selling Crispy Aromatic Spring Duck, the meat is tender and has a secret nine-spice recipe! And another crowd-favorite, Crispy Crablets with Pure Talangka on Rice! This dish may not be a full meal, but it’s an extra you have to go with!

1956 Downtown Café
Nepo Quad, Plaridel St., Angeles City, Pampanga
Open on Mondays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Different Cuisines in the Heart of Pampanga

Piccolo Padre

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When we say the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga encompasses almost allcuisines, not just the local or native food. If you want to skip all the crispy and fatty goodness and load up on carbs instead, Piccolo Padre hits the spot. Get your fill of gnocchi, risotto, and pasta with recipes that date up to 80 years ago! Piccolo is not just a feast for the stomach, but also a feast for the eyes, given all the artwork on display! Although the meal course will set you back at around PHP 1,500 per head, the fine-dining experience is worth a stop on your trip!

Our recommendations for starters are the Ahi Katsu (PHP 450), silky tuna smothered with lemon-butter sauce, and the Live Oysters Inferno (PHP 680), both fresh and tart numbers! Then for the main course, try the Capellini de Angelo (PHP 950), red sauce pasta stacked with seafood or for the meat lovers, the Osso Buco Alla Milanese (PHP 950). The veal shank comes with a side choice, as do all the dishes whether you want veggies or more carbs!

Piccolo Padre
Prime Asia Hotel, Narciso Street, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Binulo Restaurant

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What makes this a destination of where to eat in Pampanga is not what’s on its menu, but the way its dishes are cooked. Binulo is a traditional way of cooking food inside bamboo. The method is taken from the Aetas and makes the meat tender. Binulo Restaurant serves many Kapampangan dishes along with some American specialties like grilled steak, but their must-try is Pangat na Ulang. Think giant shrimps in creamy, sour sauce oozing from the end of a bamboo pole. Yuuuuum! It had us at prawns! Save some room for the Suman with Mango Ice Cream, and you’re one happy camper!

Binulo Restaurant
Bldg. 6410-6413, Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Cisan’s

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If you’ve heard of Historic Camalig, well, here is another creation by the Nepomuceno clan. Cisan’s is a Japanese-Thai-Vietnamese cuisine restaurant nestled into the new food hub, Nepo Quadrangle. You’ll get your usual spring rolls, curry, and pad thai, but if you want to go all out, you have to order the following off the menu. Grab the Beef Thai Salad as an appetizer and follow it up with the Grilled Pork with Bagoong Rice with a side of chicken satay or yakitori BBQ! That way you get a mixture of flavors and textures you can share with family or friends.

Bring a big group on your visit and order even more. Their Green Beef Curry is a great main, and their mango sticky rice is just perfect! Budget around PHP 500 per head seeing as the items are a little pricey but health is wealth, right? Don’t forget to get a sweet brewed Thai milk tea, too!

Cisan’s
Nepo Quad, Angeles City, Pampanga
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The Oldies But Goodies

Didi’s Pizza

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Didi’s Pizza has been serving Filipino-style pizza since 1972. That makes them one of the oldest establishments in Angeles City that serves over 200 boxes of pizza a day. They’re so popular that there is a line to get your hands on the rectangular-shaped, locally produced, cheesy goodness. With sweet tomato sauce and tons of toppings, we’re pretty sure it’s easy to finish off a 16-piece pie! Didi’s prides itself in not tasting like your regular Italian pizza, but being unique with orders like the Combination Pizza and the Pizza Burger. These won’t cost you more than PHP 279. You should also try their Didi’s Tacos, barbecue ribs, and pancit canton!

Didi’s Pizza
#237 MacArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Susie’s Cuisine

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Also established in 1972, Susie’s Cuisine is a great place to get dessert and last on our list of where to eat in Pampanga! Famous for its signature Pampango kakanin (sweet, sticky rice), you should grab your pasalubong treats here: the mochimaja blanca, and leche flan are Susie’s specialties! While you’re waiting for your goodies to be wrapped, sit and have their delicious palabok!

Susie’s Cuisine
MacArthur Highway, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
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BONUS: Angeles Fried Chicken

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Or popularly known as AFC (kind of like KFC), is the oldest running restaurant and is a staple in Kapampangan authentic cuisine. Of course, their menu offers a variety of food, but you shouldn’t leave without ordering a bucket of fried chicken. Locals frequent the house-like establishment, and foreigners come to visit for some “heavenly tasting” fried chicken. You can get a family-sized serving for just PHP 425 to satisfy your cravings and can choose from crispy or deep fried regular chicken. Angeles Fried Chicken is a must-try for all fried chicken lovers out there!

Angeles Fried Chicken
#1992 Marlim Ave., Diamond Subdivision, Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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Ten, no, eleven of the most authentic restaurants in Pampanga probably can’t be covered in a day’s trip. That only gives you a reason to go back again and again! One thing any foodie will tell you when scouring the Pampanga scene for good places to dine is that more so than the food, the owners and staff complete the experience.

All of these restaurants have been around for a long time or are well known and loved for their hospitality. The quality of the food is excellent, the servings are huge, and the prices are affordable—and that’s the real bonus there. Eating in Pampanga is incomparable to other cities and provinces, and there’s no bias in that statement. A food trip up north is just one of the many things you can do on a long weekend, too!

Did we miss any places? Any other suggestion on where to eat in Pampanga? Leave your comments below and until then, mangan tana!

Sinulog Festival Guide: Here’s What to Expect at Cebu’s Biggest Festival

Do you claim to be the life of the party? Well, there’s only one way to test that. Happening once a year is the country’s largest festival, Sinulog Festival, and it’s right around the corner! Every third weekend of January, you can expect party upon party in the Queen City of the South. Of course, the festival’s main purpose is to celebrate the Sto. Niño, but any religious gathering in the Philippines is also another excuse to get out of town!

Since you’ve already booked your tickets, it’s time to pack your bags, and get ready for the wildest weekend down in Cebu! Here’s how to survive Sinulog Festival 2017. Pit Senyor!

A Little Party Never Killed Nobody

If you’re arriving a day ahead of the Sinulog festival, on a Thursday, you can jump into the pre-Sinulog parties to prepare for the weekend madness. There are a lot of things to do in Cebu beside drinking and dancing, and taking a day to explore is a good idea, too! But here’s what’s happening on a weeknight.

Liv Superclub and Sentral

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Check out these establishments, and you’re sure to see a Manila-based DJ you’re familiar with. Most of them, like DJ Mars Miranda or Ace Ramos, arrive ahead of time to hype up the crowd. If you’re in the mood for hip-hop, Sentral is the newest bar in Cebu that dishes out the classics and modern R&B. Want to pump your fists in the air to Top 40s and EDM? Liv Superclub has the reputation as Cebu’s most frequented nightclub in the city.

Liv Superclub
City Time Square, A108, Mandaue City

Sentral
#2 Norkis Cyberpark, A.S. Fortuna Street

LifeDance

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If we haven’t completely outdated the word Yolo, LifeDance embodies this term precisely. This year, they’re taking it up a notch by having three stages, adding one specifically for indie bands. With a mix of international and local acts, it’s exciting to see the most talked about event in Sinulog expand their musical taste to the likes of Up Dharma Down, and Jensen and the Flips. All attendees can get a fair share of DJs and bands this January 13!

Sinulog Festival Activities

Taking place on Saturday and Sunday are official activities that you can look forward to. During the whole month of January, Sinulog Festival hosts different competitions, marathons, concerts and even masses! But of course, we can’t forget the Filipino favorite, beauty pageants!

Beauty Queens and Fireworks

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After two very successful MMFF entries about pageants (Die Beautiful and Sunday Beauty Queen), it’s safe to say Filipinos just looove their pageantry. Falling on a Friday night (January 13), you can watch in anticipation who will be crowned the newest Sinulog Festival Queen 2017! After all, Cebuanos take pride in their representatives to national competitions, and she may just be the one! In addition to this, admire more beauty and magnificence on Saturday night (January 14), when the Sinulog Fireworks Competition takes place in SM City Cebu at 7:00 p.m.

TIP: It’s best to get a good night’s rest on Saturday night, seeing as the Grand Parade starts early the next morning on Sunday. And you’re going to need all the energy!

Sinulog Grand Parade

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The Sinulog Grand Parade is a cultural feast for the eyes! From native dances to elaborate costumes and floats, you can watch the parade as it marches throughout the city. This showculminates all activities leading up to it and has never failed in its grandiosity and liveliness. If you’re in Cebu for the whole week, this is the ultimate way to cap it off before you hit the streets!

READ: Cebu Itinerary: From North to South of Cebu In Just 4 Days

Sinulog Invasion

Annually, street parties during Sinulog Festival have grown bigger and bigger that a few years ago that they had to be banned. Fortunately, however, Spectrum made a way to keep the tradition alive by staying in Mango Avenue. Sinulog Invasion is the most anticipated event of the festival for partygoers and tourists alike. The party is actually a tour in all cultural festivals of the Philippines, starting with Sinulog, then Dinagyang in Iloilo, Masskara in Bacolod and lastly, Kadayawan in Davao. This year’s Invasion features regulars, Nix Damn P, Martin Pulgar, and Kat DJ!

Survival Essential Tips

  1. Travel in a group. Sinulog Festival is not the time for a solo trip! You should gather a bunch of your friends and come up with an itinerary for which activities in Sinulog you want to do.
  2. Bring extra clothes. It’s hard to say when they’re going to get dirty, but they will get dirty. Particularly at outdoor events.
  3. Purchase a phone bag and sturdy backpack. Walking around the parade or party, you never know when you might accidentally drop or lose your belongings. So secure those.
  4. Keep hydrated. Water is essential, and with the amount of drinking and frolicking you’ll be doing, you need that H2O.
  5. Bring extra cash and secure a way back to your hotel. Write your hotel address on your shirt if you must! It’s going to get busy and packed. You don’t need the hassle of always trying to find an ATM or use your card, and it’ll be hard to catch cabs on the street. Book Uber in advance or make sure to book a hotel/hostel near your planned events!

We hope you find this survival guide helpful on your upcoming Sinulog trip. If you need a complete Cebu itinerary, we also have one for you!

One Beat. One Dance. One Vision. Visit sinulog.ph for more information on Cebu’s most colorful festival!

7 Pinoy Indie Musicians Worth Putting On Repeat And Watching Live

A force to be reckoned with, the local independent scene has slowly turned from an underground movement into a pool of artists dominating our Facebook feeds and Spotify recommendations. Most local music lovers are aware of these Pinoy indie musicians, but here are seven that you should definitely put on repeat.

1. Sud

Otherwise known as the swabe seven, this band has to be the hardest-working bunch in the scene right now. Their gig count alone averages about five shows a week. Very popular at the moment (especially after a controversial magazine cover), Sud seem to be waving the Pinoy indie music flag the highest. Their breakout hit, “Sila,” has already surpassed two million views on YouTube.

If you’re into the hugot feels or want to set the mood right, their music is for you. Putting a twist to blues-rock, you can’t go wrong with frontman, Sud Ballecer, and his smooth vocals plus that sax. It’s safe to say, “laglag panty” is solidified in listening to and watching these boys live.

2. Apartel

If you’re an old soul, Apartel are just the group for a proper throwback. The brainchild of rock icon, Ely Buendia, Apartel are your Miles Davis meets big band fix! One of the first to locally release on vinyl, their debut record Inner Play hits every nerve just right. Whether you dance along to some of the tracks or hum the brass section to others, Apartel are #swag for all ages. Listen to “Is It Hip” and “Guijo St.” which are currently charting iTunes Philippines along with the rest of the album!

Not to mention, they’re also the founders of Pinoy indie label, Offshore Music. A label for well, Pinoy indie musicians!

3. Reese Lansangan

Indie darling, Reese Lansangan, has her branding down to a tee. It’s no wonder she’s gained such a huge fan base with her quirky songs that match her quirky style. A Jane of all trades, not only does she sing and write, she’s also a fashion designer and self-confessed geek! You can usually find her either in small music cafés with just one guitar on loop, or taking the stage of big festivals dressed in Japanese-inspired outfits. With such a friendly demeanor, it’s hard not to fall in love, but there’s one thing! She won’t accept wrong grammar.

Currently endorsing brand upon brand, Reese Lansangan is making a mark in her own unique way as a Pinoy indie musician and was even handpicked to perform with YouTube sensation, Daniela Andrade!

4. Banna Harbera

The newest (and probably youngest) group on this list of Pinoy indie musicians, Banna Harberashouldn’t be undermined for their age. The band name alone is a spoonerism of the iconic creators behind the cartoons, Scooby-Doo and The Flintstones, very witty. This could be one of the reasons, besides their modern-funk sound, why they’re in the Top 5 for Wanderband 2017. If they win, they earn the privilege of playing at next year’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival. In the meantime, check out their EPs, Persistence, and Something New on Spotify, iTunes, and Tidal.

5. Ninno Rodriguez

Young, talented, and fearless: Ninno Rodriguez is more than what meets the eye. If you’ve heard of Curtismith, it’s time you start paying attention to Third Culture Kid—as he also goes by in representation of his rapping identity. Give him a mic and Ninno can spit fire. One of the real masters of spoken word in the Pinoy indie music scene, he’s not only an artist and musician but also the head of producer collective, Logiclub. With so much responsibility on his shoulders and respect from peers, there’s no questioning that this kid is going places. It takes guts to completely strip your music off of SoundCloud to generate buzz towards an official release on Spotify and Apple Music. TCK is available for streaming and is a must-hear.

READ: 5 OPM Crushes You Can Start Fangirling Over Right Now

6. Peryodiko

One-half of the Dancel brothers, Vin and the rest of Peryodiko are practically a cornerstone of the local music scene. They pride themselves on being fiercely independent and because of their strong relationship with their die-hard supporters; they have raised enough money (PHP 103,550 to be exact) to fund their third album. It’s a special record for their tenth year that will include a bunch of exclusive merch if you’re one of the first to buy it ahead of its release.

7. Moonwlk

It would be impossible to end this listicle without mentioning the faces of electronic-pop and indie duo, Moonwlk. Nick and Gabbi have a knack for coming up with catchy choruses and instant hooks. Technical but most definitely fun, Moonwlk, is never less than spot-on. They also recently raised funds to make a music video for their song, “Prefer,” and it did not disappoint.

If that doesn’t impress you, well just know that Nick (Nicholas Lazaro) is also a full-time producer and is working with acts like Peryodiko, Sixx, Runway Crimes, Lions and Acrobats, Paranoid City and the Sun Manager. Now that is a Pinoy indie musician!

As the music scene is growing, we’re sure we’ll hear more bright Pinoy indie musicians coming about and blowing our minds with original music and stellar performances. If you have any favorites, please let us know in the comment box below! Support local!

10 Of The Best Ice Creams In Manila To Beat The Summer Heat

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! As the summer is rolling right along and the heat is intensifying, a cup of dairy goodness is what we need. We’ve rounded up the cream of the crop (get it?) from artisanal flavors to old-time favorites. Let’s survive and enjoy the summer with ten of the best ice creams in Manila!

1. Morelli’s Gelato

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Let’s start with the most traditional kind of ice cream. Originating in Italy, gelato basically means more milk and less cream. Morelli’s definitely knows the difference and that’s why they’ve been in business for more than 100 years.

They source their ingredients locally and abroad and a scoop will start you off at PHP 130. The Caramel Dulce de Leche is their must-try but Pistachio and Hazelnut are good choices too!

Morelli’s Gelato
East Wing Bldg, Shangri- La Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Bldg, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Other branches at Rockwell and BGC
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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2. Bono Artisanal Gelato

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What makes Bono Artisanal Gelato one of the best ice creams in Manila is the fact that it’s homegrown. And unlike most gelato shops where the selection is proudly displayed in glass cases, Bono keeps theirs tucked away. They won’t keep their ice cream for more than 20 hours, keeping the gelato fresh and natural.

Bono is the more affordable choice with small cups at only PHP 85 and tubs at PHP 850! Try their Movie Night (potato chip), Milo Dinosaur or Baci (dark chocolate) when you visit.

Bono Artisanal Gelato
Branches at LG/F Aura Premier, G/F Mega Fashion Hall, 2/F SM Makati, G/F The Podium
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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3. Carousel Creamery

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If you’re looking for offbeat flavors, well you only have 101 to choose from here. Of course, they stock the classics such as Chocolate and Coffee, but why not try beer-flavored ice cream? Or chicharon-flavored ice cream for that matter?

Go wild with their crazy concoctions and don’t worry about trying more than one, Carousel Creamery is generous with samples! On your first go, you might want to check out the Bacon n’ Cheese, but a sampler of five will only cost you PHP 395. Plus, you can always go back to taste 96 more!

Carousel Creamery
8 Missouri St., San Juan, 1503 Metro Manila
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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4. Sebastian’s Ice Cream

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Let’s keep the craziness going! Landing on our list of the best ice creams in Manila, Sebastian’s Ice Cream is a pioneer in artisanal Pinoy flavors. Ever wondered what Green Mango at Bagoong might taste like as an ice cream? What about Champarado at Tuyo

Sebastian’s does local flavors proudly! Make it a date at PHP 300 for two and try both of these favorites. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, then you can opt for their Vanilla or Salted Caramel.

Sebastian’s Ice Cream
G/F, Regis Center, Loyola Heights, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Other branches at The Podium and Mall of Asia
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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5. Papa Diddi’s

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Straight from the farm is as natural as it can get. That’s why Paul Perez, owner of Papa Diddi’s made it a point to continue his father’s legacy of healthy goodness. They make their ice cream in little batches, creating the freshest products that turn into fruity and interesting flavors!

If you’re looking to cut down on the sugar, rest assured that Papa Diddi’s offers delights such as Roasted StrawberryMango Ginger, and eve Roasted Forbidden Rice (bestseller). Try the indulgence size and get three flavors at just PHP 95!

Papa Diddi’s
168 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Open daily from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Other branch at Sapphire Bloc Bldg., Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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6. Merry Moo

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Carrying on the homemade tradition of the best ice creams in Manila is Merry Moo! From the name alone, you already want to get a scoop or two! Kelvin Ngo and his team source their milk from Laguna dairy farms, making their artisanal creations naturally creamy.

Their bestseller is the Sea Salt Caramel, but you might also want to try unique flavors like Candied Bacon or Pop Rocks & Mallows! It’s only PHP 70 per cup for a classic like their Sea Salt, and PHP 75 for a premium cup like Pop Rocks & Mallows!

Merry Moo
SM North EDSA, North Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Other branches at SM Megamall, SM Aura, Legazpi Sunday Market, Midnight Mercato Market, and Salcedo Saturday Market
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7. Farmacy

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After a dose of artisanal, let’s go back for a second to old-time goodies. Farmacy keeps things simple with American classics such as floats, banana splits, and ice cream sandwiches. Its selection consists of well-loved flavors like Vanilla and Cookie Dough.

But if you’re looking for a good time, try some of their alcohol- infused shakes. Besides its specialties and sundaes, you can enjoy the ambiance with its pharmacy-inspired interior, perfect for your IG snaps and stories! You can order a pint to-go for PHP 350, a sundae for PHP 270, or a milkshake for PHP 260.

Farmacy
Net Lima, 24th Street, BGC, Taguig City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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8. Mad Mark’s

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Known for its American frozen desserts, Mad Mark’s is easily one of the best ice creams in Manila. They get their high-quality ingredients from Madagascar, Sumatra, and Java, and their flavors are named right after those places! The most popular one has to be the Half-Baked Madagascar.

A single scoop will cost you PHP 95 but for sure, one scoop won’t be enough. Go ahead and get a double scoop for PHP 185 and try the Javan Hot Chocolate as well. Their servings are generous anyway, so these ice creams are definitely for sharing.

Mad Mark’s
23 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Other branch at Glorietta 5, BGC, and UP Town Center
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9. Kool Kids

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Now the act you’ve all been waiting for. Any ice cream shop that uses liquid nitrogen has to be one of the coolest. Kool Kids puts on a show for its customers as they freeze custard into ice cream right before your eyes! This creates a softer, smoother version of the treat and the flavors, bolder.

The Yuzu is a crowd favorite, with its distinct Japanese lime taste at PHP 150 for a regular. If you still have room, you should also try the Nuts 4 Nutella FroDough (PHP 90), which is liquid nitrogen ice cream squeezed in between a baked doughnut!

Kool Kids
Mega Fashion Hall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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10. The Iscreamist

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What makes this place even cooler than its liquid nitrogen delights, is the bowls they come in. They will have you screaming, “Oh, science!” We’re pretty sure The Iscreamist was the first of its kind and one of the best ice creams in Manila to be found.

Have a look for yourself when you’re up north in Teacher’s Village. It’s one of Maginhawa’s most popular dessert spots and gets packed quick! So make sure to come earlier on in the day and try their Dragon’s Breath Smores for only PHP 79!

The Iscreamist
Magiting Street, Teaher’s Village Quezon City
Open daily from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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And there you go! We hope you get your fill of creamy goodness to beat the heat this summer with the best ice creams in Manila!

6 Local Craft Beers In Manila

We know a brewski or two relieves the stress from daily work and can be the best pairing to a hotdog or burger. We also know you like your beer cold, straight from the tap or freezer. And it’s safe to say; we know a thing or two about local breweries and signature styled beer. So if you’re up for a night cap or a few rounds, here are six local craft beers in Manila and where to find them! 

1. Fat Pauly’s

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From Iligan City, Fat Pauly’s is a brewery that mixes imported malt with local ingredients like Timoga Spring water and wild pukyutan honey. They name their beers after Sting songs such as the Desert Rose. This ale happens to be their best-seller due to its balance of strong lager and floral flavors.

But if you want something more honest, try the Iligan Single Hop Origin Pale Ale, which is crisp and freshening. Both, however, are deceptively strong. You can find them at Global Beer Exchange or Barley Gastropub in Scout Esguerra.

Global Beer Exchange
Tritan Ventures Bldg, Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City
Barley Gastropub
Tomas Morato Sgt. Esguerra Ave. corner Sct. Bayoran St., Quezon City

2. Katipunan Craft

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From Quezon City, Katipunan Craft started with their Indio Pale Ale. The Indio is an amber-colored, fruity ale with a hint of spices. Having been one of the very first breweries to branch out in Manila, you can find many of their lagers around town.

Big Bad Wolf is home to some of the best craft beers in Manila but notably, Yardstick Coffee is one now too! They’ve partnered up with Katipunan Craft on the “Dear Fred”, a combination of cold coffee and pale ale.

Yardstick Coffee
Universal LMS Bldg., Esteban St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Big Bad Wolf
Forbestown Rd., Burgos Circle, Taguig City

3. Craftpoint

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From Manila, the local company of Craftpoint is one that has its branding down. Its brewery creates blends in three custom lagers: the Summer Passion, the Forbidden Fruit and the Liberation. Try all three if you want to go from a mix of passion fruit, to sour-y peach rose, and then to a good old American/Belgian pale ale.

Each beer is unique and bold in its own way making it a set of the best craft beers in Manila! You can find them at Hungry Hound and Smoky Bastard.

Hungry Hound/Niner Ichi Nana
Globe Tower, 32nd St. corner 7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Smoky Bastard
Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati

4. Pivo

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From Makati, Pivo Praha has not only their own microbrewery but also their own restaurant, and sports bar! Bravo Best Foods serves Italian cuisine along with their Czech-style beer. Their Pivo Praha dark lager is what they’re known for, which is 100% pure malt, caramel-flavored, and combines boldness with smoothness.

Check out the Bravo’s Sports Bar and get your fresh home-brewed beer on tap!

Bravo Best Foods
1331 Angono St., Poblacion, Makati City

5. Joe’s Brew

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From Manila, Joe’s Brew prides itself in being 100% Filipino craft beer and made from all-natural ingredients. Just like Craftpoint, they are a title of the trinity ale as well! That being the Fish Rider Pale AleSierra Madre Wheat Ale, and Soothsayer Ale. All of these are made full-bodied and very bitter, just right for the meat lovers!

You can find a bottle of Joe’s in many places around the metro, like Backyard Kitchen and Brewor the popular The Perfect PintRecently, they’ve grown their own home in Poblacion! The Fish Rider Pale Ale seems to be the number one choice of craft beers in Manila.

Backyard Kitchen and Brew
UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Quezon City
The Perfect Pint
Securities St., Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City

6. G-Point

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And last on our list, from Ermita Manila is the G-Point. Just like Bravo’s Sports Bar with Pivo, G-Point Smorgasbord and Bar carries the rich and dark lager that is rightly entitled, “Black Bitch”. Notably, their own version of a Scottish Stout/Porter Ale. They don’t joke about their beer.

Another must-try is the intense British Pirate IPA, which can be found at Hooch in Salcedo Village, along with their Black Bitch.

G-Point Smorgasbord & Bar
510 Padre Faura St., Ermita, Manila
Hooch
V Corporate Center, L.P. Leviste St., Makati City

We leave you with a little advisory to always drink moderately! Have fun taste-testing these craft beers in Manila. Cheers!

7 Useful Things To Learn This Summer

Summer, that beautiful time where you’re so happy to be out of school and relax all day long. No papers to stress over or exams coming up; it’s just you and your T.V. Until that gets boring and you think to yourself, how can I possibly fill up my time? Summer is the perfect season to pick up a new hobby. Here are seven useful things to learn this summer!

1. Tap Into Your Artistic Side With A Painting Class

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There’s no assurance that you’ll become the Picasso of our generation, but there’s no harm in trying! Pick up a paintbrush and get those hands moving. Craft MNL offers kids to adult classes in their many workshops, from Calligraphy to Painting to Weaving. You can test your arts and crafts skills at any one of these all throughout April and May.

The Young Artists Studio also offers summer workshops for all ages in all locations over Metro Manila. Plus, you can choose from a variety of classes: Painting, Drawing for Beginners Animation, Comics Illustration, and even Fashion Design. They’ll be accepting students starting this April till July!

2. Learn Self-Defense With Krav Maga Philippines

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Hebrew for Contact Combat, Krav Maga is a highly effective, battle and street tested Israeli system for self-defense. Our local edition, Krav Maga Philippines offers courses in Civilian Krav Maga, VIP Protection, and Military and Law Enforcement. We’re assuming you won’t really need the latter two, though. Their classes are all throughout the year, but if you want a quick insight, they’ll be holding a Defending Un-Armed Attacks seminar on April 29. Here, you can learn how to prevent all forms of unarmed assault attempts. For inquiries, rates, and locations, just visit their website!

Self-defense is no doubt a priority on our list of useful things to learn this summer because you honestly never know what can happen.

3. Take Up A Design Course

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Want to finally live your dreams of being a fashion or beauty savant? School of Fashion and the Arts offers a long list of summer short courses that are not only useful things to learn this summer but super fun! From basic makeup to fashion styling to even leather crafting, SoFA provides classes for kids, teens, and adults. Enroll as early as now because most workshops will be starting soon and will last till mid-June. And also, they feature guest teachers that are either celebrities or well-known artists in their field for capsule courses.

Soul Flower Co. hosts other accessory-making and craft workshops such as silversmithing. And if you want to turn your creations into an online business, such as fashion accessories, Manila Workshops will be holding a seminar! Creating an Online Fashion Accessory Business For Beginners is on July 1 at PenBrothers, Makati for just PHP 1,500!

4. Create Tunes With A Musical Instrument

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They say one of the best things you can do for yourself, is to learn an instrument. Not only do you make pretty music, you look cool, and it teaches a whole lot of discipline. If you want a crash course in voice, guitar, violin, or maybe piano, Yupangco Music Academy provides individual and group practice slots. Even more convenient, their studios are in actual mall music stores, like Yamaha Megamall and Robinsons Galleria.

If your trip is more of putting music together, check out Bounce DJ & Electronic Music & DJ School in BGC. They offer courses in DJ-ing and beginner’s music production. You might even spot a famous DJ walking about!

5. Earn Bragging Rights For Speaking A New Language

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This one should be easy enough. There are plenty of books and audio guides on the market that will help you master French or German. In your spare time, pick up a book or CD and put your skills to the test in a new language.

This has to be one of the most useful things to learn this summer, seeing as it’s also a possibility you’d travel to a foreign country or meet someone you’d like to impress. Berlitz Philippines offers many courses in different languages, such as Spanish and Japanese, both of which would come in handy.

6. MasterChef Your Way Into The Kitchen

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At one point or another, we ask ourselves, why can’t I cook? And usually, the answer to that is, you don’t have enough time! But this summer, learn the skill that is highly useful. Something as simple as making your own meal!

The Maya Kitchen offers classes for Basic Culinary from April 18-21 and Basic Baking from May 2-5 at the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center. These courses will set you back PHP 8,000-9,000 but are worth the whole four-day experience! Tie your aprons on and get your spatulas ready!

7. Try Latte Art For The Coffee Lovers

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This could be one of those trends that are interesting enough to spend a whole summer learning the how-to of. If you’ve ever been to an artisanal cafe, chances are you had to take a photo of your lovely cappuccino. But if you’ve ever wanted to imitate that art, Yardstick has branched out into offering workshops for the latte art lovers! Learn the drawing techniques such as the heart, and floral designs so that the next time you brew your coffee, you enjoy mesmerizing it first before taking a sip!

Make your summer a productive one by picking one (or two) of these useful things to learn this summer and be proud of your progress! At Philihappy, we know you should never stop learning, so if you have any other suggestions, please let us know!

Rainy Day Mixtape: 10 Songs To Officially Bid Summer A Goodbye

As we wave farewell to summer, we also wave farewell to memories made. We may even be waving farewell to summer flings formed. But summer love never really ends in your heart. And that’s why, thanks to our writers here in the Philippines and the likes of Ed Sheeran, we have a song to sing. Let’s listen to a rainy day mixtape of songs to officially bid summer a goodbye.

1. 241 – Rivermaya

Almost ten years ago, this song came out and broke our hearts. It didn’t help that the music video to 241 portrayed a beautiful Tracy Abad moving on from Rico Blanco with another. We see flashbacks of what seemed to be a summer romance between the two of them. And we all put this song on repeat imagining maybe running into a former love, with just a bit of that spark left in our eyes for him.

2. It Will Rain – Bruno Mars

It couldn’t be a rainy day mixtape without a song…about rain. Whenever those drops of water start falling, it’s almost like we relate it to the pain of losing someone. We will be losing summer for awhile, but the rainy season is the perfect excuse to cuddle up in bed and let Bruno Mars soothe that pain of loss.

3. Photograph – Ed Sheeran

Everyone calm down, yes Ed Sheeran is coming to town this November. For one night, we all get to wear our hearts on our sleeves. “But you can keep me inside the pocket of your ripped jeans”. Ugh. Admit it, you still have someone you care about and her photo somewhere. It means so much more than the photo on your phone. Because just like what a photograph represents, a memory is something you experienced, cherished, and kept. We hope you got some great shots this summer with family and friends or your SO!

4. Sila – Sud

OPM darlings, Sud, came out with a banger and it’s now one of the most covered songs of our generation. With just the right amount of hugot, Sila is an all-out profession of undying love. With a line like “Ikaw ang araw sa tag-ulan”, this might just be the anthem to our rainy day mixtape. Good job, boys!

5. Leaving On A Jetplane – Chantal Kreviazuk

Remember that cute scene from Armageddon? With Ben Affleck horribly singing this tune before leaving to Liv Tyler? You’re welcome. A lot of us had our fair share of fun out of town. Or some of us actually went home for the summer. Either way, you can relate to this song about traveling back to where you belong and leaving what happened behind for awhile.

6. This Town – Niall Horan

Our rainy day mixtape couldn’t be complete without a former One Directioner. Niall Horan proves he’s got vocal chops on this stripped down version of This Town. One of the hardest things any of us will ever go through is seeing the person you love with someone new. As the chorus goes, “Everything comes back to you.” But rest assured, that even when the rain pours, it eventually stops. And when everything clears, you’ll see that there’s always a new beginning for you too (lalim, tsong.)

7. Luna – Up Dharma Down

Armi Millare simply looks regal in this music video. Up Dharma Down just can’t go wrong with any of their songs, and we know it’s because of Armi’s amazing writing skills. Just take a look at the deep lyrics of Luna (which when rearranged spell ulan!). Rainy days are really the best spent alone, contemplating life. Let her voice take you to another place while you do.

8. Dreaming With A Broken Heart – John Mayer

Promise, this is the last one on the list that might hurt a little. Dreaming With A Broken Heart tugs at all our heartstrings in the best of ways. I mean, come on, waking up really is the hardest part when you’re drifting away to the sound of the rain on your window. John Mayer deserves his own rainy day mixtape anyway, seeing as his album just dropped recently. We’re expecting more of the same sentimental hits from our favorite crooner.

9. Alapaap – Eraserheads

Summer wasn’t all about romance! And even if it may have been for some of us, for the majority of us, it was spent with friends. All of those spontaneous road trips, movie night outs, and sleepovers will get us through the rest of the year and this rainy season. That’s why it was a hard toss-up between Alapaap and Overdrive which perfectly describe those barkada moments you’ll never forget! Reminisce away folks, and let the E-heads help you out.

10. Nothing Left To Lose – Mat Kearney

We’ve come to a close. And surely, we can’t wait till next year. This may not be a familiar one, but Nothing Left To Lose is exactly the song you need to hear while you plan your next vacation. We’re blessed to be in a tropical country where even if it rains, we still get the sun from time to time. And soon enough, we’ll have lots of it! Get ready to pack your bags and go off on your next adventure (or find the one from last summer), but for now, we say goodbye to summer and hello to the rainy season with our rainy day mixtape.

11. Bonus: Thunder – Boys Like Girls

‘Nuff said.

10 Things To Do In Manila On Rainy Days With Family And Friends

The rainy season is back! Finally, after getting roasted under the summer sun you can sit back, relax, and lounge in the cool breeze in your favorite sweater while sipping hot chocolate. But just because it’s raining doesn’t mean that fun has to stay at home. There are many things to do in Manila on rainy days! Here are 10 activities you should check out:

1. The Bike Playground

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If you’re a bike enthusiast—or even just someone who enjoys sports—then you’d be thrilled to know that there’s finally a place in Manila where you can jump on your bikes and enjoy an indoor pump track. The Bike Playground is the Philippines’ First Signature Pump Park where kids and adults can pedal through an outdoor dirt track and an indoor pump track, which was specially designed by Velosolutions.

The Bike Playground
Located at Circulo Verde Calle Industria, Bagumbayan

, Quezon City
Open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(0917) 124 2787

2. Breakout Philippines

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Breakout Philippines is the country’s premier escape room game. With four branches and a total of 17 rooms to choose from (so far), you and your barkada can challenge your wits and skills by getting locked up and having only 45 minutes to solve your way out. Will you break out or will you be trapped forever? This is for those seeking daring things to do in Manila on rainy days!

Breakout Philippines
Located at SM North EDSA Mall
Other branches are at Katipunan, Serendra BGC, Paragon Plaza Mandaluyong
0927-2571602 (Globe) and 0928-8214531 (Smart)
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3. Monkey Mic

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Every Filipino is a singer! Monkey Mic is the country’s First Modern Industrial Gastropub KTV. Aside from tapping into your inner Mariah Carey, you can choose from a variety of food like Double Cheese Baked Mussels and Mushroom Carbonara to satisfy your comfort food cravings.

Monkey Mic
Located at Blk 3 Lot 8 Congressional Ave. Ext., Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City
Open from 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
0926-1674166 (Globe)/ 0908-4708464 (Smart)
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4. Game Over PH

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Game Over PH is a gaming bar and restaurant that welcomes not only those who are good at board games but also those who those who geek over consoles and arcades. This is the only gaming restaurant where you’ll people playing NBA 2K on the couch with a craft beer in hand. Also, watch out for acoustic nights and other events! Game Over PH always announces what’s up on their Facebook page for things to do in Manila on rainy days.

Game Over PH
Located at 31 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights Quezon City
Open from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday; 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:
0933 028 5298
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5. Staple and Perk Café

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Staple and Perk is a 24-hour café, which is perfect for those who love spending the sweater weather slow and steady. Either by reading a good book or sipping coffee with a friend or two. Staple and Perk is also home to many artists and performers. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for upcoming events this rainy season!

Staple and Perk Café
Located at G/F 2306 Ecoplaza Building, Chino Roces Ave. Ext Makati City
Open 24 hours
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6. The Mind Museum

things to do in Manila on rainy days
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The Mind Museum is one of a kind! It’s interactive, engaging, and kid-friendly. This is perfect for those who always find themselves touching exhibits in museums when there’s a clear sign above it that says “Do Not Touch.” The Mind Museum focuses on science if you’re looking for geeky things to do in Manila on rainy days. Aside from permanent exhibits, there are monthly educational events that families and barkadas can join.R

The Mind Museum
Located at JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Tuesday to Sunday
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7. Climb Central Manila

things to do in Manila on rainy days
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The search is over! Manila finally has a spacious, accessible, and family-friendly wall-climbing gym! In fact, Climb Central Manila is the Biggest Indoor Climbing Gym in the city. Watch out for promos! Climb Central Manila just extended their Summer Holiday Promo to June 30. If you come in as a group of five or more adults (18+), day passes will only cost PHP 300/head instead of PHP 400. *There’s a Php 200 one-time registration fee for first-timers.

Climb Cenral Manila
Located at The Portal, Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City
Open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Mondays to Fridays; 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday to Sunday
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8. Ninja Academy

things to do in Manila on rainy days
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Ninja Academy is the first indoor Parkour Facility in the Philippines. This one of a kind gym also offers martial arts tricking, calisthenics, functional and obstacle training, and—would you believe it—parkour workshops for kids and teens! Ninja Academy just transferred to Circulo Verde this month, June 2017. It’s branch in Pasig City closed last June 13. Ninja Academy is currently pre-selling memberships for PHP 1750/month, now that’s affordable! But hurry! Only the first 99 sign-ups can take advantage of the pre-selling rate.

Ninja Academy
Located at Circulo Verde, 
Calle Industria, Bagumbayan, 
Quezon City
0917 146 4652
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9. Sip & Gogh

things to do in Manila on rainy days

Sip & Gogh is the first paint-and-sip studio in the country. Those who know how to paint and those who would like to learn how to paint are welcome! In each class, there will be an instructor to guide and help you tap into your creative side. This is a great activity for both families and barkadas. Register online and choose a class for a taste of artsy things to do in Manila on rainy days!

Sip & Gogh
Located at Ayala Heights
Other branches at Eastwood, Kapitolyo, Alabang, Atelier, Century Mall
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10. Lazer Maxx (Laser Tag Arena)

things to do in Manila on rainy days
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Laser tag will never get old! Lazer Maxx has been around since 2009 but their arenas just keep getting bigger and better. In fact, the Greenhills branch just finished renovating! Are you ready to battle it out and show which laser tag team is truly boss?! If you are, then gather your troops—the maximum number of players is 24.

Lazer Maxx
Located Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan
Other branch at Eton Centris, Quezon Avenue
Open from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays; 10:00 am – 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday (Greenhills); 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mondays to Sundays (Centris)
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This rainy season, we challenge you to complete every single activity enumerated in this list! Manila is home to so many fun and unique activities, guys! Step up and try these things to do in Manila on rainy days for the best rainy season yet!