Surviving Manila’s Rainy Season

Surviving Manila’s Rainy Season
July 24, 2017

Hold on to your brollies! Rainy season is well underway across The Philippines, and with it comes sudden showers, unruly hair and sodden stilettos (eek). If you’re heading to Manila this month, rest assured dry respite is only a puddle-hop away. Here are our top picks for surviving the tropical downpours.


National Museum of the Philippines

With poolside lounging off the cards, where better to hole up for an afternoon than this sprawling cultural haven comprising The Museum of the Filipino People, The National Art Gallery, and the newly revamped Planetarium? Take a deep-dive into Pinoy heritage with hundreds of thousands of artifacts dating all the way back to the Stone Age, including the wreck of Spanish galleon San Diego, complete with its booty of ornamental swords, coins and jewellery.

Ayala Museum

If history is your bag, you’ll also love this four-floor space crammed with displays on Filipino culture, art and heritage. Browse everything from pre-colonial gold and trade ceramics from Southeast Asia and China, to 70 original drawings celebrating the 119th year of the country’s independence from Spain in the Manansala & Manalad: Framing History exhibit (until 27 Aug).

VIP Cinema @ Uptown Cinemas

For a lighter take on culture, settle into a reclining leather love seat for one of the latest films at this bells-and-whistles cineplex, boasting five world-class screens tricked out with the latest tech, including two Dolby Atmos systems. Better still, VIP tix include free-flow popcorn and bevvies delivered by butlers at the click of a button.


Greenbelt Makati

There may be few better excuses than torrential rain to justify a little retail therapy, so when it starts a’ fallin’, start a’ mallin’. You’ll find everything you could possibly want at Greenbelt, crammed with both Filipino and global designers across a range of clothing, homewares, accessories and more. Our fave spots include concept shop Adora (Greenbelt 5), racking a neat edit of local his and hers fashion, beauty and fragrance, and Eterno (Greenbelt 3) for chic leather wallets and satchels.


Nothing says zen like watching raindrops trickle into the pool and surrounding gardens from the
comfort of The Peninsula’s very own Spa. If the rainy day blues have got the better of you, float in for a restorative treatment like a slumber-inducing aromatherapy rub, Philippine red rice and ginger body glow treatment or soothing facial.

National Museum of the Philippines / Taft Ave / Ermita / +63 2 527 1215 / 10am-5pm Tue-Sun / admission free Sun /
Ayala Museum / Makati Ave & De La Rosa St / Makati / +63 2 759 8288 / 9am-6pm Tue-Sun /
VIP Cinema / Uptown Mall / 9th Ave & 36th St / Taguig / +63 2 869 9029 /
Greenbelt / Paseo de Roxas & Legaspi St / Makati / +63 2 757 4853 / 11am-9pm Mon-Thu, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm Sun /
The Peninsula Spa / +63 2 887 2888 / 7am-10pm daily /