Metro Manila · Sports
What could be better after a long and stressful day at work than to work out? Metro Manila offers almost any kind of sport - from football and basketball to golf and ice skating. MEGACITIZENS.com shows you how to keep yourself fit and healthy, and we present to you the best sport facilities and clubs in the Megacity.
If you like to keep up your fitness in a gym, we recommend moving into a condominium tower with good fitness facilities. Usage is normally free for residents, meaning: included in your monthly fees that you pay in addition to your rent. Gyms are a standard amenity in most condos, but the quality differs widely. You can also find state-of-the-art fitness clubs with monthly membership fees in most HotSpots and big shopping malls.
You are lucky if you live in a gated community, as there is lots of space for carefree jogging in the quiet streets of Manila’s so-called "villages". Everybody else has a problem, as most streets of the Megacity do not have proper sidewalks and there is not even enough space for pedestrians, let alone joggers. Nevertheless, there are some popular locations for a morning or evening run in most of the city’s HotSpots: We can recommend the Ayala Triangle Park in Makati, Rizal Park in Manila City, the CCP Complex by the Manila Bay, Quezon Circle, the UP Diliman Campus in Quezon City, and Track 30s in Bonifacio Global City (The Fort).
Riding the Bicycle
Riding the bicycle is even more daring than jogging in Metro Manila, although you can often see some daredevil making his way through the congested main streets, the face covered with a scarf against the fumes of the cars. The small number of bicycle lanes in the Megacity is growing slowly but surely, also as an attempt to offer an alternative traffic concept. Click here for more information.
Good places to ride a bike are UP Diliman, Rizal Park, La Mesa Eco Park and Quezon Circle. The latter two offer bikes for rent, but you can only use them in designated areas and it is rather a kids’ activity. For guided (mountain-)biking tours in and outside Metro Manila, you might try the tour operator Bike PH.
You can find a range of swimming pools across the Megacity - from simple public pools where you can take a dip, university pools for some serious laps, big water parks for the whole family, and fancy, relaxing pools located in hotels. Here are some of the best swimming pools in the Metro.
The country’s very first flying adventure will be in town soon. Opening its doors to the public in a few weeks, the Trampoline Park in Mandaluyong offers gravity-defying activities that Megacitizens will love.
Basketball was brought to the Philippines by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) during the early American colonial period, in the first half of the 20th century. Today it is the most popular sport in the country, whether that's played on the streets, at schools, in colleges or in the professional level.
Golf is a popular sport among the higher middle class and the upper class in Manila, among Filipinos and expats alike. In fact, some of the few green spots you see on the city map are not parks but vast golf courses, accessible only to members or paying guests.
The Zone is a huge sports hall with 15 badminton courts and one basketball court. It is open for members and non-members.
Bonifacio Global City still has the luxury of space and green areas. The parks Track 30th and Terra 28th is the place to go to in BGC if you would like to jog or go to the playground with the kids.
This sport is surely unusual in a tropical country like the Philippines. Whether you miss that winter feeling during Christmas season or you just want to try some new activity, there is no better place to go than the SM Ice Skating Rink.
If you are looking for a new fitness workout while having fun at the same time, try Flying Trapeze Philippines located just behind the football turf on the corner of 34th street and 9th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City.
If you have this need for speed but don't wna to travel outside of Megacity Manila to race, head to City Kart Racing in Circuit Makati.
Keep it rolling: Paeng's Bowl and Billiard Room awaits you with 20 bowling lanes and 15 billiard tables in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Tracing its history back to 1914, Nomad Sports Club is the hometo the British community in Manila. The club offers a number of sports activities for Megacitizens.
Mountain Dew Skate Park is the major hangout place for skaters of all ages.
Playing football on blue artificial grass might take a little getting used to at first, but the Gatorade Chelsea Blue Pitch at Circuit Makati is arguably one of the best football fields in Metro Manila.
The National Mental Hospital can be a perfect running place in the morning or late afternoon thanks to its surviving greenery, one of the few in Mandaluyong City. Just make sure to wear a proper running gear if you want to hit the pavements there.
Pole dancing is deceiving as a sport and dance. While the movements seem to defy the laws of gravity, it is gravity that you have to befriend and understand to master dance. Awareness of how the body works can make all the difference.
One Life Studio promotes health and wellness by offering a variety of indoor workouts like pilates, yoga, zumba, among others.
Usually cheerdancing is only a side issue, meant to warm up fans for a big sport event. Not so in Metro Manila. The Cheerdance Competition of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is one of the major yearly sport events, with an audience of up to 23,000 people following the event live and many thousands more in front of the TV and the live-tickers on the Internet.
The Good Housekeeping Family Fun Run 2013 was held April 6 at the 34th corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, for the third year in a row. The annual event featured four categories: 5km for adults, 3km for adult and child pairs (kids 7-12 years old), 1km for adult and dog pairs, and 200m for kids 6 and below.
You will have to get up early if you plan on catching the upcoming Super Bowl. Screening starts around 7.30 am this Monday morning. Fortunately it will be shown on free television (Sports5) for the first time in the Philippines. Even better: some sports bars will be open as well, so you can enjoy the American Football championship game with a cheering crowd.
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