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Fun Things To Do With Your Dad In And Around Manila This Father’s Day

Time to celebrate that day where we can finally spoil the most important guy in our life. Papa, Tatay, or Dad is always giving in to our demands and spoiling us rotten. It doesn’t matter if he’s a strict disciplinarian or a laid back chap, Pops has worked hard to provide what’s best for you and me. Now that Father’s Day is coming up, it’s time to turn the tables and search for fun things to do with your dad!

If there’s one thing that we’ve learned by now, the gift of experience will win anyone over. Making memories is a sure way to bring the family closer together. One of them includes trying new things and even going on a short road trip. Here’s a list of fun things to do with your dad this coming Father’s Day!


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Just across the body of water of Manila Bay lies Bataan. Its significant role in history laid out when the Dutch tried to pry Philippines from the Spanish in 1647. Later on in World War II, the Americans and Filipinos became allies to fight off the invading Japanese forces. History buff or not, take him to Bataan World War II Museum and Mount Samat Shrine Pilar. Release some turtle hatchlings at Pawikan Conservation Center or go paddleboarding at Playa La Caleta.

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You can’t miss the heritage houses in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar where you can actually travel back in time. Find authentic Vietnamese food at Loleng’s Hu Tieu-an in Morong and all your Filipino favorites at The Food Project, Orion. Coffee’s always a delight at The Beanery and colorful gelato is served fresh at Stregato Gelateria.


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A place where you can find all sorts of fun things to do with your dad, Nuvali offers plenty. Thrill seekers can go wakeboarding at Republ1c Wakepark or go mountain biking among not-so-hidden trails. The spacious grassy areas will make you want to sit down and have a picnic by the manmade lake. At night, you and your old man can even catch a movie outdoors at Nightsky Cinema. Nature trippers might want to spot different kinds of animals at Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary. There are many fun things to do with your dad over here, so definitely set a weekend to make the trip!

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Grab their signature meat pie at Harry’s Cafe De Wheels or indulge in breakfast favorites at The Morning After. If Dad loves Italian, Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria is highly recommended since their sister company is Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen. Satisfy hunger pangs at South Streat Gourmand Container Park that’s just on the border between Nuvali and Silang. This small yet quirky food park might remain unnoticed if you’re heading up to Tagaytay.


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You can expect its cool climate and picturesque scenery here that’s just less than two hours away outside Metro Manila. If your father is the chill type, you can find fun things to do with your dad that aren’t too strenuous. Drive up to Tagaytay to see the gorgeous Taal Volcano surrounded by Taal Lake. Catch brunch at secluded yet quaint Chateau Hestia or enjoy lunch at Charito by Bag of Beans with the majestic view in the background.

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Board the Sky Eye at Sky Ranch, zipline like Superman at Picnic Grove or detoxify at Nurture Wellness Village. No visit is ever complete without dropping by Bag of Beans and ordering your favorite kind of coffee. Their pastry collection is pretty awesome says our stomachs!


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Laguna is the next town south of Metro Manila. Aside from their popular buko pie and espasol, it is also home to lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs. Visit any of the seven lakes at San Pablo City or cool off in any of Laguna’s famous falls. Aliw Falls, Pagsanjan Falls, and Majayjay Falls are just a few you can easily trek to and fall in love with. While in San Pablo, get the chance Dine and Explore the historical Rizal Shrine in Calamba, the birthplace of Jose Rizal and a few ancestral houses in Liliw. While in town of Liliw, sample a couple of Italian dishes at the popular Arabela Italian Restaurant.

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Papa might be fascinated in buying beautiful woodcraft pieces that hails from a little town called Paete. Try some Filipino gourmet dishes at Sulyap Gallery Cafe that’s located in a beautiful colonial house. There’s a nearby museum that collects all sorts of interesting antiques. One way for the old man to relax is to soak in natural hot spring resorts found in Calamba and Los Baños.


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Okay, so Pop can’t stand car trips are more than 30 minutes long. That’s okay too! Manila is filled with plenty a lot of fun things to do with your dad. Engage in a friendly ball fight at Ball Pit Manila or solve puzzles at Escape Hunt before time runs out. Dad will totally feel like a kid again! He’ll enjoy feeding penguins at Manila Ocean Park or watch the dancing water fountain light up the night at Okada Manila. Because it’s your dad’s day, he might even get lucky in casino too.

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Digging up the past at National Museum and checking out exceptional pieces at Metropolitan Museum of Art is always fun. The beauty of Intramuros is something worth seeing and you’ll pick up interesting history facts about the Philippines.


With this list, you’ll never run out fun things to do with your dad within or near Manila. In our country alone, there are plenty of things to do, places to see, and delicious food to try. Breaking his routine with a short road trip will always be a pleasant surprise to his senses. That way, this story can start with “Remember the time when dad…”. This special event will certainly be worth the trip. We can’t wait to see that priceless reaction on his face!

What’s your plan for this coming Father’s Day? Comment below. Don’t forget to include us in all your adventures by using #Philihappy and @Philihappy on Instagram. Safe travels, everyone!

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