Compared to the rest of the Philippines, Manila is not the cheapest place to be.
Somehow, stepping out of the house in the city seems to automatically entail spending.
Walk leisurely around the galleries of the National Museum, admiring the masterpieces of among the most prominent artists in the country’s history—it will literally cost nothing.
This non-profit organization has been reaching out among the most impoverished communities in and around the Metro, conducting regular feeding and literacy programs, and providing scholarships to dedicated students.
Add some food and drinks to that and you’ll be picking up a pretty hefty tab by the end of the night.
Concerts are also abundant in Manila, but those aren’t very budget-friendly either.
For couples who are also interested in learning a new language together, the Monastery offers free Mandarin classes to their meditation students as well. Skip the fancy dinner date or crazy night club and spend the evening battling it out over different board games at Ludo Board Game Bar and Cafe.
Players can stay for as long as they want, with a minimum of one order per person.