1. St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Quirino Ave., La Huerta, Parañaque
It’s an old church established by Augustinian missionaries a long time ago. It would be nice to see it during Bisita Iglesia (which we are planning to do tis Holy Week.) You can read about its history here.
2. Bioresearch Lost Eden, Bio Research Center, 8362 Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Sucat, Paranaque City; 8255120
We’ve been here twice and it is such a wonderful place for kids. The first time we went here was to inspect the place for Enzo’s 1st birthday. We decided to have a special birthday for him and everyone had fun. Our giveaways were hamsters for crying out loud, even the adults wanted to bring home one! There are so many things to see and to learn and the kids (and adults) will surely find the experience amazing. The last time we were there the entrance fee was P180 per head. Not too bad for a place where you could see a lot of things. It would be best perhaps, to go there on a weekend because I know schools have fieldtrips there from Mondays to Fridays and you wouldn’t want to be in a sea of students when you check out the animals. There are so many blogs in the internet about the place so if you want to read more about Lost Eden, you can always research.
3. Dampa Market and Paluto
We love this place still. I know that SM MOA has the Paluto are along the bay but we still love the flavor and taste of the original dampa. The sea food is super fresh and the prices are cheaper then the Paluto at MOA. Good food, good prices. Great deal.
4. Baclaran/Redemptorist Church
Baclaran is not for the faint of heart. Especially during “shopping hours”. But the place is great for people who appreciate flea markets, good buys and for those who want to be in the reselling business. Assorted bags, clothes, house wares abound. You just need to know what you want. Just be careful with your bags. And don’t go around with jewelry on you. As long as you have strong arms, a huge bag for your stuff, the resolve to deter persistent vendors, then you’re fine. Shop away!
The Baclaran Church or Redemptorist Church or the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is a very famous church here in the Philippines. Click on their website for more info: http://www.baclaranchurch.org/
Families usually come to this place, not only to visit their dear departed, but to exercise, fly kites, bike, or just bond with the family. It’s a far cry from the sprawling parks abroad but at least it’s clean, safe, and nearby.
6. Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Sports Center, Dr. A. Santos Ave., Sucat Rd., Parañaque City; 826-4463 / 403-3977
Here are their rates: Annual Membership Fee (P 400.00). Boxing rates: Session Fee (P 200.00), Walk-In Fee (P 200.00) and Monthly Unlimited (P 2,500.00). Mixed martial arts rates: Session Fee (P 250.00) and Advance 12 Sessions (P 2,500.00). And here’s their website: http://www.elordeboxinggym.com/.
7. Solaire Resorts and Casino, 1 Solaire Boulevard, Paranaque
I haven’t been to this place yet but there’s a lot of hype about it. I’m really not into gambling and I hear it’s not a child-friendly place so we might not be seeing this place in the future but if you’re into this type of activity, then go ahead.
8. Food trip at BF Homes, Paranaque
Lots of restos, fast food outlets, and pastry shops along President’s Avenue. Just take your pick.
9. Duty Free Philippines
10. Shopping malls and cinemas
There’s SM Sucat and SM BF Paranaque. We frequent these places often. It’s just a short commute and cinemas are accessible.
11. Paranaque Public Library; La Huerta
Learned about this place from a fellow homeschooling mom. We haven’t been here yet but I want to bring the boys if only to teach them the Dewey Decimal System.