35 Budget-Friendly Activities Every Barkada Must Try

35 Budget-Friendly Activities Every Barkada Must Try

It’ll be nice to randomly book a ticket to Palawan with your friends, if only the budget is never an issue. As struggling young professionals, going on trips all the time may mean a weekend of happiness, but it can also mean depleted savings. So as much as you’d like to spend every weekend somewhere that’s an airplane-ride away, it’s not very easy on the wallet.

Good thing Manila offers just as exciting activities as a trip far down south. Weekends with friends don’t just have to be a lunch date at the usual restaurant. If you only search hard enough, some of the most exciting things you can do with friends are within the metro or only an hour or two away from Manila. Besides, with the tons of promos cropping up daily, it all comes down on how much time you have to try them all.

  1. Maginhawa food trip (PHP500)

  2. Volunteer for a day or a week (Free)

  3. Do a DIY tour of Intramuros (Free)

  4. Ice skate at SM Mall of Asia or Megamall (PHP390 All-Day Pass)

  5. Binge eat at Banchetto (PHP300)

  6. Bike around Quezon City Memorial Circle (Free)

  7. Dare to try the zipline at Sky Ranch Tagaytay (PHP1000 per person)

  8. Play Lazer Tag at Market! Market! (PHP170/190)

  9. Ride-all-you-can at Star City (Promo: PHP280)

  10. Enroll in a KPOP dance class at the Korean Cultural Center (PHP2000 per semester)

  11. Run a marathon for a cause (PHP550+)

  12. Go on a photo walk along the Art Walk in and around Bonifacio Global City (Free)

  13. Attend free film showings at Alliance Française de Manille and at the Japan Foundation (Free)

  14. Frequent thrift shops in Anonas (PHP300+)

  15. Spend Saturday night at Midnight Mercato at BGC (PHP300)

  16. Appreciate vintage at the Escolta Saturday market (PHP300+)

  17. Overnight at a hot spring resort in Laguna (PHP400+)

  18. Take the plunge at Splash Island (Promo: PHP299)

  19. Binondo food trip (PHP400)

  20. Play paint ball all day at Global Gutz (Promo: PHP249)

  21. Head to the nearest beach for a day trip (PHP800)

  22. Try authentic Japanese cuisine at Little Tokyo (PHP500)

  23. Try the sauna at Lasema Spa (Promo: PHP495)

  24. Brave the food challenges around the metro (PHP300+)

  25. Eat balut and adobong itik at Pateros (PHP100)

  26. Fly a kite and have a picnic at UP Diliman Sunken Garden (Free)

  27. Stroll and watch the sunset at Roxas Boulevard (Free)

  28. Go on a day-long food trip to BF Homes Paranaque (PHP500)

  29. Haggle like crazy in Divisoria (PHP500+)

  30. Visit the butterfly sanctuary and bungee jump at La Mesa Ecopark

  31. Go museum hopping around Manila (PHP200+)

  32. Drop by and be inspired by the Reading Club 200 (Free)

  33. Beat the heat by going on a day swim at Loreland or Bosay in Antipolo, Rizal (PHP200)

  34. Indulge in seafood concoctions at Dampa, Pasay City (PHP200+)

  35. See the Dancing Fountain at Luneta (Free)

* The estimated budget per activity is computed per person and depends on the numbers of activities and purchases you’re willing to try.

You don’t need to break the bank to have a good time. While saving for an expensive trip a few months from now, you can still go out and have fun by only spending a little. Besides, as long as you’re with good friends it doesn’t matter where you go because it’s almost a given that you’ll have a pretty grand time.


  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 21, 2014

    Bad reviews dun sa link, pero I really want to try Jimjilbang…. Every Kpop fan should try it.

  • Jane Galvez
    May 21, 2014

    Next topic mo: How to be a troll

  • Kimpee Olivar
    May 21, 2014

    @Jane Galvez Bwahahaha. Try naten jane tapos try naten yung lamb head na towel sa head. Hahahaha. Kaso wag tayong 2 lang, cause its awkward. LOL

  • Jane Galvez
    May 21, 2014

    @Kimpee Olivar Oo. Mas gugustuhin ko pang i-try 'to mag-isa kesa tayong 2 lang. Hahahaha

  • Lilly Garcia
    June 18, 2014

    Thanks for including my post on Intramuros! 🙂 This list just proves that you don’t need to wander far to have an adventure. Cheers!

    • Janey
      June 19, 2014

      No, thank you for your post! 🙂 And yes, having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. 🙂

  • Girlet, for your rerefence sa ating ice skating and if youd like to try any of the above-posted activity, pwede ikaw na lang magplano for us. Please? Hehe. Alam mo naman tayo. hahaha. Sincerest thanks to Czarina S. Constantino!

  • Hazel Uri
    June 27, 2014


  • Kara / Travel Up
    September 22, 2014

    Thanks for including my post on food-tripping in Maginhawa 🙂

    • Janey
      October 2, 2014

      You’re welcome! We regularly check your post for updates.^^

  • Jubby Tan Laurente
    July 21, 2015

    wow ganito pala ang budget friendly

  • Tihn Villacorta
    July 24, 2015

    Wow jane you really are an explorer!

  • Kara / Travel Up
    February 9, 2016

    The link on Art Walk in BGC doesn’t work, so I made my own visual guide and location list 🙂 http://www.traveling-up.com/art-in-the-city-murals-in-bgc/

  • Kimberly
    March 9, 2018

    “Do small things with great love.”
    – Mother Theresa

    See you at the Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) session!

    Share the love at The Heart at Play Foundation.

    Invite your friends and relatives!

    Saturdays | 1-4PM
    Sacred Heart Parish Gym
    Sct. Ybardolaza St, Kamuning
    Quezon City, Philippines

    What is The Heart at Play?

    The Heart at Play Foundation (THP) is a pioneering non-profit organization that provides FREE Dance Movement Therapy for marginalized Persons With Special Needs (PWSNs). Operational since 2011, The Heart at Play has set up 6 locations, gaining over 600 seasonal volunteers, allowing us to have helped over 2,300 PWSNs in Manila and 200 adult PWSNs in New York City and New Jersey, USA.

    Here’s a glimpse into our weekly Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) sessions.
    Video by: Miko Reyes


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