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Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City

by Jillian CariolaPublished: January 15, 2018Updated: June 14, 2018

While prices of goods and services increase depending on the economy, it’s nice to know that your Php250 can still go a long way in Quezon City.

With rising prices affecting everything from energy drinks to transportation fees, it’s sometimes easy to assume that we will one day reach a point where Php250 won’t get us much. But good news: right now, there are a ton of activities and places where this amount is more than enough to make you full, energized, entertained, and educated. Head to these Quezon City hotspots right now and see just how much you can do with your two hundred and a fifty.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
Don't own a bike? Rent one at QC Circle. Photo via Depositphotos

1. Ride a bike in Quezon Memorial Circle

These days, you probably can’t overstate the fact that we spend more time sitting in front of the TV or computer to entertain ourselves and less time actually going outside and moving about. With more and more studies connecting constant sitting with health risks, being more physically active is no longer just a want but a need. Why not take some time to revisit an old family favorite, the Quezon Memorial Circle? Here, you can take endless walks (or jogs), keep an eye on your kids as they have fun at the playground, or even join one of those public exercise groups for a small fee (think Php50 for an hour-long zumba class).

How much: Feeling the need for speed? A family bike can be rented for Php150 an hour, a mountain bike for Php100, and a small BMX for Php80. While catching your breath after your ride, you can spend the rest of your money on light snacks like dirty ice cream and fish balls from many of the roaming carts, or go for something a bit more substantial like hotdogs and soda from the stationary food stalls.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
La Mesa Ecopark is a cheaper alternative to going to the province for a nature walk. Photo via Depositphotos

2. Take a hike in La Mesa Ecopark

While we’re on the subject of staying active, the La Mesa Ecopark is another part of Quezon City where you can do just that. Opened to the public as a park in 2004, its popularity stems from the fact that it is a lush, green forest located right in the city. Aside from tall trees and rough trails ideal for hiking, the park also consists of other exciting activities such as swimming, horseback riding, zipline, fishing, boating, paintball, and biking. For a more leisurely stroll, you can visit sites such as the butterfly haven, orchidarium, and the amphitheater.

How much: To enter the park, people above three feet are required to pay Php50 (senior citizens pay Php40), while admission is free for those equal to or below said height. Good news for people in Quezon City: residents with valid proof of residence are only charged Php40, Quezon City students with valid ID pay only Php20, and Quezon City senior citizens with valid ID get in for free. Waking, hiking, or jogging is free, while certain activities range in price. The swimming pool, for one, is accessible for an admission fee of Php80 (persons above three feet) or Php40 (persons three feet and below). A horseback ride costs Php50, while a calesa ride is Php150. To whet your appetite, stalls selling full meals and snacks are present, too.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
The right filter can make budget food look like a thousand pesos. Photo via Depositphotos

3. Practice your food photography skills at Maginhawa Street

Has it been awhile since you tried a new restaurant and shared artistically photographed food on Instagram? You might be due for a new foodie expedition, and along Maginhawa Street, there’s always a new restaurant or two to discover. Because of the different crowds that often flock the area, you can bet that restaurants don’t just offer tasty (and usually budget-friendly) eats; they are also decorated to cater to the shoot-then-eat generation, so your money will definitely go a long way.

How much: Start your journey with a plate of longganisa aglio olio for Php125 at All About Pasta. In the mood for ice cream? Head to Papa Diddi’s Handcrafted Ice Cream and try one of their special ice cream flavors for Php69 a scoop. If you need a caffeine fix after your meal, a shot of espresso at Theo’s Baked + Brewed costs only Php50.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
Learning more about your home town can be both fun and affordable. Photo from Depositphotos

4. Learn about the city’s history at QCX

Located at the Quezon Memorial Circle, QCX or QC Experience is an interactive socio-cultural museum that uses technology to reintroduce guests to the history of the city. The museum is composed of 16 interactive galleries containing murals, sculptures, and galleries tracing the life of the city, from the vision of city founder Manuel L. Quezon to present-day Quezon City and its hope for a green future. Inside the museum are also a coffee shop, a small cafeteria and memorabilia store.

How much: Quezon City residents can enter the museum for Php100, while non-residents need to pay Php150. They offer discounts to certain visitors as well: Php80 for students with an ID; a 20 percent discount for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and solo parents; and free entrance for kids six years old and below. Groups of 50 can have a 20 percent discount, while groups of 50 students get 30 percent off.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City
Save your money for a nice meal after reading that book. Photo via Depositphoto

5. Get lost in a good book at the Quezon City Public Library

Is one of your simple joys in life just sitting quietly and reading one of your favorite paperbacks? Or are you the type who loves learning new things via printed material? You can’t go wrong with visiting a library, so stopping by the Quezon City Main Public Library is a must. Located inside the Quezon City Hall Compound, the library underwent an upgrade early last year, turning from a smaller and old-fashioned facility into a two-story academic (and recreational) hangout with a fully automated system and an expanded floor space that can now accommodate 1,000 readers. Bring the entire family, as the library has everything from a Filipiniana section to periodicals, and even a children's corner.

How much: Access to the library itself is free, but inside, Café @ Lib offers refreshments like coffee, tea, and baked goods at low prices. Or, you can save your money to buy food later on, as the library is surrounded by several affordable dining options.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
Gossip plus a nice manicure is a great bargain. Photo via Depositphotos

6. Get a haircut or mani-pedi at a local community beauty shop

Parlors, as they are more commonly known, are a staple in any small barangay; just turn a corner and you will find at least one along the street with banners announcing their latest offers. This is where you can get your hair styled and nails done for a minimal fee, but the true beauty of going to these places instead of ritzier, more established places is the feel of community that seems to radiate from them. Here, customers easily feel like they’re friends with their “suki” stylist, and there is enough gossip and laughter to lift your spirits if you’re feeling down. What’s more is that by getting services done in small stores like these, you’re supporting local businesses and helping them stay open despite increasing competition from younger, trendier shops. If you thrive in environments where you can get both a good manicure and the latest word on your celebrity idol, you won’t be disappointed.

How much: Prices vary, so look around for shops that suit your budget. At a place called Nouvelle Salon along Visayas Avenue, a manicure and pedicure cost Php100 and Php120, respectively; while a haircut with shampoo and blow-dry is Php180 for men, women, and kids (and don’t forget to tip your manicurist/stylist).


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
Instead of the latest Marvel movie, take in an indie film. Photo via Depositphotos

7. Watch an indie film without setting foot inside a mall

Indie films are definitely gaining more popularity in the Philippines, but while major cinemas don’t screen these films all year round, you can thank the growing number of venues that show them on a regular basis.  The University of the Philippines Film Institute (UPFI) has two film venues: the 800-seater Cine Adarna and the smaller Videotheque that fits an audience of 60. Both venues are used to screen MTRCB-rating-free movies and films featured in festivals like Cinemalaya, Sinag Maynila, and Cinema One Originals. The 65-seat mini-theater Cinema Centenario along Maginhawa Street was co-founded by local filmmaker Hector Barretto Calma as a venue for Filipino-made films ranging from new indie films, to documentaries, to even restored local classics. Also found along Maginhawa is Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace, an Asian fusion restaurant whose varied film screening history includes the 1939 adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, Ridley Scott’s Aliens and Blade Runner, and a marathon of offbeat romance films to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

How much: Screening tickets cost around Php150 at Cine Adarna. A seat in Cinema Centenario is Php200, and viewers are allowed to bring in outside food. At Blacksoup, all you need to do is order food to stay for the film, so settle in with goodies like nachos (Php120), pork chop with rice (Php175) or pasta with adobo flakes (Php180) and enjoy the show.


Eight fun ways to spend Php250 in Quezon City MyProperty Philippines
How would you like your coffee with a side of cute puppy? Photo via Depositphotos

8. Dine while snuggling with a furry companion

For whatever reason you can’t keep pets even though you like animals (allergies, not allowed in your rental, etc.), you’re probably familiar with the sad feeling of seeing dog and cat owners happily play with their canine or feline babies all day. There’s a solution to your problem (albeit a temporary one), and it’s one that will leave your stomach full, too: pet cafés, which seem to be popping up all over the metro. Located along Maginhawa Street is Cat Café Manila, which also serves as a sort of transient sanctuary for adoptable cats from Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines. Close by is Wagging Tails Café, a paradise for those who have a tendency to melt while staring into puppy dog eyes. A restaurant that meets customers combined love for cats and dogs is Bengal Brew + Wolf & Bear in Cubao. Designed to look like a jungle, the scene-stealers are the African servals, although the Bengal cats and various dog breeds are just as worthy of your attention.

How much: Bengal Brew + Wolf & Bear is only accessible to members who pay a membership fee of Php100 good for one year, and these customers can stay if they order a minimum of one drink (Php199 for one hour and one drink). At Cat Cafe Manila, your Php200 entrance fee is split in half: Php100 is for the care of the cats, while the remaining Php100 is consumable. Wagging Tails Café charges Php250 for a two-hour stay plus unlimited coffee or juice.


Sources:,,,,,,, Quezon City Public Library Facebook page,,, Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace Facebook page, Cinema Centenario Facebook page,,,,,,, Bengal Brew + Wolf & Bear Facebook page, Wagging Tails Café Facebook page

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