I’ve Been to Manila Series

Indoor sports is another crowd drawer in Manila’s malls. It doesn’t matter what season it is. Whether the metro is toasted dry in summer or soaked in rainy days, the fun doesn’t go away. Take your pick: billiards, ice skating, wall climbing, boxing, or bowling? How about surfing?

For the bowling enthusiasts, here’s where to hit the bowling lanes all year round:

1) SM Bowling Center—Whether you’re a top-class bowler or a newbie at the lanes, bowling in SM will certainly be enjoyable for you. The lanes at the Mall of Asia may be crowded on weekends. If you want new facilities, the newest you can get is that in Megamall. Rates per game vary depending on which mall you play. You can also try their gaming consoles, KTV, and billiards.

Schedule: Daily, 10AM-11PM
Phone: 02.556.1533 to 34
Rates: MOA, Megamall, Southmall, North Edsa—P145 | SM Fairview—P125 | SM Valenzuela—P100

2) Paeng’s Midtown Bowl—Bowl with the master, their tagline says. This bowling center is home to the country’s sports icon, Paeng Nepomuceno, the legendary World Cup champion and bowling ambassador.  The bowling center at Robinson’s Place Manila has 39 lanes. Regular rates vary, from P120 per game per person before 5PM, to P140 per game per person past 5PM. On Fridays, weekends, and holidays, rates are P150. Student rate is P90 on weekdays. (There are also branches in Eastwood City Walk II and Robinson’s Galeria.)

2nd Level Robinson’s Place Manila
M. Adriatico cor. Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila
525.6442, 525.6447

3) Other Malls—You can also find bowling lanes at Starmall Alabang, Starmall Shaw, Ever Gotesco, and Makati Cinema Square. All over the metro, there are also small bowling alleys in different sports facilities like Sureshot Sportsville in Abad Santos, Manila.

If you’re up for something old-fashioned, non-conventional yet adorable bowling, head to UP Diliman’s bowling lanes. Not many know that there are eight (uneven) bowling lanes in this university, and they happen to be for duckpin bowling. These are the same alleys where UP students have their duckpin bowling classes. Tenpin bowling is held in Ever Gotesco on Commonwealth Avenue.

Everything is manual. You have to manually record your scores, which makes you learn the rules for scoring by heart. After you send the pins tumbling down, you will be as amazed by your spares and strikes as by the hands and feet in the background. They’re the game boys who manually fix the pins and roll the balls back to you.

At P16, UP students already can already play a game of 10 frames with three tries each. The price for non-UP students is P20. Quite affordable! And there’s no need to rent bowling shoes. Who says you need to spend a lot to have quality bonding time with family and friends?


ArisMape is a travel insider at ABS-CBN's Choose Philippines. He loves orange, halo-halo, and PowerPoint, and hates beef, slow internet, and long taxi lines. His pastime is watching people watch other people. He swears on the power of smartphone. His half-life? Thirty.