February 02, 2017

I Answered the Question “Where Do Broken Hearts Go This Valentine’s?"

To places that can keep your mind busy and make your heart feel alive again!
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Aside from articles on New Year resolution ideas and tips, year-end lists of showbiz breakups in print and online magazines were also plenty last December 2016. There’s the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in Hollywood and Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo breakup in Philippine showbiz. It’s not really difficult for anyone to adopt a pessimist view on love—that which Filipinos call “walang forever” which is roughly translated to “(a love that lasts) forever does not exist.”

Statistics show that most breakups occur months or weeks around Valentine’s Day (and also Christmas).[1] But really, the end of a relationship can never be predicted, unless, of course, if you’re the party who demanded the end of it. Just a few months ago, I had no clue I was nearing the end of a relationship, and later, had no idea how to get over it until I ultimately decided to just snap out of it. Months after nursing a broken heart, I finally emerged from hibernation. All the unanswered invitations from friends and loved ones were finally scanned and scheduled. But first, I decided to be happy and rise from the ashes of pain.

So the question now remains, where do broken hearts, with jobs and responsibilities, go in the Metro especially now that Valentine’s Day is near? You can’t just escape coming across couples celebrating the season, but you can find places where there are activities to keep you too busy or entertained with your friends! Here are five places for starters:


1. Music Match, Ortigas Center, Pasig City


Drown all the pain and hate away by singing to Adele’s gut wrenching songs or by shouting all the angst with The Scripts’s hit songs. Regardless of whatever genre you wish to belt with, the place is sound proof and there would be no nuisance neighbor to bother you.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

There are thousands of songs to choose from. (Image: Jhomar Dela Pena)


Music Match is conveniently located in the heart of Ortigas Business District and ready to welcome you after a hard day’s work and hiding the tears. The food as well as the drinks are affordable. The rooms are clean and tidy, big enough to hold a group of 5 to 10 people, they even have a family room to fit more or less 25 to 30 people. The staff are very courteous and the equipment used are state-of-the-art. So belt out all the pain away!




2. Casa Italia Cafe, SM North EDSA, Quezon City


They say that people who are depressed tend to binge eat. Well, Casa Italia Cafe is the place to have a cozy and relaxed binge-eating episode. Who said that heartbroken people should just settle in eating a pint of ordinary ice cream?


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

People believe ice cream is much like chocolate, it can make “your happy” rise up! (Image: Gia Ibarra)


Casa Italia Cafe serves really good gelato, or hand-crafted ice cream made the Italian way. There are many flavors to choose from, customers can have a free taste of all the flavors they offer—not bad for those indecisive folks. The restaurant also offers other Italian delicacies.

The price is on the heftier side, but once you’ve tasted their delectable gelato, you will know that every cent is worth it—worthier than the amount of time and effort you have spent with the person who broke your heart!


3. Movie Theater, The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Spend some time with friends and watch the latest flick. They say that in moments of utter sadness you have to surround yourself with people who cares for you, dwell on their positive outlook and start smiling.[2] What better way to smile than watching a movie!


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

An hour and a half or more of movie time can help you forget for a while, or realize a life lesson you would not know otherwise. (Image: SM Cinema)


That time I was just recovering from a broken heart, my friends and I decided to catch Train to Busan at The Block, SM North. I went with hesitation because I was not particularly excited about the film, but the first scene immediately captured my curiousity. During the entire film I never noticed that I was reading the subtitles. The story got me hooked, line and sinker.

I can say that watching a good film, even blockbusters at that, is good for the heart and the long line of getting a movie ticket should not be a problem because SM cinema tickets can be reserved online. Every now and then, SM cinemas also have promos like free popcorn when you buy at least two tickets.

What I particularly liked with the movie theaters at The Block is its sense surround system, which is very important to heart broken movie goers! Why? Because you get to fully enjoy the heart-thumping scenes which will make you remember that your heart is alive and kicking, even if you previously felt that your heart died with the love you lost! Boom!


4. Mystery Manila, Makati City


Psychologists say that after spending “x” amount of time with a lover (an ex-lover that is), the person who was left behind (the depressed that is) must try something new, create new memories.[3] This is where Mystery Manila comes in. Again its better to drag along all the friends (the support system).


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Though some mysteries in life remain unanswered, all mysteries in Mystery Manila can be solved if you are smart or lucky enough! (Image: Mystery Manila Facebook page)


Mystery Manila is a recreation center that offers a fun way of creating new memories. Here you will be playing a game that involves solving a chosen mystery for 60 minutes. Upon entering the chosen mystery, the guide will give you a brief background of what to expect and the challenges you need to hurdle.

Aside from solving the mystery, my group’s goal was to be on the leaders’ board of Mystery Manila, where the fastest speeds to finish the game are recorded, because my friends and I are very competitive like that. But half way our time, we seemed to be lost, so our goal wilted down to simply finishing the game. Even that, however proved to be nearly impossible. But we did not feel defeated afterwards for we had so much fun going through each clue, laughing our way out. At Mystery Manila, win or lose, you are sure to share a fun and happy memory with the people who will hold onto you until and even after the mystery is solved (or in our case, not solved!) not just with someone who would let you go when it seems convenient! (ouch!)


5. Z Hostel Roofdeck, Makati City


Can a place where you can mingle with friends and complete strangers, overlooking the Makati skyline at night help you in healing your broken heart? Very likely because it will remind you how it feels to socialize as a free, single, and carefree soul, complete with a romantic backdrop.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Looking at the city from a different angle can give you a different perspective. (Image: Z Hostel Facebook page)

Z Hostel itself is open 24 hours but the Z Hostel Roofdeck opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 2:00 AM. My friends and I are not really keen with clubbing or partying. We would rather sip wine or cocktails talking to each other (very much “titas of manila”). So this place came as a surprise to us as there were relatively just a few seats and almost all of them were already occupied when we arrived. Luckily, we found a picture-perfect spot with a Makati Skyline for a background and it came with a table to hold our drinks and food. At first we felt a little out of place, since most of the crowd were in their college years. But come nighttime, people older and near our age—the older “millenials”—have arrived. The place soon become crowded but not rowdy, as there were a lot of security and crowd control outside.

We paid only PhP350 which included entrance with food and drinks. The prices in their menu are affordable, and the food well, they were palatable enough. Their main offerings, nonetheless, which are their cocktail concoction and their different choices of beer from both international and local brands, are worthy to be their main attractions. And definitely, the openness of the place and the breathtaking views of the city are what draw its guests to keep coming back.

After being broken, it’s time to widen your horizon. There are many places to recover and meet someone new under the big sky, but take it slow lest you trip and fall again for the wrong one!




The end of a relationship, does not signal the end of your life. As Lau Tzu once said, “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings,” so for people still mending and healing their broken heart take it slow, even if the Valentine’s season is all red and signaling you to go, go, go! Choose to continue living, one step at time–live for your family, friends, and for the people who love you. Continue to view life with optimism and with a grateful heart.

We only have one life, so let’s live it well. A broken heart will eventually heal and remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! So, dry your tears, get up, and let the metro’s dining and entertainment places be your first venues to moving on and enjoying life!


[1]http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/peak-break-up-times-on-facebook/
[2]http://https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/uom-hm081715.php/
[3]http://psypress.co.uk/smithandmackie/resources/topic.asp?topic=ch11-tp-05

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February 02, 2017

I Answered the Question “Where Do Broken Hearts Go This Valentine’s?"

To places that can keep your mind busy and make your heart feel alive again!

Aside from articles on New Year resolution ideas and tips, year-end lists of showbiz breakups in print and online magazines were also plenty last December 2016. There’s the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in Hollywood and Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo breakup in Philippine showbiz. It’s not really difficult for anyone to adopt a pessimist view on love—that which Filipinos call “walang forever” which is roughly translated to “(a love that lasts) forever does not exist.”

Statistics show that most breakups occur months or weeks around Valentine’s Day (and also Christmas).[1] But really, the end of a relationship can never be predicted, unless, of course, if you’re the party who demanded the end of it. Just a few months ago, I had no clue I was nearing the end of a relationship, and later, had no idea how to get over it until I ultimately decided to just snap out of it. Months after nursing a broken heart, I finally emerged from hibernation. All the unanswered invitations from friends and loved ones were finally scanned and scheduled. But first, I decided to be happy and rise from the ashes of pain.

So the question now remains, where do broken hearts, with jobs and responsibilities, go in the Metro especially now that Valentine’s Day is near? You can’t just escape coming across couples celebrating the season, but you can find places where there are activities to keep you too busy or entertained with your friends! Here are five places for starters:


1. Music Match, Ortigas Center, Pasig City


Drown all the pain and hate away by singing to Adele’s gut wrenching songs or by shouting all the angst with The Scripts’s hit songs. Regardless of whatever genre you wish to belt with, the place is sound proof and there would be no nuisance neighbor to bother you.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

There are thousands of songs to choose from. (Image: Jhomar Dela Pena)


Music Match is conveniently located in the heart of Ortigas Business District and ready to welcome you after a hard day’s work and hiding the tears. The food as well as the drinks are affordable. The rooms are clean and tidy, big enough to hold a group of 5 to 10 people, they even have a family room to fit more or less 25 to 30 people. The staff are very courteous and the equipment used are state-of-the-art. So belt out all the pain away!




2. Casa Italia Cafe, SM North EDSA, Quezon City


They say that people who are depressed tend to binge eat. Well, Casa Italia Cafe is the place to have a cozy and relaxed binge-eating episode. Who said that heartbroken people should just settle in eating a pint of ordinary ice cream?


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

People believe ice cream is much like chocolate, it can make “your happy” rise up! (Image: Gia Ibarra)


Casa Italia Cafe serves really good gelato, or hand-crafted ice cream made the Italian way. There are many flavors to choose from, customers can have a free taste of all the flavors they offer—not bad for those indecisive folks. The restaurant also offers other Italian delicacies.

The price is on the heftier side, but once you’ve tasted their delectable gelato, you will know that every cent is worth it—worthier than the amount of time and effort you have spent with the person who broke your heart!


3. Movie Theater, The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Spend some time with friends and watch the latest flick. They say that in moments of utter sadness you have to surround yourself with people who cares for you, dwell on their positive outlook and start smiling.[2] What better way to smile than watching a movie!


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

An hour and a half or more of movie time can help you forget for a while, or realize a life lesson you would not know otherwise. (Image: SM Cinema)


That time I was just recovering from a broken heart, my friends and I decided to catch Train to Busan at The Block, SM North. I went with hesitation because I was not particularly excited about the film, but the first scene immediately captured my curiousity. During the entire film I never noticed that I was reading the subtitles. The story got me hooked, line and sinker.

I can say that watching a good film, even blockbusters at that, is good for the heart and the long line of getting a movie ticket should not be a problem because SM cinema tickets can be reserved online. Every now and then, SM cinemas also have promos like free popcorn when you buy at least two tickets.

What I particularly liked with the movie theaters at The Block is its sense surround system, which is very important to heart broken movie goers! Why? Because you get to fully enjoy the heart-thumping scenes which will make you remember that your heart is alive and kicking, even if you previously felt that your heart died with the love you lost! Boom!


4. Mystery Manila, Makati City


Psychologists say that after spending “x” amount of time with a lover (an ex-lover that is), the person who was left behind (the depressed that is) must try something new, create new memories.[3] This is where Mystery Manila comes in. Again its better to drag along all the friends (the support system).


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Though some mysteries in life remain unanswered, all mysteries in Mystery Manila can be solved if you are smart or lucky enough! (Image: Mystery Manila Facebook page)


Mystery Manila is a recreation center that offers a fun way of creating new memories. Here you will be playing a game that involves solving a chosen mystery for 60 minutes. Upon entering the chosen mystery, the guide will give you a brief background of what to expect and the challenges you need to hurdle.

Aside from solving the mystery, my group’s goal was to be on the leaders’ board of Mystery Manila, where the fastest speeds to finish the game are recorded, because my friends and I are very competitive like that. But half way our time, we seemed to be lost, so our goal wilted down to simply finishing the game. Even that, however proved to be nearly impossible. But we did not feel defeated afterwards for we had so much fun going through each clue, laughing our way out. At Mystery Manila, win or lose, you are sure to share a fun and happy memory with the people who will hold onto you until and even after the mystery is solved (or in our case, not solved!) not just with someone who would let you go when it seems convenient! (ouch!)


5. Z Hostel Roofdeck, Makati City


Can a place where you can mingle with friends and complete strangers, overlooking the Makati skyline at night help you in healing your broken heart? Very likely because it will remind you how it feels to socialize as a free, single, and carefree soul, complete with a romantic backdrop.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Looking at the city from a different angle can give you a different perspective. (Image: Z Hostel Facebook page)

Z Hostel itself is open 24 hours but the Z Hostel Roofdeck opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 2:00 AM. My friends and I are not really keen with clubbing or partying. We would rather sip wine or cocktails talking to each other (very much “titas of manila”). So this place came as a surprise to us as there were relatively just a few seats and almost all of them were already occupied when we arrived. Luckily, we found a picture-perfect spot with a Makati Skyline for a background and it came with a table to hold our drinks and food. At first we felt a little out of place, since most of the crowd were in their college years. But come nighttime, people older and near our age—the older “millenials”—have arrived. The place soon become crowded but not rowdy, as there were a lot of security and crowd control outside.

We paid only PhP350 which included entrance with food and drinks. The prices in their menu are affordable, and the food well, they were palatable enough. Their main offerings, nonetheless, which are their cocktail concoction and their different choices of beer from both international and local brands, are worthy to be their main attractions. And definitely, the openness of the place and the breathtaking views of the city are what draw its guests to keep coming back.

After being broken, it’s time to widen your horizon. There are many places to recover and meet someone new under the big sky, but take it slow lest you trip and fall again for the wrong one!




The end of a relationship, does not signal the end of your life. As Lau Tzu once said, “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings,” so for people still mending and healing their broken heart take it slow, even if the Valentine’s season is all red and signaling you to go, go, go! Choose to continue living, one step at time–live for your family, friends, and for the people who love you. Continue to view life with optimism and with a grateful heart.

We only have one life, so let’s live it well. A broken heart will eventually heal and remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! So, dry your tears, get up, and let the metro’s dining and entertainment places be your first venues to moving on and enjoying life!


[1]http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/peak-break-up-times-on-facebook/
[2]http://https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/uom-hm081715.php/
[3]http://psypress.co.uk/smithandmackie/resources/topic.asp?topic=ch11-tp-05

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February 02, 2017

I Answered the Question “Where Do Broken Hearts Go This Valentine’s?"

To places that can keep your mind busy and make your heart feel alive again!
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Aside from articles on New Year resolution ideas and tips, year-end lists of showbiz breakups in print and online magazines were also plenty last December 2016. There’s the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in Hollywood and Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo breakup in Philippine showbiz. It’s not really difficult for anyone to adopt a pessimist view on love—that which Filipinos call “walang forever” which is roughly translated to “(a love that lasts) forever does not exist.”

Statistics show that most breakups occur months or weeks around Valentine’s Day (and also Christmas).[1] But really, the end of a relationship can never be predicted, unless, of course, if you’re the party who demanded the end of it. Just a few months ago, I had no clue I was nearing the end of a relationship, and later, had no idea how to get over it until I ultimately decided to just snap out of it. Months after nursing a broken heart, I finally emerged from hibernation. All the unanswered invitations from friends and loved ones were finally scanned and scheduled. But first, I decided to be happy and rise from the ashes of pain.

So the question now remains, where do broken hearts, with jobs and responsibilities, go in the Metro especially now that Valentine’s Day is near? You can’t just escape coming across couples celebrating the season, but you can find places where there are activities to keep you too busy or entertained with your friends! Here are five places for starters:


1. Music Match, Ortigas Center, Pasig City


Drown all the pain and hate away by singing to Adele’s gut wrenching songs or by shouting all the angst with The Scripts’s hit songs. Regardless of whatever genre you wish to belt with, the place is sound proof and there would be no nuisance neighbor to bother you.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

There are thousands of songs to choose from. (Image: Jhomar Dela Pena)


Music Match is conveniently located in the heart of Ortigas Business District and ready to welcome you after a hard day’s work and hiding the tears. The food as well as the drinks are affordable. The rooms are clean and tidy, big enough to hold a group of 5 to 10 people, they even have a family room to fit more or less 25 to 30 people. The staff are very courteous and the equipment used are state-of-the-art. So belt out all the pain away!




2. Casa Italia Cafe, SM North EDSA, Quezon City


They say that people who are depressed tend to binge eat. Well, Casa Italia Cafe is the place to have a cozy and relaxed binge-eating episode. Who said that heartbroken people should just settle in eating a pint of ordinary ice cream?


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

People believe ice cream is much like chocolate, it can make “your happy” rise up! (Image: Gia Ibarra)


Casa Italia Cafe serves really good gelato, or hand-crafted ice cream made the Italian way. There are many flavors to choose from, customers can have a free taste of all the flavors they offer—not bad for those indecisive folks. The restaurant also offers other Italian delicacies.

The price is on the heftier side, but once you’ve tasted their delectable gelato, you will know that every cent is worth it—worthier than the amount of time and effort you have spent with the person who broke your heart!


3. Movie Theater, The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Spend some time with friends and watch the latest flick. They say that in moments of utter sadness you have to surround yourself with people who cares for you, dwell on their positive outlook and start smiling.[2] What better way to smile than watching a movie!


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

An hour and a half or more of movie time can help you forget for a while, or realize a life lesson you would not know otherwise. (Image: SM Cinema)


That time I was just recovering from a broken heart, my friends and I decided to catch Train to Busan at The Block, SM North. I went with hesitation because I was not particularly excited about the film, but the first scene immediately captured my curiousity. During the entire film I never noticed that I was reading the subtitles. The story got me hooked, line and sinker.

I can say that watching a good film, even blockbusters at that, is good for the heart and the long line of getting a movie ticket should not be a problem because SM cinema tickets can be reserved online. Every now and then, SM cinemas also have promos like free popcorn when you buy at least two tickets.

What I particularly liked with the movie theaters at The Block is its sense surround system, which is very important to heart broken movie goers! Why? Because you get to fully enjoy the heart-thumping scenes which will make you remember that your heart is alive and kicking, even if you previously felt that your heart died with the love you lost! Boom!


4. Mystery Manila, Makati City


Psychologists say that after spending “x” amount of time with a lover (an ex-lover that is), the person who was left behind (the depressed that is) must try something new, create new memories.[3] This is where Mystery Manila comes in. Again its better to drag along all the friends (the support system).


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Though some mysteries in life remain unanswered, all mysteries in Mystery Manila can be solved if you are smart or lucky enough! (Image: Mystery Manila Facebook page)


Mystery Manila is a recreation center that offers a fun way of creating new memories. Here you will be playing a game that involves solving a chosen mystery for 60 minutes. Upon entering the chosen mystery, the guide will give you a brief background of what to expect and the challenges you need to hurdle.

Aside from solving the mystery, my group’s goal was to be on the leaders’ board of Mystery Manila, where the fastest speeds to finish the game are recorded, because my friends and I are very competitive like that. But half way our time, we seemed to be lost, so our goal wilted down to simply finishing the game. Even that, however proved to be nearly impossible. But we did not feel defeated afterwards for we had so much fun going through each clue, laughing our way out. At Mystery Manila, win or lose, you are sure to share a fun and happy memory with the people who will hold onto you until and even after the mystery is solved (or in our case, not solved!) not just with someone who would let you go when it seems convenient! (ouch!)


5. Z Hostel Roofdeck, Makati City


Can a place where you can mingle with friends and complete strangers, overlooking the Makati skyline at night help you in healing your broken heart? Very likely because it will remind you how it feels to socialize as a free, single, and carefree soul, complete with a romantic backdrop.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Looking at the city from a different angle can give you a different perspective. (Image: Z Hostel Facebook page)

Z Hostel itself is open 24 hours but the Z Hostel Roofdeck opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 2:00 AM. My friends and I are not really keen with clubbing or partying. We would rather sip wine or cocktails talking to each other (very much “titas of manila”). So this place came as a surprise to us as there were relatively just a few seats and almost all of them were already occupied when we arrived. Luckily, we found a picture-perfect spot with a Makati Skyline for a background and it came with a table to hold our drinks and food. At first we felt a little out of place, since most of the crowd were in their college years. But come nighttime, people older and near our age—the older “millenials”—have arrived. The place soon become crowded but not rowdy, as there were a lot of security and crowd control outside.

We paid only PhP350 which included entrance with food and drinks. The prices in their menu are affordable, and the food well, they were palatable enough. Their main offerings, nonetheless, which are their cocktail concoction and their different choices of beer from both international and local brands, are worthy to be their main attractions. And definitely, the openness of the place and the breathtaking views of the city are what draw its guests to keep coming back.

After being broken, it’s time to widen your horizon. There are many places to recover and meet someone new under the big sky, but take it slow lest you trip and fall again for the wrong one!




The end of a relationship, does not signal the end of your life. As Lau Tzu once said, “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings,” so for people still mending and healing their broken heart take it slow, even if the Valentine’s season is all red and signaling you to go, go, go! Choose to continue living, one step at time–live for your family, friends, and for the people who love you. Continue to view life with optimism and with a grateful heart.

We only have one life, so let’s live it well. A broken heart will eventually heal and remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! So, dry your tears, get up, and let the metro’s dining and entertainment places be your first venues to moving on and enjoying life!


[1]http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/peak-break-up-times-on-facebook/
[2]http://https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/uom-hm081715.php/
[3]http://psypress.co.uk/smithandmackie/resources/topic.asp?topic=ch11-tp-05

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February 02, 2017

I Answered the Question “Where Do Broken Hearts Go This Valentine’s?"

To places that can keep your mind busy and make your heart feel alive again!

Aside from articles on New Year resolution ideas and tips, year-end lists of showbiz breakups in print and online magazines were also plenty last December 2016. There’s the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt split in Hollywood and Bea Alonzo and Zanjoe Marudo breakup in Philippine showbiz. It’s not really difficult for anyone to adopt a pessimist view on love—that which Filipinos call “walang forever” which is roughly translated to “(a love that lasts) forever does not exist.”

Statistics show that most breakups occur months or weeks around Valentine’s Day (and also Christmas).[1] But really, the end of a relationship can never be predicted, unless, of course, if you’re the party who demanded the end of it. Just a few months ago, I had no clue I was nearing the end of a relationship, and later, had no idea how to get over it until I ultimately decided to just snap out of it. Months after nursing a broken heart, I finally emerged from hibernation. All the unanswered invitations from friends and loved ones were finally scanned and scheduled. But first, I decided to be happy and rise from the ashes of pain.

So the question now remains, where do broken hearts, with jobs and responsibilities, go in the Metro especially now that Valentine’s Day is near? You can’t just escape coming across couples celebrating the season, but you can find places where there are activities to keep you too busy or entertained with your friends! Here are five places for starters:


1. Music Match, Ortigas Center, Pasig City


Drown all the pain and hate away by singing to Adele’s gut wrenching songs or by shouting all the angst with The Scripts’s hit songs. Regardless of whatever genre you wish to belt with, the place is sound proof and there would be no nuisance neighbor to bother you.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

There are thousands of songs to choose from. (Image: Jhomar Dela Pena)


Music Match is conveniently located in the heart of Ortigas Business District and ready to welcome you after a hard day’s work and hiding the tears. The food as well as the drinks are affordable. The rooms are clean and tidy, big enough to hold a group of 5 to 10 people, they even have a family room to fit more or less 25 to 30 people. The staff are very courteous and the equipment used are state-of-the-art. So belt out all the pain away!




2. Casa Italia Cafe, SM North EDSA, Quezon City


They say that people who are depressed tend to binge eat. Well, Casa Italia Cafe is the place to have a cozy and relaxed binge-eating episode. Who said that heartbroken people should just settle in eating a pint of ordinary ice cream?


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

People believe ice cream is much like chocolate, it can make “your happy” rise up! (Image: Gia Ibarra)


Casa Italia Cafe serves really good gelato, or hand-crafted ice cream made the Italian way. There are many flavors to choose from, customers can have a free taste of all the flavors they offer—not bad for those indecisive folks. The restaurant also offers other Italian delicacies.

The price is on the heftier side, but once you’ve tasted their delectable gelato, you will know that every cent is worth it—worthier than the amount of time and effort you have spent with the person who broke your heart!


3. Movie Theater, The Block, SM North EDSA, Quezon City

Spend some time with friends and watch the latest flick. They say that in moments of utter sadness you have to surround yourself with people who cares for you, dwell on their positive outlook and start smiling.[2] What better way to smile than watching a movie!


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

An hour and a half or more of movie time can help you forget for a while, or realize a life lesson you would not know otherwise. (Image: SM Cinema)


That time I was just recovering from a broken heart, my friends and I decided to catch Train to Busan at The Block, SM North. I went with hesitation because I was not particularly excited about the film, but the first scene immediately captured my curiousity. During the entire film I never noticed that I was reading the subtitles. The story got me hooked, line and sinker.

I can say that watching a good film, even blockbusters at that, is good for the heart and the long line of getting a movie ticket should not be a problem because SM cinema tickets can be reserved online. Every now and then, SM cinemas also have promos like free popcorn when you buy at least two tickets.

What I particularly liked with the movie theaters at The Block is its sense surround system, which is very important to heart broken movie goers! Why? Because you get to fully enjoy the heart-thumping scenes which will make you remember that your heart is alive and kicking, even if you previously felt that your heart died with the love you lost! Boom!


4. Mystery Manila, Makati City


Psychologists say that after spending “x” amount of time with a lover (an ex-lover that is), the person who was left behind (the depressed that is) must try something new, create new memories.[3] This is where Mystery Manila comes in. Again its better to drag along all the friends (the support system).


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Though some mysteries in life remain unanswered, all mysteries in Mystery Manila can be solved if you are smart or lucky enough! (Image: Mystery Manila Facebook page)


Mystery Manila is a recreation center that offers a fun way of creating new memories. Here you will be playing a game that involves solving a chosen mystery for 60 minutes. Upon entering the chosen mystery, the guide will give you a brief background of what to expect and the challenges you need to hurdle.

Aside from solving the mystery, my group’s goal was to be on the leaders’ board of Mystery Manila, where the fastest speeds to finish the game are recorded, because my friends and I are very competitive like that. But half way our time, we seemed to be lost, so our goal wilted down to simply finishing the game. Even that, however proved to be nearly impossible. But we did not feel defeated afterwards for we had so much fun going through each clue, laughing our way out. At Mystery Manila, win or lose, you are sure to share a fun and happy memory with the people who will hold onto you until and even after the mystery is solved (or in our case, not solved!) not just with someone who would let you go when it seems convenient! (ouch!)


5. Z Hostel Roofdeck, Makati City


Can a place where you can mingle with friends and complete strangers, overlooking the Makati skyline at night help you in healing your broken heart? Very likely because it will remind you how it feels to socialize as a free, single, and carefree soul, complete with a romantic backdrop.


places in Manila for singles and brokenhearted

Looking at the city from a different angle can give you a different perspective. (Image: Z Hostel Facebook page)

Z Hostel itself is open 24 hours but the Z Hostel Roofdeck opens at 5:00 PM and closes at 2:00 AM. My friends and I are not really keen with clubbing or partying. We would rather sip wine or cocktails talking to each other (very much “titas of manila”). So this place came as a surprise to us as there were relatively just a few seats and almost all of them were already occupied when we arrived. Luckily, we found a picture-perfect spot with a Makati Skyline for a background and it came with a table to hold our drinks and food. At first we felt a little out of place, since most of the crowd were in their college years. But come nighttime, people older and near our age—the older “millenials”—have arrived. The place soon become crowded but not rowdy, as there were a lot of security and crowd control outside.

We paid only PhP350 which included entrance with food and drinks. The prices in their menu are affordable, and the food well, they were palatable enough. Their main offerings, nonetheless, which are their cocktail concoction and their different choices of beer from both international and local brands, are worthy to be their main attractions. And definitely, the openness of the place and the breathtaking views of the city are what draw its guests to keep coming back.

After being broken, it’s time to widen your horizon. There are many places to recover and meet someone new under the big sky, but take it slow lest you trip and fall again for the wrong one!




The end of a relationship, does not signal the end of your life. As Lau Tzu once said, “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings,” so for people still mending and healing their broken heart take it slow, even if the Valentine’s season is all red and signaling you to go, go, go! Choose to continue living, one step at time–live for your family, friends, and for the people who love you. Continue to view life with optimism and with a grateful heart.

We only have one life, so let’s live it well. A broken heart will eventually heal and remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! So, dry your tears, get up, and let the metro’s dining and entertainment places be your first venues to moving on and enjoying life!


[1]http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/peak-break-up-times-on-facebook/
[2]http://https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-08/uom-hm081715.php/
[3]http://psypress.co.uk/smithandmackie/resources/topic.asp?topic=ch11-tp-05

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