See you in Araneta this Rainy Season!

The dry season is over, and the rainy season has begun. But do not let the occasional downpours rain on your parade. Whether you are in for something sentimental, relaxing, or fascinating, you will never run out of things to do at the Araneta Center no matter what the weather is.

Here are some nice ideas you could do around Araneta Center this rainy season:

Watch a movie at the Gateway Mall Cineplex and Ali Mall Cineplex

A movie marathon is one of the most relaxing things to do especially during the rainy weather. While there are those who prefer to binge watch at the comfort of their homes, those who want to see movies that are currently showing have various options at the Gateway Mall Cineplex and Ali Mall Cineplex. With their vivid screens, immersive sound system, comfortable seats, accessibility and wide selection of movies, the cinemas at these two malls will definitely please those who want to pass time during the sweater weather.

Watch a game or a concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and Kia Theatre

Rain or shine, the Smart Araneta Coliseum and the Kia Theatre continue to host exciting games and amazing performances. As these are indoor venues, they remain as secure options for those who want to catch their idols in the flesh. Some of the exciting shows at the Big Dome for the next few months are the ongoing PBA Commissioners’ Cup which has entered the semifinals phase; the concerts of Tawag ng Tanghalan All-Stars on July 28, Anne Curtis on August 18, Ogie Alcasid on August 24, Sharon Cuneta on September 28 and Mariah Carey on October 26. Meanwhile, Kia Theatre will also be packed in the coming months with showcases from Halsey on August 10, Shane Filan on September 15, and Alden Richards on September 21.

Shop for rainy day essentials

Given the unpredictable weather, it is important for everyone to be prepared especially when the rains come. Whether you are looking for umbrellas, raincoats and boots or fashionable sweaters and jackets, you will definitely find these necessities in the shops, department stores and supermarkets around the Araneta Center. Various stores also offer other rainy day essentials like mosquito repellants, batteries, flashlights, rechargeable lamps and emergency packs should the inclement weather call for them.

Cozy up in your favorite coffee shop

The rains and the cold weather are a perfect reason to cozy up in your favorite coffee shop. The hot drinks, jazzy music and relaxing ambiance coupled with a good book or an interesting movie on your portable device is the best combination for a chill time on a chilly climate. Some of the most popular coffee shops like Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Seattle’s Best, J. Co, Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons, Figaro, and Dunkin’ Donuts abound in the center, while new joints like Johann Coffee Corner in the Gateway Mall and Book & Borders at Manhattan Parkview are worth a try.

Visit art galleries around the Center

The rainy season is also a perfect time for art appreciation. While rains continue to pour outside, it’s nice to know one can still have access to stunning works of established and up-and-coming local artists at the Gateway Gallery in the Gateway Tower Mall. Another art gallery that’s worth a visit is the Sining Kamalig in Ali Mall, one of the first-ever mall-based art galleries in the country. 

Staycation at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center

If you are looking for a new scene but the rains will not allow you to travel out of town, go for a “staycation” instead. The Novotel Manila Araneta Center, with its well-appointed rooms, complete facilities, delicious food and accessibility, is a perfect staycation destination. To know more about the features of this hotel and to book a room, simply visit

Get pampered

The rainy season brings about a generally relaxing mood to everyone, which is why it is also a perfect time to get some pampering. With dozens of salons situated around Araneta Center, you will never run out of treatments you can have done on your hair—whether it be a haircut, hair color, a hot oil or a new perm. There are also numerous facial centers located in the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza for those who want to get rid of their skin blemishes. Those who want to get a massage can also go to the spa of their choice such as the In Balance Spa at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center, or Nuat Thai at Manhattan Parkview and Manhattan Heights, or Mont Albo at Manhattan Parkway.

Food trip around the Center

The cold weather, for many, induces increased appetite. That is why a food trip is one of the most popular activities during the rainy season. Fortunately, one will never run out of dining options when at Araneta Center. Craving local soupy dishes like sinigang, bulalo, tinola, and batchoy? You will surely find them in the Center. What about comfort food such as champorado, arroz caldo, goto, lomi and chicken sopas? They are also present in the menus of various restaurants around the Center. Barkada favorites pizza, fries and spicier iterations of pastas also abound here. These monsoon months or any season for that matter, one’s cravings will surely be satisfied here in Araneta Center.