Another great reason to be in Manila is all the "self-care" stuff at fantastic "can't pass it up" prices. There was a salon two doors from the hotel, Studio 1119, that had all kinds of services, including massages, which was the best I have had in a long time. It was the endorphin-releasing kind of massage that kept me smiling for days.
Another thing we chanced upon was the Salcedo Saturday Market, just about 2 minutes walk from our hotel. It was a small open-air market, but had lots of interesting goods, especially food treats. This ice cream was really good for 150 pesos: avocado, ube, cookies and cream and chocolate all on one cone.