Mother's Day is happening on May 12 (a day before the elections), and since it drops on a long weekend, a lot of Manileños are expected to leave for the provinces to vote and to get a bit of R&R. If you're staying in the city, plan your time with mommy dearest and surprise her with activities that the both of you can have fun doing.

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A picnic at La Mesa Eco Park

In case you didn’t know, the La Mesa Eco Park in Fairview, Quezon City has picnic grounds where you can chill in greenery the whole afternoon. You just need to pay park entrance fee of P50 if you’re a non-QC resident, or P40 if you are. Make sure to pack your food in secure containers, use less plastic, and keep the grounds clean!

TRY: La Mesa Eco Park, La Mesa Dam Compound, Greater Lagro, Quezon City

TRY: Varya Food and Beverage Containers: Tyffn (leak-resistant lunch box), Drynk (beverage container), and Preserve (meal container), available online at Vayalife.com

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Sign up for a workshop that you can eventually earn from

If you're thinking of starting a small business, try learning a new skill that you can profit from. Into scents? There's an upcoming perfume-making workshop you and you mudra may want to try. 

TRY: Greenhills Perfume-making Workshop at VMall. A single receipt worth P2,000 from any Ortigas Mall (Greenhills, Estancia, Tiendesitas can earn you an entry pass to any of their special Mother's Day events. 

Reserve seats for a buffet

Nothing brings family closer together than a good ol' buffet, and why not opt for one of the most famous restos in the Metro? Dine in Spiral at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila anytime until May 12, and have your mom enjoy giveaways from Guerlain, SHISEIDO, Elizabeth Arden, NUXE, Anne Klein, and Maidenformrom.

TRY: Mother's Day Special at Spiral, rates start at P2,750 nett. Reserve your seats here.

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Enjoy a legit hotel staycation

If you don't want to go along the crowd leaving Metro Manila, then best book in a good hotel and just spend the entire weekend chilling. 

TRY: The Alpha Suites Suitest Gift For Mom Package. A staycation with massage starts at P5,920++, while a staycation with FaceFitness Treatment starts at P7,500++.

TRY: Marco Polo Ortigas Manila's Mother's Day Packages. Book a room from May 11 to 12 and enjoy a special package starting at P6,900++. Enjoy a Cucina buffet for lunch or dinner with two full-paying adults during your stay and your mom gets to dine for free. For more details, visit their website

Go shopping

Yes, it's a cliché suggest, but shopping with your mom a pretty fun thing to do (especially if you've got the same shoe size--then you get to borrow pairs from each other). 

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TRY: Rustan's Mother's Day Specials. Drop by Rustan's from May 10 to 13 and get discouts from brands like Natori, Tadashi, Nicole Miller, and many more. For more details, visit their website.

TRY: ForMe's Mother's Day Promos. Get a 10% discount on all regular-priced items from May 10 to 13 (both in-store and online). You can also get a free EAU SO LIGHT Perfume for a minimum purchase of P1,000 (single-receipt) until May 12. 

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