It’s sad when our favorite stores and hangout place close for good, especially those which have become a part of our lives.

There is no doubt when we say that this pandemic has caused too much damage, not just in public health, but also the economy. Not only did it claim lives and the liberty to go out of our homes, but also put an end to a lot of business establishments we’ve all grown to love these past couple of years.

It’s a difficult reality to face but I guess there’s nothing we can do but go along with it. What else can we do? Nothing at this point. IKYKWIM.

So, with heavy hearts, here’s a list of all our favorite stores and businesses that permanently closed due to this pandemic. Come along with us and remember all the happy memories that too place in these establishments.

Cinema Centenario

Cinema Centenario, a haven of indie movies and classic films, started way back 2017. With offering entertainment plus comfort which makes you feel like you’re watching a movie in your own home theatre, this micro-cinema easily captivated the hearts of cinephiles from all ages. Just like any other movie theaters, Cinema Centenario had to halt operations from the start of the pandemic up until now due to social distancing guidelines which is impossible in movie houses.

In an announcement posted through their Facebook page on October 7, the team had this to say,

“Nagbabago ang panahon at may mga pagkakataong hindi natin inaasahang darating. After more than 200 days ng aming pagsasara buhat ng pandemic, nais naming magpaalam dahil tuluyan na naming isasara ang pinto ng ating Tahanan sa Maginhawa. Hindi ito naging madali para sa amin. Malaking factor sa aming desisyon ang safety and sustainability.”

They also share good memories from the moment they opened the cinema and how people loved and appreciated the movies they went in for in Cinema Centenario.

Check their farewell post below!

Kumusta? Mayroon po kaming kuwento.

Sa unang linggo ng aming operation, may random old couple na nagpunta sa…

Posted by Cinema Centenario on Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Route 196

August 23 is a sad day for the local music scene. After 15 years of catering fun and music, Route 196 announced “Alas, we’re at the end of the road for Route 196,” which left their regulars sad that day. One of the popular music venues in the Metro, Route 196 set the stage for local artists with whatever genre they may be, making their place a home for musicians and music lovers.


In line with their announcement, Route 196 released ‘The Route 196 Farewell T-shirt’ to serve as a remembrance for the good 15 years they’ve had.

Apart from the farewell shirt, they also organized a farewell gig and fundraiser for the benefit of their staff who were greatly affected by their closure. A lot of local bands and artists joined the online concert like Lola Amour, Clara Benin, Ebe Dancel, and a lot more. 

Here’s the full lineup for One For The Road, our farewell gig & fundraiser happening this Saturday via Facebook live. 🥺…

Posted by Route 196 on Sunday, 6 September 2020

What a way to end a wonderful journey!

KidZania Manila


KidZania Manila is a safe and unique immersive community where you can discover, explore, and learn about the adult world – in a children’s city designed only for them. Complete with paved streets, a transit system, and a working economy, they let kids become DJs, models, firefighters, chefs, or even a veterinarian for a day. They even get to have their own salary at the end of every activity.

In an announcement released by its management on July 22,

 “With the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing community quarantine, we have complied and suspended operations to prevent the further spread of the virus, which resulted to a massive impact on our revenues. Even if we are allowed to operate in the future, the ‘new normal’ will prohibit mass gathering and require children to remain at home. These conditions have left us with no choice but to close the play city’s doors permanently,” they said.

Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Café

Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Café is Manila’s first and foremost boardgame bar and café. Opened in 2014, Ludo has been a go-to place for friends and family to have fun and play games at the same time.

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The owners Aaron Tanco, Carlos Sandico, Chrissy Palma, Jay Mata, Mario Sandico, and Mark Yfj started Lido with the vison of spreading their love for gaming.  

They shared the sad news through their Facebook page.

It was 6 years ago where 6 friends had a vision of spreading our love of gaming.

We achieved that by putting up Ludo…

Posted by Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Cafe on Saturday, 26 September 2020

Common Room

Heaven for everything related to arts and crafts, Common Room first opened their doors through their physical store in Katipunan. Back in 2015, Common Room quickly became the home of a variety of local brands and artists. The store was packed with unique and affordable finds. Their success in Katipunan led to the opening of a number of pop-up stores around the Metro.

“Exactly 5 years ago today, we opened its doors for the first time to you. We sincerely believe, though, that the best way to celebrate its anniversary is to ensure that the community survives this pandemic, even if it meant saying goodbye to the home that paved the way for our other homes.”

Check out their statement below!

Dear friends,

It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to Common Room’s first home in Katipunan.

Exactly 5 years…

Posted by Common Room PH on Thursday, 30 July 2020

What a year it has been for everyone! We’ll surely miss these spots when we get back to going out with friends and family!

What memories do you have in these places?

Share them with us by commenting below! You can also hit us op on Facebook and Twitter, @udouph.

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