My First Escape Room Experience At Mystery Manila

Mystery Manila is considered to the first live role-playing game in the Philippines. It is a real-life room escape challenge where you get trapped in a room and have to solve your way out. There are a bunch of hints and mysteries that you have to figure out in a span of one hour. It’s fun. It’s thrilling. It’s challenging. It’s a definite must try.

Founded by Chuck Chang and partners, Mystery Manila has provided a new form of entertainment that is both enjoyable and challenging at the same time. Mystery Manila was able to successfully put up unique escape rooms for everyone to enjoy. There are a bunch of themes to choose from, depending on your taste and preference.

This is a great way of spending quality time with your family, friends, or even workmates. Mystery Manila gets to test the group’s cooperation and skills. It is a very fun activity that allows people to collaborate. Also, the experience seems to be very real–it can be scary and frustrating at times, so it’s great to have someone you can trust in there.

I asked my brother and sister to come with me. One, because I know they’ll never say no basta libre. Two, they’re both so clever! And of course, I wanted to go with someone who can help me solve the challenge. We went to the branch in Jupiter because we specifically wanted to try the Harry Potter-inspired room. It was called World of Wizardry. We actually did not know what to expect, so we went inside a bit anxious. We wanted to win the challenge so bad!

Inside, the room as extremely dark. Magical stuff such as spell books and wands were spread on a table. There was also a shelf full of things that you would normally see in Professor Snape’s office–potions and containers and all sorts of elements. Not all are helpful, really. Most of them are just there to confuse us. We had one hour to escape and there were just a lot of things to consider in there. It was really tough!

We were super lutang the whole time, asking the Mystery Manila personnel for help. Eventually, we were able to find clues and answer a bunch of confusing questions. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to entirely solve the puzzle because our time was up before we even finished. I admit that we spent an unnecessary amount of time figuring out clues that are supposed to be easy. We also wasted the first few minutes because of our freakin’ pride. We tried avoiding asking the staff for clues–which we should have done at the very beginning! It was kinda frustrating but it was super fun. I guess that’s the beauty of the game. It’s exciting and engaging and challenging all at the same time. I would love to experience it all over again.

Mystery Manila has a total of four branches: Century City Mall and Jupiter St., Makati City, Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City and Eastwood City Walk, Quezon City. The rate depends on how many players are signing up, but the lowest price is Php 400. Make sure to book at their website first, because they cannot accommodate you immediately if you walk in.

For more information, you may visit their website at or email them at

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