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17 Fun Things to Do to Experience Manila this Week

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making every day feel like an adventure. We’ve got ideas on how to make the most of your time, even when you’re not leaving town! Find things to do in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide:

7th-Philippine-International-Literary-Festival7th Philippine International Literary Festival: Against Forgetting

In time for Buwan ng Panitikan (National Literature Month), authors, publishers, illustrators, and literature lovers come together for the Philippine International Literary Festival. Join the workshop on literary editing, listen to the plenary session on “Against Forgetting”, and be part of roundtable discussions on readership, writing, and rights trading — all for free! All you need to do is email your full name, affiliation, and contact numbers to litfest@nbdb.gov.ph. Use the subject line “Sign me up for the 7th Philippine International Literary Festival”. Book donations are greatly encouraged.

April 29, 2016 | 9:00AM – 5:30PM
QCX Museum, Quezon Memorial Circle
Registration is free
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Expo-Mom-2016Expo Mom 2016: The Motherhood Journey

Celebrate with other moms and find ways to overcome your challenges wherever you are on your motherhood journey. Expo mom is a 2-day event filled with workshops, stories, and baby necessities shopping! Motherhood is such a unique experience and it would be great to meet with moms who love to share the journey with you. Admission is free, but Mommy Mundo accepts donations and all proceeds go to Momshare literacy projects.

April 29-30, 2016 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Glorietta Activity Center, Parkway Dr, Makati
Admission is free
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Charcoal-Painting-with-Heidi-BalababocoCharcoal Painting with Heidi Balababoco

Making big, sweeping movements across a sheet of paper is a liberating experience. Join Heidi Balababoco in this workshop and hone your sketching skills using charcoal as your medium. You don’t have to be an expert. Enthusiasts and newbie artists are very welcome to join. Fee includes materials, certificate, food and drinks.

April 29, 2016 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Kendo Creative, Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo St., Cubao, Quezon City
Workshop fee: Php1,800
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Basic-Poker-CourseBuying In: A Basic Poker Course

Poker isn’t just a card game. It involves situational awareness and decision-making. These skills are not only useful during the game, but also in one’s daily life. Ronald “RedAirkson” Regis is going to help you tackle the basic to advanced concepts of poker in a seminar series that is conceptually and experientially-rich. It opens with an overview, and then progresses into deeper sessions of understanding the concepts and applying techniques. The course starts on April 30 and will be happening every Saturday until May 28.

All Saturdays from April 30 – May 28, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00NN
Enderun at The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Course fee: Php7,500 per participant for all 5 sessions (inclusive of Php2,000 buy-in)
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ArtxMusicxTheCoffeeBeanArtxMusicxTheCoffeeBean: BHS Summer on the Street

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf team up with Bonifacio High Street for another day of arts and music rolled into one event. Doodle on a giant coffee cup, shop for art pieces, and color the walkways of BHS with chalk — all while enjoying great live music! Third World Improv and Daloy Dance Company are also joining the fun by facilitating theater improv and creative moment workshops for those who wish to join!

April 30, 2016 | 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Bonifacio High Street East Park, Taguig
Admission is free
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Health-Junkie-Celebrating-Strong-WomenHealth Junkie: Celebrating Strong Women

Ladies, this event is for you! Together with Health Junkie and SM City North Edsa, celebrate your strength by maintaining a strong and beautiful body, keeping a healthy lifestyle, and pampering yourself. Fitness classes, food prep demos, and games are among the activities to choose from. Try to be there early and get freebies and raffle prizes!

April 30, 2016 | 11:00AM – 5:30PM
3F SM North Edsa, Quezon City
Registration is free
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Satchmi-Vinyl-DaySatchmi Vinyl Day

Vintage record enthusiasts, it’s time to hoard! Come and celebrate timeless music with the gang. If you want to get dibs on the vinyls, start hunting for records as early as 12nn. Live music starts at 4pm up until midnight.

April 30, 2016 | 12:00NN
U.P. Town Center Ampitheater, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Admission is free
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Summer-Sun-Music-FestivalSummer Sun Music Festival

Spend your Labor Day weekend with international acts and top local DJs at the Summer Sun Music Festival. Robin Thicke, Fedde Le Grand, Shogun, Jonn Hart, Marc Marasigan, Nina Saputil, DCash, and JJ Saur will party with you in the heart of the city, in the heat of the summer! Get your tickets at SMtickets.com or visit Vans, The Rail, Bondle, Partyphile, and Sole Slam Metro Manila stores.

April 30, 2016 | 11AM onwards
Globe Circuit Events Ground, Makati
Tickets: Php4,500 (VIP) and Php3,000 (Patron)
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Flow-in-the-CityFlow in the City

Yoga instructors, speakers, crafters, artists, foodies, and musicians come together for a day of health and wellness. There will also be local fashion and sustainable and eco-friendly products you can take home for mindful and inspired living. Aside from the paid workshops, you can also join Anahata Exchange classes such as the Acro Yoga session for free. Just bring organic produce or an all-natural product. Register here.

April 30, 2016 | 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Mandala Park, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong
Workshop fee: Php880 (good for 3 classes, additional class is Php200 each)
Premium workshops: Php1,000 (Make Your Own Therapeutic Playdough)
and Php1,200 (How To Paint Like Van Gogh )
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CrossRoads-WorkshopCrossRoads Workshop

If volunteerism is something you are passionate about, you should join this workshop that provides innovative training designed to break poverty mindsets.  It is ideal for volunteer leaders, community development practitioners, ministry leaders, social responsibility practitioners, and non-profit organizations make better decisions on how to organize programs that help address poverty

April 30, 2016 | 8:00AM – 4:00PM
The Office Project Coworking Studio, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Registration fee: Php750
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Spoken-Word-WorkshopGonzo Art Lab Presents: Spoken Word Workshop

Spoken word poetry has been gaining attention and has reached a wide range of audiences. If you want to learn how to express yourself by performing your written piece of art, join this Spoken Word Workshop presented by Gonzo Art Lab. This performance art is a lovechild of multiple skills and draws from different traditions. Come and be part of a growing community of word lovers!

May 1, 2016 | 11:00AM – 2:00PM
DITO: Bahay ng Sining, J. Molina Street, Marikina City
Workshop fee: Php350
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String-Art-WorkshopString Art Workshop

Looking for something creative to do this summer? Lai Reyes-Geluz will teach you how to make your own String Art Piece. Try your hand at merging the art of painting on wood and string art to come up with a beautiful piece you can display to reinvent your space at home. Whether you are a frustrated stylist, a student looking for something to do, or a momzilla, this workshop is a great venue for DIY-ers to get crafty!

May 1, 2016 | 1:00PM – 4:00 PM
Common Room PH, 325 Dela Rosa St., Katipunan, Quezon City
Workshop fee: Php1,800
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Watercolor RecipesIllustrating Recipes in Watercolor

Foodie and art lovers can come together in this class by Cynthia Bauzon-Arre on watercolor painting. Food will be the subject of the artworks you will learn to create. You will even be able to draw your favorite recipe at the end of the session. No prior painting experience is necessary as beginners are welcome. Fee includes materials, light snacks and refreshments.

April 30, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00NN
Prism Gallery, G/F Island Tower Condominium, 239 Salcedo St., Makati City
Workshop fee: Php2,500
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Drip CafeCoffee Appreciation Workshop

Deepen your love for coffee through an appreciation workshop with Drip Café. One of the Philippines’ coffee master, Mike Canlas, will touch on topics like an introduction into the intricacies of coffee, the espresso machine and preparation as well as a hands-on tutorial on the four basic drinks: espresso, cappuccino, latte and mocha. Workshop fee includes lunch and consumables.

April 30, 2016 | 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Drip Café, Banawe cor. Maria Clara Sts., Brgy. Sto. Domingo, Quezon City
Workshop fee: Php3,000
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Taco FiestaTaco Fiesta Class

Love Mexican food but don’t want the added calories that go with it? Well thankfully, the folks at Kitchen Revolution is at your rescue! No need to sacrifice authentic taste for healthy alternatives at this Taco Fiesta class. Learn how to make dishes such as lentil walnut taco meat, Mexican soy chorizo crumbles, black beans with cilantro as well as gluten-free homemade corn tortillas.

May 1, 2016 | 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Craft MNL, Unit 302, Pamana Languages Bldg., 926 Arnazie Ave., Makati City
Php1,850 Early Bird Rate (by April 28) or Php2,150 Regular Rate
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PETA Summer ProgramPETA Summer Program: Theater Arts (ages 17 & up)

Always thought you had the chops for acting? Take this introductory course in theater arts as PETA offers an extraordinary experience through learning the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in improvisational theater production. Additional topics that will be discussed include theater history, appreciation, aesthetics and criticism- all the tools you need to become a star!

May 2-14, 2016 (10 sessions) | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Pineapple Lab, 6071 Palma St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Workshop fee: Php11,000
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Summer Dance WorkshopSummer Dance Workshop Batch 2

Add some fun in the way you get in shape this summer by taking a dance workshop with Brewing Point Dance Studio! Batch 2 classes are about to start this May and be sure to expect several types of dancing styles for everyone. Some of the classes you can expect are jazz funk, hip-hop and urban dance. Classes are categorized for adults and kids as well.

May 4-31, 2016 | Times and Class Schedules Vary
Brewing Point Dance Studio, 56 T.M. Kalaw St., Tierra Pura Homes, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
Workshop fee starts at Php4,500
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