The Ultimate Guide to Manila This Week

Here at Ellry, we’re all about making everyday 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 out what’s happening in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide.

Manila Sundance BazaarManila Sundance Bazaar Kicksstreet

Get into a shoe frenzy at the Manila Sundance Bazaar Kicksstreet event, which is dubbed as the #MSBKICKSSTREET2 Fashion and Sneaker Sale. Expect fashionistas, shopaholics and bargain hunters to queue in this three-day shopping affair where trendy items, delectable food goodies, and other free treats will be all over the venue. And on top of these, this fashion bonanza will allow guests to win up to Php 80,000 worth of prizes!

August 12 – 14, 2016 | 11:00AM – 9:00PM
World Trade Center Manila, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Pasay City
Tickets: Php100

August Food FestivalAugust Food Festival

It’s all in the FAM – food, arts, and music – for you to enjoy the upcoming August Food Festival by the Entrepreneur Lab. No need to travel far to experience this mouthwatering food trip because you’ll relish all these in just one place. Indulge yourself with Cebu lechon, burgers, burritos, coffee and much more!  It’s a free event, so you can bring your family and friends along as you bond over gustatory delights, creative ideas, and great harmonies.

August 12 – 14, 2016 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM
UP Town Center Amphitheater, 216 Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City

Q FestivalQ Festival

Q Festival is derived from Quiapo as this event marks the 125th year of the San Sebastian Basilica. For two weeks, event goers can choose how they can enjoy the vicinity of San Sebastian through Q Festival’s Musica Sacra, University Art, Photo Exhibits, Traditional Halal Foods, Outdoor Films, Walking Tours, Instameets, Pop-Up Library, Basketball Tournament, Variety Shows, and other attractions. The festival is meant to highlight the ongoing ten-year restoration of the San Sebastian Basilica.

August 12 – 20, 2016
Various locations in the City of Manila like
San Sebastian Basilica, Plaza del Carmen, Bahay Nakpil Bautista, etc.
Check the Facebook page for list of Free events

A Pastry AffairA Pastry Affair

Learn how to whip Chocolate Soufflé or Pistachio Savarin from Chef Marc Chalopin, Alain Ducasse Institute Philippines’ executive chef.  Prior to becoming part of Enderun Colleges, Chef Chalopin has 35 years of culinary and instructional experience under his sleeve. A Pastry Affair is a tasty way to see how the French food expert converts basic ingredients into a gastronomic work of art, a wonderful prelude to a three-month pastry program at Enderun.

August 13, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Culinary Arts Building at Enderun Colleges, #1100 Campus Ave., Mckinley Hill Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Entrance Fee: Php300 per participant

Dim Sum cooking ClassDim Sum Cooking Class with Chef Andy Chan

Do you know the secret in cooking authentic Cantonese recipes? Chef Andy Chan will lead the way as he takes you to the ins and outs of creating Deep Fried Seafood with pineapple Rolls and Spicy Sauce, and Deep Fried Ham Shui Kok stuffed with Minced Pork and Chicken, among others. The fee will get you to learn from the expert as a student in this cooking class, a recipe book, certificate, apron, and a special surprise.

August 13, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM
New World Manila Bay Hotel, 1588 Pedro Gil corner M.H. Del Pilar Sts., Manila
Fee: Php2,888 per person includes recipe book, apron, and a special gift

Mindful MomMindful Mom Retreat

For everything that they do, all moms need time for themselves, to relax, unwind and connect with other people. At the Mindful Mom Re-treat, moms get to take a break from their everyday routine of endless household chores and taking care of their children. This time, the focus is on them. At the event, there will be talks and activities that will give them several tools and strategies to discover themselves once more and to reevaluate their purpose in life.

August 13, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00NN & 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Aruga by Rockwell, Makati City
Participation fee: Php800 inclusive of kit and snack


Take a major flashback as to how  the Philippines was during the olden days. Famous Filipino historian Ambeth Ocampo is set to talk this month about the love story between our national hero, Jose Rizal, and his lady love, Josephine Bracken. Entitled as #WalangForever, this is part of the monthly historical talk series #HugotHistorian at the Ayala Museum. Succeeding topics include Marcos and Martial Law, Food in Philippine History, and Gregorio del Pilar.

August 13, 2016
Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor dela Rosa St., Makati
Fee: Regular Php375, AGC & Members Php300, Students and Teachers Php275, Seniors Php267
Season Pass Php1,350 (All four lectures)

Backyard Grill At The ParkBackyard Grill At The Park

It’s an evening of fun bonding with friends and dining under the stars when you partake of the food and drinks at the Backyard Grill At the Park. Not only will you get to satisfy your tummies there but you will also be able to give back because part of the proceeds that will be generated from this event will be used for the benefit of the Philippine Animal Rescue Team (P.A.R.T.). So don’t miss out on this opportunity for some outdoor merrymaking while helping out a good cause!

August 13, 2016 | 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Cuenca Park, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa
Admission is free

SaganaSagana: Isang Himig, Iba’t Ibang Tinig 2016

To celebrate Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month), OPM – Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit, Quezon City Local Government, The National Commission for Culture and the ArtsFILSCAP, and Philpop bring you a musical extravaganza showcasing only the best local talents the industry has to offer. Catch bands like Ang Bandang Shirley, Autotelic, Jensen and The Flips, Paranoid City and There’s ERA. This event is the grand finale to Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino, which was held last July 23-31, 2016. It’s time to share that nationalistic spirit and support Pinoy music!

August 13, 2016 | 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City
Admission is free

Drones Flight 101

There are a couple types of drone users out there. There are recreational users who fly drones as a hobby and there are commercial users who use drones as a business equipment such as for using in aerial cinematography. Both types of users can benefit a lot from taking a course with Drones PH Academy as they discuss the latest rules and regulations before taking your flight. Other topics include the basics such as learning more about your aircraft, safety guidelines and standard operations and functions.

August 13-14, 2016
JCI Pinaglabanan Clubhouse, San Juan
Course fee: Php15,000

Pinoy Fitness RunPinoy Fitness Kasama Run

Running can be a whole lot of fun when you share the road with your partner, friend, or family member. For other runners who have been doing it all by themselves, they have a companion in Pinoy Fitness, which marks its 7th anniversary this August 14. Those who will participate and pay the registration fee will get a race bib, singlet, RFID and finisher medal. Micheala umbrellas will be given to top 100 finishers in every category.

August 14, 2016 | 4:00AM
Blue Bay Walk, EDSA corner Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City
Fees:  Php600 (3K); Php700 (5K); Php800 (10K); Php900 (16K)
Website or Facebook

Color Manila Glitter RunColor Manila Glitter Run

Colors spell out F-U-N and what better way to bring the fun in a run than to have a dash of vibrant hues. It’s a party and marathon rolled into one, minus the competition, but only the enjoyment. Even non-runners are enjoined to take a piece of the thrill of this event. Don’t fret about the glitters because Color Manila will be using safe powders that have shiny or metallic color.

August 14, 2016 | 4:00AM
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Fee: Php850 (Deluxe); Php1,250 (Rockstar)
Website or Facebook

The Art of Caking 2The Art of Caking: Couture Canvas Cake

If you love to dabble into painting and the arts, then how about having a cake as your canvas? Learn how to make edible flowers and berries that you usually find on pastries and sweet desserts. The registration fee will allow you to have a fun-filled and tasteful workshop plus light meals and treats, materials to be used at class, and a completed canvas styro cake.

August 14, 2016 | 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Cynfully Sweets, 70 Topaz St., Doña Juana Townhomes Subdivision II, Rosario, Pasig
Fee: Php5,000

Vertical Run2016 Vertical World Circuit

Fifty-nine floors, 250 meters from the ground, and 1,353 steps. This is the first edition of the Manila Vertical Run, which is one of the three new venues of the eight-year Vertical World Circuit event, the premier skyscraper racing circuit in the world. The Kerry Sports Vertical Run is a test of endurance among runners as the finish line ends at the top.

August 14, 2016 | 8:30AM – 1:00PM
2/F, Shangri-la at the Fort, Manila, 30th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Registration Fee:  Php1,500 (Individual), Php1,200 (Fun Climb), Php6,000 (Team Challenge of 4 Runners); additional Late Entry Fee of Php100
Facebook or Website

going Chromaticgoing CHROMATIC

Put some color into the past. Know more how colors affect photos and their use in historical research straight from designer Ivan Angkaw Bilugan, who is the artist behind Philippine History in Color. Going CHROMATIC is part of the Color in History exhibit of the Filipinas Heritage Library. Participants must bring pen and paper for notetaking, black-and-white or sepia photo in digital file with original copy, laptop with an Adobe Photoshop or related software installed, and mouse or pen tablet.

August 15, 2016 | 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor dela Rosa St., Makati
Contact: +63 2 7598288 local 36 or 45 or
Fee: Php3,500; several types of discounts available
Facebook or Registration Website


Go Japanese at the PuppetXchange, which is hosted by The Japan Foundation, Manila, as it features Bunraku, a classic performing arts using puppets from the Land of the Rising Sun. Similarly, learn about our very own Filipino puppet tradition. What a wonderful exchange of cultures learning about the origins and development of puppetry in both countries.

August 16, 2016 | 3:00PM – 10:00PM
Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay
Fee: Free Admission but on a First-Come, First-Serve Basis

Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Let us know and it might just make our list!

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