14 Enjoyable Activities To Do In 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.

01 ArgentineArgentine Film Festival 2016

Film enthusiasts have something to watch out this week as Cinema Bravo brings the Argentine Film Festival, now on its second year. Five diverse movies are featured in this four-day run: El Misterio de la Felicidad; Fermin; Medianeras; El Hombre de Al Lado; and La Patota. Be sure to line up early because tickets will only be released 30 minutes prior to screening time and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

August 18 – 21, 2016 |6:00PM – 10:00PM
Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong
Tickets: Free Admission
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02 In the MixIn The Mix 2016

Be In the Mix and get into the beat of The 1975, James Bay, Panic! At the Disco, Third Eye Blind, Elle King, and Twin Pines. MMI Live and Ovation Productions are putting together these international music bands and artists for an evening of great music that will make you rock the night away. It’s a good mix of popular and emerging musicians that will delight a diverse audience.

August 18, 2016 | 8:00PM
MOA Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
Tickets: Moshpit – Php13,250; VIP Standing 1 – Php9,010; VIP Standing 2 – Php7,950;
Lower Box – Php5,618; Upper Box – Php3,180; General Admission – Php1,060
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03 Global HoopsGlobal Hoops 2016

Raise the Philippine flag and cheer for our basketball stars Jimmy Alapag, Willy Miller, Renren Ritualo, and so much more, as they aim for the hoop against the teams from the USA (Court Kingz) and China (RZP) in a streetball event called Global Hoops, organized by King Bally Events and Promotions. Hiphop artists Andrew E, Gloc9, Abra, Looney, Quest, and surprised guests will also bring the house down with their music.

August 20, 2016 | 5:00PM
MOA Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
Tickets: Patron – Php1,090; Lower Box-Php 790; Upper Box-Php 590; General Admission-Php390

04 Pies and QuichePies and Quiche

Learn how to whip some Egg Pie, Apple Walnut Crumble, Meat Lovers Quiche, and Vegetable Quiche at the Pies and Quiche Workshop by culinary expert The Maya Kitchen, which has been cooking great food since 1964. The workshop fee already includes ingredients, apron and toque. You can bring your own containers if you want to take home your own creation.

August 20, 2016 | 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Center, 8th Floor, Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Legazpi Village , Makati City
Fee: Php2,000

06 Co-creatingCo-Creating My Destiny: Life and Career Planning

When you feel it’s time to stop and see which path in life you need to trudge, this Co-Creating My Destiny: Life and Career Planning workshop may be your best aid in redirecting your life. Learn from Michelle “Mitsch” Tapia, an independent strategy management and organization development consultant, on how to define your purpose in life, determine your passion, visualize the life you want, establish your career and life goals, recognize the limitations and challenges, and plot a tangible plan.

August 20 and 27, 2016 | 9:00AM – 6:00PM
The Asia Tower, 5/F Function Room, 151 Paseo de Roxas cor. Benavidez St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Fee: Php5,850
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True Tea and Proper Brewing (Tea 101)

Did you know that there is a proper way to brew tea? Let Teavolution Manila and Dulcetierra Tea Station take you to the ins and outs of tea through the Tè Amo: The Tea Enthusiasts’ Tea Fair, where you get to know more about the ancient art of drying leaves and turning them into a beverage that can tickle your senses. Within the event is a lecture which will tackle topics such as the history and types of tea as well as a tasting session.

August 20, 2016 | 5:00PM – 10:00PM
KENDO Creative, Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo St., Cubao, Quezon City
Fee: Php1,000
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08 A Handmade AffairA Handmade Affair: Crafty Celebrations and Wedding Expo

If you are planning a party and you want some inspiration on the theme, invitations, giveaways and decors, A Handmade Affair brings you various DIY ideas that can make your party fun and still right on the budget. Bento making, paper cutting, and jewelry making workshops are just the tip of the ice. There are free activities for adults and kids like plush decorating, postcards painting, plus a lot of workshops where you can learn to do things on your own, which you might find useful for the invites you are doing or the souvenirs you are creating.

August 20 and 21, 2016 | 11:00AM – 9:00PM
Bridgetowne Tent, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Libis, Quezon City
Fees:  Free Entrance; Workshop fees start at Php1,500
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09 Air plantTruly Tillandsia: An Air Plant 101 and Aerium Workshop

No space for a garden? You can build your garden indoors as air plant and moss artist Marvz Conti of Habil teaches you how to make your own tabletop aerium. There is no need for soil because you’ll be using tillandsias or air plants to beautify your interiors in order to allow more oxygen into your abode. Snacks, drinks, and materials like glassware, plants, and other aerium ingredients will be provided during the workshop.

August 20, 2016 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Common Room PH, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Lopez Dr., Makati
Fee: Php1,800
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CraftingDesign Dialogue: Crafting for a Cause

The country has been lucky to be blessed with such talent in the crafts industry. Although our designers have gained global recognition, it is but such a noble act that they still find ways to give back to different advocacies and social concerns in their homeland. This dialogue presents Negros-native Christina Gaston, who has been promoting the weaving culture of the Maranao. Tony Gonzales is the co-founder of top design group Movement 8 which focuses on utilizing local resources.  Last but not the least, John and Tessy Pettyjohn have been using their knowledge acquired abroad to encourage the use of local clays and volcanic ash.

August 20, 2016 | 10:30AM – 12:30PM
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Roxas Blvd., Manila
Admission fee: Php150, students: Php120

Common GroundThe Common Ground Music Fest

Music lovers can spoil themselves as they come together for an afternoon to evening showcase of nonstop music. This festival will have four stages clustered in the BGC area. Check out the rock stage at Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant, the singer-songwriter stage at Frank & Dean, the DJ stage at Tropic Frank and Hip Hop x Electro stage at Ocean’s Telephone Co. Among the 40 acts you can expect include Mayonnaise, The Benjamins, Jensen & The Flips, DJ Javi Vargas and Earl of Manila. Best part is, entrance is free! Just share any Common Ground Music Fest poster and register at Frank & Dean or Pablo’s Pub on Saturday.

August 20, 2016 | 1:00PM – 10:00PM
Four Stages: Frank & Dean, Pablo’s Pub and Restaurant, Tropic Frank and Ocean’s Telephone Co.
Admission is free

11 SofitelSofitel Manila Half-Marathon 2016

In its pursuit to advocate for a healthy lifestyle and wellness, Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila once again holds the Sofitel Manila Half-Marathon. This yearly event, which is on its 4th year, is held in order to support the needs and programs of Virlanie Foundation and its beneficiaries. Apart from the bib, singlet, timing tag, loot bag, and other giveaways, Sofitel Manila also offers 25% discount in its Spiral Restaurant to race participants on the day of the run.

August 21, 2016 | 3:00AM – 9:00AM
CCP Open Grounds, CCP Complex, Pasay City
Registration Fee:  Php750 (5K); Php850 (10K); Php950 (21K)
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12 Cake DecoratingBasic Cookie Decorating

What do you want to see on your cookie, or how do you want to embellish yours? You don’t have to be a pastry chef to learn the A, B, Cs of cookie decorating. Maggie Ricafort Agustin of The Little Whisk will show you how to turn your plain sugar cookies into works of art and you can even do it in your own home. These decorated cookies have been popular personalized giveaway items at parties and events. With the workshop fee, you already have some food and drinks, workshop module, workshop kit, and certificate.

August 21, 2016 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Costa Coffee BGC, One World Place, 32nd Ave, Taguig
Fee:  Php1,850
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13 Floral WatercolorWatercolor Floral Wreath Workshop

Dab into watercolor painting, particularly roses and wreaths, and turn your artworks into a beautiful garden. The workshop fee already affords you with snacks and drink, paper materials, handouts with floral illustration, glass jar with lid, and picture frame for your final piece that you can display at home. For those who opt to avail of the paint, they will get Campus by Raphael.

August 21, 2016 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Craft Coffee Workshop Roastery & Coffee Bar, 66 Broadway Ave., New Manila, Quezon City
Fee: Php2,200 with paint or Php1,700 without paint

14 SaladsFantastic Salads 2.0

Fresh salads are healthy dishes that we can include in our daily fare. Chef Marie Gonzalez of the Kitchen Revolution is an authority when it comes to various salad recipes because she is a vegan chef. Through the Fantastic Salads 2.0 workshop, you will be able to prepare four different fresh salad menus that will make use of fruits, herbs, vegetables, spices, beans, grains, and seeds. You can also opt for gluten-free ingredients.

August 24, 2016 | 10:00AM – 1:30PM
Kitchen Revolution HQ, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa
(Private location but the address will be provided upon registration)
Fee: P1950 if prepaid by August 22; P2250 after August 22
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Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Let us know and it might just make our list!

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