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18 Interesting Activities in 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 out what’s happening in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide.

13775394_10153572575501436_3554728474192564791_nRush Hour #4: Vive la MSO 

Let the music of the Manila Symphony Orchestra soothe your ears and enliven your hearts as the second half of the Rush Hour Concerts begins. With renowned Paris-based guest conductor Marlon Chen, listen as MSO performs pieces by Henryk Wieniawski, Ernest Chausson, and Marcel Ravel. This includes the MSO’s maiden performance of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a playful symphony of five movements each representing a short story. Decorated Singaporean violinist Jun Hong Loh will also lend his renowned string stylings, making for a truly rare and memorable night.

August 4, 2016 | 6:30PM
Ayala Museum, Makati City
Admissions start at: Php560 (Senior and Student discounts available)
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Image Source. Photo as representation only and not as exact product to be produced in class.
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Ice Cream: Basics 1

This class with Chef Patricia Loanzon will teach you the basics of homemade ice cream making as well as a variety of ways to serve it, aside from the usual scoop and serve. Transform your plain ice cream flavor into delectable desserts such as chocolate tiramisu, banana cream pie, mint chocolate chip ice cream cookies, black forest bonbons and frozen profiteroles, with bonus sauce recipes to boot! This is a demonstration class where students can participate but please bring your own aprons, hand towels, food containers and cooler.

August 4, 2016 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Heny Sison Culinary School, 33 Bonni Serrano Ave., Quezon City
Class fee: Php2,800

cinemalaya-20161Cinemalaya 2016: The 12th Philippine Independent Film Festival

“Break the Surface”. This year, the 12th annual Cinemalaya Film Festival probes deeper into the unique flavors of Philippine culture as it tells stories about family, history, relationships, the search for oneself, and even food. With 9 feature-length films and 10 shorts, viewers can expect to laugh, cry, rage, and question at the walls that define us as a nation, and what it takes to overcome them. Enjoy the films among multiple venues across multiple days. There are also multiple passes available depending on your preferred viewing option.

August 5-14, 2016
Cultural Center of the Philippines & select Ayala Malls Cinemas
Admissions start at: Php150 (Senior and Student discounts available)
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13592259_10153744603263067_7514554856795331248_nGeekFight: The Butler Did It!

Like solving puzzles or collecting clues? Are you into mystery books and games that need an extra bit of brain juice? Give yourself a little mental exercise with this mystery-themed trivia night hosted by GeekFight. Get the gang together and battle it out as you answer trivia about authors, mystery games, suspects, signature weapons, and even Michael Crichton! Door charge comes with a free cocktail to keep things heated, and more fun.

August 5, 2016 | 9:00PM – 11:45PM
Splice Resto Bar, Mandaluyong
Admission: Php200

13813660_10153822678880885_2211383974700352894_nNLEX’s Tara na sa Norte Tourism and Travel Fair

Who can get enough of the North? With so many beautiful destinations, yummy delicacies, and exquisite products, it’s no surprise that Pinoys from all over the country frequent the North Luzon provinces time and again. If you’re planning to head there soon, or looking for an excuse to go that way, visit the Tara na sa Norte Tourism and Travel Fair to find exclusive deals and discounts from airlines to hotels to tour packages. Northern delicacies and products will also be sold at discounted prices, while interactive games and programs will keep things festive and interesting.

August 5-7, 2016
Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City
Admission is free

13528964_10154298000348703_5641542181291358771_nWOFEX: World Food Expo

Whether you’re a chef, a cook, a baker, a restaurateur, an aspiring professional food-tester (if there’s such a thing!) or simply a lover of food, there’s something here for you. Get great deals on all things kitchen, from kitchenware to complete commercial equipment. Network with the best suppliers for your new café, or simply find the best available ingredients for your next family meals. Learn new techniques and tricks of the trade from the best through talks and cooking demos. And, finally, stuff yourselves with the flavors of the world through pavilions for different international cuisines. Come hungry!

August 3-5, 2016 (Trade Visitors Only) August 6, 2016 (Trade and General Public)| 10:00AM – 7:00PM
SMX Convention Center and World Trade Center
Admission: Php200

13718620_1749110282034556_2960099709721627345_nPetit Kiddie Party Styling

Children’s parties may be for kids, but that doesn’t mean it has to look childish. Elevate your kids’ parties or the ones you style with tips and tricks from School of Styling Philippines. From themes, color motifs, accessorizing, choosing attractive and appetizing food, to putting them all together in one cute and fun tableau – this workshop has got you covered. Also included is a basic photography class from lifestyle and event photographers, Lightkeeper Studios, to teach you how to immortalize those magical moments.

August 6, 2016 | 10:30AM & 2:30PM
Glorietta 5 Atrium, Makati City
Registration fee: Php3,500


Hone your eye for observation and refine the strokes of your hand on this guided sketchwalk with artist and author Abbey Sy. In this journaling cum drawing class, Abbey shares with participants her philosophy of “Always be creating” as she encourages you to create and commemorate by capturing the world around you and using it as a source of inspiration. In doing so, not only will you be more in touch with your surroundings, but also be able to create your own keepsakes and treasure trove of memories.

August 6, 2016 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Nayong Pilipino Park, Manila
Registration fee: Php2,000
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20161411410725o8xzP7419a2e0b68ea05d72f4f190bc4ad5a6Watercolor Lettering Techniques

Take your lettering to the next level with multi-awarded graphic designer and artist Danika Rio Navarro. Learn the basics and nuances of lettering with a brush while using the delicate medium of watercolor. Practice different techniques, as well as create different elements and artistic details to give your works added flair. The workshop includes all materials consisting of 1 watercolor pan, lettering guide and drill sheets, watercolor brush, pencil, eraser, and watercolor paper.

August 6, 2016 | 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street
Registration fee: Php2,450

13697207_1570859199877582_4011383086649586414_nBusiness Bootcamp Kids Edition

Do you have a 10-15 year-old who’s bursting with business ideas and is overflowing with ambition to succeed? Do them a favor and enlist them to Business Bootcamp for Kids of Brew Your Best Year by The Coffee bean & Tea Leaf. The bootcamp is a 2-part program where kids learn all about the basics of running a business and being an entrepreneur. They will then have the opportunity to put their newfound theories to practice in a 1-day fair where they get to sell various items and earn a profit. In doing so, they get to experience firsthand the rigors of business and build their confidence as they pursue their dreams.

August 6, 2016 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Bonifacio Global City
Registration is free

13697177_1356985520996185_3187501981449173124_nOnboard the Ark of Taste: A Benefit Lunch

“Slow Food”, an opposition to fast food, is a global movement promoting the values of preserving regional traditional cooking, farming by nurturing livestock and supporting small businesses and local producers. In this year’s WOFEX, take part in a benefit lunch featuring the culinary creations of “Asia’s Best Female Chef” Margarita Fores, as she features heirloom recipes using indigenously sourced ingredients. One ticket buys you this gourmet lunch, while availing a local farmer, food producer, or artisan another meal.

August 6, 2016 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM
SMX Convention Center
Admissions start at: Php1,500

Komikon Indieket 2016 

Lovers of komiks listen up! Meet and greet with your favorite Pinoy comic book writers and illustrators in the upcoming Komikon Grand Independent Komiks Market, or Indieket 2016. Get your own personal artworks made by local masters Aaron Felizmenio, Melvin Calingo, and Freely Abrigo. Find new releases as well as rare classics by Filipino authors, and bring home other awesome goodies and merchandise that celebrate the local komiks scene. Bundled tickets are also available for admissions and a fan screening of the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad.

August 6, 2016 | 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Bayanihan Center, Unilab, Kapitolyo
Admission starts at: Php100

CineMETCineMET and Origami Workshop

As part of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET)’s Artful Saturdays, CineMET will be showing two Anime short films: “Garden of Words” at 11:00AM and “Voice of a Distant Star” at 1:00PM.  There will also be an origami workshop designed for ages 7-13. The class is aligned and in perfect coordination with the MET’s “Japanese Design Today 100” as it upholds an appreciation for the age-old but still very prevalent art of paper folding. Those who will participate can join the free guided tour of the mentioned exhibit starting at 2:00PM.

August 6, 2016 | 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Roxas Blvd., Manila
Admission fee: Php150 (non-students), Php120 (students) for both films
Origami Workshop fee: Php200

ABV MasterclassFundamentals of Craft Cocktails Volume 2: Built & Muddled

This month, try and learn something new that will surely impress your guests at your next party or get together. Add cocktail drink crafting to your repertoire as you learn from the best, Mr. Lester Ligon- a finalist at the 2016 Diageo South East Asia Competition.  In this workshop, discover how to create built and muddled drinks such as Moscow Mule, Gin & Tonic and Mojito. This is just one of the many ABV Masterclasses available, a premier bartending and mixology program organized for enthusiasts, beginners and professionals.

August 6, 2016 | 3:30PM – 6:30PM
ABV, Basement Floor, 22 Jupiter St., Makati City
Workshop fee: Php2,200
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Rag DollBasic Rag Doll Making Workshop

A doll is a wonderful toy for little girls to have. It gives them an opportunity to practice essential skills for development such as speech-language and socio-emotional skills (nurturing and caring for the doll) when they do pretend play. This workshop by Dolldalita dolls will enable moms and even dads to bond with their kids and create their own basic rag doll. Adding your own personal touch to the project will make them more special since you have put a lot of thought and effort into making the toy together.

August 6, 2016 | 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Common Room, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell
Workshop fee: Php750

Vegan PizzaPerfection Achieved by Way of Pizza

Kitchen Revolution comes to the rescue as they offer a class that will teach you how to have your pizza and eat it too! This vegan pizza workshop will go over topics you need to make your guilt-free pie. Starting with a whole wheat pizza dough (gluten-free option available) as well as homemade sauces: marinara, smoky barbecue and dairy-free garlic cream. Cheeses and toppings will also be vegan by using soy and cashew cheeses, veggie sausages and other wholesome vegetables. At least 9 pizza flavors are to be made by the end of the class.

August 7, 2016 | 9:00AM – 1:30PM
Craft MNL, 926 Arnaiz Ave., Makati
Registration fee: Php2,750 or Php2,450 (by Aug 4)

Bottled Food Class 

If you’re looking to venture into the food biz, start a new hobby, or just learn something new, join Back of the House’s latest class on bottled food recipes. Led by Chef Mira, this class teaches participants recipes that can be bottled and sold. Familiar items like sardines, chili sauce, and salad dressings are given a new twist and new style, as they’re packed with artisanal flavors and packaged into more sophisticated containers – ready to make you extra cash or simply just boost your personal pantry!

August 7, 2016 | 10:00AM
FCL Center, Xavierville Ave., Quezon City
Registration fee: Php1800

13775450_1109332962473124_3563110235735517694_nAsia Society MIXer

Meet and socialize with fellow professionals in a fun and laid-back environment with the Asia Society Mixer. Hosted by Asia Society Philippines, a non-government organization promoting cultural and economic exchange and positive relations between Asia and the United States, the evening will be one of merriment as everyone’s favorite social lubricant takes center stage. Learn the art of cocktail mixing from acclaimed mixologist Cyril Addison, as you groove all night to the beats of Commune Café’s resident DJs.

August 9, 2016 | 7:00PM onwards
Commune Café, Makati City
Registration fee: Php1,200 for members, Php1,500 for non-members
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Got a tip for something hot happening next week? Let us know and it might just make our list!

Main Photo “Strawberry Martini” by daspunkt used under CC BY-ND 2.0


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