14 Joyous Events 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 Christmas BakingChristmas Baking Workshop 1

It’s Christmas party time once again! As you busy yourself with your menu, do not forget some freshly baked goodies for the kids. Gift them with your labor of love through your own Chewy Sugar Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, Blondies, Fudgy Brownies and Lemon Pound Cake. If you don’t know how to prepare these, worry no more because Chef Junjun de Guzman of the Center for Asian Culinary Studies will teach you the basic procedures in creating these treats. CACS is also offering a Christmas Baking Workshop 2 (December 5) and a Flat Bread and Spreads Workshop (December 6).

December 2, 2016 | 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Center for Asian Culinary Studies, 455 P Guevarra Street, San Juan
Fee: Php2,900

02 ButtercreamAdvanced Korean Buttercream

Those delicate-looking but mouthwatering Glossy Korean Buttercream is becoming a hit among pastry makers. It is the preferred cake decoration because it gives sculpted flowers a natural appearance and soft texture and can withstand hot weathers. Did you know that the Glossy Buttercream traces its roots in South Korea as invented by G.G. Cakraft? With The Baker’s Co., they’re having a three-day workshop in Manila that will teach you advanced skills like flower-piping techniques, color toning techniques and unique use of decoration tips in creating a flower cake. A one-day Summer Buttercream Cake workshop is also being offered.

December 1 – 3, 2016 | 9:30AM – 4:30PM
The Baker’s Co., 99 Panay Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Fee: Php75,000

Christmas Basket (Para Kay Isko at Iska)

Christmas is the season of giving. There’s a tug in our hearts whenever we receive a smile in return for the presents we give. How more fulfilling it is to share what we have with those who have nothing. Even a little gift means a lot for those who are struggling to go to school but has nothing to spend for food or transportation. Dianne Rosario-Elises, who was a scholar herself and now owns a small events company called The Entrepreneur Lab, is coming up with a bazaar wherein proceeds will enable scholars from low-income family to receive Noche Buena baskets and hopefully help them in their transportation needs so that they, too, will have a merry Christmas this year. Let’s give love and hope this Christmas.

December 2 – 4, 2016 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM
U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Fee: Free admission

03 GeekFightGeekFight! Trivia Night 

GeekFight Trivia Night is back, and it will be an action-packed evening! Hone your skills and collect your trivia knowledge on anything about action, such as films, stars, TV series and so much more. Round up your troops and play – either solo or in a group of up to six members. Work your way to the top three teams for a special prize. Non-players are welcome to join in the fun. Everyone, players included, have to pay the door charge and enjoy a cocktail drink for free. What a superb way to end the year with punches and explosives.

December 2, 2016 | 9:00PM – 11:45PM
Splice Resto Bar, The Portal, United Street, Greenfield District, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
Fee: Php200

04 Single Bells#SingleBells

The year is about to end, and you need to unload all those bitterness out of your heart. Watch Ampalaya Monologues as it brings you #SingleBells. Prepare your hankies for a night of laughter or tearjerking hugot lines. Since Christmas is just around the corner, expect a lot of merriment in this event. Kwitis, Mahal Ka Ni Ninong, and Ang Rosas Na Hinubog ng Isandaang Taon are just some of the new monologs featured during the #SingleBells. Be awed by the fantastic solos, poems and episodic plays by spoken word artists.

December 3 – 4, 2016 | 3:00PM – 8:00PM
Splice Resto Bar, The Portal, United Street, Greenfield District, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
Fee: Php250

05 Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol

Let yourself be haunted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future in 9Works Theatrical and Globe Live’s A Christmas Carol: A Musical. The magic of Charles Dickens’ novel comes alive under the direction of Robbie Guevara, who is also the founding artistic director of 9Works Theatrical. Veteran stage actor Miguel Faustmann top bills the play as the miser and grouchy Ebenezer Scrooge. He has played the roles of Don Quixote, King Arthur, Monsieur Thernadier and Brutus, to name a few. Catch him and the cast in this Christmas Carol version of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens.

December 3 – 22, 2016 | 8:00PM
December 25, 2016 | 7:00PM
Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Fee: Php2,100
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06 Flow in the CityFlow in the City: The Christmas Village Wellness Fair

Have a fit and holistic holiday spree where you can shop, learn and enjoy things and activities that can uphold health and wellness. Awesome finds like local products, handicrafts, and healthy food, especially for vegan and vegetarians, are in store at the 4th Flow in the City Fair, organized by Flow Retreats, a boutique wellness company. There are also classes for you to participate in activities like storytelling, kids yoga adventure, Reva Dance, love charms making, poi spin, shibori tie-dye making, creating your own Waldorf-style doll, and a whole lot more. Go with the flow and let the activities and attractions in this fair move you.

December 3, 2016 | 10:00AM – 8:00PM
6F, Tower A, Function Room, The Grove by Rockwell, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Pasig
Fee: Php1,000 (good for 3 classes); Php1,950 (all-day class pass)
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07 World Bazaar Festival2016 World Bazaar Festival

Kris Kringles, exchange gifts and gift-giving are just some of the activities we look forward to during the Christmas season. Are you making your list and checking it twice? Find the perfect gift for your family, friends, colleagues, and business contacts at the longest running yearly charity bazaar in the country. From novelty items to apparels to lifestyle products to toys and other office products, you will have plenty to choose from in this bazaar. With about 700 booths from participating companies, the World Bazaar Festival becomes your one-stop shop for your Christmas giving needs. Proceeds will benefit the programs of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya.

December 3 – 23, 2016 | 10:00AM – 12:00MN
World Trade Center Metro Manila, Gil Puyat Avenue Ext. corner Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay
Fee: Php80/day

08 Music RunThe Music Run 2016

Where can you find a marathon where the 5K running course is a huge Sound Track? Let your feet fall into a cadence with the music beat as songs that participants voted for are played through the 120 speakers scattered throughout the race route of Music Run by Philam Vitality. With pop, rock, hip-hop, old school and dance tunes in the five interactive music zones, it is no wonder it is touted as the World’s Loudest 5K! There are also great performances from talented DJs and music artists. Ready yourself for one energy-filled run and exciting music event!

December 3, 2016 | 4:00PM – 9:00PM
McKinley West Festival Grounds, Lombard Street, Taguig
Fee: Php650 (Lite); Php950 (Standard); Php1,600 (Rock Star)
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09 AmigurumiAmigurumi Workshop

Get into the Japanese art of Amigurumi, a craft where you knit or crochet small stuffed items. The word comes from the Japanese terms ami (knitted or crocheted) and nuigurumi (stuffed doll). Angel Anastacio, the artist who will facilitate the session, loves to make toys and aims to be a social entrepreneur. You will be taught basic Amigurumi stitches like the magic ring as well as other crochet techniques. Once you get the hang of it, then you are good to go to create your own knitted playfood! Make a cupcake, a macaron or a Popsicle and serve them delightfully.

December 4, 2016 | 11:00AM – 2:00PM
Hey Kessy Shop, Urban Turf, UP Town Center, Katipunan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Fee: Php2,200

001 HolidazeValero Eat Street 3: Holidaze

Taste the merriment of the holiday season with the Holidaze version and third run of the Valero Eat Street. Snacks, desserts, thirst quenchers, entrees and other food products that you can gift to your friends and loved ones will fill the venue to your heart’s content. Sample the goodies and the bestsellers of restaurants and food brands, such as Kimori, Pink Panda, St. Hale, Type A, Symphony of Flavors and so much more, to satiate your hunger for the great-tasting food in town. Buckle up and burp your way to the Valero Eat Street 3: Holidaze for a filling pre-Christmas food fest.

December 6, 2016 | 11:00AM – 10:00PM
Signa Designer Residences, Valero corner Rufino St., Makati City
Fee: Free admission

10 MUNIMUNI Meetup MNL: Sustainable Design

Sustainability and Environmental Mindfulness are among the ideas that helped shaped MUNI. It is derived from the Filipino word of muni-muni, which means to ponder. Its meetups were designed to be a catalyst for exchanges and network-building that will intensify creativity, storytelling, and other soft skills.  This time, MUNI is inviting environmentalists, advocates, creatives and eco-preneurs to put Sustainable Design into the heart of the discussion hoping to pick the brains of people involved in this industry and sector and come up with more ideas that can improve products and methods. It’s a venue to connect with like-minded individuals.

December 7, 2016 | 6:30PM – 9:00PM
A SPACE Philippines, 110 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati
Fee: Php300 (Walk-in Rate)
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11 WSETWSET Level 1 Award in Wines

Be a connoisseur of wines and learn from the authority when it comes to this kind of drink. Get a Level 1 Award in Wines from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET), which has been training men and women on wines and spirits for 47 years. The Level 1 Award will hone students and enthusiasts on the different kinds of wines, grape varieties, storing and serving wine, safety and legal issues, and food and wine pairing. Candidates who apply for this qualification have to finish the program and training, answer 30 sets of multiple-choice questions and produce a portfolio of tasting notes.

December 7, 2016 | 9:00AM – 6:00PM
The Study by Enderun, 4th Floor, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Fee: Php15,000
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12 National Trade FairSikatPinoy National Trade Fair

Make your Christmas truly Pinoy by sending out gifts that are proudly Philippine-made products. You don’t have to check every nook and cranny of the city to look for small and medium-sized enterprises or local artisans because DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion is putting them together under one roof. With the SikatPinoy National Trade Fair, you will find knick knacks, jewelry, fashion items, furniture, decors, handicrafts, food and other products coming from various regions of the country. There are over 200 exhibitors expected to take part in the fair that has a theme this year of “Piling-Piling Produktong Pilipino”.

December 7 – 11, 2016 | 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Megatrade Hall, SM Mega Mall, EDSA Cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Fee: Free admission

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