12 Cheery 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.

50 Shades50 Shades! The Musical Parody

If the book had your toes curling with excitement and the movie got you ants in your pants, the hilarious, sensual stage show 50 Shades! The Musical Parody will definitely make you roll on the floor giggling, a comeback after its productive run early this year. Let your holidays sizzle with laughter through this musical theater interpretation of the bestselling novel, which includes pleasurable dance acts and 11 original songs like “I Don’t Make Love”, “How Much Can I Take?”, and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me”. A word of warning though, it’s strictly for those 18 years and above.

December 15 – 16, 2016 | 8:00PM
December 17, 2016 | 4:00PM and 8:00PM
Music Museum, Level-C, Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills, San Juan
Tickets: Php 1,200 (Balcony); Php1,800 (Orchestra); Php2,400 (VIP)
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Wine 101Wine 101

Toast to the best moments of 2016, celebrate Christmas in style and welcome the New Year with the exact wine types that are suitable to your party’s character. But before you pick a bottle, know first the many grape varieties, their unique flavors and aroma, and some basic details on wine tasting from Wine Story. It will give you a good foundation as to which type of wine is perfect with the dishes you are preparing for your Noche Buena or Media Noche treats as well as the right wine variety that you can gift to your network of friends.

December 17, 2016 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Wine Story – Fine and Rare Wine Merchants, Level 1 Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Fee: Php2,000
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Birds and Floral PaintingColorful Birds and Floral Painting: A Watercolor Workshop

Beautify your home for the holidays with lively canvases of flowers and fowls. Cap the year with a new hobby as you learn Colorful Birds and Floral Painting with The Art Panda. This beginner’s watercolor class will cover basic color theory, basic sketching, watercolor techniques, shades and shadows, watercolor painting, brush lettering, and proper use of materials. Get a kit that includes a brush, Campus Raphael Watercolor Travel Box, Raphael Petit Gris 835, work sheets, watercolor papers, work sheets and an awesome meal! As the New Year enters, redesign your interiors with the beauty of nature made by your own hands.

December 17, 2016 | 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Artesania MNL, 2nd Floor,140 Maginhawa St., QC Artesania MNL, 140 Maginhawa St., Quezon City
Fee: Php2,500
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VulanVulan Exodus: Year-End Mountain Fest

Make this holiday season extra unique with a year-end party where you get to commune with nature. Join Vulan and Tinukib artists in this mountain escapade. It is a kind of revelry set in the wilds where the sounds of the night blend with underground music, as party lights fuse with the moon and the glittering stars. Remember to pack your yoga mats and garbage bags for this jaunt. Keep the fire of adventure burning before you turn page 365 of this year!

December 17 – 18, 2016 | 10:00AM – 7:00PM
Lireo Mountain, Antipolo City, Rizal
Fee: Php1,000; Php800 for those who joined Tinukib
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WatercolorWatercolor Holiday Postcards Workshop

Art theories and History professor cum graphic artist Ian de Jesus will take you to the colorful world of art through the Watercolor Holiday Postcards Workshop. De Jesus will teach you efficient techniques on how you can come up with eye-catching postcards, very timely for the Yuletide season, which you can send out to loved ones across the globe. Greet your friends and family in style with a stamp of your own ingenuity. To join, simply purchase a set of Canson Watercolor Paper, Caran d’Ache Supracolor 18-piece set, and Caran d’Ache Waterbrush (Black) then sign up at the NBS Shangri-La store.

December 17, 2016 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM
National Book Store Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong
Fee: Free admission but purchase required

P NoiseP-NOiSE/NORDLYS Manila Dance Edition

To mark the 70 years of diplomatic friendship between the Philippines and Denmark, Nordic dancers will bring a different kind of vibe to Manila’s holiday scene. National Architect Juan Arellano’s masterpiece, the Metropolitan Theater, will shine bright for two nights as Nordic artists take center stage. At the end of each show, the audience will be treated to a performance parade cum walking tour to Escolta, which will end at Fred’s Revolucion in the Hub. Among the artists and routines to watch out for are Sebastian Lingserius (“D ANCER”) and Valterri Raekallio (“Where Does The Light Go?”), to name a few.

December 16 – 17, 2016 | 6:00PM
The Metropolitan Theater, Plaza Lawton, Antonio Villegas St., Ermita, Manila
Fee: Free admission
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10a Alabama10a Alabama Handmade Pop Up

It’s halfway through December and you still have some boxes to tick off in your shopping list. If you’re tired of the usual finds in mall stores and other bazaars, this pop-up booth of handmade goodies is your answer! Brought to you by the folks of 10a Alabama, a community of crafters which has been doing art and craft fairs for several years now. This art compound was put up by Van Gogh is Bipolar’s Jetro, RAW Art Gallery’s Robert Alejandro and Resurrection Furniture’s Leah Sanchez.

December 18, 2016 | 2:00PM – 6:00PM
10a Alabama St., Quezon City
Fee: Free admission

Grand Festival of LightsMOA Grand Festival of Lights Parade 2016

You know the holiday season has kicked in when homes and edifices are adorned with colorful lights that seem to put a touch a magic to Christmas. Now, let the gaiety of Christmas come alive at SM Mall of Asia in the 8th year of the Grand Festival of Lights Parade. Watch Santa Claus, the reindeers, gingerbread men, the Nutcracker and other familiar Christmas characters bring cheers to your weekends as they roam the MOA grands in the dazzling floats and jovial Christmas Train. Watch out for the highlight as a jaw-dropping fireworks display ends the parade with a bang.

December 17 and 25, 2016 | 5:30PM
North and South Arcades, SM Mall of Asia, Seaside Blvd., Pasay City
Fee: Free admission
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Metal StampingMetal Stamping Workshop

A few more days to go before 2016 ends, but it’s not too late to learn a new skill as you usher in the new year. Know how to stamp metal and unravel the right way of doing it, from spacing and centering, to choosing the right tools and materials, to assembling them into presentable accessories. Personalized gifts do not go out of style, so why not put your new learning to good use by making a disc keychain, a bar keychain, a washer necklace, and a cuff bracelet that you can give as presents to your friends?

December 18, 2016 | 2:00PM – 5:00PM
Capitol Commons Open Park Grounds, Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Fee: Php2,000
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HolidazedHolidazed: A Makeup Workshop

Sashay to your next Christmas party in exquisite beauty and make your selfies and group pics social media-worthy. But first, let Holidazed by Tanxia teach you more about basic makeup and skin care, along with demo and practice, and a free studio photo shoot, so bring a white shirt for this exercise. Not only that, you will also bring home a new makeup brush starter kit. Surely, you’d like to go to your special gathering with the right look, eyebrows on fleek, and lipstick color matching your outfit and the occasion. Get into the Holidazed cheer with your makeup on point.

December 18, 2016 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
G/F, Tower 7, Tuscany Private Estates, Upper McKinley Hill, Taguig City
Fee: Php2,000

Raise D RoofRaise D’ Roof Bubble Run Christmas Edition

Give and share JOY (Jesus, Others & You) this Christmas as you run 5KM at the Raise D’ Roof Bubble Run Christmas Edition. Sprint towards the finish line where a bubble reception, which adds cheer to the ambiance, awaits. It’s also a healthy preparation prior to attending holiday parties filled with tempting foodies. Moreover, when you join, you get a singlet, race bib, medal and Santa hat, while you also help the Elsie Gaches Village Inc., which is a refuge for children with special needs – a good way to celebrate the birth of Jesus who is the reason for this season.

December 18, 2016 | 6:00AM
Blue Baywalk, EDSA cor. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd, Pasay
Fee: Php650
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Yule LogChristmas Yule Log Making & Decorating

Yule Logs, wood burned in the hearth, are part of the Christmas traditions in olden days. But through the years, it also refers to a special cake that is served when Christmas is fast approaching. Yule Logs are popular cakes in France, Belgium, Lebanon and places with French influence. These dessert rolls are often decorated to resemble real-life chopped tree branches. Now, you can study how to create this sweet Christmas menu at The Café of HYATT City of Dreams Manila. The class will enable you to know the techniques in making and decorating a Yule Log.

December 21, 2016 | 2:30PM – 5:30PM
The Café, Hyatt City of Dreams Manila, Asean Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd., Entertainment City, Parañaque
Fee: Php2,200

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

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