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18 Activities to Celebrate Freedom 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 things to do in Manila with Ellry’s weekly guide:

Muni MeetupMuni Meetup: Motivation

Do you have a mission to pursue a meaningful life but have the tendency to lose motivation along the way? Have a learning and networking night with cause-driven creatives in an open exchange of thoughts and feelings. Topics to be discussed include community/livelihood development with Joanna Cancio of Human Heart Nature, conscious consumption and sustainable production with Kc Coling of Muni PH and, accessible quality education with Lynn Pinugu of Mano Amiga Pilipinas.

June 9, 2016 | 6:00PM – 9:00PM
A Space, 110 Legazpi Street, Makati
Registration fee: Php200 each; Php500 for a group of 3

I’m Never Over You: Celebrating 15 Years of John Mayer’s Room For Squares

Room for Squares, which was released in June 2001 has become the anthem of college days, the soundtrack of countless loves stories, and a collection of poignant childhood memories. Fifteen years later, we are still not over those memories and his music. To celebrate such an influential album, [Indie] Manila is putting together an event for huge fans of the music, to be performed by those who have become local independent artists.

June 10, 2016 | 7:00PM – 3:00AM
12 Monkeys Music Hall & Pub, Kalayaan Ave, Makati
Door charge: Php300

toycon 2016ToyCon 2016 + POP LIFE FanXperience

On its 15th year, TOYCON PH: The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention is bringing you the biggest celebration of everything pop culture — movies, toys, games, and anime. Pop! Life Entertainment is giving us the ultimate FanXperience with exclusive merchandise, celebrity appearances, international cosplay competitions, and more! Popular brands in entertainment will also be featured like Marvel, Game of Thrones and DC Comics.

June 10-12, 2016 | 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Halls 1-4, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
Day Passes: 1 day – Php500, 2 days – Php800, 3 days – Php1,000
VIP Pass: Php3000 (3 days admission + limited edition freebies and exclusive celebrity meet-ups)
Legendary Pass: Php10,000 (VIP perks + even more limited edition freebies and exclusive privileges)
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Basic Rope Bondage Workshops with Joyen Santos and Master Red

Do you want to learn the seductive and dangerous art of rope bondage? Queen of Rope and Mistress of the Underworld Joyen Santos and Arizona-born Edge Play Master, Rope Teacher, and Community Leader Master Red are making your wishes come true! Email joyen@the-uncoloured.com to secure a slot to this rare occasion. Aside from learning the basics, expect to witness exclusive performances so you get to see how these premiere rope artists make it look sexy!

June 11, 2016 | 3:00PM – 7:00PM
Pineapple Lab, 6071, R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati
Workshop fee: Php1,500 each or Php2,500 for couples (inclusive of hand-treated bondage rope)
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Iyakan at Sampalan sa Ayala MuseumIyakan at Sampalan sa Ayala Museum (A talk with Nick Deocampo)

Filipinos are undeniably fans of melodrama. It is obvious because of its domination in almost all mainstream cinematic forms. Why do we love ‘iyakan and sampalan’? In the first installment of PELIKULA: Talks on Philippine Cinema with Nick Deocampo, he will talk about Melodrama in Philippine Cinema and re-introduce us to the villains and martyrs in Filipino movies, the concepts of familiar story settings and characters that draw the same type of audiences back to want more.

June 11, 2016 | 3:00PM
Ayala Museum, Ayala Center, Makati
Ticket Prices: Php300 Regular, Php270 Students, Ayala Museum Members, AGC Employees, Senior Citizens, Php800 Season Pass (all three PELIKULA talks)


Adrenaline junkies, this is for you! Be part of the comeback of mountain bike racing as Team Adrenaline Multisport Resources hosts MAXXIS Cross Country Cup! There will be 40km, 20km races for novice and experts as well as a 20KM fat bike open category. For Inquiries you may contact Thumbie Remigio at adrenalinemultisport@gmail.com or +632-917-8486243

June 12, 2016 | 6:00AM
La Mesa Nature Reserve, Quezon City
Registration fee: Php800 (40KM) and Php500 (20KM)

manila great runManila Great Run: Duo Road Race Challenge

What makes a running event great? Answer: When it supports meaningful causes such as running for pediatric cancer patients of the PGH and raising scholarship funds for high school students. Manila Great Run does these and more. Aside from the 3K and 5K open distances, there are also individual and team competition categories with recovery breaks in between where runners from the first leg will get different forms of healing and nutritional snacks.

June 12, 2016 | 5:00AM
Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Registration fee: Starts at Php700

colors of freedomColors of Freedom (Run for Independence)

You don’t have to be a seasoned runner to enjoy running. On Independence Day, celebrate freedom by running and partying with thousands of fun loving Afro heads. Let clouds of color make it even happier! You just might be part of the largest Philippine Flag Mob in History!

June 12, 2016 | 4:00AM
34th Street corner 9th Avenue, BGC, The Fort, Taguig City
Registration fee: Php900

baking101Baking 101

Who doesn’t enjoy eating sweet and tasty delights? This 8-day course is the ultimate exposure for non-pastry chefs, beginners, and baking enthusiasts as they learn how to prepare 21 sweet and savory items such as pies and tarts, cakes, breakfast pastries, and plated desserts. Recipes to be taught include cream cheese brownies, churros con chocolate, spinach and mushroom quiche, pizza margherita, and more!

June 13-16 & 20-23, 2016 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Global Academy, Alabang
Course fee: Php20,999 (all 8 days) or Php3,599 (per day)

CreativeTalks + ArtSale 2Creative Talks + Art Sale 2.0

Spend your Wednesday afternoon listening to stories about passion, purpose and creativity with this group of well-known crafters: Tippy Go, Alessandra Lanot, Abbey Sy, and June Digan. After the talks, get your hands on pre-loved art tools and specially curated craft kits from your favorite artists! Register here.

June 15, 2016 | 2:00PM – 8:00PM
Pi Breakfast & Pies, The Grove by Rockwell, C5 Libis, Pasig
Admission is free

Tangled ArtTangled Art Workshop

To be tangled is to be intertwined or to be in a twisted state. In this workshop with Ginger De Guia, learn to tangle art through a method that will combine repeated and detailed patterns by using pen on paper. This art form might be familiar to those who have seen or own adult coloring books that people accomplish to de-stress. Learn how these images turn from what may seem like a complicated mess, to a wonderful masterpiece. Fee includes materials, snacks and refreshments.

June 11, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00NN
Prism Gallery, Island Tower, 239 Salcedo St., Makati
Workshop fee: Php2,220

BuriedBuried: The Lost Art & Lost Architecture of the Philippines

One of the country’s award-winning architects, Paulo Alcazaren, will give a lecture where he will take you back to a time when architecture was considered an art form, which reflected much of Philippine culture and aspirations. Many of these were lost during the Second World War but those that did survive are in danger to the inevitable urban development projects sprouting in the city. Join this session to discover not only what we have lost, but also how to preserve what was saved and build an appreciation for this overlooked source of art and culture.

June 11, 2016 | 2:00PM – 4:00PM
Lopez Museum and Library, G/F Benpres Bldg., Exchange Rd., Ortigas Center, Pasig
Registration fee: Php100 (students, seniors and members), Php200 (adults)

Back to School BentoBack to School Bento

A lot of moms are dreading one task when it’s back to school season: making lunches. Mothers are always concerned whether their kids are going to like what they have prepared, concerned that the children won’t be nourished enough to take on the daily challenges of student life. Here’s where the women of Bento Mommas come to the rescue! Join their Back to School Bento workshop to learn how to make lunches that will surely be a feast for the eyes. Fee includes bento box, basic tools and food supplies.

June 11, 2016 | 9:00AM – 12:00NN
2L Atrium, The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center
Participation fee: Php1,200


Just in time to celebrate Philippine Independence Day is an event brought to you by White Wall Poetry, in partnership with Splice Resto Bar, entitled: Freedom. The terminology may come in different meanings to different people which makes this the perfect opportunity to share their stories on how they’ve achieved or lost their “freedom”. The night consists of special performances from The Artidope, Sunken Cruise Ships, Mang Pedring Bautista & Marian Magturo, Banna Harbera and Coeli. Don’t miss this open mic night where you can find the true definition of freedom.

June 9, 2016 | 7:00PM
Splice Resto Bar, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong
Door charge: Php200

Dance MNLDance.MNL: The Philippine Dance Festival

Dance enthusiasts will surely get excited over this festival centered on bringing together the Filipino dancing community. The festival will be composed of 11 performances, a 10-day Dance Intensive, and a two-day Conference, gathering more than 500 dance professionals in the city. Dance.MNL is spearheaded by Festival Directors Paul Alexander Morales, Ron Jaynario, and Lisa Macuja Elizalde, artistic directors of Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Manila, respectively. See how the three major dancing companies come together to promote Filipino dance at its finest!

June 14-26, 2016
Performance venues vary
Ticket prices: start at Php206 with Festival Passes available
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Libeertad: Craft Beer Crawl

What better way to be in the nationalistic spirit than to support our local craft beer producers and suppliers! Craft beer popularity has recently grown due to a following of beer enthusiasts who prefer drinking their ales knowing that it has gone through focused brewing processes and provides unique flavors. Go to Green Sun for a day of learning and tasting as well as networking with the people that know craft beer best such as the folks behind PT Corp., The Bottle Shop By Global Beer Exchange and more. To go with craft beer, The Smoking Joint and Pepi Cubano will be there to satisfy your food cravings. Lastly, Talas Manileno Barbershop will help the gentlemen keep their head of hair in top shape!

June 11, 2016 | 2:30PM
Green Sun, 2285 Chino Roces Ave., Makati
Admission is free

Travelling TrunkThe Travelling Trunk: Filipino Collection

Celebrate the Independence Day weekend with some shopping featuring the best homegrown lifestyle brands. Expect to see names such as social enterprise Abre Linea which offers hand woven bags and mats from Leyte and Samar and Anemone SwimwearSituated in the same compound as the Henry Hotel Manila, get a special rate if you decide to check-in to further enhance your shopping experience. There will also be a mini ‘perya’ (fair) for the kids to enjoy, as well as yummy treats from Apartment 1B. Now that’s how you spend the weekend!

June 11-12, 2016 | 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Artelano 11/A-11, 2680 FB Harrison St., Pasay City
Admission is free

Cheese MakingCheese Making at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

Some people say everything is better with cheese, and we agree! Learn how to make fresh cheese with the reliable people from 25 Mushrooms Kitchen. Join this popular class which has been taken by celebrities like Heart Evangelista and restaurateur Happy Ongpauco-Tiu. Recipes to be taught include Burrata, Kesong Puti, Ricotta and Fresh Mozzarella Balls. After the class, you’ll be equipped with the techniques and knowledge needed to make these at home, free from unfamiliar chemicals that may go into your supermarket processed cheeses.

June 11, 2016 | 9:00AM – 1:30PM
25 Mushrooms Kitchen, Valle Verde 5, Pasig City
Workshop fee: Php2,800
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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 by Ojie Paloma

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