14 Interesting Things 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 Rush HourRush Hour #5: Classics vs Rock

Feel the rush at this one-of-a-kind concert series by the Manila Symphony Orchestra, as they pit classical symphonies against rock music for the second time around. Listen to Ludwig, Wolfgang, Antonio, Freddie, MJ go head-to-head with the Kings and Queens of pop and rock. Tip: Take quick bathroom breaks as there’s a much-talked about ‘secret’ mashup you’d be sad to miss. Filipino guitarists Carlo Antonio Juan and Kakoy Legaspi will take center stage in what will surely be a memorable evening of fun and nostalgia.

September 22, 2016 | 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati
Tickets: Php700 (Regular); Php560 (MSO Subscribers/Ayala Museum Subscribers/ARC Members);
Php500 (Seniors/PWD); Php300 (Students)
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02 Christmas Holiday BazaarThe Maker’s Market at the Christmas Holiday Bazaar 

The -ber months are here which only means one thing for Filipinos: Christmas has officially started! Get your shopping bags ready and check your lists twice, there is no better place to shop for unique gifts than at this Bazaar. The Maker’s Market PH sells handmade items and artisanal crafts from a variety of local and independent brands. Goods range from woven crafts, delicacies, leather journals, and many other customized products.

September 24 – 25, 2016 | 9:00AM – 9:00PM
Cuenca Community Center, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa
Fee: Free admission

03 Tea and Food PairingTea and Food Pairing

Which tea goes well with chocolates or with scones or with peanuts? You’ll no longer have to guess the answer if you attend this tea and food pairing workshop by Teavolution Manila. This is the last of their Tea Appreciation Series and it promises to be a delight for your taste buds. Sip and taste the 10 different kinds of tea from Teavolution and Dulcitierra and uncover their effects on your senses. Understand and learn more about the tea varieties that are right for you and know which type of food is best paired for a particular tea category. Sign up early as they will only admit up to 10 participants per class.

September 24, 2016 | 5:00PM – 9:00PM
KENDO Creative, Cubao Expo, Gen. Romulo St., Cubao, Quezon City
Fee: Php1,000
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04 Pokemon GOPokemon GO tournament Manila

Trainers, time to gear up this weekend! The first Pokemon GO tournament is happening simultaneously in major cities worldwide, and Manila is getting ready. Who will emerge as victors? Are you Team Instinct, Mystic or Valor? No matter your color, dress up for a chance to win  best outfit (and bragging rights.) Let this worldwide craze give you the opportunity to meet new friends and up your game. Don’t forget to visit their page for updates on the most crowded lure locations at any given time.

September 24, 2016 | 12:00AM – 9:00PM
Ayala Triangle Park, Bel-air, Makati
Fee: Free admission

05 Nordic Crayfish partyNordic Crayfish Party 2016

Feast on food from the Nordic countries, along with beers, wines and Nordic spirits while being serenaded with their traditional songs. On the spotlight is the crayfish, specially imported so that guests can enjoy it in the authentic and traditional Nordic preparation. There are impromptu stage performances, singalong entertainment, live bands, and raffle draws. The party is a fundraiser for the Chosen Children Village (CCV),  an organization which shelters differently-abled children.

September 24, 2016 | 6:00PM – 11:59PM
Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom, 2 Resorts Drive, Pasay
Fee: Php3,900; Php3,500 per person (for a group of 10)
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06 WoodcarvingBasic and Advanced Wood Carving Workshop

If you are new to the craft of wood carving, then this workshop is for you. Module 1 is the Beginners Guide to Wood Carving Techniques. It starts by introducing you to the tools of the craft and ends with simple free-hand carving excercises. Those who have taken Module 1 before can advance to Module 2: Carving the Round Techniques. Although slightly more expensive, this module seeks to refine your carving skills by giving you shapes and forms to follow with a step-by-step process. Carving tools will be provided strictly for use within the classroom. You are, however, free to take home the module, blocks of Gmelina wood and sand paper included in the fee.

September 24, 2016 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Launchpad Coworking, 214-215, Commercenter, E Asia Dr, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Fee: Php1,700 – Php1,900
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07 Watercolor expressive floralsWatercolor with Expressive Florals

You can hardly go wrong with watercolor and beautiful botanical prints. This workshop lets you do both, and touches  lightly on brush calligraphy too. Sweet! Join the Play Crafts team and learn how to paint a wreath of flowers as well as make a letter monogram in floral design. You’ll also be taught how to use pearlescent watercolors as they are painted on dark paper. The fee includes snacks and a super craft kit: brush, dark and watercolor paper, two watercolor sets, and a manual.

September 24, 2016 | 1:30PM – 5:30PM
FBR Building, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Fee: Php1,900
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Food PhotographyAdvanced Food Photography Workshop

Learn how to take exquisite food photos that will make your scrumptious subjects stand out. Let the experts behind Henry’s Professional teach you different lighting techniques from lighting set-ups to using natural and studio lights. Discover the concept behind “Guerilla Lighting” as well as several tips on food styling. Whether you’re a food blogger looking to polish up your food photos or someone who may want to take this professionally, this class is for you!

September 24, 2016 | 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Henry’s Professional, Newton Studio, 1406 A Newton St. Brgy. San Isidro, Makati City
Workshop fee: Php2,500

08 ServathonServathon 2016

Each year, corporations gather their volunteers to do various outreach projects for different institutions and communities. Hands On Manila Foundation is the charity organization behind this project which started in 2005.  After a half day of simultaneous volunteer work in their respective projects, corporate volunteers come together to culminate and celebrate their accomplishment. This year, with seven projects, the highlights are social entrepreneurship projects and disaster kits for communities along fault line areas.

September 24, 2016 | 7:00AM – 2:00PM
PICC Forum (Tent), Juan Arellano, CCP Complex, Pasay
Fee: Php85,000 (fee is for a group of 30 persons)

09 Fiesta MexicanaFiesta Mexicana 2016

In this fiesta, one does not simply have just one margarita. Experience the biggest Mexican fiesta in the world the second time around! Feast on the best that Mexican culture has to offer –cuisine, arts, music, and free-flowing Tequila! The night won’t be complete without salsa dancing and mariachi music. Mexican restaurants will sell their bestsellers, and you can enjoy premium margaritas, Mexican beers and tequila shots at only Php150. Of course, you get a free margarita drink with your ticket to this event.

September 24, 2016 | 6:00PM
The Ruins, Alfonso St., Poblacion, Makati
Ticket: Php300

10 SMDC RunSMDC Run 

This is the second leg of the SMDC Run, organized by the LeadPack Race Organizer. Runners will receive a singlet, a race bib, timing chip, loot bag, and finisher’s medal, and a chance to win prizes. Runners of the 21K category will get an additional finisher’s shirt. You may now register at any of the Chris Sports store: Glorietta, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, SM BF Homes, Market Market, and Robinson’s Place Manila.

September 25, 2016 | 3:00AM – 9:00AM
SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds, Pasay
Fee: Php650 (5K); Php750 (10K); Php950 (21K)
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11 Sushi MakingThe Art of Making Sushi

Certified Art Maki Sushi Instructor Jannet Salazar will take you through the methods and techniques of getting creative with sushi. Let your imagination  run wild as you come up with funny shapes and characters out of Maki. The workshop will introduce you to the art of making sushi, the different materials and ingredients to use, and the basic procedures before you create three designs of your own. Enjoy the following perks that come with the fee: food and drink, workshop kit, a module, certificate, and freebies from sponsors.

September 25, 2016 | 1:00PM – 5:00PM
Costa Coffee BGC, One World Place Building, 32nd St, Taguig
Fee:  Php1,850
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12 PapercuttingPapercutting Workshop

Papercutting is a very intricate craft that requires a lot of patience, but the results are often worth it! This workshop takes you through the process, and it includes a starter kit composed of spare blades, craft knife, pencil, cutting mat, metal ruler, sheets of paper, Papel de Pinay papercutting worksheets, and a frame for your final design. Now you can spruce up your greeting cards, posters, and other home decorations for the holidays.

September 25, 2016 | 2:00PM – 5:00PM
J Cuppacakes, SM Jazz Mall, Nicanor Garcia St., Makati
Fee:  Php1,500
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13 Chalkboard cakeNew Class! Chalkboard and Wafer Paper Roses

Don’t you get amazed by the towering cakes in the parties you attend? Chef Aggy Villabona will teach you how to adorn a three-tier cake in a modern chalkboard or blackboard look. Learn how to make designs in doodling strokes or chalk style monogram. To top it all, whip some wafer roses to complete your cake design. This is a hands-on class and you will be making an Ombre-colored Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Be sure that you have already taken the Beginners Fondant Cake class before signing up for this workshop. Apron, hand towel and rolling pin are also required.

September 28, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Heny Sison Culinary School, 33 Boni Serrano Avenue, Quezon City
Fee: Php6,000
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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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