It’s going to be a hot March!

It’s going to be a hot March!

Coffee, balloons, and the return of an early 2000’s icon: Events in March 2020.

How is 2020 going so fast? Two months down and it feels like a lot has already happened! Of course, that won’t stop these must-see events from happening:.

Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

March 6 – 8

It started as nothing more than a passion project after the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption. This year, the annual Philippine Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, dubbed as the “Weekend of Everything That Almost Flies” is headed South, instead of the usual North. Drive to the San Lorenzo Leisure in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8, 2020 for the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. See air shows and races from top aviation companies in the Philippines, first-person-view (FPV) drone races, and much more!

San Lorenzo Leisure Park, Carmona, Cavite| philballoonfest.net

Manila Coffee Festival

March 13 – 15

Celebrate all things coffee—from bean to cup—at the 2nd Manila Coffee Festival, happening from March 13-15, 2020 at Manila Hotel’s Tent City. The Manila counterpart to similar festivals in New York, London, and, more recently, Amsterdam. See how things like food, art, music, local tourism, and entertainment can come together under one roof to talk about one thing—coffee!

Tent City, Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila | manilacoffeefestival.com

Art in the Park 2020

March 15

Exploring your love for art doesn’t end just because National Arts Month (i.e. February) is over. The same folks who bring you the largest art fair in the country year in and year out, Art Fair Philippines, will once again hold the annual Art in the Park, happening on March 15, 2020 at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati City. Swing by and see your next art inspo, or just enjoy being at this quiet Salcedo Park with other people who love art as much as you do.

Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City | artinthepark.ph

Sandugo Road to Trail Challenge

March 22

Fun runs are fun and all, but there are those that prefer something that’s even more fun. If you’re one of those ardent runners, then sign up for this year’s Sandugo Road to Trail Challenge happening on March 22, 2020 at the Eastridge Sandugo Trail in Binangonan, Rizal. Challenge yourself and join in this one-of-a-kind fun run where you go through roads, trails, and forests—all in one race course.

Eastridge Estates, Binangonan, Rizal | bit.ly/Sandugo2020

Did we miss any events this March? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to our list!

Events to see in February 2020

Events to see in February 2020

We’ve got a long-running travel expo, a school fair-turned-music fest, and the country’s premier art fair all in one month.


PTAA Travel Tour Expo

February 7 to 9

The biggest annual travel showcase in the country is back with deals that are bigger and better than before. From airfare to hotels and tours, you are bound to be lured with deals so prepare your vacation leaves and long weekend calendars!

SMX Convention Center, Pasay City | Traveltourexpo.ptaa.org.ph

UP Fair 2020

February 10 to 15

School fairs are fun and all, but we are willing to bet you’ve never seen anything quite as massive as the school fair held at the University of the Philippines Diliman. We are talking about quite possibly the largest (and most affordable) music festival in the country outside of Feté dela Musiqué: the week-long UP Fair. It’s music, events, and a whole lot of support for local artists on a scale and theme unlike any you’ve seen.

UP Sunken Garden, UP Diliman, Quezon City | fb.com/upfair

Art Fair Philippines 2020

Scenes form Art Fair Philippines 2019. Video from Art Fair Philippines

February 21 to 23

Gear up for the country’s largest celebration of art as Art Fair Philippines returns for its eighth year! Hit The Link Carpark and see the best of the country’s modern and contemporary art. It’s a combination of exhibits both at The Link Carpark and the 48 participating galleries along with its primer, 10 Days of Art, that makes this the art fair to clear out your schedule for.

The Link Carpark, Ayala Center, Makati City | artfairphilippines.com

Japan Film Week

February 26 to 29

Photo from FDCP. (c) 2019 “Weathering With You” Film Partners.

We know how much you love Japanese films, especially some of the more recent hits like Weathering With You. Well, you’re in luck! The Film Development Council of the Philippines has partnered with the Japan Foundation to bring you Japan Film Week, a showcase of critically-acclaimed and award-winning Japanese animated and feature films like the aforementioned hit and the Panay-set feature film Tears of Malumpati.

Cinematheque Manila, Ermita, Manila | bit.ly/JapanFilmWeek


Panagbenga Flower Festival

February 29 to March 1

Panagbenga 2012. Photo by Christian Sangoyo

February may be known as the month of love, but the people of Baguio see it as their way of celebrating the many blooms their city has in the form of the annual Panagbenga Festival. See the streets of Baguio filled with street dancers on the 29th and watch colorful floats filled with beautiful flower arrangements pass by on March 1. Be sure you don’t bring your car during the parades, lest you’ll be stuck in traffick for the rest of the festival.

Baguio City

Any other events we missed (apart from every single Valentines Day-related event)? Leave us a comment and we might just do a part 2!

Featured photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

A month of street parties: Events in January 2020

A month of street parties: Events in January 2020

Don’t think for a second that parties are going to stop just because January 1 has passed.

There are festivals left, right, and center, a visit from “Josep,” and a celebration that comes in a bit earlier than expected.

Sinulog Festival

January 10 to 19

Photo by Pradeep Swaminathan

Hit the streets of Cebu City and scream “Pit Señor” as you dive headfirst into the biggest street party in the Queen City of the South: the annual Sinulog Festival. See streets are filled with dancers in their most colorful costumes and vibrant parades, all done in the name of The Child Jesus.

Ati-Atihan Festival

January 10 to 19

The colorful costumes seen during the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan play well with how the locals paint their faces in black and white. Photo by Edgar Allan Zeta-Yap

Kalibo, Aklan is your alternative in celebrating The Child Jesus in an extraordinarily colorful way at the annual Ati-Atihan Festival. Held every second and third week of January, the festival held in honor of the Santo Niño has the people of Kalibo dressing up in yellow-and-red costumes dancing and chanting “Hala Bira” on the streets. It’s a lively festival that pays homage to both pre-colonial and Spanish era customs.

Jo Koy: Just Kidding World Tour

January 14 to 15

Poster from mmilive.com/jokoy2020

He’s known and loved by many as Josep, the “unfortunate” man who spent his formative years living with his Filipino mom in Seattle, Washington. He’s brought joy to thousands with his viral clips on Facebook. This time around, Jo Koy returns with his Just Kidding World Tour, sure to fill us with more “insight” into Filipino culture, his mom, and possibly his son.

January 14 at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, bit.ly/2svo3PS | January 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena, bit.ly/35ab4Ag

Chinese New Year 2020

Dragon Pose
A lion dancer poses for the camera. Photo by Ruth Joy Sta. Maria

January 25

Hit up the streets of the world’s oldest Chinatown and experience the closest thing you’ll get to celebrating Chinese New Year 2020 in China. Binondo will literally be painted red—and gold—with people watching fireworks displays, fanciful dragon dances, agile lions who will entertain both young and old; visiting temples for well wishes; and possibly capping the culture-ful day feasting on authentic Chinese food like noodles and dumplings. Make sure you bring a box of mooncakes home with you.

These are but a few of the festivities that will keep the party poppin’ this January. Got others we might’ve missed? Hit us up in the comments!

Festive events for December 2019

Festive events for December 2019

Here are shows, trade fairs and more to squeeze in in between countless get togethers in the merriest month of the year

Ayala Land’s Festival of Lights

Until January 12, 2020

A yearly highlight for the people of Makati, the Ayala Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens features the creativity of lighting director Voltaire De Jesus expressed in a lights and sounds show that will give you a smile after a long day of work.
Ayala Triangle Gardens, 6pm – 10pm

San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival

December 15 – Jan 1, 2020

Photo by Nestor Gonzales, taken from fb.com/GiantLantern

Loads of people will only see 12 gigantic Christmas lanterns or parol from the 12 baranggays of San Fernando, Pampanga at Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, but the people of San Fernando see more than just the lanterns. Join them as they celebrate their annual Giant Lantern Festival and see how the people of San Fernando both pay homage to tradition and innovate the humble parol.
Robinsons Starmills Pampanga, San Fernando, Pampanga | Giantlanterns.com

The Royal Affair at Solaire

December 31

They’ll be holding down the fort at Solaire this year. Poster taken from ticketworld.com.ph

Join Philippine concert royalty Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez, the Concert King and Queen, as they take to the stage at The Tent in Solaire and ring in the new year with a bang. It’s going to be a night of beautiful music, free-flowing wine and fine dining that you won’t soon forget.
The Tent, Solaire Resort and Casino | ticketworld.com.ph

We’ve also found a list of fairs and bazaars that you’ll surely love:

Green House Fair

December 14 – 15

It’s not exactly a Christmas bazaar, but it is something that people from the South should look into. The Green House Fair looks to be the go-to weekend market for sustainable clothing, plant-based grub, all-natural bathroom essentials, and even accessories for your pets!
Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City | greenhousefairph.com

Noel Bazaar

December 19 – 22, 2019

No list of bazaars would be complete without one of the longest-running (and quite possibly the largest) Christmas Bazaars in Manila: the Noel Bazaar. It’s gotten so big that it’s already split into three, with this one being their final run at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The best part: a portion of the proceeds goes to select charities, including the GMA Kapuso Foundation!
SMX Convention Center Manila, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City | fb.com/noel.bazaar

World Bazaar Festival

December 14 – 23

If the Noel Bazaar isn’t enough for you to complete your shopping list, then here’s another bazaar for you: the annual World Bazaar Festival. Happening at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, this one runs for 10 (yes, TEN) days, with a portion of the procbeeds also going to charity, this time to the ABS-CBN Kapamilyw Foundation.
World Trade Center, Pasay Extension corner, Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave, Pasay City | fb.com/worldbazaarfestival

Musicals and Christmas bazaars: Events in November

Musicals and Christmas bazaars: Events in November

It’s like Christmas came in a month earlier.

Cats the Musical

It’s on a limited run for a reason. Poster from Lunchbox Theatrical Productions

November 6 onwards
The Theatre at Solaire
Solaire Resort & Casino, 1 Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City
Paranaque City

Based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats the Musical” makes a stop in the Philippines for a limited season run at The Theatre at Solaire this November 6. It tells the tale of how all Jellicle cats gather for their annual Jellicle Ball just to hear who Old Deuteronomy, their benevolent leader, will pick as the Jellicle cat to be reborn into a new life. It features a cast headlined by world-renowned theatre star and the country’s own Joanna Ampil reprising her role as Grizabella.
Ticketworld.com.ph

Noel Bazaar 2019

November 15 to 24
World Trade Center, Pasay

Nineteen years on and no other Christmas bazaar in the country has yet to match the largest Christmas shopping bonanza that is the Noel Bazaar, with its first leg happening on November 15 to 24 at the World Trade Center. The bazaar is where you find the latest crafts and merch from some of the country’s best entrepreneurs, and GMA 7’s top celebrities auctioning off their pre-loved items. The best part: it’s all for charity.
Facebook.com/noel.bazaar/

VegFest Pilipinas 2019

November 16 to 17
BGC Arts Center, 26th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Head for the BGC Arts Center on November 16 and 17 and join the Vegans of Manila at VegFest Pilipinas 2019, an event meant to showcase of all things vegan—from food and non- food products and services, to talks about vegan lifestyle. If there’s ever a place and time to know more about veganism or find the latest vegan products in the country, it’s this.
Facebook.com/VegFestPilipinas/

Earth Run 2019

November 24

The fourth and final leg of this year’s Takbo Para sa Kalikasan, Earth Run gives you a reason not just to stay in shape but also be more aware of what is happening to our environment. Take part in the 3km, 5km, 10km run or go all out for the environment and join them in plogging, or picking up litter while jogging.
Facebook.com/takboparsakalikasan/

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