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.

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.

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.

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.

Irresistible events in October 2019

Irresistible events in October 2019

We’ve got a vengeful barber going around for the best travel deals to a certain island for a fruit festival before seeing a celebrated artist’s works of art. Confused? Scroll down to understand.

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

October 11 to 27

A musical that’s not for the faint-of-heart visits Manila as the unjustly exiled barber Sweeney Todd (Jett Pangan) makes his way into The Theatre at Solaire for revenge on a judge who was very much into his wife. He “operates” out of his old apartment with the help of Mrs. Lovette (Lea Salonga), who has taken a liking to the now-vengeful barber.
The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Paranaque City; Ticketworld.com.ph

Travel Sale Fair

October 11 to 13

You can run on the beach after you’ve made a run at the Travel Sale Fair this October. Photo by Harvey Tapan

There’s nothing like scoring a travel deal that seems impossible to get, which is why people flock to travel expos. Get a headstart on your travel plans for 2020 and block off October 11 to 13 for Travel Sale Fair 2019, happening at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Find the best travel deals at amazing prices to destinations you used to only dream of being able to go or want to revisit.
World Trade Center, Pasay Extension cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Pasay City; Travelsalefair.com

Lanzones Festival

October 20 to 27

It only happens once a year: a week-long celebration of Camiguin’s top export. The annual thanksgiving festival, which happens every third week of October, gives you a taste of Camiguin’s culture with events like Street Dancing, presentations, an agro-industrial-tourism trade fair, various sporting events, and their search for the Mutya sa Buahanan. The lanzones may not come as often as they used to, but this festival reminds the people of Camiguin to always be thankful for their annual harvest.

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience

October 26 to December 8

A tease of the experience from their exhibition in Zurich. Video from Showhouse.

See works of celebrated artist Vincent Van Gogh come to life at Level 4, One Bonifacio High Street this October as the Bonifacio Arts Foundation, Inc. brings you Van Gogh Alive – The Experience. The touring exhibition from Grande Exhibitions has delighted audiences in 50 cities worldwide and promises a different way of seeing Van Gogh’s most celebrated works of art, like the Starry Night and the Potato Eaters.
Level 4, One Bonifacio High Street, One Bonifacio High Street Park, 5th Ave, BGC, Metro Manila, Tickets: Php750 for adults, Php450 for children, vangoghalive.ph

Featured photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

Wizards, costumes, and heated rivalries

Wizards, costumes, and heated rivalries

September, the first official month of the Philippine Christmas season, has come! And here are events on this merry month to mark on your calendars.

Christmas has officially started in the Philippines! Preparations are well underway, but that doesn’t mean it should be your focus. We still have other events to look at and attend for the month of September. Here’s five that we feel should be on your wish list:

Manila International Book Fair

September 11-15, 2019
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

40 years on and the country’s largest book fair is still chugging gleefully along! The 40th Manila International Book Fair brings together all of the country’s top publishers, distributors, authors, and talents under one roof. The five-day event comes packed with seminars, workshops, and book signings from some of the country’s up-and-coming authors, as well as massive discounts on your favorite titles! Get to cleaning your bookshelves, ASAP!

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

September 14-15, 2019
The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Parañaque City

Experience the music from the first installment of this widely popular film series as the ABS-CBN Philharmonic, under the baton of Gerard Salonga, give you a deeper sense of John William’s musical score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Watch the movie in high definition at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City on September 14 and 15 and hear the orchestra perform the musical score live!

Buy tickets on Ticketworld.com.ph

Cosplay Mania 2019

September 28-29, 2019
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

The country’s largest and premier Japanese pop culture event is back for its 11th year! Cosplay Mania, happening on September 28 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center, gives you a taste of Japanese pop culture by bringing in world-class cosplayers alongside popular actors, voice actors, and anime musicians from the Land of the Rising Sun! Experience Japanese pop culture on a scale you’ve never seen with merch, games, fan meets, and a concert at the end of each day!

Cosplaymania.com for more info; buy tickets on smtickets.com

UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball

All Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays of September

Season 82 of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has just begun, and no sport will be as watched in the Philippines as men’s basketball. This year’s tournament will feature some of the biggest names in collegiate basketball, with reigning champions The Ateneo looking to defend their crown against a field of re-tooled teams, including rivals De La Salle (September 8, Araneta Coliseum) and The University of the Philippines Diliman (September 29, Araneta Coliseum). Will The Ateneo get their three-peat, or will their impending dynasty be stopped in its tracks?

Buy tickets on smtickets.com and ticketnet.com.ph

Peñafrancia Festival

Peñafrancia Festival - Fluvial Procession
The Fluvial Procession in 2010. Photo by Edgar Allan Zeta-Yap via flickr

September 22, 2019
Naga City, Camarines Sur

It’s one of the most anticipated events in the Bicol Region: the annual Peñafrancia Festival, commemorated every third Sunday of September, with events lined up throughout the weeks leading up to the mass. The spotlight is on the Fluvial Procession, which happens on the Saturday before the big mass. Expect colorful barges and boats carrying an image of the Virgin, a copy of the Madonna in Peñafrancia, Spain, to make its trip from the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine to the Naga Cathedral by way of the Naga River.

Featured photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

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