Metro Weekend Guide: October 25–27
Here’s where you can spend Halloween fun with your kids, plus: Van Gogh Alive opens!
Halloween is just around the corner, so if you’re still figuring out where to spend the weekend to bring your kids trick-or-treatin’, here a few ideas—but if you’re not one to partake in this holiday, we’ve got something for you as well!
Streaming on Amazon Prime
If you’re a fan of the New York Times’ hit column-slash-podcast about love and literally everything that that surrounds it, then you’ll definitely want to check out the 8-episode anthology starring Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, John Slattery, and so much more! Even if you haven’t read or listened to those tales of broken loves and happy loves and all-around modern loves, still check it anyway, because we think it’s an earnest, if a little uneven, retelling of the stories from the New York Times—nonetheless, it charms and it holds our attention, and who doesn’t want to see Dev Patel play a handsome dating app founder, as well as the equally lovely Catherine Keener alongside him?
In cinemas near you
This sequel to the 2009 cult comedy favorite does not disappoint. Ten years later, the sequel treads familiar territory, but still entertains and should warm the hearts of the fans of the first film starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin. A new cast member joins the gang—Set It Up and The Politician’s Zoey Deutch—and while she is admittedly a “one-note shallow character,” she delivers some of the best lines in the film, so we just end up wanting more!
Closing weekend of Sweeney Todd
The Theatre at Solaire
October 25 to 27
And just like that, Sweeney Todd Manila comes to a close. Catch the last weekend of this beloved Sondheim musical starring theatre powerhouse Lea Salonga! We at Metro.Style absolutely loved this production, so head here and buy your tickets now.
KidZania Manila’s Grown-Ups Night 2019
North, 11th Ave, Taguig
Calling all kids-at-heart! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into a parallel universe where you can “fulfill” your childhood dreams for one incredible night? Look no further—KidZania Manila’s Grown-Ups Night is back! For one night only, people aged 18 years old and above can enter and are in for a deeply engaging, hyper-realistic, personal experience by receiving a “Never Have I Ever” card divided into eight categories with a list of various activities to take part of. Tickets are available at ktx.abs-cbn.com for only P880. For more details, visit manila.kidzania.com or follow the Play City’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram.
Van Gogh Alive
4/F One Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
October 26 to December 8
Van Gogh’s works have been displayed in over 50 cities around the world, now you can have that same experience with Van Gogh Alive, the world’s most-visited multi-sensory experience! This month, its next stop is in Taguig, which means you don’t have to fly all the way to Paris or New York just to witness this master painter’s works for yourself. Van Gogh Alive opens this Saturday, October 26. Tickets are Php 750 for adults and Php 450 for children and students until college—they’re available here.
Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati
Make plans to go to Power Plant Mall this Sunday, October 27, because they have prepared an amazing travel-themed event kids and their parents will surely enjoy! The mall-wide event will take everyone on a fun-filled adventure around different parts of the world, such as the Philippines, Japan, India, South Africa, France, and England. The opportunity to immerse oneself in these diverse cultures is exciting in itself, but kids will be even more thrilled to participate in various fun games and activities; they will even get chances to win exciting prizes! Tickets are available at the R1 Level Concierge (near Mango). Ticket reservations will not be accepted.
KidZania Manila’s Halloween FunFair
North, 11th Ave, Taguig
October 29 to November 3
Beginning next week, Tuesday, KidZania Manila will have a week-long Halloween celebration that the whole family can participate in! BGC’s premier play city holds thrilling games for this year’s All Hallow’s Eve celebration, incorporating carnival games like buzz wire, target shooting, tic tac toe, and ring toss for non-spooky, wholesome activities for everyone. Come in colorful costumes or dress up as your favorite non-scary characters for the Halloween costume contest happening on Oct. 31 (Thursday). The Best Boy in Costume and Best Girl in Costume will receive cool prizes from Toy Kingdom and Jack n’ Jill, while the Best Family in Costume will win an overnight stay for two adults and two kids in Seda BGC. Get the Halloween FunFair Pass (P3,740), an unlimited pass for one adult and one kid valid for six days for the duration of the entire event, Oct. 29 to Nov. 3. Tickets are available here.
Monster Camp: Halloween Fun Fest
New World Manila Bay Hotel
October 30 to 31
Enter the hair-raising world of monstrous creatures in different forms and shapes and indulge in a spooktacular feast with the family and close friends. Taste the hauntingly delicious flavors of Halloween with a delightful dinner buffet featurin a spread of international cuisines, signature dishes and decadent desserts. The inviting atmosphere and the creepy surrounding at Market Café make it the perfect hide- out for Halloween. Wear your best smile at all times because you might meet the monster squad for a group photo worth posting. Come in your most monstrous costume and enjoy spooky Halloween eats and sugary treats! The best in Halloween costume will receive a special surprise. The Dinner Buffet at Market Cafe is priced at PHP2,600 net per person. Kids ages 12 and below are charged half the price while kids ages below 5 are free. For reservations and inquiries, call +632 8252 6888 or email email@example.com.
The Ultimate Long Weekend Getaway
Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
October 31 to November 4
As everyone in the city heads out to the provinces for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, if you’re looking to spend that weekend here in Metro Manila, what better way than to spend it at the Marco Polo? Book a stay from 31 October to 4 November 2019 with rates starting at Php 5,900 and enjoy benefits that the family will enjoy. Every room booked comes with buffet breakfast for two adults and two kids under 6 years old at Cucina, complimentary wireless internet access, and access to the indoor pool and gym. Reservations may be made through (02) 7720 7777 or through firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sweetest Christmas at Rustan’s
In a Rustan’s near you
October 24 to November 20
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Today's the day! We're excited to launch our sweetest Christmas filled with treats, activities, surprises, and the most wonderful deals for you to enjoy. Can't wait to celebrate with you later at Rustan's Makati from 5:00pm to 10:00pm, so don't be late! #RustansSweetestChristmas #RustansChristmas
There are sweet deals in various Rustan’s around the city—particularly Makati and Shangri-La—to get you up to speed in your Christmas shopping! Visit the nearest Rustan’s branch and cop really great items at really great prices, from the women’s department, to the men’s, to the kids’, and even for the home! For more information about Rustan’s holiday offerings and activities, visit rustans.com or follow @rustansph on Facebook and Instagram.
European Higher Education Fair 2019
Grand Atrium, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong
Have you ever dreamed of studying abroad? Through the partnership between the EU Delegation of the Philippines and the Commission on Higher Education, you can now make that dream a reality. On October 26, all roads lead to the Grand Atrium of Shangri-La Plaza for the European Higher Education Fair 2019. 37 schools from 12 EU member states are joining this year’s fair: Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. If you’re interested in EU's scholarships schemes, representatives and scholars of the Erasmus+ programme and Marie Curie Fellowship will also be joining this year's edition of EHEF. You can now pre-register to reserve seats for the country presentations to avoid queuing on the actual date. For more information on the event go to www.ehefphilippines.com
Lead photos from Bonifacio High Street, Unsplash, and KidZania