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Metro Weekend Guide: January 31–February 2

Where to wine, dine, and unwind this weekend

We don’t know about you, but it feels like January went on forever, so we’re glad to finally see it go. This Saturday, February will be rolling in, and here’s where we recommend you go to. (But make sure you’re all prepped when you do—the Department of Health just recently confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the country, so build your immunity and keep these things in your bag to stay protected.) 


Leading With Heart: Global Women’s Summit

The Palma House, Poblacion

February 1–2


This weekend, women changemakers from around the world will gather at the Palma House in Poblacion for Leading With Heart: Global Women’s Summit. It is an annual gathering of women leaders from around the globe, whose mission is to create an impactful, life-altering platform to inspire, support, and engage women the world over with ideas that innovate and inspire, and simultaneously raise awareness and funds for local charities in the cities where each summit is held. It’s been held in Las Vegas, Nevada and New York City, and will also be held in London, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Paris. Get tickets at Eventbrite. —Renee Nuevo

90s Dance Concert: Panahon Ko ‘To

ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, Vertis North Ayala Mall, Quezon City

January 31

Feel the 90’s nostalgia through the Flashback Friday dance craze happening on January 31. Grab your dancing shoes, and get ready to groove alongside well-known dancers from the 90s! Catch The Manoeuvres, Streetboys, Universal Motion Dancers, and many more artists from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. It’s going to be one sentimental night that you won’t want to miss, so get your tickets now via SM Tickets. —Zia Barretto

Momzilla Fair

ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, Vertis North Ayala Mall, Quezon City

February 1–2

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The much-anticipated #MomzillaPH Fair for of 2020 is happening THIS weekend at The ABS-CBN Vertis Tent, QC! Shop from over 300 curated brands to stock up on your favorite parenting and baby essentials and complete your checklists with #MomzillaExclusive discounts😉 Packed with tons of fun and educational activities for the kids, informative talks for parents by The Parenting Emporium and The Asian Parent, #MomzillaFamilies with portraits taken by Cocoon Studio in an interactive photo area and lots of #CertifiedMomzilla prizes you can get to win, this upcoming #MomzillaPH fair will definitely be our biggest one to date! Find everything you need to love parenting even more and join us in the spirit of love. Let's spread LOVE and not germs so be sure you’re feeling well when you attend. See you all soon! 💛

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If you’re on the lookout for mommy must-haves, then this weekend’s fair is the perfect event for you! Over 300 participating brands, such as Little Cocoy and Kindee, will be lined up to promote products that are essential to motherhood. This two-day event will certainly have a lot in store for all the new, and experienced moms nationwide. Informative talks, interactive activities, exclusive deals, and quality photos are just a few of the things you can look forward to in this fair. Let’s dedicate this weekend to all the Metro moms out there! For more details, follow Momzilla’s social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. —ZB


Dreamspace by BDJ, LG floor, #561 Shaw Plaza Building, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City

February 1

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Bring your buried dreams to life with the help of the Dreamboarding Workshop that is brought to you by Mindful Manila, and Belle de Jour Power Planner! From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, the participants will be given the opportunity to envision their goals for the year 2020, and express them through creative visuals. There is a session fee of P1,800, which is inclusive of all materials that will be used to possibly create your very own dreamboard! Start the new year with 2020 vision on your future aspirations. Register now via Eventbrite—ZB

Wire Jewelry Making Workshop 

Unit 703 State Condominium 1, 186 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati

February 2 

Ever want to own something precious no one else in the world holds? Learn how to create, and design your own jewelry through the Wire Jewelry Making Workshop, which will be led by Benjielyn Pablo. She is the co-owner of the online jewelry shop, ‘Penumbra.’ There is a session fee of P1,800, which is inclusive of all materials and snacks. By simply twisting, bending, and wrapping wires and gems together, you’ll already be able to create something you can use on a daily basis! Register now via Google Events—ZB


Lucia di Lammermoor

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

January 31, 2020 (8 p.m.) & February 2, 2020 (3 p.m)

Premiered in Naples, Italy in 1835, this love story revolves around a secret love affair between 2 people, Lucia and Edgardo, who are from opposite houses in Scotland. Not only does this show have an interesting plot, but it is also presented in a very unique and creative way as it is a tragic opera. A highly regarded cast from Italy and Manila, which will be lead by international Filipino bel canto tenor Arthur Espiritu, will come together to present this classic opera composed by Gaetano Donizetti. Tickets are available via Ticketworld. —Jill Bognot

Thoroughly Modern Reprise Broadway Open Mic

Talabs Resto Bar, San Roque, Marikina City

February 1, 2020

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You voted, and we listened! We wanted to hear which among our most-attended Broadway Open Mics you wanted to do again, and you chose Thoroughly Modern. First done in November 2017, guests of Thoroughly Modern, The Reprise: Broadway Open Mic are invited to bring selections, either songs and scenes, from their favorite shows which were first performed in the year 2000 or later. Whether you’ve been dying to belt out selections from recent Tony Award-winning musicals like Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Next to Normal, or Spring Awakening, a crowd-pleaser from the likes of Mean Girls, Be More Chill, The Lightning Thief, or Heathers, or lesser-known material from shows like The Mad Ones, 35mm: A Musical Exhibition, Ordinary Days, or I Love You Because, take a chance because the possibilities are endless! . . THOROUGHLY MODERN, THE REPRISE: Broadway Open Mic will be held on 01 February 2020 at Talabs Resto Bar (Gil Fernando Ave., cor. Dragon St., San Roque, Marikina City). Registration opens at 6:00 PM, and the event proper runs from 07:00 PM to 01:00 AM. Entrance fee is PhP 250 (PhP 100 consumable for drinks), inclusive of one non-transferrable performance slot per guest. Performance slots are given on a first-come, first-serve basis, and will only be reserved upon registration at the venue. . . ABOUT SIXTEEN BARS SIXTEEN BARS is a performing arts education company whose goal is to provide the needs of developing theatre practitioners in Metro Manila. Our services mainly consist of masterclasses, workshops, and other activities geared towards artistic training and comprehensive education in music, acting, dance, and writing. . . #sixteenbarsph #sixteebars #broadwayopenmic #broadway #musicaltheater #dearevanhansen #hamilton #bemorechill #jaggedlittlepill #music #song #musicaltheater #theater #theatre #artsandmusic #openmic #manila #wheninmanila

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Calling all Broadway fans, this one’s for you! Sixteen Bars PH’s Thoroughly Modern Reprise Broadway Open Mic lets you belt out songs (or perform scenes!) from your favorite Broadway shows. With an entrance fee of Php 250, guests are invited to bring selections from shows which were first performed in the year 2000 and later. Selections can range from Broadway musicals such as Dear Evan Hansen, Amélie, Hamilton, etc. to off-Broadway shows like Queen of the West, Daddy Long Legs, Dani Girl, and more. The possibilities are endless! For more details, visit their Facebook event page—JB

The 2020 Theatre Productions We’re Most Excited For, From Manila to Broadway


The 2020 Theatre Productions We’re Most Excited For, From Manila to Broadway

C.A.S.T. (Company of Actors in Streamlined Theatre) Staged Readings 

Pineapple Lab (R. Palma Street, Poblacion)

February 2, 2020

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With the members of C.A.S.T. being well renowned Filipino theater actors, this weekend’s upcoming stage readings in Pineapple Lab Poblacion are a must-go for theater enthusiasts who wish to hear staged readings about politics, love, music, and many more! This weekend’s staged readings will be the fourth and last one for 2020, featuring Caisa Borromeo and Michael Williams and will be directed by guest director Andrei Pamintuan so it is definitely not one to miss! Door charge is at Php 200. For reservations, contact (0915) 316 7365. —JB


Stuffed Bread and Pastries Class

The Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Centre, Makati City

February 1 

Take your weekend to the next level by signing up for this much anticipated cooking class in the Maya Kitchen Culinary Arts Centre! Learn how to make delicious honey baked ham rolls, bacon and mushroom cheese melts, ham and cheese split rolls, and many more dishes to serve for merienda with friends and family. For a small class fee of only Php 2,500, get the chance to learn how to make these classic dishes from Chef Jed Bulahan, a former pastry master from Manila Peninsula Hotel. Let your creativity and cooking skills fly this Saturday, and sign up through the Maya Kitchen Facebook page or by calling 8892 1165. —Margarita L. Bautista

Easy to Make, Easy to Love Chocolate!

Sikat Studio, Quezon City

February 2

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Got a sweet tooth for chocolate you just can’t fight? Don’t! Embrace the sweetness and spend this Sunday learning how to make delicious chocolate desserts with Chef Jackie Ang Po. From chocolate merengue truffles to churros en chocolate, wow your peers with these delectable home-made dishes. For only Php 3,800, this class will be inclusive of ingredients, lunch, take out materials, and afternoon coffee. So, grab a friend and an apron, and sign up through text or Viber at 09228506542. —MLB

Seafood Extravaganza

Solaire Resort

January 31–February 1

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Get ready for a seafood experience unlike any other, and head to Solaire Resort for unlimited servings of fresh lobster, prawn, and oyster. Enjoy a selection of complimentary free-flowing drinks, and spend the night dining and drinking with your loved ones. To reserve a table, call 8888-8888. —MLB

Wine Down

Grand Hyatt Manila

January 31

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Girls’ Night Out is given a whole new meaning in The Lounge of Grand Hyatt Manila. Get ready to trade in those shots of Cuervo for flutes of Champagne, and relax with an evening full of live entertainment and a collection of wines. For reservations, call +632 8838 1234 or email —MLB

Baker’s Dozen 

Rockwell, Makati

February 1–2

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Grab your reusable shopping bag and drop by the Baker’s Dozen food market this weekend. Stock up on oh-so addicting salted egg chips and heavenly icing-filled cupcakes. You’ll find some of our absolute favorites, such as Costa Brava, The Flour Girl, Buttery and Co., and many more in the lower ground level of Power Plant Mall. —MLB

Best of 2019: The Food Fair

Paseo De Roxas, Makati

February 2

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Mercato Centrale, Zomato, and Make It Makati are teaming up, and, boy, are they really pulling out all the stops for this one! Not only will this food fair be featuring awardees from Zomato Foodies’ Choice 2019, but winners of Mercato’s Best Food Concepts of 2019 will also be waiting and ready to give you a gastronomical experience unlike any other. Catch Mazendo, Three Guys and a Grill, El Chupacabra, and many more in this Sunday’s food fair. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this! —MLB


The Devil Wears Prada 

Starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) is the hard to please boss of Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway). Andy must learn the ropes of the fashion industry, as well as learning how to balance her personal and social life without losing who she truly is. A must watch for this weekend to appreciate your boss. The Devil Wears Parada can be streamed on Netflix. —Carla Tañada-Yam

Miss Americana

Promise you’ll never find another documentary like this! Taylor Swift playing herself in this eye opening documentary on the ups and downs of being a pop star. Coming out on Netflix this January 31st. A good way to kickstart your weekend and make you want to rock out to Taylor all weekend! Miss Americana can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY

The Two Popes

The two popes received two Oscar Nominations in Netflix Original Movie. Friendship and power go hand in hand in this story of an unlikely friendship between Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins) and Pope Francis (Jonathon Pryce) during a controversial time for the Catholic church. The Two Popes can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY


ML is an independent film starring the late Eddie Garcia. This chilling thriller on the aftermath of Martial law on the psyche of a retired METROCOM officer suffering from Alzheimer’s disease which is causing him to believe that he is still in the Martial Law era. ML can be streamed on iWant—CTY

One Great Love

One Great Love, a captivating romantic drama filled with a spicy love triangle, stars Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and JC De Vera. Zyra Paez (Kim Chiu) is filled with confusion over her love life and is filled with nothing but doubt. Journey with Zyra as she decides what is the right path for her. One Great Love can be streamed on iWant. —CTY

The Holiday

Directed by Nancy Meyers, this feel good rom-com is the perfect way to unwind this weekend. Amanda (Kate Winslet) and Iris (Cameron Diaz) trade places and swap homes for the holiday season to get away from their lives. Things take a turn when they both meet the right guy and fall in love. Amanda and Iris must decide whether to go back to their old lives or to stay in their new ones. The Holiday can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY

Bride Wars

Bridezilla vs Bridezilla. Two best friends, Emma Allan (Anne Hathaway) and Liv Lerner (Kate Hudson) have been planning their dream wedding since childhood. When they finally have a ring on their finger, a race to get married in the famous Plaza Hotel in New York City happens. These girls will stop at nothing to get their dream wedding, even at the risk of their own friendship. Bride Wars can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY

Anne With An E

The third and final season of Anne with an E has been released on Netflix. A modern retelling of the book written by L.M Montgomery. The story is about a young red headed orphan named Anne as she ventures into a new world living in Avonlea with spinster siblings named Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. Anne who is free spirited and has a sense of adventure transforms the lives of her new family and the people in her town. Highly recommended for anyone who is young at heart and needs a sense of adventure.  Anne With An E can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY


Suits season 8 has just been released on Netflix and two of the main characters (Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams) have said their goodbyes at the end of season 7. Recently joined by Katherine Heigl who plays a lawyer named Samantha Wheeler. She will either be the firm’s greatest asset or their greatest liability. A show for any aspiring or wannabe lawyer. Suits is highly recommended with its witty banter and plot twists leaving you at the edge of your seats. Suits can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY 

Love Alarm

In the age where phones dominate, apps have been able to satisfy the needs and wants of a person. Kim Jojo experiences young love with the use of the app “Love alarm” which rings whenever someone likes her. Traumatized by her past, she is now struggling to move on. A must watch for anyone who loves a heart wrenching TV show along with a brand new perspective on life. Love Alarm can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY

The Last Manilaners

An iWant documentary released on January 27th about the open door policy implemented by then President Manuel L. Quezon during the holocaust. The lives of 1,300 Jews were saved and the last living 3 are telling their story as the Last Manilaners. The survivors live to tell their story on the generosity and bravery of the Filipinos during this dark time in history. The Last Manilaners can be streamed on iWant. —CTY

My Single Lady 

My Single Lady stars Jodie Sta. Maria and Ian Veneracion. Chona Mae (Jodie Sta. Maria) is learning the ropes of raising her son with the help of her gay best friends. My Single Lady can be streamed on iWant starting January 22nd with episodes coming out everyday. This is a feel good TV show filled with laughs and romance leaving you in tears of both laughter and sadness. —CTY

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

It's the year 1958 in New York City. Miriam “Midge” Maisel is living her perfect life with her 2 beautiful children and her husband in her fabulous apartment. Things suddenly take a turn for the worst when her husband leaves her for his secretary and Midge is forced to put the pieces of her life back together. In her journey, Midge realizes that she is a natural born comedian and must decide which path is right for her. This is a feel good TV show with lots of laughs and brings you on a journey of self-discovery. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY 

 Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey depicts the Aristocratic lifestyle of the Earl of Grantham and his family in a time where time is nothing but changing. Problems are coming in from both left and right, the family tries their best to keep Downton in their grasps and failure is almost close by.  A not to be missed TV show filled with episodes making you want more. Downton Abbey can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY

Here Are The Valentine’s Day Concerts You Shouldn’t Miss This February


Here Are The Valentine’s Day Concerts You Shouldn’t Miss This February