10 Things to Do & Where to Go This Weekend

Fall in love with the <em>Nutcracker</em> all over again, shop at a German market, get fit for a cause, and more!

What’s happening in Manila this weekend? SPOT.ph zeroes in on the events you shouldn’t miss.



Catch the 12th Cinemanila International Film Festival from December 1 to 5 at the Robinsons Movieworld Galleria, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. The festival will showcase about 50 international and local movies, including indie and award-winning films previously shown in festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, and Pusan. The festival will also feature workshops, seminars and master classes. Click here to view the complete schedule. For more information, email cinemanila.press@gmail.com/cinemanila@gmail.com or log on to www.cinemanila.org.ph.




Watch America's Best Dance Crew (ABDC) Season 3 winner Quest Crew live in Manila from December 3 to 5. The concert will be a homecoming of sorts for the group’s  Pinoy members Aris Paracuelles, Daniel Ryan "Ryanimay" Conferido, Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval, and Brian Hirano. They will be joined by Young JV, 23rd Awit Awards Best New Performer of the Year; Amber Davis, Urban Music Awards Best Female RnB artist; and Philippine All Stars, 2006 and 2008 winners of World Hip Hop Dance Championships. To see schedules and venues, click here. For more details, log on to www.eastwoodcity.com or call (0917) 838-0111.



Watch Kaos featuring the Manila Symphony Orchestra at Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City Cybertourism Zone, Pasay City starting December 1. Kaos tells the classic adventure of a handsome prince, a beautiful maiden, and an interfering advisor, and set in a historical castle  where a song solves a problem, a dance lifts a mood, and the never ending search for true love prevails. The production will run for six months. To see the schedules and ticket prices, click here. For inquiries, call Resorts World Manila at 836-6333 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.

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4. SEE WHAT THE BUZZ IS ABOUT AT MONDOMANILA FILMFEST MOTHERF%*+ERS!Catch Khavn De La Cruz’s film titled Mondomanila at the Mondomanila FilmFest Motherf%*#ers! from December 1 to 4 at the Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Mondomanila or How I Fixed My Hair After A Rather Long Journey is Khavn’s latest masterpiece. It’s an adaptation of Norman Wilwayco’s triple-Palanca-winning novel (2002), short story (2000), and screenplay (2003). The film will have six screenings at the festival. A forum on the relevance of the Metro Manila Film Festival dubbed MMFF vs MFMF! will also be held on December 1, 4 p.m. at the UP Film Center.



Don’t miss the Christmas Tinsel Bazaar from December 3 to 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nuvo City, Libis (along Libis Avenue, beside Shopwise). Activities include a live appearance and photo op with Santa Claus, photobooth, games for kids, hourly raffle draws, free gift wrapping services, and live performances. For inquiries, call 502-3632 or (0917) 826-1810. Also check out SPOT.ph’s weekend bazaar guide.




Catch Ballet Manila’s The Nutcracker from December 3 to 5 and 11 to 12 at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. For the first time, prima ballerina Lisa Macuja will be sharing centerstage in a full-length ballet with her 12-year-old daughter Michelle Elizabeth "Missy" Elizalde as the latter makes her debut in the role of Little Masha. The Nutcracker tells the story of  a little girl named Masha, whose generous spirit on Christmas Eve transports her to a magical land of giant dolls and nutcrackers, dancing snowflakes, and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Tickets are P618 each. For inquiries, contact Ballet Manila at 400-0292/525-5967 or e-mail info@balletmanila.ph. Tickets are also available at Ticketworld at  (891-9999).



Be at Weihnachtsmarkt, the second annual German Christmas Market on December 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ateneo de Manila University Cervini Quad in Quezon City. The market will feature food items, special goods, art, and other cultural activities. For inquiries, contact Dr. Sebastian Griese of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen at 840-5723 to 24 or 817-0978 to 79. You may also email sebastian.griese@gmail.com.




Be a part of Immuvit’s Run Against Time - Meta Fit Run on December 4, 4 p.m. at Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. The event, which is the fourth leg of Immuvit’s Run Against Time campaign, features a fun run and a lecture by Coach Jim Saret on how to manage the signs of somatopause (slowdown of metabolism and increased weight gain). Interested participants for the 4th leg can pre-register by emailing their name, age, address, and contact details to immuvitrunagainsttime@gmail.com. The first 100 registrants will get a free running singlet.



Drop by Christmas BazaART which runs until December 24 at Galeria OneWorkshop, Suite 324 LRI Design Plaza, Nicanor Garcia St. (Reposo), Bel Air II, Makati City. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, mixed media, and prints on sale for as low as P5,000 up to P30,000. This is for the benefit of the Hospicio de San Jose Infant Ward. To see participating artists, click here. For inquiries, call 836-8799 or email One_Workshop@yahoo.com.




Join Run for Spec, an awareness fun run for children with special needs, on December 5, 6 a.m. at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (Runnex Area). There will be a 2K running event and a 500M buddy run with special children. For options on how to register, click here. For inquiries, contact (0917) 817-8945 or (0922) 752-5995.



Friday, December 3

True Faith at 19 East

19 East - Side A, 9 p.m.

Capone’s Bistro - Zion Friday Nights featuring Blues Train, Jeck Pilpil, and Peacepipe, 9 p.m.

Handlebar Bar and Grill - Midlife Crisis, 9 p.m.

Izakaya - Kamikaze Fridays at Izakaya featuring Hiphop Mashup Electro music, hosted by Jess Manzano, 5 p.m.

M Cafe - Got Soul Fridays featuring Ms. Badkiss with special guestd Mikecons, D’James  and live saxophone by Alvin Cornista, 10 p.m.


Obsidian Bar and Grill - Island Rock Entertainment presents Behind Bars featuring the music of Beyond Science & Fiction, The Naked Lights, Bamboo Spliff, Sundown Caffeine, Rewind, Speakeasy, Shelterr, Southcard, Kantula and many more, 7 p.m.

Penguin Cafe - Edralins and Makiling, 8 p.m.

Saguijo -  Luis Alcantara Foundation Presents The Foundation@Saguijo with Archipelago, Curbside, Dabez, Good Morning High Fives, Kuwago, Lions & Acrobats, Live Fillet, and Wilderness, 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 4

19 East - True Faith, 9 p.m.

Izakaya - Sake To Me Baby featuring music by DJ Steal and DJ Nina, 5 p.m.

Obsidian Bar and Grill - Fastpace 3 presents Unplugged featuring music collaborations from Maryzark, Dhruva Tara, Talata, September Issue, and Flicker Fusion, 9 p.m.

Penguin Cafe - Jun Lupito and Lady High, 8 p.m.

Route 196 - Dong Abay, 8 p.m.

Saguijo - Saguijo Presents: Transmission/Substance - A Joy Division/New Order Night with Dream Kitchen, The Lowtechs, Paranoid City, The Sleepyheads, Stella Mariz, Taken By Cars, Techy Romantics, and more, 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 5

M Cafe - Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.

Obsidian Bar and Grill - Manhole Independent presents United Blood featuring the music of Off the Chain, Demolition of False Progression, Tame the Tikbalang, West, Towards the End, Chili Dogs, Most Offensive Fact, Killtone, Ixion, Dear Dingo, Destroy My Enemy, Turnover, Bystorm, Double Barrel, Shortstorymusic, Brutal Punishment, Last Lie Told, Diary of the Old Mango Tree, Atthismo, Burden, Antropine, and Alegria, 5 p.m.

Monday, December 6

Turbo Goth at Route 196


19 East - MoyMoy Palaboy, 9 p.m.

Izakaya - Moshi Moshi Mondays featuring music by Aimee Macoy, Marie Garcia, and surprise guests. Hosted by Ivan Zalameda, 5 p.m.

Obsidian Bar and Grill - Musika Incorporated presents A Very Bad Day featuring the music of Even, Talata, Gayuma, Guerilla Tactics, Th3Han3ps and Kontrabida, 9 p.m.

Saguijo - Red Ninja Productions Presents New Found Glory Night! (lineup to be announced), 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7

19 East - MYMP, 9 p.m.

Izakaya - Izakaya Unplugged featuring music by Norby of Overtone and Junji of Velcro. Hosted by Raj Sadhwani, 5 p.m.

Obsidian Bar and Grill - Wachamacallit Productions presents the music of Rubber Pool, Wandew, Above Zero, Sound City Silence, Child Star, Milk and Money, Heron, Narcotic Venus, Shot Up Pack Up and Cunejo, 6 p.m.

Route 196 - Goo Goo G’Joob at Route 196 featuring Archipelago, Tanya Markova, Turbo Goth, and Gaijin, 8 p.m.

Saguijo - Mondo Presents The Camerawalls, Imago, Mayonnaise, Miguel Escueta, Paranoid City, and The Pin-Ups, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 8

Izakaya - Dojo Wednesday hosted by Jec Cantillon, 5 p.m.

Obsidian Bar and Grill - lineup to be announced

Saguijo - Blaster Early Chrismas Disaster! with Away for the Day, Le Drumoire, Eleyn, Odat, Paramita, Segatron, Sendero, Take a Stroll, and more to be announced, 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 9

Izakaya - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang featuring DJ Euric, DJ Chazz, Julio V, Paco Gun, and special guest DJs, 5 p.m.

Martinis - 80’s Night featuring DJ Cocoy Puyat, 10 p.m.


M Cafe - M Cafe - So What? Thursdays, 10 p.m.

Obsidian Bar and Grill - Outerlimits Videoke Nights, 6 p.m.

Penguin Cafe - Don’t Panic it’s Acoustic, 8 p.m.

Saguijo - Toll Gate Productions (lineup to be announced), 6 p.m.




Friday, December 3

Amber UltraLounge - Finally It’s Friday featuring DJ Rico Arce, 3Mil Angeles and guest DJs spinning electro, remixes, house and top 40 beats, 10 p.m.

Bliss UltraClub - Super Swagger Fridays featuring DJ Richard, DJ Lime, and DJ Chinaman, 10 p.m.

Club Bureau - Phat Fridays featuring DJ Darrell D., DJ McCoy and DJ Steal, 10 p.m.

Eivissa - Twisted Fridays featuring DJ Marvin, DJ Jet, and DJ Markie Madness, with MC Bigdaddy, 10 p.m.

Encore - Mixology Fridays featuring DJs Martin Pulgar, Marc Naval, BigBoy Cheng with MC Warren, 10 p.m.

Guilly’s Island - T.G.I.F: Thank Guilly’s It’s Friday featuring DJ Ariel, DJ Pitbull, DJ Kimura, and MC Bounce, 10 p.m.


LAX - Blackout Fridays featuring DJ Buzz and MC Jaygo, 10 p.m.

LAX Main Room - Full Access Fridays featuring DJ Ponch and guest DJs with MC Jaygo on the mic, 10 p.m.

Manor - Jive Fridays featuring DJs Mark Nicosia, Bad Boy Jeff, Ronian Poe, Acid Burn, and MC Paolo on the mic. Hosted by Stephen Ku, Bingo Manahan, and The Jive Crew, 10 p.m.

Members Only - Soul featuring DJ Marie Garcia, Bing Reyes, and weekly guests, 9 p.m.

Nu.Vo - Toast of the Town: Champagne Night, 9 p.m.

Republiq - Soiree Fridays featuring DJ Ace, DJ Bcal, and DJ Mars, 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 4

Amber UltraLounge - Envy Saturdays featuring music by DJ Chester Canlas, 10 p.m.

Club Bureau - Saturday Night Live featuring DJs Badboy Jeff, CHRISMYK, and McCoy, 10 p.m.

Bliss UltraClub - Blissful Saturdays featuring DJ Chinaman, DJ Lime, DJ Ace Ramos, and DJ Richard, 10 p.m.

Eivissa - Daring Remix Saturdays featuring music by DJ Markie Madness, DJ XFactor, and DJ Jet, with MC Matt Montoya on the mic, 10 p.m.

Encore - Sleepless Saturdays featuring DJ Santi, DJ Bad Boy Jeff, and MC Pao, 10 p.m.


LAX - After Hours featuring DJ Coki and DJ Buzz, with MC Jaygo on the mic, 10 p.m.

Manor - Saturday Supreme featuring DJ Buzz, DJ Slick J, DJ Carlo A, DJ Ace Ramos, with MC Boo, 10 p.m.

Republiq - Pure featuring music by Marc Naval, Martin Pulgar, and Chewy Ramos,  10 p.m.

Members Only - TRYST featuring Brazillian DJ and model Alex Pain with Members Only residents John Monreal and Arnel Genterone for the opening set, 9 p.m.

Prive Establishment - Prive Saturdays featuring DJ Raffy and DJ Bombi,   9 p.m.

Monday, December 6

Guilly’s Island - Maniak Modays featuring DJ Ace Ramos, Bogboi, and MC Bounce, 10 p.m.

Nu.Vo - G Mondays: Girls Night at Nu.Vo featuring DJs Arnel Genterone, John Monreal, and Matthew Carbonell, 9 p.m.

Tuesday, December 7

Amber UltraLounge - Trash Tuesdays featuring music from DJ Gigee and DJ Brian Cua, 9 p.m.

Tabu - Models Night featuring electro, hiphop, and R&B music by DJ Slick and Ghandi, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, December 8

Amber UltraLounge - Tuned Wednesdays featuring DJ Lenin, 10 p.m.

Encore - Superklasse Wednesdays featuring music by DJ Ace and DJ Mars with MC Dash, 9 p.m.

LAX - Next Episode Wednesdays at LAX featuring DJ Ron and DJ Coki., 10 p.m.

Manor - Wicked Wednesdays featuring music by DJ Acidburn and DJ Ace Ramos with "Hype Man of the Year," MC Paolo, 10 p.m.

Nu.Vo - RetroGarde featuring music DJ Arnel Genterone and DJ Boyet Sison, 10 p.m.

Padrino - Get Whacked featuring music by DJ Slim and suprise guest DJs, 10 p.m.


Republiq - Wild Wednesdays featuring music by DJ Mark Nicosia, DJ Euric, and Funk Avy, 10 p.m.

Tabu - Hip Hop Salsa Wednesdays featuring Latin beats by San Diego, Hip Hop Salsero, and Jonathan Picayo, 9 p.m.

Thursday, December 9

Amber UltraLounge - Dynamic Thursdays featuring Techy Romantics and Chillitees, 10 p.m.

Bliss UltraClub - Model’s Closet Thursdays featuring DJ Chinaman, DJ Lime, DJ Ace Ramos, and DJ Richard, 10 p.m.

LiMBo - Good Stuff Thursdays featuring DJ Alex Wong, DJ Merms Dabu, and Allan B. on video mixing, 10 p.m.

The KEG - Legalized Thursday featuring J Rad, 10 p.m.

The Reserve lounge - Habit Thursdays featuring Bobby Maddattu and Ray J Umali from Looped Beat Academics and DJ Mark Nicosia with special guest DJs, 10 p.m.



For more events, check out SPOT.ph’s calendar.

Don’t miss the Christmas Tinsel Bazaar from December 3 to 5, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Nuvo City, Libis (along Libis Avenue, beside Shopwise).

Activities include live appearance and photo op with Santa Claus, photobooth, games for kids, hourly raffle draws, free gift wrapping services, and live performances.



For inquiries, call 502-3632 or (0917) 826-1810.

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