10 Things to Do This Weekend: November 21 to 23

Welcome the holidays with the Scrooge, dig into gastronomic treats from all over the globe, watch the best Filipino films of 2013, and more.

(SPOT.ph) We know you’re already looking forward to the weekend. We zero in on the events you shouldn’t miss.


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Get to meet the Scrooge, opening on November 21, 8 p.m., at the OnStage Theater in Greenbelt 1. The production runs through December 14.


In 1860, there lived stingy and cranky Ebenezer Scrooge who hated Christmas, loathed people, and ran his bank exploiting his employee Bob Cratchit and clients, giving a bitter treatment to his own nephew and acquaintances. However, on Christmas Eve, he was visited by the doomed ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley that told him that three spirits would visit him that night. The first one, the spirit of past Christmas, recalled his miserable youth when he lost his only love due to his greed; the spirit of the present Christmas showed him the poor situation of Bob's family and how joyful life may be; and the spirit of future Christmas showed his fate. Scrooge finds that life is good, and time is too short and suddenly you are not there anymore, changing his behavior toward Christmas, Bob, his nephew and people in general. A timeless family Christmas classic for all ages!



Tickets are priced at P1,042, P729, and P416.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.


Also read: Theater for Kids: Shows to Watch for the Young and Young at Heart This Christmas Season


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Dulaang UP continues its 39th season with The Country Wife (Ang Misis Kong Promdi), opening on November 19, 7 p.m., at the Palma Hall in UP Diliman.


The Country Wife is a play in five acts, written by William Wycherley in 1675. A classic comedy of manners and hugely popular during the Restoration Period, it satirizes hypocrisy and human judgment that dominated the Puritan Regime. Dulaang UP also mounts Ang Misis Kong Promdi, a direct Filipino translation by Nicolas B. Pichay. This staging under the direction of Professor Emeritus Tony Mabesa marks the Philippine premier of this "Wildly Comedic Romp."


For tickets, call 926-1349, 433-7480, 981-8500 local 2449, 0927-740-6124, or 0917-823-9531.




Get ready for heart-pumping performances from different schools and dance groups at the Dance Synergy Year 9, happening on November 22 at the Araneta Coliseum.


The entire Philippine dance community is in absolute excitement over this brand new concept among mega-dance competitions that has leveled the playing field for competing campus-based dance crews. All-female dance groups will battle it out at the Crissa Campus Dance Synergy, while all-male dance groups will show their moves at the Ego Supreme Crew Wars. Who do you think will take home the crown?


Tickets are priced at P560, P480, P320, P215, and P110.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 911-5555.



Get your taste buds and appetites ready! The Festival of Flavors is set to happen on November 23, 12 p.m., at the Greenfield District.


More than 30 unique food stalls promise to give you the best foodie finds in town and the banderitas and picnic mats that deck the area will make you feel extra festive. Foodies can sample chargrilled burgers, colorful gelato, and meaty shawarmas all in one location at the heart of the metro. While being served these epicurean delights, homegrown UP talents will serenade the crowd to complete the best al fresco dining experience. A celebration of all things fun and gastronomic, it’s the perfect Sunday getaway for friends and family.



For more information, click here.



Savor the flavors of Italy at the heart of the capital with Manila Hotel’s Italian Food Festival, happening from November 20 to 30 at Cafe Ilang-Ilang. Drop by and dine with your loved ones over time-treasured culinary classics in the hotel’s lunch and dinner buffet.


The new Cafe Ilang-Ilang is a renaissance of chic casual dining that brings together a vast array of cuisines from across all continents. Designed artfully to satisfy the distinguising palate, the spacious restaurant features an extensive selection of buffet delights with a fresh spin on its various open kitchens, including a delectable dessert space that highlights Cafe Ilang-Ilang’s tradition of unique and excellent dining. Its eight live-cooking stations offer Asian, Mediterranean, European, and Western dishes. Cafe Ilang-Ilang also has a stunning open Pan-Asian kitchen, Churrasco station, and an Italian kitchen with a wood-fired pizza over for a truly unique gastronomic adventure.



For inquiries and reservations, call 527-0011 local 1317 or 1318.


Fully Booked and Inquirer Indie Bravo! present the best of 2013 and more with The Best of Filipino Films 2013 Plus film festival, happening from November 21 to December 12 at U-View in Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street.


Experience the lights, sounds, shadows, colors, and ideas with these acclaimed films. In partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines, MMFF New Wave, Cinema One Originals, Cinemalaya filmmakers, CineFilipino, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, this film festival aims to present an alternative venue for independently produced films. Among the films to be screened are Norte, Kabisera, On the Job, Puti, and a lot more. Tickets are priced at P170 and P200 (with open forum).


For tickets, call 858-7000 or click here.




Don’t miss the Marie Lu Book Signing Tour, hosted by National Book Store, on November 23, 2 p.m., at the National Book Store Glorietta 1.


Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Legend, Prodigy, and Champion. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.


For more information, click here.



Sign up for the Workshop Series by Shutterpanda, happening on November 22, 9 a.m., and November 29, 2 pm., at Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street. The first workshop will be about framing and composition, while the second will be about editing and post-processing. The registration fee is priced at P1,800 for one workshop and P3,400 for both workshops, inclusive of a shooting/editing guide and snacks.



To sign up, click here.



Take your much needed R&R with the Eat. Play. Live yoga workshop from November 21, 6 p.m., to November 23, 6:30 p.m., at Yoga+ Makati. The rates are at P1,800 per class and P5,500 for the entire package.


On November 21, learn from a Yin Yoga Workshop for avid athletes, sports and gym enthusiasts, and active yogis. When you are active in sports and other activities that place a high demand on your body, you will find that the body tightens up quickly after strenuous activities. Yin Yoga is a practice that focuses on fascia release resulting in better flexibility and range of motion from the joints. Yin Yoga also helps us de-stress the mind and body, recover faster, rejuvenate tissues quickly, and free the body from lactic acid accumulation.


For more information, click here.




Sign up for the SEIPI Sunset Run for a Cause 2, happening on November 22, 5 p.m., at Filinvest City, Alabang. In support of Gawad Kalinga (GK) and Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP), proceeds will go to the completion of 10 unfinished building units of GK's community in Parañaque and HFHP houses in Bohol. Registration is priced at P300 (3K), P400 (5K), and P500 (10K). You may register at Chris Sports Festival Mall, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, and Glorietta 3.


For more information, call 236-5555 to 58.

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