10 Things to Do This Weekend: December 19 to 21

Get your Christmas shopping done, sing along to your favorite carols, celebrate the holidays with a block party, 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 your Yuletide Yummies for Christmas on December 20 and 21, 10 a.m., at the Rockwell Tent.



This Christmas gift and food bazaar promises to satisfy all last-minute holiday shoppers. It will be for the benefit of Unang Hakbang Foundation, a feeding program dedicated to providing food and proper nutrition to over 300 children in need. Yuletide Yummies is sure to have some unique gift items and delicious food selections for everyone. It will be a festive weekend with specialty food and gift stalls, exciting programs and attractions for the entire family, contests, raffle prizes, celebrity and guest chef appearances, and much more!


For more information, call  0917-887-1933, 0920-914-8175, or 701-1398, or e-mail theyuletideyummies@gmail.com.



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The Cultural Center of the Philippines proudly presents the Philippine Madrigal Singers’ In Excelsis, on December 21, 5 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater.


The University of the Philippines Madrigal Singers (UPMS), also known as the Philippine Madrigal Singers or simply Madz, is one of the major choral groups based in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Its current conductor and musical director is Mark Anthony Carpio. They are the first choir in the world to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice (in 1997 and in 2007).


Tickets are priced at P5,150, P2,060, P1,545, P1,030, P824, P618, P412, and P309.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.



This Christmas, join the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra as it opens its 32nd season, Sound Kaleidoscope, on December 19, 8 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater.


American conductor Jeffery Meyer returns to Manila for the PPO December season concert to conduct an array of works by Brahms, Stucky, and Debussy. The 3rd symphony of Brahms, his shortest and possibly most striking, starts the concert, and is followed by a short work of American composer Steven Stucky called Jeu de Timbres, featuring interesting rhythmic and color combinations. Mother Nature is depicted in probably the most evocative musical representation of the sea: Debussy’s La Mer.


Tickets are priced at P1,545, P1,236, P824, P515, P412, and P309.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.




Get into the holiday mood with Caroling For A Cause on December 19, 6 p.m., at Commercenter Alabang. This is for the benefit of typhoon victims.


There’s no better way to celebrate the season of giving! Commercenter Alabang boasts of a non-complex layout in lush, green surroundings with dozens of establishments and restaurants. Head over there this Friday night and feel the holiday spirit!


For more information, click here.




Join TV actress and host Alex Gonzaga for the book signing of her debut book Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano?! Love, Catherine on December 20, 2 p.m., at National Book Store Glorietta 1.


The book is for singles, specifically for the "single na, single pa, single by choice at di matanggap na single sila." Gonzaga adds, "Ito ang breakup survival guide ko. Alam ko kung gaano kasakit ang ma-heartbroken kaya ginawa ko ang librong ito para matulungan kang mag-let go at mag-move on. In this process, I hope na matutunan mo din na buuin at mahalin ang sarili mo. Hindi ka nagi-isa sa singlehood journey na ito. Let's share this moment together until we find The One God destined us to be with."


For more information, click here.



Celebrate Christmas at the Brixton Block Party on December 21, 1 p.m., at Heima Brixton! Enjoy an exciting afternoon of music, art, films, and more, including the release of Ang Nawawala on DVD.


There will be a screening of the film with live commentary, as well as a mini-bazaar where you can get pre-loved goods, unloved goods, and not-yet-loved goods! And food! Expect performances from Ang Bandang Shirley, Tarsius, Flying Ipis, Mikey Amistoso + Jazz Nicolas, B. P. Valenzuela, Ourselves the Elves, Plant A Tree, and CRWN.


Entrance is free.

For more information, click here.




Head over to Estancia at Capitol Commons on December 20 and 21, 11 a.m., for Maker’s Market.


The Maker's Market will feature lots of handmade and craft concessionaires, workshops, and demos, varying from DIY urban gardening to basic knitting, to a demonstration on hand-built musical instruments. It’s shopping and handmade love and learning all in one event! Get to meet the makers themselves, too!


For more information, click here.




Do a good deed this Christmas with Marriott Hotel Manila’s Wrap-It-Up Classes with Manila Workshops, happening on December 20, 9 a.m., at the hotel’s Meeting Room 5 and 6.


Proceeds from the workshop are for the benefit of Children’s Hour and kids who have epilepsy. For a workshop fee of P500, get new and creative ideas to make your holiday gifts more special!


To sign up, call 988-9999.




Sign up for the D’Green Hope Run 2014, happening on December 21, 3 a.m., at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. The fun run is organized by Aqueous Events in partnership with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation: Bantay Kalikasan. Proceeds will be donated to the Foundation in promoting eco-tourism projects.


Registration is priced at P500 (3K), P650 (5K), and P800 (10K). You may register online or at the following sites:

  • Toby's Arena (SM Mall Of Asia)
  • Brooks (SM North EDSA Annex)
  • Toby's Arena (Glorietta 2)
  • Toby's Sports (Shangri-La Mall)
  • Runnr (Alabang Town Center)


For more information, call 0917-823-0223 or 0917-581-1013.




Relax and rejuvenate at The Power of Sound Yoga Workshop on December 20, 3:30 p.m., at the Tantra Yoga Makati. The workshop introduces the use of sound to balance and stimulate different parts of the body and brain through a gentle sequence of breathing, yoga and, meditation exercises. Listening to the sound leads participants to reach inner states of awareness and change. The emphasis is on mantra as a tool to transform disturbing thought patterns.


The workshop will be led by Kundalini Yoga Senior Teacher Tonie Nooyens. He is an experienced practitioner in different traditions of meditation, meditational yoga, and healing. He travels widely, facilitating teacher training and teaching workshops and retreats throughout Asia. Workshop fee is P500.


For reservations, call 551-8964.

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