10 Things to Do This Weekend: January 2 to 4

Laugh your heart out with Shrek, spread color and good vibes at a fun run, pick up interesting party-planning ideas, and more.

(SPOT.ph) It’s the first weekend of 2015! Welcome it with a bang as we zero in on the events you shouldn’t miss!



The holidays are not over just yet with Shrek the Musical, which runs through January 4 at the Meralco Theater.


The hit Broadway and West End musical Shrek is a slightly fractured fairytale that's big on laughs with a tender heart at its core. Audiences will delight in joining Shrek, the unlikely hero, and his wisecracking loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful, albeit slightly neurotic, Princess Fiona from her tower guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add to the mix Lord Farquaad, a bad guy with a short temper, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a cookie with an attitude and you've got a must see musical comedy for the whole family. The story is based on characters from William Steig's picture book Shrek! and the Oscar-winning Dreamworks animated film, which opened on Broadway in December 2008 and was followed by a revamped production in London's West End in 2011.



Tickets are priced at P5,210, P3,647, P2,605, and P1,563.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, call 891-9999.


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Round up the kids and get your tickets to Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream, happening until January 4 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.


Christmas holidays in the Philippines promises to be another dream-filled season as the world's most spectacular ice show returns for its 24th year in the country. This year, fans can truly dream big as Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, and Snow White gracefully glide and frolic on the ice. On the other hand, Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the lovable cast capture the magic, fun, and adventure that kids of all ages always dream about.


Tickets are priced at P1,920, P1,730, P1,385, P950, P600, P450, and P150.

For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 911-5555.




Welcome 2015 with lots of color at the Color Manila Run, happening on January 4, 5 a.m., at the SM Mall of Asia. Registration is priced at P850 for the 3K, 5K, and 10K events. You may register online, purchase prepaid cards at Runnr (Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center, and TriNoma) or at Toby's (SM Mall of Asia, Shangri-La, Glorietta, and SM North EDSA), or purchase at SM Tickets.


For more information, click here.



Commit to #AFitter2015 at the Hashtag Fun Run, happening on January 4, 4 a.m, at the CCP Complex. Registration is priced at P500 (3K), P600 (5K), P650 (10K), P700 (16K), and P800 (21K).


You may register at the following sites:

  • Vibram Five Fingers (SM Megamall and TriNoma)
  • New Balance (Glorietta and Alabang Town Center)
  • Toby's (SM Mall of Asia)


For more information, click here.



Watch Martin Nievera rock 2015 on January 3, 8 p.m., at the Samsung Hall at SM Aura.


With over 30 years of being in the entertainment business, Martin has graced several events, hosted numerous TV shows, released many record albums, and staged countless concerts both here and abroad. Yet, the country's Concert King continues to sing-and crack jokes, into the hearts of thousands of fans and millions of audiences.


Tickets are priced at P2,000, P2,500, P3,000, and P3,500.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 470-2222.


iDance Foundation, in partnership with the Danish Embassy of Manila and Ballet Manila, present a Masterclass with Mancopy, a contemporary ballet workshop with Jens Bjerregaard and Mancopy Dansekompagni. This will be happening on January 3 and 4, 1:30 p.m., at the Aliw Theater. Slots are limited.


To reserve, call 0917-705-7578 or e-mail dantedperez@gmail.com.




Pioneering abstractionist Wassily Kandinsky once said that color is a power that influences the soul. Indeed, color is used by abstract expressionists to portray the gamut of human emotions. Abstractionists capture feelings through their use of color, and are thus unimpeded by the deliberated rules of anatomy-making them, in a sense, an almost purer type of artist. Within this realm, we find artist-activist Caress Banson and her abstraction practice, which she uses to benefit a wide range of social issues-urban hunger among them.


In light of the holiday season, Galleria Nicolas partners with Caress Banson for the special exhibition entitled The Color of Life. It features new works by the artist, proceeds of which will go towards FMM projects in and around Metro Manila.


For more details, call 625-0273 or e-mail info@gallerianicolas.com.



Don’t miss the Book Ends exhibit at Blanc Gallery which runs until January 3. Book Ends, a group show curated by Mariano Ching, features 41 artists. The show's main theme revolves around books and what they mean to the artists. Check out actual books, books as sculptures, altered books, bound books, and books that have undergone transformation.



The participating artists are Allan Balisi, Albert Sy, Apol Sta. Maria, Bembol dela Cruz, Brian Sergio, Carina Santos, Charles Buenconsejo, Chito de Borja, Costantino Zicarelli, David Ryan Viray, Dex Fernandez, Dina Gadia, Erik Sausa, Eugene Jarque, Felix Bacolor, Geraldine Javier, Jacob Lindo, Jo Santos, Juan Alcazaren, Katherine Kim, Keiye Tuazon, Lena Cobangbang, Louie Cordero, Mac Valdezco, Manuel Alvero, Mariano Ching, Mm Yu, Nice Buenaventura, Nicole Tee, Nilo Ilarde, Poklong Anading, Raena Abella, Ranelle Dial, Robert Alejandro, Romeo Lee, Ryan Villamael, Soler Santos, Vladimir Grutas, Yasmin Sison, Wire Tuazon, and Zeus Bascon.


For more information, click here.



Join Slideluck Manila for its inaugural event on January 3 at Uno Morato. As part of the event, selected submissions of photography, visual artwork, and multimedia pieces from artists of all walks of life will be shown. The curated slideshows generally consist of around 20 to 25 artists with each photo essay having 15 to 40 images and video or multimedia pieces that are no longer than five minutes in length.



In a time characterized by virtual communities and online relationships, Slideluck is dedicated to gathering people face-to-face for one inspiring evening. And beyond the events themselves, it does all it can to facilitate and foster these connections online. Nearly all of the work that is presented is archived on the website. That means that once an artist shows work with Slideluck, they automatically become a part of a larger, global community.


For more information, click here.



Get your weddings and debut parties planned at the 16th Ultimate Wedding and Debut Fair, happening on January 3 and 4 at the Megatrade Hall 3 in SM Megamall.


Meet the best suppliers for your upcoming wedding or debut. It’s the perfect way to start your year by planning it on the very first weekend of 2015! Get a chance to win an awesome three-day-two-night accommodation at Tugawe Cove, Caramoan Islands simply by registering online and dropping by. Be entertained with various acoustic performances and learn a thing or two on wedding planning from differnet event planning exhibitors.



To register, click here.

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