A summer party, a luau market, a festival of colors + more things to do this weekend

Get your summer essentials ready, head out for a run with your pet, and more.

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


Check out SPOT.ph’s Gig Guide: 10 Gigs and Parties to Go to This Week: March 16 to 22


Holi MNL


Usher in spring (sort of, anyway) in the most colorful way possible. India's Holi Festival is back in Manila on March 20, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at By The Bay, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. Make yourself a canvas and wear white as you join in on hours of fun, bright hues, music, and food. They'll be tossing colored powder hourly, too. Manila's top Indian restaurants like Royal Indian Curry House, Kashmir, and more will be offering delightful Indian eats for you to enjoy as you watch cultural performances. Tickets are priced at P150 (pre-order) and P200 (on site). 


For more information, visit Asia Society Philippines or e-mail info@asiasociety.org.ph.





Cosmopolitan Philippines is kicking off the summer season with the first ever Cosmo Summer Party happening on March 193 p.m., at the Palace Pool Club. Over a thousand Cosmo girls will be joined by Cosmo 8 Sexiest Models, Cosmo Hunks, and industry insiders. Kick off the summer festivities with an exciting afternoon filled with fun and flirty games in Cosmo’s biggest party of the year! The country’s top-billed DJs, Mars Miranda and Ace Ramos will set the party mood as Cosmo launches its March 2016 Summer and Swimsuit issue. 


To register, e-mail cosmorsvp@gmail.com with the subject COSMO SUMMER.


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Mark your calenders for the 13th Bazaar For All Seasons from March 18 to 20, 11 a.m., at the Elements Tent. Spend the weekend with trendsetting bloggers and fellow curious fashionistas who want more bang for their buck! Shop for the latest swimsuits from Soleil Swimwear, irresistible grub from Baconation, beauty essentials from Mode Manila, and many more. Hang out with Ida Anduyan, Richard Juan, and Fifth Solomon, and others. Entrance is P50.



For more information, go to Bazaar for all Seasons' Facebook page.



CineFilipino Film Festival 2016 promises an exciting showcase of Filipino talent and skill. From March 16 to 22, watch different films that capture the spirit of the Filipinos in their own country. The festival includes the feature-length category, short features, and mobile category, documentary category, and the TV series section. The political thriller Whistleblower, starring Nora Aunor and Angelica Panganiban, will serve as the opening film. The entries will be screened at the following cinemas: Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Metro East, Resorts World Manila, Eastwood Cinema, Lucky Chinatown Mall, Festival Mall, and Greenhills Promenade. 


For the line-up and complete schedule, go to CineFiilipino's Facebook page.


Also read: The SPOT.ph Guide to the 2nd CineFilipino Film Festival




Megaworld Makati in partnership with Row 101 brings Aloha! Summer in the City Luau Market, happening on March 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the San Antonio Residence Information Center at Salcedo Village. Chill out for a weekend of ukulele and DJ performances, giveaways, food, fashion, and fun, with a special participation in the Earth Hour! Swing by the crowd favorites, such as Brotzeit, Papertrail Manila, Lagu, Anma Lifestyle, Brown Belly Swimwear, and more. Entrance is free!


For more information, go to Megaworld Makati CBD's Facebook page.


The Pet Express Doggie Run 2016 is getting bigger and furrier! This year's run will be held on March 19, 5:30 a.m., in SM Mall of Asia. Doggie Runners can choose from 1.5K, 3K, and 5K categories. Be a part of this one-of-a-kind fun run and meet new four-legged running buddies, win pawsome prizes, and run for a good cause. Part of the proceeds go to the Philippine Animal Welfare Society. Registration is priced at P550 for the Doggie Race Kit and P400 for the Human Race Kit. Those who are interested may register at any Pet Express branch.



For more information, visit Pet Express' Facebook page.




This weekend, all roads lead to Block Party 4: Wanderlust, happening on March 19 and 20 at Alabang Country Club's Recreational Park, Ayala Alabang Village. The lifestyle park pop-up is taking you on a trip right in the neighborhood: from awesome global food; local, artisanal and tour-worthy finds; ingenious and artsy recreations for the modern family; and travel-related merch and activities. Expect your favorite local and international yummies, like the Pino Group, The Juice Stand, and Project Hearth; must-have travel-worthy and crafty finds; and all-day entertainment, crafty activities, and prizes! Entrance fee is P50.


For more information, log on to The Block Party's Facebook page.




Get ready for a special night with Ballet Manila at BM 21: A Ballet Concert on March 19, 8 p.m., at the Aliw Theater. With show pieces handpicked by Lisa Macuja herself, "BM 21" is a testament to the group's unrivaled discipline and versatility. The concert will highlight the classical style of ballet with La Bayadere: Act 3 Kingdom of the Shades. The male dancers will unleash their contemporary and hip moves in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Bloom. The enthralling drama unfolds as passion comes alive in Eric V. Cruz's masterpiece, Carmen. Tickets are priced at P515, P1,030, and P1,545.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.



Join Fozzy Castro-Dayrit for a Calligraphy Finetuning Workshop on March 192 p.m., at Cafe Lima. If you've taken a basic or introductory class to pointed pen and aren't sure if you're practicing right, then this workshop is for you. Brush up on those writing skills and gain more confidence.


For inquiries and registration, contact 0918-908-0810 or e-mail inkyfingersph@gmail.com.




Welcome summer at the 6th installment of the Mandala Park Weeked Markethappening on March 19, 4 p.m., along Shaw Boulevard. Beat the heat with the coolest selection of homegrown food and drinks while choosing from handpicked local products for those upcoming out-of-town trips. Don't miss the pop-up Zumba Kids session by teacher Zin William Cabelin, happening at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Experience the best our local merchants have to offer this Saturday!


For more information, log on to Mandala Park's Facebook page.



Join the 4th Pinoy Fitness SUB1 10K Challengehappening on March 20, 4:30 a.m., at Bonifacio Global City. Completing a 10K Race Route under one hour or less has always been the ultimate challenge for most runners and this race is the only one that highlights that achievement. It’s also a test of one’s fitness, training, dedication, and hard work. Sign up for the Sub 1 Wave at P850 and the Fun Wave at P750. Registration is available online and at the following sites:



  • RUNNR STORE Bonifacio High Street
  • RUNNR STORE Alabang Town Center
  • Toby’s Arena SM Mall of Asia
  • Toby’s Store Glorietta 2
  • Toby’s Store Shangri-La


For more information, visit Pinoy Fiitness' website.

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