A bartending class, wedding expo, ballet concert + more things to do this weekend

Plus an Argentine film festival, basketball match, 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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Ballet Philippines kicks off its 47th season with Firebird and Other Ballets from August 19 to 21 at the CCP Main Theater. Watch the timeless tale of love and adventure that's set to Igor Stravinsky’s enchanting and groundbreaking musical score. Choreographer George Birkadze brings a fresh approach to the mystical Firebird, reimagining the Russian folk tale into a Philippine setting, and featuring international guest stars with a live orchestra on select shows. Ticket prices range from P412 to P3,090.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999. 




Shangri-La Plaza invites everyone to pay more attention to overall wellness with A Heart for Health: A Beauty and Wellness Fair at the East Atrium, happening from August 18 to 21. Browse the latest offers and services from participating brands, including Beauty Bar, The Body Shop, Healthy Options, Nail Spa, and many more! Get the chance to learn fitness secrets, skincare and makeup tips, and more during the fair’s scheduled workshops.


For more information, visit Shangri-La Plaza's Facebook page.



Giving up dairy doesn’t mean giving up on cheese! In Kitchen Revolution's new Vegan Cheesecake Masterclass, learn how to make luxurious and creamy cheesecakes using nuts, wholegrains, alternative sweeteners, and healthy fats. On the menu are classic cheesecake with nut and date crust; beet berry swirl cheesecake with shortbread crust; mocha cheesecake with coconut flour crust; and salted caramel cheesecake with cookie crust. The class will be happening on August 21, 2 p.m., at the Craft MNL Studio with a workshop fee of P2,750 (P2,450 until August 18).

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To sign, go to Kitchen Revolution's website.



Catch one of the biggest basketball events to hit Metro Manila! The Global Hoops 2016, happening on August 20 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Watch Team Philippines battle it out against Team China and Team USA! This event will also feature hip-hop performances by Abra, Loonie, Ron Henley, Quest, The Philippine All Stars, and an icon that will definitely rock the house! Tickets are priced at P390, P590, P790, and P1,090.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 470-2222.




Add a touch of whimsy and alternative to your gatherings with A Handmade Affair: Crafty Celebrations & Wedding Expo, happening on August 20 and 21 at the Bridgetowne Tent in Quezon City. Expect creative inspirations to make affairs—from kiddie parties to weddings—the stuff of DIY dreams. It's going to be a weekend of workshops, festivities, and prizes up for grabs!



For two weekends, Ballet Manila takes Martin Lawrence's Rebel to the stage. Catch it from August 19 to 21, and August 27 and 28 at the Aliw Theater. Rebel is a symbolic retelling in music and dance of the events that led to the 1986 EDSA Revolution. Loosely based on the classic Spartacus, it explores the themes of bravery and the struggle for freedom. Tickets are priced at P1,545, P1,030, and P515.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.




If you've ever wanted to create calligraphy, but don't know where to start, then sign up for Kapitolyo 101's Handwriting Calligraphy 101, happening on August 20, 2 p.m. Even if you've got horrible handwriting, with the right guidance, you can still create beautiful calligraphy. Learn the basics, like how the pen is held or how strokes are made. You'll even get to take home your very own starter calligraphy set! The workshop fee is P1,900.


To sign up, go to Travel Factor's website.



Catch the Argentine Film Festival 2016, happening from August 18 to 21 at the Shang Cineplex in Shangri-La Plaza. With a diverse medley of works, filmgoers are sure to have a valuable experience with the colorful cinema of Argentina. In the line-up are romantic comedy Sidewalls, The Man Next Door, the drama Paulina, noir thriller Betibu, and comedies The Mystery of Happiness and Fermin, Glories of Tango. Entrance is free on a first-come-first-served basis.




Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila promotes wellness and a healthy lifestyle as it holds the 2016 Sofitel Manila Half Marathon on August 21 at the CCP Open Grounds. For the benefit of the children of Virlanie Foundation, the annual event led by Coach Rio de la Cruz. Registration fee is P750 for 5K, P850 for 10K, and P950 for 21K. Sign up at the following sites:


  • Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila
  • Runnr Store Bonifacio High Street
  • Runnr TriNoma
  • TIMEX SM Megamall
  • Toby’s Mall of Asia




A premier bartending and mixology program for enthusiasts, ABV Masterclass' Fundamentals of Craft Cocktails Volume 1: Shaken and Stirred is the very first class made especially for enthusiasts who want to take their cocktail experience to the next level. Learn the basics of how to make some of the most popular cocktails. On August 20, 3:30 p.m., expect an afternoon of learning, drinking, and socializing!


For more information, call 0917-704-0942.

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