What’s on Manila: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on April 6-12, 2023
April 05, 2023
Ahh, another week is upon us, and you’re looking for cool things to get up to in Manila! We’ve saved you the hassle with The Beat Manila’s rundown of the best places to hit up and things to do right now—from blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pop-up sights and new restaurant openings, to the hottest activities that you shouldn’t miss.
To keep your finger on the pulse of the city, follow The Beat Manila to see what’s best in store for the week ahead.
1. The World Exposed Holy Week Recollection With Cardinal Tagle
As life is not always smooth sailing, it is inevitable to feel sorrowful and hopeless. In times of need, to whom do you go for help? If a playlist of worship songs is not enough to calm you down, it may be worthwhile to join The World Exposed’s forthcoming virtual mass led by His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle. Offering comfort and solace in the absence of God, this liturgical ceremony will ensure that you feel valued and nurtured even in solitude.
When: 8 PM, April 6
How much: Free
2. Summer Metro Manila Film Festival 2023
Get your popcorns ready as the biggest movie festival in the Philippines is back with gripping flicks! The first Summer Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) will showcase the brilliance of Filipino talents through motion pictures, such as award-winning director Brilliante Mendoza’s “Apag,” playwright Chris Martinez’s “Here Comes the Groom,” illustrious filmmaker Jun Robles Lana’s “About Us Not About Us,” and more. Tickets go on sale at select local theaters on Saturday, April 8. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements by liking MMFF’s Facebook page.
When: April 8
Where: Select cinemas nationwide
How much: Price varies
3. Easter Brunch at Cove Manila
Are you still scouring the internet for places to dine with your family on Sunday? Look no further than Cove Manila’s Easter Brunch! Expertly prepared by the skilled chefs of Okada Manila, the buffet spotlights an assortment of Asian cuisines that will keep your tummies full from morning until noon. What’s more, you’ll also get a sweet glass of iced tea, perfect for letting out a satisfying burp. Secure your slots through this link.
When: 11 AM-2:30 PM, April 9
Where: Cove Manila, Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque
How much: P2,999 for adults, P1,999 for kids
4. Easter Sunday Mass at St. Raphael’s Church
Strengthen your connection with the Almighty Creator by hearing mass at St. Raphael’s Church on Sunday. Join hands with your fellow worshipers and collectively pray for the good health and prosperity of all. You can attend either the afternoon or evening Eucharist based on your availability, as two different time slots are scheduled. For the latest updates, follow McKinley Hill on Facebook.
When: 12 PM and 6 PM, April 9
Where: St. Raphael’s Church, Venice Grand Canal Mall, Upper McKinley Road, Taguig City
How much: Free
5. ‘Enchanted Easter Garden’ in BGC
Easter eggs and rabbit decorations will adorn the energetic Bonifacio Global City (BGC) on Sunday, with a series of festivities to keep your little ones jumping for joy. Witness a spectacular magic performance and a jaw-dropping bubble show at “Enchanted Easter Garden.” While the event is geared toward children, adults are welcome to rock a bunny costume without any shame! Click here for more details.
When: 2:30 PM, April 9
Where: Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Taguig City
How much: Free
6. ‘Easter Wonderland: Jungle Safari’ at Eastwood
Bring your kids to an unforgettable wildlife-themed affair at Eastwood Mall! Enter the world of “Easter Wonderland: Jungle Safari,” where you’ll be surrounded by charming animal installations that serve as the perfect backdrop for capturing memories on your smartphone with your children. Anticipate a range of exciting family-friendly activities, including motion sensor games, party headgear-making sessions, and more. Secure your entry passes now.
When: 3 PM-5 PM, April 9
Where: Eastwood Mall, Activity Center, 116 Eastwood Avenue, Bagumbayan, Quezon City
How much: Free provided you register at Eastwood Mall’s concierge booth
7. Citra Mina Seafood and Market Inc.’s Holy Week Promo
It is no secret that Filipinos have a great affinity for sales and promotions. As inflation surges, complimentary items and discounts allow us to indulge in shopping with no worries. Refill your refrigerator with food essentials by shopping from Citra Mina Seafood and Market Inc.’s wide selection of grocery products, including tuna, salmon, chicken, and more. Get P100 off if you spend a minimum of P1,500! Text or call +63917-140-9297 for more information.
When: Until April 10
Where: Citra Mina Seafood and Market Inc.’s official website
How much: Free P100 off gift certificate with a minimum spend of P1,500
8. International Conference on Management, Education, and Emerging Technology
If you have a keen interest in the fields of machinery and social sciences, take part in the upcoming International Conference on Management, Education, and Emerging Technology. Ready your brains to engage in stimulating discussions with your co-researchers and seize the chance to ask industry experts about the significance of technological advancements in society.
When: 9 AM-5 PM, April 11-12
Where: St. Giles Makati, Makati Ave., cor. Kalayaan Ave., Makati City
How much: Price varies
9. Nespresso Vertuo Coffee Tasting
Promising an unparalleled sensory experience, Nespresso is hosting a coffee-tasting event for bean connoisseurs this month. Take your palate on a rollercoaster ride as you drink a range of java blends, each boasting unique flavors, aromas, and textures. Unlock the secrets of coffee-making with a variety of recipes that you can easily replicate in the confines of your kitchen. For more details, go to SM Makati’s Facebook page.
When: Until April 20
Where: SM Makati, Ground Floor, Ayala Center, Makati City
How much: Free
10. Free Folding Mini Table
What could be more thrilling than receiving free stuff? No Brand, a go-to store for Korean essentials and fresh groceries, is spoiling hallyu-obsessed shoppers with a cute foldable mini table. Providing versatility and convenience, this sturdy desk doubles as a work-from-home staple and a portable surface for camping and travel. The best part? You can get it for free! For product availability concerns, contact Ayala Malls Manila Bay at (02) 7759-8000.
When: Until April 30
Where: No Brand, 3F, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City
How much: Free with a minimum spend of P1,500
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