What’s on Manila: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on Nov. 14-20, 2023
by: The Beat Asia
November 13, 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.
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1. Juan Ekis’ Twenty Questions
Theatre Titas presents the limited two-weekend run of “Twenty Questions” by Juan Ekis, a Palanca Award-winning play that has captivated audiences for two decades. Directed by Cheese Mendez, this 20th anniversary production offers a contemporary twist, exploring the themes of love, life, and sex. Starring Diego Aranda and Isabelle Prado, this play is a must-see for theater enthusiasts. Get your tickets via Ticket2Me to experience the magic on stage.
2. Tabing Ilog the Musical
Prepare to be captivated by “Tabing Ilog the Musical,” a restaging of the classic ABS-CBN TV series featuring John Lloyd Cruz, Desiree del Valle, Baron Geisler, Kaye Abad, Paula Peralejo, Paolo Contis, Patrick Garcia, and Jodi Sta. Maria. With a new cast, script, and music, this modern adaptation brings the beloved teenage story to life on stage. Directed by Phil Noble, this is a theatrical event not to be missed! Get your tickets via KTX (3 PM and 8 PM shows).
3. Prinsipe Bahaghari (The Little Prince)
In celebration of National Children's Month, Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas proudly presents “Prinsipe Bahaghari,” a Filipino adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's “The Little Prince.” Written by Vladimeir Gonzales and directed by Aina Ramolete, this puppet theater production takes audiences on a journey of life lessons, exploring themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Tickets are limited, so buy yours at Ticket2Me before they're sold out!
4. Tanghalang Pilipino's Sandosenang Sapatos
Immerse yourself in the heartwarming musical “Sandosenang Sapatos” by Tanghalang Pilipino. Follow the inspiring journey of a child who dreams of fulfilling her father's wishes despite being born without feet. Each year, she enters an enchanting world of shoes, dancing to her heart's desire before returning to reality. Written by Dr. Luis Gatmaitan and directed by Jonathan Tadioan, this musical highlights the power of familial love and the importance of cherishing our loved ones, especially those with unique needs. Get your tickets now via TicketWorld.
5. 'Dreams' Manix Abrera Solo Exhibition
Galerie Stephanie presents “Dreams,” a captivating solo exhibition by illustrator and visual artist Manix Abrera. From Nov. 15-30, immerse yourself in a world of topsy-turvy imagery and spirited characters where Abrera blends humor and absurdity and explores the fantastic while being grounded in the human condition. There will also be an artist reception on Nov. 18 at 5 PM if you want to meet the talented artist.
6. Cake Fiesta Manila 2023
Get ready to indulge in a world of sweet creations at Cake Fiesta Manila, an extraordinary event for cake enthusiasts, baking hobbyists, and professionals alike. Meet the top cake artists from around the globe, as they showcase their skills to inspire and elevate your cake-decorating game. There are hands-on workshops and demos by local and international cake artists, too. This is the first and biggest cake and bake show in the Philippines, so don’t miss it!
7. ManiPopCon 2023
Get ready for the ultimate geek experience at ManiPopCon! Join the fun on Nov. 17-19 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay for the “Magic: The Gathering” Regional Championship Qualifiers and a thrilling cosplay competition presented by Cosplay.ph. For the main event, get up close and personal with Japanese actor Mackenyu, who played the role of Roronoa Zoro in the Netflix series One Piece (2023), in his exclusive panel. Diana Lee Inosanto, Mela Lee, and Emily Swallow are also invited special guests! Geek out with fellow enthusiasts by registering here.
8. Sticker Con MNL & PlannerCon
Get into the holiday spirit and support local artists at PlannerCon and StickerCon, happening at Whitespace Manila on Nov. 18 (Sat) and 19 (Sun), respectively. PlannerCon is a dream come true for planner and journal enthusiasts, while StickerCon is a haven for stickers and those who love art in general. Discover a wide range of unique and creative products while helping over 300 local artists thrive. The entrance fee is only P100. See you there!
9. Deck the Paws at Bonifacio High Street
“Deck The Paws” is the ultimate Christmas event that will make your pet's dreams come true. Join the gang for a tail-wagging good time filled with exciting booths from trusted brands and animal organizations. Capture precious memories at festive photo booths and let your fur babies show off their holiday spirit in the costume contest. Don't forget to grab exclusive all-natural gifts from Bow & Wow and attend workshops on pet training and grooming, too! Create paw-sitively enchanting memories together by signing up here!
10. Young Writers Conference 2023
Calling all writers, whether young or old, and aspiring and published authors! Don't miss the “Young Writers Conference 2023” happening on Nov. 18 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)’s Banquet Hall. Catch international authors Caris Avendaño Cruz and Catherine Dellosa as they share their writing journeys, explore the bookselling and swapping activities, and have a chance to win exciting raffle prizes. Don't forget to bring books for donation to support underprivileged communities.
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