What’s on Manila: Things to Do on Oct. 17-23, 2023

What’s on Manila: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, & Drink on Oct. 17-23, 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. ‘Lady Boses: Women of Power’ Stand-Up Comedy Special

‘Lady Boses: Women of Power!’ Stand-Up Comedy Special
Photo by Website/Comedy Manila

Get ready for an unforgettable evening of laughter as Khaye Asco, Diana Ong, Jeleen Cubillas, and Jeannie Laccay take the stage with their unique blend of humor, wit, and relatable storytelling. Whether you're a fan of stand-up comedy or simply looking for a night of laughter and entertainment, "Lady Boses: Women of Power!" will entertain you with hilarious anecdotes, clever observations, and sharp comedic timing. Get your tickets here.

2. Siz the Day: An All-Queer Comedy Show

Siz the Day: An All-Queer Comedy Show
Photo by Website/Comedy Manila

Prepare to be mesmerized by the comedic prowess of Issa Villaverde, Baus Rufo, Ansis Sy, and Timothy Salomon as they promise to entertain and empower with “Siz the Day: An All-Queer Comedy Show.” To add a dynamic twist, A II Z will provide a musical improv while content creator Macoy Dubs will make a special guest appearance on the show. Get your tickets here.

3. Van Gogh Alive – The Experience

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience
Photo by Instagram/BGC Arts Center

Experience the vibrant world of Vincent Van Gogh at "Van Gogh Alive - The Experience," held at the BGC Arts Center. Explore the Dutch Post-Impressionist painter's masterpieces in hyper-fine detail, synchronized to a powerful classical score, filling giant screens that immerse you in his unique style. Engage in interactive art experiences, draw your own Van Gogh-inspired masterpiece, and capture creative photos in themed rooms. Don't miss this immersive journey into the life and works of one of history's most renowned artists!

4. Ozine Fest Halloween Special

Ozine Fest Halloween Special
Photo by Facebook/Ozine Fest

Get ready for a frightfully fun Halloween special at Ozine Fest. Head over to Ayala Malls Fairview Terraces this weekend for a spooktacular event filled with thrilling activities, unique attractions, and free candies for those who bring their pumpkins. Dress up in your scariest costumes and join fellow Halloween enthusiasts for a ghoulishly good time. Don't miss out on this unforgettable celebration of all things spooky!

5. Kim Young Dae Asia Fan Meeting ‘Fly.Oungdae’ - POSTPONED

Kim Young Dae Asia Fan Meeting ‘Fly.Oungdae’
Photo by Facebook/Tonz Entertainment

Fans of South Korean actor Kim Young Dae are in for a treat as he brings his first fan meeting to Manila. Join the excitement and experience engaging talks, thrilling games, mesmerizing performances, and special fan benefits like a Group Photo and Hi-Bye session. Don't miss this incredible event brought to you by TONZ Entertainment, EMPIRE.PH, CDM Entertainment, and The Filipino Festival, in partnership with CAVASO. Get your tickets via Ticketnet.

[UPDATE] This event has been postponed indefinitely according to CDM Entertainment. For refunds: "Tickets purchased online shall be AUTOMATICALLY REFUNDED to the original purchaser’s credit/debit card used upon purchase within 9-15 banking days or the next statement date. Tickets purchased from Ticketnet Box Office and mall outlets shall be refunded in CASH. Kindly proceed to Ticketnet Box Office at the Yellow Gate of the Smart-Araneta Coliseum starting Oct. 21-Nov. 30, 2023, from 10 AM until 8 PM, and present your physical tickets. No physical ticket, no refund."

6. sPAWctacular Halloween Celebration

sPAWctacular Halloween Celebration
Photo by Website/Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila

Prepare for a day filled with PAWsitively spooky and furry fun surprises as Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presents “sPAWctacular Halloween celebration,” an event that will delight both the young and old. Not only will there be Halloween-themed activities, but furry friends will also take center stage. Mark your calendars and prepare for a memorable Halloween experience! Book a slot here.

7. HoYoFest 2023

HoYoFEST 2023
Photo by Website/HoYoFEST

HoYoFEST 2023 is the ultimate event for the fans of "Genshin Impact," "Honkai Impact," "Tears of Themis," "Honkai: Star Rail," and "Zenless Zone Zero." Experience exciting online and offline activities, exclusive merchandise, and the chance to win incredible prizes. Don't miss the live stage interactions and tailored activities for each game, too! Check out the list of activities happening on different dates here.

8. Sizzling Steak Nights

Sizzling Steak Nights
Photo by Facebook/Holiday Inn & Suites Makati

Treat your taste buds to an exquisite culinary experience this Friday with Flavors Restaurant’s Steak Nights. For P3,200 (per person), you can enjoy a lavish dinner buffet that promises to elevate your palate to new heights. It’s a carnivorous delight you don’t want to miss! For more details, contact +63 2 7909 0888 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

9. Swarovski Afternoon Tea

Swarovski Afternoon Tea
Photo by Facebook/Raffles Makati

Indulge in the “Swarovski Afternoon Tea” set for two at The Writers Bar in Raffles Makati and immerse yourself in elegance and luxury, with a shimmering fusion of history and opulence. To enhance your afternoon, you also have the option to upgrade to their signature mocktails and cocktails. Reserve your table here or call +632 8555 9840. Don't miss this collaboration between iconic brands!

10. Christmas Market With a Purpose

Christmas Market With a Purpose
Photo by Facebook/Kultura

Here’s to a sustainable and uplifting shopping experience! Find eco-friendly decor, handcrafted gifts, festive fashion, and more at Kultura's Christmas Market, happening exclusively at SM Makati. Shop with a purpose this holiday season to not only make your loved ones happy but also help artisanal communities and our planet thrive. Don't miss out on this chance to spread holiday cheer while valuing sustainability.

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