What’s on Manila: Things to Do on Dec. 5-11, 2023

What’s on Manila: Best Things to See, Do, & Eat on Dec. 5-11, 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. Trendsetter's Bazaar

Trendsetter's Bazaar
Photo by Facebook/Trendsetter's Bazaar

Attention shopaholics! Get ready to indulge in a shopping extravaganza like no other, as the Trendsetter's Bazaar is coming to SM Megamall's Megatrade Hall 3 on Dec. 5-10. Explore a wide range of products, including stylish stationery, fashion accessories, pet essentials, and more. With the lowest deals in town, you wouldn't want to miss this opportunity to revamp your style or find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Plus, enjoy free entrance throughout the event. Make your way from 11 AM to 8 PM and get ready to shop 'til you drop!

2. Manila Mama and Baby Fair

Manila Mama and Baby Fair
Photo by Facebook/Manila Mama Baby Fair

Calling all parents and parents-to-be! Get ready for the Manila Mama and Baby Fair, an event co-organized by Filipino actress-model Chesca Kramer and the Trendsetter Team. Happening at the same venue as the Trendsetter's Bazaar, this six-day event offers free entrance to give you access to a wide range of baby products and services.

Don't forget to pre-register for the event to receive special gifts and more! The fair will be open from 11 AM to 8 PM, providing ample time to explore, shop, and connect with other parents!

3. 'Charms of Water and Color' Exhibit

'Charms of Water and Color' Exhibit
Photo by Instagram/RiseSpace Art Gallery

RiseSpace Art Gallery is inviting art enthusiasts to experience the mesmerizing "Charms of Water and Color" exhibition. Curated by a selection of exceptional Filipino watercolor artists, this group exhibition showcases distinct styles and subjects, bringing the beauty of watercolor paintings to life.

Join the exhibit for its opening on Dec. 5 (Tue) at RiseSpace Art Gallery in Comuna and witness the talent and creativity of these artists firsthand. The exhibition will be on view until Dec. 20. 

Don't miss this chance to get lost in the captivating world of watercolor art!

4. AirAsia PasGOGOGO! Fest

AirAsia PasGOGOGO! Fest
Photo by Facebook/Fly AirAsia

Calling all adventure seekers! Don't miss the AirAsia PasGOGOGO! Fest, happening on Dec. 7 at Glorietta Palm Drive Activity Center. This event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season with a bang! Enjoy a day filled with exciting games, entertaining activities, and freebies from AirAsia and its partners. Stay tuned for the AirAsia concert, too, where you'll witness special "surprise" performances. Admission is free!

5. Soroptimist Holiday Bazaar 2023

Soroptimist Holiday Bazaar 2023
Photo by Facebook/Soroptimist Holiday Bazaar 2023

Mark your calendars for the Soroptimist Holiday Bazaar, a region-wide fundraising event organized by Soroptimist International of the Americas Philippines Region, which is taking place on Dec. 8-10 at SMX Convention Center Aura in Bonifacio Global City.

Discover a diverse range of products perfect for your holiday shopping, build a network with members, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the event. From high-quality footwear to delicious food and drinks, the bazaar offers something for everyone.

This three-day shopping extravaganza aims to support women's and girls' empowerment through access to education and training. The entrance fee is priced at P100, which includes a raffle entry.

6. McKinley Hill Grand Christmas Parade

McKinley Hill Grand Christmas Parade
Photo by Facebook/McKinley Hill

Be part of a truly magical experience as McKinley Hill's Grand Christmas Parade returns on Dec. 9 (Sat) at 5 PM. Drawing inspiration from the beloved Macy's Thanksgiving tradition, the parade will showcase magnificent festive floats, enchanting performances, and larger-than-life balloons, creating an atmosphere of pure joy and wonder. Join in the celebration and witness a dazzling Christmas parade for the books!

7. Geek+Pop Cosplay Holidays Celebration

Geek+Pop Cosplay Holidays Celebration
Photo by Facebook/Peneluffy Online Shop

Gear up for an extraordinary year-end event that celebrates all things geek and pop culture at Geek+Pop Cosplay Holidays Celebration this Dec. 9-10 at the Ayala Malls Circuit Makati. 

Geek+Pop is back with an exciting gathering that brings together food, toys, collectibles, trading cards, video games, artist merchandise, apparel, and gift items. It's a haven for cosplayers, artists, performers, shoppers, sellers, gamers, and collectors, offering a diverse range of offerings that cater to each passion.

Geek+Pop's mission is to provide a thriving platform for the geek and pop culture community, allowing enthusiasts to connect, explore, and flourish. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a vibrant community. Entrance is free!

8. 'Winter Story: A Grand Holiday Ball'

'Winter Story: A Grand Holiday Ball'
Photo by Website/Wish Us Luck

Get ready for the most-awaited holiday ball in Manila! Wish Us Luck Entertainment presents "Winter Story: A Grand Holiday Ball" featuring special guests Kaownah, Mild, BoomPeak, and MosBank. Join the enchanting festivities on Dec. 10 (Sun) at SM Skydome, and experience a night of music, dance, and holiday cheer. Secure your tickets via Wish Us Luck and be part of this magical celebration!

9. Pet PAWshion Show

Pet PAWshion Show
Photo by Facebook/Pet Lovers Centre Philippines

Attention all pet lovers! Get ready for the Pet PAWshion Show Contest, happening at Robinsons Antipolo on Dec. 10 (Sun). Dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes will strut their stuff in this fashion extravaganza! 

Don't miss the chance to see these adorable pets compete for fabulous prizes. Register online or onsite at Pet Lovers Centre to register your pet and join the fun!

10. Mang Inasal 20 Years AnniverSAYA

Mang Inasal 20 Years AnniverSAYA
Photo by Facebook/Mang Inasal

Celebrate the 20 years of Mang Inasal with the #MangInasalAt20 AnniverSAYA event on Dec. 10 (Sun). Join the festivities at the Main Mall Atrium of Robinsons Place Manila, where the Mang Inasal Nation will gather for a day of joy and gratitude. From 2 PM to 4 PM, attendees can enjoy complimentary servings of the beloved Halo-Halo and Palabok, engage in exciting game booths, and capture fun moments at the photo booth.

The highlight of the event will be the main program starting at 4 PM, featuring special appearances by Coco Martin, Dimples Romana, Jane De Leon, and other guests. Attendees will also have a chance to win fabulous prizes in the AnniverSAYA raffle, including an iPhone 14, Samsung 50" Smart TV, iPad 10th Gen, and P5000-worth of Mang Inasal gift certificates.

Join the Mang Inasal Nation in this momentous celebration and create new memories together!

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