What’s on MNL: Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on May 4-10

What’s on Manila: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on May 4-10, 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. ‘Fan Force Weekend 2023’

For three days, Fully Booked will celebrate, along with the most ardent “Star Wars” fans, the universe of Leia, Luke, Han, Rey, Finn, Kylo (Ren), and Poe with the “Fan Force Weekend 2023.” From start to finish, this not-so-far-away celebration is about all things Force, whether you side with the resistance or the empire.

When: May 4-6

Where: Fully Booked BGC, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig

How much: Free

2. ‘PopQuiz: May the 4th Be With You’

If you’re one to test your mettle and, more importantly, your depth of “Star Wars” lore, you must find a place in PopQuiz’s “May the 4th Be With You” trivia night! The quizmasters will put your fandom to the test, probing your prequel and OG trilogy smarts, as well as the extended mythology in the animated shows, published literature, and the live-action television series.

When: 8 PM, May 4

Where: Shantung Restaurant, 96 West Avenue, Quezon City

How much: P200 per player

3. Places of Memory, Places of the Heart: Plazas in the Philippines’

The M’s latest exhibit, “Places of Memory, Places of the Heart: Plazas in the Philippines,” is about plazas as a critical social component in towns and cities all over the country. Paulo Alcazaren, a city planner and architect, traveled extensively around the archipelago, taking with him records and history of plazas, which have long been place for communal celebrations, and what has become of them in the face of urbanization.

When: May 4-June 3

Where: Metropolitan Museum of Manila, MK Tan Centre, 30th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

How much: P100 (general admission)

4. 'Black Ink 3.0 @ Good Food Sundays'

Those who believe that tattoos are art will find simpaticos at “Black Ink 3.0” at the Good Food Sundays in Mandala Park in Shaw Boulevard. You can get atypically excellent fare while getting inked or listening to the masters of the craft talk about the life of getting a tattoo.

When: 11 AM-5 PM, May 7

Where: Mandala Park, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong

How much: Free entry, but tattoo session starts at P500

5. ‘Arcus Game: The Archer's Reign Soft Launch’

Arcus Game poses a potential new entry into the e-sports scene with “The Archer,” a skill-based game founded upon Web 3.0 technology. The whole game development team will be present to hear feedback, as the community will be a big part of the game in the present and in the future.

When: 5 PM-10 PM, May 6

Where: High Grounds Café, 67 Scout Rallos Street Quezon City

How much: Free

6. Grandest Midyear Wedding and Debut Expo

Brides-to-be, bridesmaids, and former brides will have a field day at the “Grandest Midyear Wedding and Debut Expo” and its universe of wedding knick-knacks. From suppliers to event professionals, and even a travel fair to help plan your honeymoon, you’ll come out of this event with your wedding almost finished. Half the fun of a wedding is about the planning, so this event is just perfect.

When: 11 AM-8 PM, May 6-7

Where: PICC Forum Tent, CCP Complex, Pasay

How much: Free


Dingdong Fiel will be regaling audiences, online and offline, with his rendition of Johannes Brahms’ greatest compositions. Lucky are the contemporary fans of classical music, who get to experience a reclusive master’s work. Little did everyone know, his romantic goodbye to life was the start of a musical journey for many. And now, Mr. Fiel will bring Brahms to Makati.

When: 6 PM, May 7

Where: 4/F, Ronac Lifestyle Center, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati

How much: P1,000 (general admission), P500 (PWD, senior citizens and students), P250 (streaming)

8. Clark Cosplay Fiesta

Cosplays, games, pop culture, toys, and everything in between, the Clark Cosplay Fiesta has it all for the culture vultures out there. Side by side with international favorites are Filipino-made stuff, like art pieces, collectibles, and comics. There are friends to make, cosplays to watch out for, and maybe a rare item to take home with you!

Get your tickets here.

When: May 5-6

Where: SMX Convention Center Clark, Clark Freeport, Angeles, Pampanga

How much: Tickets start at P499

9. ‘May Kingdom Link-Up! The Splatoon PH May 2023 Meetup’

Deep Cut enjoyers, rejoice! The May meetup of Splatoon Philippines will commence in the PlayBook Lounge at Circuit Makati. Casual and serious gamers are welcome, but for those with a competitive bone, please note there will be a tournament. Bring your docks, it’s going to be a fun afternoon!

When: 12 PM, May 7

Where: 2nd Level, PlayBook Circuit Makati, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Hippodromo Street Corner AP Reyes Avenue, Makati

How much: P400

10. ‘The Future of Humanity’

Friday Nights Philosophy Club’s panel, “The Future of Humanity,” is something different to cap off your week. Much less celebratory but exceedingly cerebral, you’ll find willing minds to discuss the potential of humanity, whether it goes down the path of the apocalyptic or optimistic. With the rise of artificial intelligence, this is the perfect time to hold this certain conversation.

When: 6:30 PM, May 5

Where: Coffee Project, Aguirre, Legazpi Village, Makati City

How much: Available upon inquiry

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