What’s on MNL: Best Things to See, Do, Eat, Drink on March 23-29, 2023
March 21, 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 Sound of Music’ Musical
Itching to watch a play in the theater this month? Globally acclaimed musical “The Sound of Music” is currently in town for the Manila leg of its international tour! Don’t forget to catch the Philippines’ very own Karylle Tatlonghari (as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder) and Markki Stroem (as delivery boy Rolf) as they bring their iconic characters to life. Buy your tickets now at TicketWorld as the show will close its curtains this Sunday.
When: Until March 26
Where: Samsung Performing Arts Theater, Ayala Malls Circuit Makati, Makati City
How much: Starts at P1,587
2. Ozine Fest Summer 2023 Series
Ready your cosplay (and wallets) as the last leg of Ozine Fest’s Summer 2023 event series is happening this weekend at Ayala Malls Manila Bay! Buy merchandise of your favorite anime from their exhibitors and enjoy mini games, auctions, and stage performances, such as cosplay and J-music singing competition. Sticky Expo Pop-up artists will also join the fun, so it's better to have an extra budget to take home original and fan art from their talented pool of artists.
When: 10 AM onwards, March 25-26
Where: Ayala Malls Manila Bay Activity Center, Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Entertainment City, Parañaque City
How much: Free
3. Manila Ocean Park’s 15th Anniversary
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of Manila Ocean Park this weekend and meet the park’s lovely mermaid and adorable Kaya penguin mascot! Don’t miss out on the World of Creepy Crawlies as well for a close encounter with the park’s creepy crawly stars during their show and tell. Take photos and be part of fun ocean-mazing activities that everyone in the family will love! Buy your tickets online for discounts.
When: March 25-26
Where: Manila Ocean Park, 666, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila
How much: P680 (online promo)
4. Great British Festival 2023
Heads up, mate! The Great British Festival is making a comeback this year. Brought by the British Council Philippines, the British Embassy Manila, and the British Chamber of Commerce Philippines, this two-day festival will celebrate the culture, arts, and innovation of the U.K. and its trade relations with the Philippines.
Catch the live performances of Grammy-nominated British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, Drag Race PH winner Precious Paula Nicole, and Ballet Manila as they stage “Romeo + Juliet.” There will also be displays, interactive activities, food fairs, and a showcase of popular British products.
Can’t wait for the weekend? You can listen to their Spotify playlist in the meantime.
When: March 25-26
Where: Bonifacio High Street, C1 Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
How much: Free
5. Women Making Art: Stories & Styles Workshop
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Ayala Museum reminds us that creativity knows no gender and age. Take your kids (aged five to 10 years old) to the museum’s workshop this weekend for them to appreciate Filipina modern artists and their works. Other activities are arts and crafts, music and games, and an exhibition tour. Check the FAQs and get your tickets here.
When: 2 PM-5 PM, March 26
Where: 3F Education Studios, Ayala Museum
How much: P850 (regular), P677 (PWD), P765 (discounted for Ayala Museum members and AGC employees)
6. Kultura’s Filipino Design Studio Pop-up
Local artistry and crafts brand Kultura is celebrating the upcoming summer with their Filipino Design Studio pop-up. Visit SM Aura Premier before taking your Holy Week break to discover eco-friendly decors, handmade bags and accessories, and versatile resort wear that you can show off for your summer OOTDs. Homegrown brands, such as Habi Home, 11th Earth Home Décor, Bloom Essence, Luid Lokal, and more, will have their products and creations available to visitors and mall goers. Don’t miss out!
When: 10 AM-10 PM, Until April 2
Where: Level 3 Atrium, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
How much: Free
7. The Mind Museum Turns 11 Anniversary Promo
Need a weekend hang with the fam? Why not celebrate the 11th anniversary of The Mind Museum with special discounted tickets. For P1,800, you can get all-day museum passes for four. That’s P1,200 off the original price! Promo runs until March 31, but you can book your visit until June 30 so you can still match your schedules. Read the full mechanics and get your tickets through their website.
When: Until March 31
Where: The Mind Museum, JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
How much: P1,800
8. Chatime x Pokémon GO Exclusive Offer
Training to be a Pokémon master? You don’t need a gym badge or any special type of pokéball to capture this exclusive offer by Chatime. Simply visit any participating branch and show your Pokémon GO app to get any regular sized Chatime Fruit Tea for P75 (save P20)!
When: Until April 15
Where: Participating Chatime PokeStops and Gyms
How much: P75
9. Tiger Sugar Philippines x Auro Chocolate
“Yes, you can sip with us!” In celebration of women’s month, Tiger Sugar Philippines has collaborated with internationally awarded tree-to-bar chocolate company Auro Chocolate to come up with three exciting new flavors. Choose from Auro Dark Chocolate, Auro Dark Chocolate Mocha, and Auro Dark Chocolate with Cookie Crumble to enjoy the Taiwan brand’s signature brown sugar boba milk with a twist.
When: March 20 onwards
Where: All Tiger Sugar Philippines branches nationwide
10. Kids Eat for Free at The Alley by Vikings
If you’re looking for a place to dine, visit any The Alley branch with your loved ones and have one kid (aged 10 years old and below) eat for free per two paying adults! Enjoy a range of international street-inspired choices and take your eat-all-you-can experience to the next level. Valid for weekday lunch only. Check the full mechanics here.
When: Until May 31
Where: All The Alley by Vikings branches
How much: Price varies
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