WEEKEND GUIDE | April 21-23: Manila FAME, Dia Del Libro, Choco Wonderland


Pursue your passion with our list of fun things to do around the metro for the next three days.

Friday, April 21
Manila FAME
Through April 23
World Trade Center
Pasay City

Discover the best in the Philippine furniture, crafts, home accessories, and more at Asia-Pacific’s second-longest running trade exhibition. Image sourced from Manila FAME’s Facebook page.

The country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME features furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines. For more information, visit www.manilafame.com.

Shangri-La Plaza’s Chocolate Wonderland
Through April 23
Shangri-La Plaza
Mandaluyong City

Shang Mall transforms its atriums into a chocolate wonderland with various sweet treats, workshops, and entertaining numbers kids and the kids at heart will surely love. Image courtesy of Shangri-La Plaza.

Indulge on various chocolate treats, take selfies, and participate in different fun activities at this chocolate-filled fair. For more information, visit Shangri-la Plaza’s Facebook page.

Timeless Classics: Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 34th Concert Season
8 p.m.
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Pasay City

Watch the PPO perform under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura. Image sourced from the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ website.

The orchestra will be playing compositions by G. Gershwin, A. Copland, and Arturo Marques. Ticket price starts at Php300. For more information, visit  Cultural Center of the Philippines’ website.

The Next Room or The Vibrator Play
Through April 23
Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1
Makati City

Don’t miss this provocative Victorian sex comedy play by Repertory Philippines. Image sourced from Repertory Philippines’ Facebook page.

Written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Chris Millado, The Vibrator Play is set in New York in the 1880’s, and explores the realities of marriage, the nature of intimacy, passion, true love, and orgasms. For more information, call the Repertory Philippines at (+632) 843-3570.

Saturday, April 22
Día del Libro
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ayala Triangle
Makati City

Join the annual celebration of International Book Day, organized by Instituto Cervantes at the Ayala Triangle Garden. Image sourced from Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page.

The whole-day event features various activities including poetry recitals, dance performances, plays, concerts, and more. For more information, visit Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page.

Design Thinking
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ortigas Foundation Library
Pasig City

Take advantage of this free summer workshop. Image sourced from Bong Montesa Thinking School’s Facebook page.

Design Thinking aims to equip high school students with the skills needed to tackle real-world problems with efficiency, creativity, and empathy. For more information, call (+63 919) 629-3250 or (+632) 435-6475.

Pieces of the Heart: Artvocacy for Two Causes
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Sining Kamalig, Ali Mall
Quezon City

Enjoy art, music, and good food for a cause at this event. Image sourced from Sining Kamalig’s Facebook page.

Various participating artists share their talents for a fund-raising event led by two non-government organizations: SATRE Technology Resource Development Association Inc. and World Experience Philippines’ Smokey Tours. Ticket price is at Php5,000. For more information, visit Sining Kamalig’s Facebook page.

Sunday, April 23
5 p.m.
Cultural Center of the Philippines
Pasay City

Grace Nono is a singer, ethnomusicologist, and cultural worker.

Listen to the enchanting voice of Grace Nono as she renders popular Visayan love songs. For more information, call the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704.