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  • Family Weekend Itinerary! Where to Go, Eat, and Shop on Dec 14 to 17

    There are lots of activities to do in Metro Manila so make the most out of this payday weekend!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Family Weekend Itinerary! Where to Go, Eat, and Shop on Dec 14 to 17
  • It’s 10 days before Christmas, plus it’s a payday weekend, which means there’s a lot of fun things to do around the metro! It’s the perfect time to bond—dine out, do some exciting activities, or just relax and unwind with the family. Looking for ideas? We’ve got you covered! Check out what’s happening this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

    What to do

    A Wonderful Christmas with Pororo

    South Korea’s most loveable penguin is visiting Manila for the holidays! Catch Pororo and his friends as they embark on an exciting adventure to meet Santa Claus. If your kids are fans of the show, then this is one Christmas offering that you shouldn’t miss. Show dates are on December 16 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and December 17 at 3 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Tickets are available at Ticket World Manila.

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    Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog

    This season is the perfect time for your kids to learn about the value of money. One of the best ways to get them to really listen and understand is by watching a play that will teach and entertain them at the same time. Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog, which started as a commissioned work by theater group Tanghalang Pilipino for financial services company Visa, is now having a full run at the CCP Little Theater in Pasay City—and you shouldn’t miss it!

    This musical play is funny and relatable, with characters using terms coined by young millennials. The story revolves around Gwyneth, who is all set to pay the application fee for her dream college but gets tempted by food, sales, and travel discounts along the way. With her best friend Jing-jing acting as her conscience, Gwyneth learns the importance of saving up with a little help from Filipino heroes like Apolinario Mabini and Jose Rizal. The catchy tunes and the blend of comedy and fantasy makes this a great watch for the whole family! The play runs until December 17, with show times at 8 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Buy your tickets here.

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    Shopkins on Ice!

    If your kids are a fan of the toys then they'll definitely love seeing them larger than life! Watch your favorite Shopkins characters skate, dance, and perform on ice along with international skaters on December 16, 2017, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Ring. We heard even Santa Claus will be there to join the fun so don't miss it!

    Where to eat

    26th St. Bistro by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf


    We love Coffee Bean for its good coffee and yummy breakfast items, but did you know that they also have a full-service restaurant?

    The 26th St. Bistro, located at Shangri-La Plaza and Net Lima Building, Bonifacio Global City, offers a new menu filled with hearty dishes in huge servings perfect for sharing with the whole fam! Swing by for lunch or dinner and make sure to order their French Onion soup for a comforting but filling meal. Or try their Rosti with Spanish Chorizo, Poached Eggs & Fresh Parsley—the kids will love the chorizo and the Swiss potato cake just as much as they love hash browns and sausages. The restaurant also offers other kid-friendly meals like the 26th St. Bistro Burger, and pasta dishes like Mac & Cheese and Classic Bolognese. The latter has a ‘for sharing’ option so everyone can happily dig in.

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    Filipinos love their rice and the restaurant made sure they have enough entrees on the menu. Apart from their breakfast staples, a must-try is the Herb Crusted Salmon with Lemon Risotto and the USDA Garlic Steak, which is perfect for dad. It’s also great for sharing! Looking for a healthier but filling fare? Don’t miss out on their Shrimp & Pomelo Salad—the coconut lime dressing is just divine!

    Of course, you should cap off a great meal with the perfect brew matched with some sweets. Just for the holidays, the bistro partnered with Classic Confections for a special dessert menu so you can enjoy treats like S’Mores Pie, Mini Apple Pie, and Nono’s Chocolate Oblivion along with your cup of coffee.

    The 26th St. Bistro is a great alternative if you want to break away from your usual dining spots. And what better time to indulge than during the holiday season? So, go ahead and check it out this weekend!

    Where to shop

    Toy Kingdom Christmas Toy Sale


    If you’re still missing some gifts on your shopping list, then you still have the chance to grab presents at this toy sale! Whether it’s for your kids or your inaanaks, you can get discounts of up to 70% on selected branded toys. The Toy Kingdom Christmas Toy Sale is happening from December 15 to 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Hall 4, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Admission is free but you better come early and don’t forget to bring lots of patience with you—we’re sure this place is going to be packed this weekend!

    Anvil Publishing Warehouse Sale

    Bookworms, rejoice! Anvil Publishing is having a big warehouse sale, with books selling for as low as Php5! Bring the whole family—they have a wide selection of books from fiction and literature, history, parenting, and a whole lot of children’s books that will make perfect gifts for your little ones! The sale lasts until December 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (December 15 operation hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 nn only) at KM 14 West Service Road, La Suerte Compound, Merville, Parañaque City. Click here for directions.

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    Where to spend your me-time

    After shopping for your kids, head on over to Hall 3 of the SMX Convention Center for SM’s Shoes and Bags Sale 2017. Get up to 50% off on select items from December 14 to 17. Participating brands include: Skechers, Keds, Ipanema, Grendha, Samsonite, American Tourister, and more! The sale is also happening simultaneously at SM North Edsa Skydome with participating brands like Merrell, Brooks, Fila, Asics, Hush Puppies, Keds, Barbie, Samsonite, American Tourister, Targus, and more! Plus, if you’re an SM Advantae, SM Prestige or BDO Rewards cardholder, you get 10x points on all items on Thursday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. What a steal!

    H&M Holiday Sale

    You know what they say about the holidays—it’s the perfect time for shopping! Head to all H&M stores and get up to 50% off on selected items. Find your holiday outfit here!

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