That said, if Bonifacio were alive today, he'd probably roll in his grave. Aside from the many faults of the Philippine government (as well as the Filipinos themselves), he would be dismayed at the lack of enthusiasm for his birthday every year. What's the point of commemorating the holiday if it's only seen as either (1) an easy way to milk overtime pay from employers; or (2) a flimsy reason to visit Bonifacio's monuments? Let's be a little livelier about it, for goodness' sake!
So, with that in mind, we bring you the November 30 events below. We hope you attend them with the same fire and fervor that Bonifacio brought to the Katipunan.
The Grandyard (Ukay-Ukay) Pre-Holiday Sale 2015
Venue: NIA Village Basketball Covered Court, Pantabangan St., NIA Village, Tandang Sora, Quezon City, Philippines
Time: 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
As the event name implies, this event is all about bargains, bargains and more bargains. Buy products like furniture, clothes and even baby stuff for insanely low prices. And even if you're not an avid shopper, you can always grab a snack or two from the food stalls, enroll in a Zumba class, or participate in fairs, raffle draws and games. For more information on the event, "Like" their Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram. You can also text the mobile number (+632) 09276603920, or e-mail them at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasty Business in New Zealand and the Philippines
Venue: Impact Hub Manila, 2285 Chino Roces (Pasong Tamo) Avenue Extension, 5th Floor, Green Sun, Makati City
Time: 5:00 PM
Want to break into the food, beverage and agricultural industries? Then this event is for you. Here, young business leaders from New Zealand and the Philippines will talk about how they started and maintained their businesses, the lessons they learned, and larger issues like the economic relationships between the two countries, among other things.
Once the speakers are done, they will host Q&A sessions with the audience. You will also have the opportunity to network with the other participants. For more information about the event, e-mail email@example.com.
Good Ode Classics 7 – Western ala Christmas.
Venue: TIU Theater, Amorsolo cor. De La Rosa St., (near Makati Medical Center), Makati City
Time: 7:00 PM
If you're yearning for Western-style Christmas music, you won't want to miss this performance. Presented by the mixed-genre band Synchronea, it will feature Filipino artists putting a unique spin on popular Yuletide songs. The best part? Admission is totally free! (Excluding transportation expenses to the venue, of course.) To know more about the event, "Like" Synchronea's Facebook page.
Rick Astley LIVE.
Venue: Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Ave., Parañaque
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Ticket Prices: From Php2,737.50 onwards
Did you bob your head to Rick Astley's tunes back in the '80s? Then let your head bob one more time in his November 30 concert at the luxurious Solaire Resort & Casino. Once again, the English singer-songwriter brings us back to Nostalgia Land with hits like "Take Me To Your Heart" and "Whenever You Need Somebody." When you let his distinctive smooth, deep voice wash over you, it will definitely be a night to remember.
Also, tickets to the show are going fast. Nab yours today at TicketWorld.
Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila 2015
Venue: 2nd Floor SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Time: 9:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
If you're a fan of the "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" books, then you'll be pleased to know that the author, Mr. Kiyosaki, will be present in-person at the SM Mall of Asia on Bonifacio Day. Also known as the "Masters of Wealth Business Conference," the event will also feature other moneymaking gurus like Bellum Tan, Peng Joon, Richard Duncan, Andrew Matthews, JT Foxx, Rob Riopel and Mario Singh. Hear them share their secrets on achieving "outstanding financial results in an increasingly competitive world" by purchasing your tickets from TicketWorld today.
Noel Bazaar 2015
Venue: World Trade Center Metro Manila, Gil Puyat Avenue Extension cor. Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City
We started this list with a sales event, so it's fitting that we end with the same. The Noel Bazaar — which has been going on since 2001 — promises the Christmas shopping experience of a lifetime.
Get your fill of food, home decorations, beauty items and other gift items for the approaching Yuletide season. Also, there will be games, raffle draws and other forms of entertainment featuring celebrities from the GMA Network, so you'll have something else to do other than shop-til-you-drop.
To find out more about the event, follow them on Instagram and Twitter, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.