If your weekend isn't fully booked yet, get a load of these December 5 events that will lift your spirits — and bring smiles to your faces — in time for the Christmas season.
Heure de conte (Alliance Française de Manille)
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Venue: Library, Alliance Française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City
Want to take your kids away from video games? Then take them away to the Alliance Française de Manille's Storytelling Hour. The event will not only feature stories in both English and French (a good way to exercise your language skills!), but will also feature arts and crafts, puppet shows, song numbers, games and even snacks for children aged 3 and above. By the way, parents are welcome to join in on the fun too!
If you're not yet a member of the AF de Manille, the entrance fee is Php400. But if you are, the entrance fee is Php200. To know more about the event, call +63 2 895 7585 or +63 2 895 7441, fax +63 2 899 3654, e-mail email@example.com or log on to their official website at www.alliance.ph.
Bonifacio Global City (BGC) Events
If you live anywhere near BGC (a.k.a. "The Fort") in Taguig, then you're in luck. Starting December 5, the city will host dozens of events that are sure to delight everyone in your family!
Walk along the city's roads, and prepare to be dazzled by singers participating in the BGC Impromptu. Or pass by the BGC Art Mart Bazaar, and purchase any of the goodies there to support talented Filipino artists. If you're an artist yourself, don't miss the opportunity to show off your skills at BGC's Chalk the Walk!
And even if you're not so artistically inclined, don't fret. BGC also has the Small Screen Goes Big event, where you can watch popular TV shows on a big screen outside. Oh, and don't forget to take your friends with you for those popcorn-snacking, laughs-inducing moments!
For those of you who still believe in Santa, you can get one (1) free Santa hat from any Bonifacio High Street shop if you present a proof of residence or employment. Otherwise, you'll have to either stack up Php2,500 worth of receipts from Bonifacio High Street establishments, or donate Php500. In any case, these hats will grant you access to events like Meet and Greet Santa and Christmas Carriage Rides.
On a more somber note, every December 2015 weekend is a chance to make a difference in the lives of Taguig's less fortunate people. Take this opportunity to donate gifts, wrap boxes and help the Fort Bonifacio Development Foundation give back to the children of poor barangays.
For more information about BGC's Christmas events, send them a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also "like" their Facebook page or log on to http://www.bgc.com.ph/.
Christmas Performances in Makati City
Venue: Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, A. P. Reyes Avenue and Hippodromo Street, Barangay Carmona, Makati City
Nestled in what Ayala Land describes as Makati's "premier entertainment district," Circuit Lane is a multi-purpose walkway where events, exhibits and other shows are held on a weekly basis. This coming December 5 and 12, for instance, Circuit Lane will bear witness to Christmas performances.
Aside from Circuit Lane, you'll want to drop by the other establishments in the entertainment district. The Globe Circuit Events Ground will host OPM concerts on December 10, December 25 and January 1, while an outdoor movie screening will take place on December 26 to 30. To get your fill of Circuit Makati events, "Like" their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter or check out http://www.makeitmakati.com/circuit-makati.
Sketches of the Spirit
Time: All Day
Venue: Dragon Gallery, 2/F Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue cor. Ayala Avenue, Makati City
If you prefer quietly contemplating in front of an art piece, then drop by the Yuchengco Museum this weekend. There, you will see breathtaking pieces by National Artists like Arturo Luz, Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera and J. Elizalde Navarro. All proceeds from the exhibit will go to the CeFAM Alumni Association, Inc. (CAAI) and the Ruben Tanseco – Center for Family Ministries (RMT – CeFAM).
Fun Furoshiki Gift Wrapping Workshop
Time: 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.
Venue: Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue cor. Ayala Avenue, Makati City
Looking for a more creative way to wrap gifts? Look no further than the Furoshiki workshop at the Yuchengco Museum. A style of gift-wrapping using cloths, Furoshiki will be taught by 35Gerberas' Nenette Sadiua and enthusiast Vicky Ortega. You will learn six different styles of gift-wrapping, as well as how to wrap items that don't fit neatly into boxes.
The workshop fee is Php1,000 for adults, and Php1,200 for adults with children. These fees must be paid no later than December 3, 2015 at Yuchengco Museum's RCBC Current Account # 0-212-09750-0. (A scanned copy of the deposit slip must be e-mailed to email@example.com). Alternatively, the fee can be paid directly at the Yuchengco Museum via cash or credit card.