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My Weekend Beach Getaway to Puerto Galera

My Weekend Beach Getaway to Puerto Galera

For those expats living and working in Manila, it’s good to make an effort to fly around and see many of the famous beaches around the...

Events

Hour of Power: The Philippines Joins Global Environmental Campaign

Hour of Power: The Philippines Joins Global Environmental Campaign

Once again this year, everyone is encouraged to be a part of this global event where millions of people join together to raise environmental...

Business

Spend Or Swap!

Spend Or Swap!

Use Old Peso Bills To Buy Things This Year Or Exchange For New Notes Before 2017   In December 2010 the central bank, or Banko Sentral ng...

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Expatch Calendar Weekly Highlights

Friday, 27 March 2015

Lubao International Balloon Festival 2015

Time 5:00am - 9:00pm
Venue Predere Verde, Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga
Description "The biggest hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia is back for its 2nd year." | "The event is organized by Pilipinas International Balloon Festival, Inc. (PIBF) in cooperation with the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office of Pampanga (ACTO) and with support from Provincial Government of Pampanga. | LIBF 2015 will raise the balloons higher this time around to reach new heights. It will be bigger and grander like the hot air balloons it showcases. The festival will provide entertainment, activities, and amusement all in one venue. It will have concerts, aerial, land & water exhibitions, street activities, games and many more exciting happenings to be able to make it a holistic experience for all the guests. It will present the traditional hot air balloon festival in a whole new light. | The festival is the biggest annual hot air balloon festival in Southeast Asia. Forty (40) hot air balloons from Germany, Malaysia, Europe and USA will be showcased at this year’s LIBF; twelve (12) of which are special shaped balloons like Darth Vader, Yoda, Obelix, Frog and Humpty Dumpty which will make the event a larger one. Notable balloonists who will be in attendance are Masahiko and Yudai Fujita father and son world champions from Japan and 3x European Champion Crispin Williams." | Balloon Flight Schedule ~ March 26 – 29, 2015 ~ Morning – 5:00AM to 8:00AM ~ Afternoon – 4:00PM to 6:00PM | Concert / Performers ~ March 26, 2015 ~ EUREKA BAND | THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY | Fireworks display | March 27, 2015 ~ THE VOICE OF THE PHILIPPINES SEASON 2 FINAL 4 | Listen to the powerful sounds of The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 Final 4. | DJ PAPI ~ Expect DJ PAPI to rock the dance floor with his tech-iberican-peak hour genre of house or groove to his complete selection of 90’s classic dance music, as this too is his trademark – but that doesn’t mean 80’s retro music is left behind. | March 28, 2015 ~ KAMIKAZEE | 8:00 – 9:00 PM | Kamikazee is a Filipino pop punk band formed in 2000. The band is composed of Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao, Led Tuyay, Puto Astete and Bords Burdeos. | March 29, 2015 DRAYBERS | Nominated twice as best group performer in Aliw Awards, prepare yourself to be amazed by this classic rock band who draws their inspiration from Survivor, Queen, Journey, Air Supply and Pinoy rock genres. | Other Activities: Balloon Flight | Motor Paragliding Show | Night Glow | Fireworks Display | Cultural Presentation | Bazaar | Food Festival & a lot more | For more information, please visit www.http://lubaoibf.com/. |

Water Philippines 2015 Expo

Time 10:00am - 4:00pm
Venue SMX Convention Center, Seashell Lane, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description Welcome all delegates and visitors to the Water Philippines 2015 Expo! Philippines' No.1 international water supply, sanitation, industrial wastewater treatment and purification event. | For more information, please visit www.waterphilippinesexpo.com.

Fish for Lent at Sentro 1771

Time 11:00am
Venue Sentro 1771, G/F Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Description "Known for its unique modern treatment on home-cooked Filipino cuisine, Sentro 1771 invites diners to a special treat this Lenten season. Starting from February 18 to April 5, try the Fresh Smoked Fish Spring Roll, Whole Fish Escabeche, and the Fish of the Day Pandan, which is a whole fish stuffed with sautéed onions, tomatoes, miso, and malunggay, tied with pandan leaves." "Besides these succulent dishes especially available for this season, enjoy any of Sentro 1771’s signature specialities like the Corned Beef Sinigang, the reinvented galunggong dish, and the flavourful Keso Flan."

Theatre: 4000 Miles by Repertory Philippines

Time 8:00pm
Venue Onstage Theatre, 2/F Greenblet Mall 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Synopsis: “Leo and Vera have a very untraditional dynamic...there are things in their relationship that is very universal...” How's your relationship with your grandma? Make sure to catch 4,000 Miles! #RepPhils4000Miles | Directed by Bart Guingona | Cast: Baby Barredo as Vera Joseph | Jeff Flores as Leo Joseph-Connell | Caisa Borromeo as Bec | Cara Barredo as Amanda | Schedules: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays | 3:30pm and 8:00pm | To buy tickets and play reviews: https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/4000miles | Ticket ranges from Php400 - Php600, depending on the location of seats. |

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Mind Museum - Science Comes To Life

Time 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue The Mind Museum at Taguig, 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description The Mind Museum is the first world-class science museum in the Philippines. It is a P1 billion project built purely from private donations. The Mind Museum is a center for the public understanding of science, where science is fun, engaging and accessible to all. | The Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. started planning for the project in 2007. The Mind Museum finally opened its doors to the public on 16 March 2012. | The dinosaur exhibit at The Mind Museum shows them at their best and at their skinniest (They're all bones now!). Experience it and more than 250 other exhibits, at the science museum for real life. | Ticket prices: Php600 - adults | Php450 - child/private school student (up to college) | Php150 - public school student (up to college) | Php150 - teacher (upon presentation of valid school or PRC ID indicating "Professional Teacher") Php750 - all-day pass (without 3-hour limit) Php2,500 - Unlimited Science Pass - year-round, all day admission and much more | For more information, please visit: http://www.themindmuseum.org/.

Visit Ark Avilon Zoo - Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Time 9:00am - 6:00pm
Venue Frontera Verde, Ortigas Avenue corner C-5, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Description ARK AVILON ZOO is the only indoor interactive zoo in the Philippines located in Frontera Verde, Pasig City. With a two storey building resembling the biblical Noah's Ark. ARK AVILON ZOO is home to various friendly animals that guests can interact with. | Kids and kids at heart can get up close and personal with JENNY the Bornean Orangutan, AYLA the Palawan Bearcat, NARDO and ALEX the Cockatoos, TYSON the Burmese Python, BUSTY the Pony, KRUSTY the Donkey and featuring Ark Avilon's newest member ANDY and MERCY the Penguins and many more wildlife ambassadors. Kids can enjoy feeding rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep and other farm animals in the FARMLAND Fun Feeding Station. You can take pictures with our animals as well. | Other FUN activities offered are the arts and crafts making using recycled materials, and celebrating birthday parties and other corporate events or simply get together on the Upper Deck Activity Area. | For more information, please visit http://www.avilonzoo.ph/ark-avilon-zoo. | Tel. nos.: (+632) 706 2992 | Fax: (+632) 706 2993 | Email Address:arkavilonzoo@gmail.com |

Sikat Pinoy - National Food Fair 2015

Time 10:00am
Venue 5th Level, Mega B, SM Megamall, Julia Vargas St., Pasig City, Metro Manila
Description Free admission! Sikat Pinoy invites you to the National Food Fair 2015. See and get a sample of the best of Philippine food products. This event is brought to you by the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines.

Art Class for Kids at Ayala Town Center

Time 10:00am
Venue Ayala Town Center, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
Description Take your kids for a summertime fun at the Sports and Arts Workshop at Ayala Town Center. The Art Class is from 28-31 March 2015 at the Activity Center.

Earth Hour 2015 - Lights out at 8:30pm!

Time 8:30pm
Venue Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Description It's that time of the year again when we conserve energy by turning all lights and electricity off for one hour and this will have a global impact on energy conservation. | "Earth Hour takes place on March 28, 8:30 PM! We are holding our official switch-off event at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. See you under the stars! For more information, visit http://wwf.org.ph/earthhour." ~ WWF-Philippines | #EarthHourPHL #UseYourPower |

Theatre: 4000 Miles by Repertory Philippines

Time 8:00pm
Venue Onstage Theatre, 2/F Greenblet Mall 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Synopsis: “Leo and Vera have a very untraditional dynamic...there are things in their relationship that is very universal...” How's your relationship with your grandma? Make sure to catch 4,000 Miles! #RepPhils4000Miles | Directed by Bart Guingona | Cast: Baby Barredo as Vera Joseph | Jeff Flores as Leo Joseph-Connell | Caisa Borromeo as Bec | Cara Barredo as Amanda | Schedules: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays | 3:30pm and 8:00pm | To buy tickets and play reviews: https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/4000miles | Ticket ranges from Php400 - Php600, depending on the location of seats. |

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sikat Pinoy - National Food Fair 2015

Time 10:00am
Venue 5th Level, Mega B, SM Megamall, Julia Vargas St., Pasig City, Metro Manila
Description Free admission! Sikat Pinoy invites you to the National Food Fair 2015. See and get a sample of the best of Philippine food products. This event is brought to you by the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines.

Sale: SM Home Living Room Sale

Time 10:00am
Venue SM Makati, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Avail of up to 50% off on selected items from Feb. 26 - April 5, 2015. Shop for new and beautiful local and imported curtains, sofa, coffee table and more. Don't miss this awesome summer sale!

Sunday Brunch at Spectrum

Time 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Venue Spectrum, Fairmont Makati, 1 Raffles Drive, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "Raffles and Fairmont Makati features a lavish spread of international delicacies, live stations for sumptuous fresh dishes, as well as fun activities for kids to enjoy at Spectrum. Besides the mouthwatering selection of local and international gourmet favourites and decadent dessert options, Spectrum will be transformed into a LEGO realm for its Awesome Sunday Brunch—with bricks, flower centrepieces, and characters by the famous toy brand—guaranteed to bring delight to all children and those young-at-heart. A special play area is designed for children ages four to 14 years old with LEGO bricks and play table to enjoy with, as well as movies, Lego contests, and other exciting activities. With its scrumptious offerings and sleek stylish interiors, as well as interesting brunch concepts for the past year, Spectrum is one buffet restaurant in the metro that epicures find hard to ignore. Visit the realm every Sunday until March and discover the awesome mix of food and fun in this unique dining experience. Spectrum’s Awesome Sunday Brunch is at 2,777 pesos net per person and is available every Sunday of February and March, from 12 NN to 3 PM. For children ages 6 to 12 years old, the awesome dining experience is offered half the price. For enquiries and reservations, contact +632.555.9840."

C2 Classic Cuisine

Time 6:00am
Venue 18 Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila
Description Set dinners packed with Filipino classic dishes and can be eaten in traditional boodle style. Available until March 31 at branches: | * 5/L Shangri-La Plaza Mall (636-1510) | * Robinsons Place Manila (567-2402) | * The Wharf at Lakefront, Sucat (551-0447) | * 18 Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan (723 2347) |

Manila Bay Cruise

Time 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Venue Sun Cruises docking area, back of Folk Arts Theater CCP Complex Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description Manila Bay Cruise | Inclusions: | One hour and 15 minutes cruise | Set dinner | Live acoustic band | Published rate: Php550.00 | Trip Schedule: Daily | Choose: 4:30-5:45pm / 6:15pm-7:30pm / 8:00pm-9:15pm | Terms and Conditions of Purchase: | 1. The ticket is valid within the period specified herein. | 2. This ticket may not be combined with any other promos. | 3. The ticket is transferable. However, the Merchant and SM Tickets will not be held liable for lost or stolen tickets. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced. | 4. Tampered tickets will not be accepted. | 5. If services have been redeemed for a value less than the face value of the ticket, change in terms of cash or new voucher can not be redeemed. | 6. Prior booking is required through our Reservations office: +632 834 6858 / 0917 5132625 |

Theatre: 4000 Miles by Repertory Philippines

Time 8:00pm
Venue Onstage Theatre, 2/F Greenblet Mall 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legaspi St., Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Synopsis: “Leo and Vera have a very untraditional dynamic...there are things in their relationship that is very universal...” How's your relationship with your grandma? Make sure to catch 4,000 Miles! #RepPhils4000Miles | Directed by Bart Guingona | Cast: Baby Barredo as Vera Joseph | Jeff Flores as Leo Joseph-Connell | Caisa Borromeo as Bec | Cara Barredo as Amanda | Schedules: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays | 3:30pm and 8:00pm | To buy tickets and play reviews: https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/Online/4000miles | Ticket ranges from Php400 - Php600, depending on the location of seats. |

Monday, 30 March 2015

✩Museo ng Katipunan✩ - Exhibit in honour of Andres Bonifacio

Time 9:00am
Venue Pinaglabanan, San Juan, Metro Manila
Description Museo ng Katipunan (a.k.a. "Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine") features mixed media paintings on the "Dekalogo ni Andres Bonifacio" by children's book illustrator Robert Alejandro. Permanent exhibition: "Andres Bonifacio and the Katipunan" through original artifact exhibits, interactive touch screen terminals, audio recordings, and hologram presentations." | Who is Andres Bonifacio? He is one of the greatest Filipino hero who founded the Katipunan, a revolutionary government of the Philippines during the Spanish colonial times. Get to know Bonifacio and read "The Man Who Said “No Serendra” to the Spanish…" from Expatch at http://www.expatch.org/2014/11/26/the-man-who-said-no-serendra-to-the-spanish/ | For enquiries, bookings and reservations, please call 576-4336. | For more information about the museum, please visit: http://www.sanjuancity.gov.ph/index.php/landmarks/museo-ng-katipunan or https://tl-ph.facebook.com/pages/Pinaglabanan-Memorial-Shrine-Museo-ng-Katipunan/251346684942558

Art Exhibit by Korean Cultural Center - "Somewhere Out There" Phil-Korean Contemporary Arts Exchange Exhibit

Time 9:00am
Venue Mancor Corporate Center, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description This exhibit features the works of Korean artist An Gyung Su, An Se Eun, Hong Soun and Jung Jae Ho. Filipino artists features are Christopher Zamora, Eric de Leon Zamuco and Lyca Garcellano. For inquiries, please call 555-1711.

☺☺ Discover Food Club - Your Lifestyle Buffet

Time 11:00am
Venue Food Club, Bldg. E, Bluebay Walk, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description Food Club celebrates its first year anniversary with new buffet prices! | Lunch Mon.-Thu. at Php650 | Dinner Mon.-Thu. at Php850 | Lunch/Dinner Fri.-Sun./Holiday at Php950 | For inquiries, please call at (landline) (02) 736-8001 / 779-8673 | (mobile) 0906-428-1669 / 0998-313-3246 | For big groups and corporate events, please call (02) 861-9306 or email us at marketing@thefoodclub.com.ph. | (Note: Prices are inclusive of government taxes and subject to 5% service charge.)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Last day for Shoes and Bag Sale at the SM Store

Time 10:00am - 9:00pm
Venue The SM Store, McKinley Parkway, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description Get big discounts of up to 50% off on great selections on shoes and bags at the SM Stores. This sale is ongoing until 31 March 2015. | Visit www.thesmstore.com.

Australian Outback Steakhouse: Butcher Cuts

Time 10:00am
Venue Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Australian Outback Steakhouse presents "Butcher Cuts" in their menu. Enjoy food that's big on flavour and servings, meant for sharing. Available until March 2015 at Outback Steakhouse branches in Glorietta 3 in Makati, Alabang Town Center, Libis in Quezon City and Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City.

(* ˘⌣˘)◞ Diamond Hotel - Corniche restaurant's American and Middle Eastern gourmet

Time 6:00pm
Venue Diamond Hotel Philippines, Roxas Blvd. corner Dr. Quintos St., Manila
Description "Corniche restaurant expands its themed buffet nights by featuring American and Middle Eastern gourmet." | Tuesday - The authentic flavours of the Middle East | Thursday - Succulent steaks and pasta dishes | Friday - A selection of intercontinental dishes cooked in different ways | Saturday - A bounty of well-seasoned hamburgers, Maryland crab cakes, smoked baby back ribs, chipotle smoked hot wings, and a lot more | For enquiries, please call 528-3000.

Sports Schedule from Howzat – Week 4 of March 2015

Catch your favourite sports live on HD at Howzat! Write the author. Author: Steve...

Sports Schedule from Howzat – Week 4 of March 2015
posted on: Mar 27, 2015 | author:

Observance of Lenten Season in the Philippines

Lenten Season 2015 Schedule: 2 April – Maundy Thursday 3 April – Good Friday 4 April – Black Saturday 5 April...

Observance of Lenten Season in the Philippines
posted on: Mar 26, 2015 | author:

Of Spices and Oriental Hues

Southeast Asia at the crossroads of civilization is home to an eclectic mix of culture. It has its own distinctive way of...

Of Spices and Oriental Hues
posted on: Mar 24, 2015 | author:

In Tagalog: Magtipid tayo ng kuryente.

Translation: Let us save electricity.   This year’s Earth Hour calls us once again to switch off our lights,...

In Tagalog: Magtipid tayo ng kuryente.
posted on: Mar 23, 2015 | author:
Sports Schedule from Howzat – Week 3 March

Sports Schedule from Howzat – Week 3 March

posted on: Mar 20, 2015 | author:

Catch your favourite sports live on HD on Howzat! Write the author.     Author: Steve...

How Birth Control Pills May Affect Your Eyes

How Birth Control Pills May Affect Your Eyes

posted on: Mar 19, 2015 | author:

Birth control pills may help you prevent pregnancy. But did you know that these pills are being linked to the development of...

Rabies

Rabies

posted on: Mar 18, 2015 | author:

Rabies is a viral disease (Lyssavirus genus) most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. It affects the brain and...

In Tagalog: Pabili po.

In Tagalog: Pabili po.

posted on: Mar 17, 2015 | author:

Translation: “I’d like to buy something.” or ”May I buy something from your store?”   This is...

“The Best Social Rugby Tournament in the World” – Welcome to the Manila 10s!

“The Best Social Rugby Tournament in the World” – Welcome to the Manila 10s!

posted on: Mar 17, 2015 | author:

For local rugby fans, this is the most important weekend in the year as the Manila Nomad Sports Club and the Philippine Rugby...

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