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Revisiting Chinatown: A Taste of Binondo

Revisiting Chinatown: A Taste of Binondo

My friends and I love food and we want to explore places we haven’t been to, so we planned to take in Binondo’s so-called “Food Tour” by...

Events

Chinese New Year 2016 (8 February 2016) – Year of the Red Fire Monkey

Chinese New Year 2016 (8 February 2016) – Year of the Red Fire Monkey

The Chinese Lunar New Year is one of the biggest festivals celebrated by the Chinese communities around the world. Here in the Philippines, it has...

Business

Australian Ambassador’s Remarks at the Annual Journalists’ Reception 2015

Australian Ambassador’s Remarks at the Annual Journalists’ Reception 2015

Remarks by Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely Annual Journalists’ Reception 19 January 2016   “I would like to welcome you here this...

Video of the Week

Malacañang Palace State Dinner in Honour of The Emperor and Empress of Japan - A Historic Event

 

This is the first time that Emperor Akihito visited the Philippines. More than seventy years ago, The Philippines and Japan were at war. After the war, they helped each other rebuild their lives, rekindle the friendship and heal the scars from the past. This year, the two countries celebrate their 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Here is a review from last 27 January as the Malacañang Palace was on its glorious royal motif that is fit to honour an emperor and empress.

 

(Video: Courtesy of RTVMalacañang)

 

Expatch Calendar Weekly Highlights

Thursday, 4 Feb 2016

♥Subaru Philippines Celebrates "Kansha Festival! Big, Bam, Boom!"

Time 7:00am - 7:00pm
Venue Subaru Global City, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description "Celebrate with us in a big way as we drum in Kansha Festival 2016! Kansha means "Thank you" in Japanese and as a token of our appreciation, we invite you to join us through lots of fun, exclusive offers and promotions for both new and current Subaru owners. See you at our Subaru showroom!" "[Philippines] Good news Subarists! Fasten your seatbelt and drive to your nearest Subaru showroom as we are once again bringing you the most anticipated Kansha Festival from February 1 – 7. With exciting discounts on selected parts, merchandise and accessories, it is an event not to be missed! See you at our Subaru showroom! #SubaruKanshaFestival" Find a location near you: http://www.subaru.asia/ph/en/buying/showroom-locations/

♡Union Church of Manila: Thursdays For Others Fellowship visits "Ang Bahay Parola - Grace Home for Boys on Mission to the World Philippines"

Time 7:30am - 5:00pm
Venue meeting place at Union Church of Manila, Rada St. corner Legaspi St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Hello TFOers!☺ On February 4, we visit the Ang Bahay Parola - Grace Home for Boys of Mission to the World Philippines. Please take note of the details for this particular visit... | Christian Development Organization (CDO) Profile: Mission to the World Philippines - Ang Bahay Parola - Grace Home for Boys Ang Bahay Parola (ABP), is the mercy arm of Mission to the World (MTW) Philippines Foundation Inc., a child welfare agency that is committed to further the development of the full potential to the Filipino street children, protect them from any form of abuse, uphold their rights, and promote their best welfare and interest. | Address: Infant Jesus Subd. San Nicolas II, Molino, Bacoor, Cavite | Date/Time: 4 February 2016 | Devotion/Assembly @ UCM Fellowship Hall: 7:30am | The vans leave promptly: 8:00am | Time frame for site activity: 9:00am - 11:00am | Expected return to Makati: 12:00nn | Activity: On Thursday, TFO visits Ang Bahay Parola, to connect and learn more about the ministry, meet the staff and their wards. Currently, Grace Home cares for 15 boys, ages ranging from 5-16 years old. We will enjoy fellowship with the boys, share a Bible message and do a craft project together. We plan to bring snack items and dental hygiene kits. | ​UCM provides transport for a limited number of participants for this trip. But you are also welcome to bring your own vehicle and driver. On occasions when additional transport is required, your assistance is much appreciated. Thank you! If you would like to join us, please confirm your attendance by email, text message or sign-up, no later than Sunday, ​ ​January 31, 2016​.​ You may drop by the Missions & Benevolence Table at the UCM Fellowship Hall for more information. | Contact details, as follows: | (mobile) +63 949 554 2694 | (email) ThursdaysForOthers@gmail.com | (UCM office) 812 6062 | ​Thank you. God bless you!​ |

♔ Rustan's Supermarket - Australian Festival !

Time 10:00am - 8:30pm
Venue Rustan's Supermarket, Courtyard Drive, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "Be one of 700 winners of free Australian Steak when you spend at least P500 on Australian products from 8 Jan. - 4 Feb. 2016." Ref. http://philippines.embassy.gov.au/

❀ Art Exhibit: Impy Pilapil's "New Life" - A public sculpture exhibition

Time 10:00am - 9:30pm
Venue Greenbelt Park, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description Exhibit is ongoing from 4 Aug. 2015 - 28 Feb. 2016. ❀

Friday, 5 Feb 2016

AmCham Kapihan (Coffee Mornings)

Time 7:30am - 9:00am
Venue The Library, Manila Elks Club, 7/F Corinthian Plaza Bldg., Paseo de Roxas, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description American Chamber of Commerce of the Phils. invites you to join their coffee morning or "Kapihan". Everyone is welcome! This is a service information group that will give you an update on what’s the latest on the business industry. RSVP: pauline@amchamphilippines.com

NZ Waitangi Day Golf Tournament 2016

Time 8:00am - 1:30pm
Venue Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila
Description "The Philippines-New Zealand Business Council and the New Zealand Embassy wish to invite you to celebrate and join us in the New Zealand Waitangi Day Golf Tournament 2016 happening on 5 February, Friday at the country’s premiere golf course the Wack-wack Golf & Country Club, Mandaluyong City. Shotgun start is at 8:00am. | Tournament Fee is Php4000. Wackwack members' rate is PHp2000. The fee is inclusive of green fees, buffet lunch, NZ wine from Wine Depot, gift bag & 1 raffle ticket. Caddie fee of Php600 is not included in the fee and should be given directly to the caddie. | Non-golfers can also join the fun during the Lunch and Awarding Ceremonies at the West-side Grill with a minimal fee of Php1000, inclusive of buffet lunch, NZ wine and 1 raffle ticket for a chance to win exciting prizes at the Grand Raffle Draw including 2 roundtrip PAL tickets Manila-Auckland." | Please register via email to our Secretariat at philsnzbc@gmail.com mailto:philsnzbc@gmail.com | Thank you." (from Philip Yao, Chairman, Philippines-New Zealand Business Council) | Telephone: (+632) 359-9423 E-mail: philsnzbc@gmail.com | mailto:pnzbc@globelines.com.ph | Like us: www.facebook.com/PNZbc http://www.facebook.com/PNZbc |

♬ Happy Hour at Serendipity Lounge with Jazz Singer Tricia Rivka Garcia - Discovery Suites, Ortigas

Time 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue Serendipity Lounge, 22/F Discovery Suites, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Description Tricia Rivka Garcia is a very talented jazz and pop singers and recording artist in Manila. | Every Wednesday, enjoy the sound of Latin jazz song in Tricia's music lineup. | "Listen to her repertoire of jazz and nostalgic standards every Friday at the Serendipity Lounge. Her musical set begins at 7:00pm." To know more about Tricia, visit https://www.youtube.com/user/TriciaGarciaTV. | For inquiries and table reservations, call +63 2 719-6822 | 719-8888

Saturday, 6 Feb 2016

♥Subaru Philippines Celebrates "Kansha Festival! Big, Bam, Boom!"

Time 7:00am - 7:00pm
Venue Subaru Global City, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description "Celebrate with us in a big way as we drum in Kansha Festival 2016! Kansha means "Thank you" in Japanese and as a token of our appreciation, we invite you to join us through lots of fun, exclusive offers and promotions for both new and current Subaru owners. See you at our Subaru showroom!" "[Philippines] Good news Subarists! Fasten your seatbelt and drive to your nearest Subaru showroom as we are once again bringing you the most anticipated Kansha Festival from February 1 – 7. With exciting discounts on selected parts, merchandise and accessories, it is an event not to be missed! See you at our Subaru showroom! #SubaruKanshaFestival" Find a location near you: http://www.subaru.asia/ph/en/buying/showroom-locations/

☆Sperry's End of Season Sale - up to 50% off on selected items

Time 10:00am - 9:30pm
Venue Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description "Don’t miss the SALE boat! Enjoy up to 50% off on seaworthy kicks at Sperry’s End of Season Sale from January 15 – February 14, 2016." Participating Sperry stores: Bonifacio High Street , Glorietta, TriNoma, UP Town Center, Ayala Mall, SM City Fairview, SM City North Edsa, SM Aura Premier, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu (Official), SM City Cebu (Official), and SM Lanang Premier

InterNations: Dimsum Chinese New Year's Lunch!

Time 11:30am - 1:30pm
Venue Visit www.internations.org for more information.
Description Note: This is an Albatross Group activity for the Albatross members only. For new/basic members, you may join in any two (2) of our AG activities for free as a trial. For inquiries, log in at www.internations.org. | Costs: Php600 food (including VAT and SC) | Hi Everyone! :) | Xin Nian Hao or Happy New Year! :) In a couple of weeks, we will be celebrating the ushering of the Year of the Monkey (Chinese New Year) and due to the success of last year's event, we are coming back to one of my personal favorites and the winner of the 2012 Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Awards under the Chinese Restaurant Category, Hai Shin Lou! | For this lunch, will you trust us to order for you? :) We are planning to order mainly various dimsum, maybe a noodle dish or two, etc. We shall be budgeting Php 600.00 per head and the food will be, in true Chinese style, be done family style. We shall also ensure that there would be dishes for vegetarians. | We have reserved two tables initially, but if more will confirm, we will add as the days arrive. We are trying to get tables in the private room on the floor so we won't be in the "noisy" part of the restaurant. Please be reminded to unregister if you will be unable to attend so we can finalize the number of people to go. We look forward to having you then. Do let us know if you have any concerns. :) Aviec and Pam, The gruesome twosome. :) | Marievic Mariano, Activity Host ||

♬ Love in the Time of Opera with scenes from Musical Theater, Opera and Sarsuela with the Manila Symphony Orchestra

Time 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Venue PowerMac Center Spotlight Theater, Makati Circuit City, Sta. Ana, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "February 6, at the new PowerMac Center Spotlight theater in Makati Circuit City in Sta Ana. featuring Manila Symphony Orchestra who volunteered their services to help raise funds for the two Filipino sopranos accepted at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. London. Duets from opera and musicals including West Side Story, Carousel, Puccini's La Boheme and more. | A unique concert worth your time and worth supporting. Tickets at Php 2,000, Php 1,500 and Php 1,000. All proceeds to the two sopranos. For reservation, call 0920-9540053, 997-9483, 782-7164 or 0918-347-3027. or text Joseph Uy." with Special Guests: Camille Lopez Molina, Arthur Espiritu, Nonie Buencamino, Noel Azcona, Teenie Chan, Myramae Meneses, Michaela Fajardo and Viva Voce

Sunday, 7 Feb 2016

☆Pasinaya Festival 2016 - Salu-Salo Sa Sining: Arts-All-You-Can - Open House Festival

Time 8:00am - 7:00pm
Venue Cultural Center Of The Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Metro Manila
Description "The CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival 2016 is the CCP’s annual multi-arts festival. CCP’s performance and rehearsal venues, and partner museums in Manila will open its doors to all types of audiences to promote arts and culture. The Festival will showcase the performances of the CCP resident companies such as Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino, the UST Symphony Orchestra, winners the National Music Competitions for Young Artists and other guest performers in the fields of dance, music and theater. Come to the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival 2016 and avail of the opportunity to watch the outstanding performances of our resident companies and other guest artists, view our exhibits and watch quality films on a see-all-you-can scheme and a pay-what-you-can scheme."

☆Sperry's End of Season Sale - up to 50% off on selected items

Time 10:00am - 9:30pm
Venue Bonifacio High Street, 5th Avenue, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Description "Don’t miss the SALE boat! Enjoy up to 50% off on seaworthy kicks at Sperry’s End of Season Sale from January 15 – February 14, 2016." Participating Sperry stores: Bonifacio High Street , Glorietta, TriNoma, UP Town Center, Ayala Mall, SM City Fairview, SM City North Edsa, SM Aura Premier, SM Mall of Asia, SM Southmall, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu (Official), SM City Cebu (Official), and SM Lanang Premier

✽Dusit Thani Manila - All You Can Eat, All You Can Drink Sunday Brunch - Crossover Reloaded

Time 11:00am - 2:00pm
Venue Dusit Thani Manila, EDSA, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Description "The well-loved Sunday family brunch is getting a major upgrade with even more exciting treats, freebies, and live entertainment for kids and parents to enjoy." | For more information, please call 02-238-8888 | Fax: 02-238-8800 | Website: www.DUSIT.com.

Monday, 8 Feb 2016

Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day!

Ateneo Art Gallery: "Octoroon" - Marking the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Australia - by Philippines Australia Studies Centre, La Trobe University and the Philippines Australia Studies Network, Ateneo de Manila University

Time 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Venue Ateneo Art Gallery, 2nd Level of Rizal Library Special Collections Bldg., Katipunan Ave., Quezon City, Metro Manila
Description "As we enter a new decade of partnership with LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art , the Ateneo Art Gallery (AAG) presents an exhibition of contemporary Australian art featuring three video and photographic installations dealing with issues of identity and representation from the Indigenous perspective. | Since 2005, the Art Exchange Program has been enriched through visits and residencies by Ateneo Art Awards recipients, hosted by the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre (Bendigo) and LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art (Melbourne) and a bi-annual exchange of exhibitions between AAG and LUMA. | Octoroon opens as part of the series of events marking the 70th Anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Australia and in line with the 3-day symposium on “Modes of Indigenous Modernity: Identities. Stories. Pathways.” organized by the Philippines Australia Studies Centre, La Trobe University and the Philippines Australia Studies Network, Ateneo de Manila University." | OCTOROON | Peta Clancy & Helen Pynor, Bindi Cole Chocka and Steven Rhall | Curated by Michael Brennan and Bindi Cole Chocka | A LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art Travelling Exhibition | 25 January – 26 March 2016 || ArtSpeak with exhibition curator Michael Brennan | 4pm | Opening Reception | 6pm | Monday, 25 January 2016 ||

 

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Super Bowl 50

7 Feb. 2016 | Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California, USA (6:30pm ET)

Exclusive Interview of Chris Martin of Coldplay ~ Pepsi Super Bowl 2016

Coldplay's lead singer talks about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime show.

 

 

Come and visit Howzat Sports Bar in Makati on Monday for Super Bowl 50!

 

The Queen in Coming! Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – 24-25 Feb 2016

This month, the Queen of Pop, Madonna, will perform live in Manila for the first time. She is officially the world’s most...

The Queen in Coming! Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – 24-25 Feb 2016
posted on: Feb 5, 2016 | author:

Sports Schedule From Howzat – Week 1 – February 2016

It’s an exciting weekend ahead with the Super Bowl 50!       Author: Howzat Sports Bar...

Sports Schedule From Howzat – Week 1 – February 2016
posted on: Feb 4, 2016 | author:

In Tagalog: Katuwaan lang.

Translation: “It’s just for fun.”   Word guide:   Katuwaan – (pronunciation: ka-too-wha-an,...

In Tagalog: Katuwaan lang.
posted on: Feb 2, 2016 | author:

Eye Exams 101

Having good vision is more than seeing clearly. Aside from having errors or refraction such as nearsightedness, farsightedness...

Eye Exams 101
posted on: Feb 1, 2016 | author:
Sports Schedule From Howzat – Week 5 – January 2016

Sports Schedule From Howzat – Week 5 – January 2016

posted on: Jan 29, 2016 | author:

Check out this week’s sports schedule at Howzat Sports Bar, where you can watch your favourite international sports LIVE on...

The Spirit of Gratitude at the 2015 Kansha Festival, Subaru PH

The Spirit of Gratitude at the 2015 Kansha Festival, Subaru PH

posted on: Jan 29, 2016 | author:

“Fasten your seatbelt and drive to your nearest Subaru showroom as we are once again bringing you the most anticipated...

InterNations Manila Takes You To “Black and White Soiree 2016”

InterNations Manila Takes You To “Black and White Soiree 2016”

posted on: Jan 27, 2016 | author:

Get 2016 Started – A Night to Remember…. New Year Celebration is not over yet with the...

Japan’s Emperor and Empress To Visit the Philippines This Week

Japan’s Emperor and Empress To Visit the Philippines This Week

posted on: Jan 25, 2016 | author:

This week marks a historic event as Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan will visit the Philippines for the first time....

In Tagalog: Maligayang pagbabalik!

In Tagalog: Maligayang pagbabalik!

posted on: Jan 25, 2016 | author:

Translation: “Welcome back!” The phrase literally means “happy” +...

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