Best Things To Do in Manila This Weekend (Nov. 25-27)

Images: IKEA / Fully Booked
Images: IKEA / Fully Booked

One-peso meatballs for one day only in IKEA await, while bookworms and otakus can head to the much-anticipated Fully Booked x Kinokuniya store in BGC. It’s an exciting weekend ahead in Manila!

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IKEA’s 1-peso Swedish Meatballs

To celebrate its first year in Manila, IKEA is launching a special birthday promo on their famous Swedish meatballs, offering them at PHP1 per ball — a huge steal considering you would normally pay PHP159 for eight pieces. This one-peso sale only lasts for a day, so drop by the Pasay City branch’s Swedish Restaurant quickly and fall in line.

The one-peso meatball sale happens on Nov. 25 (Friday). IKEA is at MOA Square, Mall of Asia Complex Zone 10 CBP-IA, Marina Way, Pasay City.


Fully Booked x Kinokuniya opens

Bookworms in Manila rejoiced when beloved bookstore brand Fully Booked announced its partnership with popular Japanese book chain Kinokuniya. The two join forces at the new Japanese-inspired mall MITSUKOSHI BGC, where the store expands Fully Booked’s selection of Japanese manga (which takes up half the store!) and books as well as English-language titles.

Fully Booked x Kinokuniya is at Mitsukoshi Mall at The Seasons Residences, 8th Avenue corner 36th Street, North Bonifacio District, Taguig City.


Melissa Yeung-Yap celebrates 10 years in art with ’10 10 10′

Organized by Art Lounge Manila and curated by Ricky Francisco, 10 10 10 features Melissa Yeung-Yap’s showcase of works that contemplate the past, the present, and the future, woven together by the engagement with some of the most enduring products of Philippine culture.
She generously presents paintings, NFTs (non-fungible tokens), sculptures, and interactive
digital works. As an artist whose vision is predicated on the sustainability of our tangible heritage, Yeung-Yap reaches out to communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, sourcing
materials as well as carving out markets for their products—from the filigree-work and
tambourine jewelry of Vigan to the T’nalak fabric of the T’boli.

10 10 10 will be on view from Nov. 24 to Dec at the ArtistSpace located at Ground Level, Ayala
Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
The gallery is open daily from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Admission is free.


Tienda Wabas celebrates nine years with nine papermaking workshops

Local craft brand Tienda Wabas celebrates its ninth year with nine free or pay-what-you-want papermaking workshops across various venues from Nov. 26 to Dec. 18. across the metro. Papermaking kits and other merch will also be available for sale at the workshops. Sign up here to learn more about specific dates and locations of these workshops.


New Restaurant Alert: Eesome

Well, “restaurant” doesn’t quite capture this space, as Eesome is a luxury brand, sneaker store, and café in one concept. Come in for a craft cocktail or coffee on the first floor, and then climb up to the second floor to see their sneaker display.

Eesome is at Forbestown Road, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Check out their Instagram page.


Dine at these 50 Best Discovery-named restaurants

New to the 50 Best list are degustation restaurants Hapag and Metronome, which join other Filipino mainstays such as Toyo Eatery, Mecha Uma, Gallery by Chele, Helm, and Antonio’s.

Hapag, a reservations-only restaurant in Quezon City, boasts a relaxed dining atmosphere while its current 17-course Filipino menu is steeped in comforting flavors: chicken inasal crackers, the chocolatey champorado and tuyo (dried fish), and Ilocos empanada ease diners into the progression of dishes, while mains such as uni arroz caldo deliver a delightful depth to the familiar.

Meanwhile, Metronome sees acclaimed restaurateur Elbert Cuenca joining forces with Joel Robuchon-trained chef Miko Calo and former Shangri-la Makati general manager Alain Borgers. Metronome is undoubtedly one of the most refined dining spots in the country. While Calo’s culinary techniques and leanings are undoubtedly French, her unique background of being Mindanao-born and Manila-educated enables her to add a more playful touch to the typically-restrained cuisine.

Hapag is along ​​Katipunan Extension, 201 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Metronome is at Bolanos Street, The Grand Midori Makati, Legazpi Village, Makati.


Indulge in speakeasy vibes at Somm’s Table

Somm’s Table, which opened in August, brings some French flair into a speakeasy-style bar. Headed by Michelin-star-trained chefs Raphael Gries and Julien Sobolewski, Somm’s Table offers French fusion dishes, deli items and wine bottles from Europe.

Bolanos Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Check them out on Instagram.


12/10 makes a comeback at Rockwell

12/10, the hip izakaya that took up residence along Guijo Street and closed down in 2020, is back. This time, they’ve reopened at 8 Rockwell, offering a mix of à la carte dishes as well as a new 11-course omakase menu.

8 Rockwell, Lopez Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Check them out on Instagram. Make reservations at twelveten.ph.


Alegria Manila Reopens at Uptown BGC

Alegria Manila has reopened in a new spot in BGC. The well-loved sangria bar has now shifted into a tasting menu restaurant at Uptown Mall BGC, with their reopening menu, ¡TRANSCULTURAL!, a cross-cultural tasting menu of Filipino and Latin American cuisine.

GF Uptown Parade 9th Ave 38th St, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Visit them on Instagram. Make reservations at reservations.alegriamnl@gmail.com.


Auggie Fontanilla’s SALVACION opens

Contemporary artist Auggie Fontanilla is no stranger to juxtaposing religious imagery in his art, and he does the same with his latest exhibit, SALVACION, at Pablo Gallery in BGC.

Exhibit runs from Oct. 30 to Dec. 4. Pablo Gallery is at C-11 South of Market. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

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