Weekender Guide: March 4-6, 2011

Not sure what to do this weekend? We've got a lot of stuff for you to choose from!

Catch a foreign film festival.
Starting this March 4, at 7PM, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, the Spanish cultural center, presents a special nine-film line-up that showcases the achievements of contemporary female filmmakers who have established themselves as an important force in Spain’s screen culture. Spanish Female Filmmakers will highlight the works of Goya Award winners Isabel Coixet and Gracia Querejeta, as well as actress-turned-directors Icíar Bollaín and Patricia Ferreira. Check out the films, and screening schedules here.

Attend free seminars.
Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan: Women Entrepreneurship Summit 2011
celebrates the International Women’s Month by recognizing inspiring women, educating aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs, and showcasing possible business opportunities for women (and men, too!). Attend free seminars on the how-to’s of starting your own business: from knowing your strengths and your ambitions, to finding business opportunities, to marketing your products and finding capital. You may also visit the booth of some Kapuso negosyantes and enjoy performances by Kapuso stars and talents! For more details, please call Go Negosyo Summit Hotlines at (63 2) 637-9347 or (63 2) 637-9229.

Enjoy a thrilling and riotous play.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have the intriguing, thrilling, riotous, “unmissable” comedy smash – The 39 Steps.

The 39 Steps follows the incredible adventures of a handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. The 39 Steps is the second offering of Repertory Philippines for the 2011 season and it promises to be blissfully funny, wonderfully inventive and gripping.

Party ’til dawn.
Saturday is the night to celebrate for all you party people out there. Bigfish presents Hedkandi World Series,
featuring Dj Andy Norman & Bigfish Resident Dj John Paul together with Surprise live performers. For tickets and VIP tables, please call at (63 2) 632-7762 or (63 2) 634-8238. You may visit at www.bigfishmanila.com.

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Treat yourself to a fancy dinner.
Two world-class chefs from Alain Ducasse Formation (ADF) will showcase a menu that reflects the different culinary identities of Alain Ducasse. On March 5, Chefs Jérôme Lacressonnière and Franck Geuffroy present a six-course wine dinner titled l’Essentiel de la Cuisine d’Alain Ducasse, that will sample dishes from the foremost chef’s celebrated restaurants. For reservations, please call Restaurant 101 in Enderun Colleges at (63 2) 856-5000 local 101 or (63 2) 403-7831.

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Get your wardrobe summer-ready.
From March 5 to 6 at the Decagon, Silver City, shop for the hottest finds this summer from various online shops that will come together in
S.O.S.: Sale of the Summer Bazaar. Witness a fashion show and auction on the first night and get a chance to win prizes on our raffle draws on the second day. For ticket inquiries, please call Trisha at (63 917) 501-4237.

Try your luck in the spotlight.
You think you have what it takes to be the next talented artist or fashionista? Road to Fame, the largest Jobs Fair for the Talent Industry, is open to all individuals wanting to become talents. Head to the Festival Supermall in Alabang this Saturday, from 10 am to 6pm for the auditions. Do not miss out on this “experience of a life time” to live up to your dream.

Learn about organic gardening and farming.
Make your life happier, healthier, more meaningful and improve, extend your life while giving back to Mother Earth. Attend Sugarleaf’s
first workshop on organic gardening, farming happening this Saturday, March 5, at the Health Cube Bldg. along Wilson St. in Greenhills.

The half-day course includes a starter kit, handouts and a healthy lunch and snacks. The prefect mother-daughter, father-son, husband-wife bonding activity! P5,000 per person. Special discounts apply for senior citizens, children attending with their parent, and couples.

Take the kids to a cooking class.
InterContinental Manila chefs will conduct cooking classes for children 12 years of age and younger on Saturday, March 5, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM and on Sunday, March 6, from 3 PM to 4:30 PM at the Prince Albert Rotisserie. Class fee is at P 1,000 per child plus P 500 for a chef’s uniform set (jacket, apron and toque) for those attending class for the first time. This March, students will be taught how to make marshmallows and sandwiches.

Join a football competition.
The Philippines’ largest football tournament, World Cup Pilipinas (WCP), will take place right at historic Luneta from April 30 to May 15. Local teams (may be composed of Filipinos and foreign nationals) are welcome to participate . Interested parties may call 994-2832 for more details. Deadline for registration is March 19.

Study abroad.
Learn more scholarships for studying in the UK! The British Council invites you to come to its biggest ever Education UK Exhibition on March 4-5, 1-5pm at the Ruby Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel beside Robinsons Galleria. Representatives from 18 UK institutions will be there to answer your queries and discuss your options with you. Scholarship information will also be available at the British Council booth. Admission is FREE!

Eat, drink, and be merry!
Savor the finer things in life and head to the Cru Steakhouse of Marriott Hotel Manila. This stylish fine dining restaurant offer a wide selection of superior meats from the United States, Japan, and Australia accompanied by a number of delectable side dishes. Check out Pilar Almario’s feature article about her experience in Cru.

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Pasta fanatics can head to Goodles in Robinsons Galleria. Here they’ll find gourmet pasta that is “fresh, fast and healthy.”

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Dusit Thani Manila turns up the heat with its scorching early summer food and beverage promotions this March!
Benjarong Royal Thai Restaurant invites you to plunge into the luscious flavors of these three a la carte Sea Bass dishes for only PhP 2,000 each.
Umu Japanese Restaurant invites you to take an early dip into its pool of refreshing Japanese dishes. Offered this March is the Sushi Set, complete with the freshest sushi, sashimi, chawan mushi, takuwan and ice cream for only PhP 2,900 net. Don’t forget to try Tosca Italian Restaurant’s Prime Rib Trolley, where you can savor succulent roast beef carved and served by your table side. More info about their promotions could be found here.

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