Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekender Guide: February 11-13, 2011


Single this Valentines weekend? Don't fret. You have three speed dating events to choose from.

The Perfect Events group has prepared a Speed Dating event. How to join? Simply email them at, and wait for them to send you an application form for the event. P900 will be charged and this is inclusive of dinner. The event that will be held at Focaccia Fort, is open for ages 22-35 years old.

Meet 'n Match is a speed-dating event sponsored by the newest, most authentic Japanese restaurant in its side of Mandaluyong City. The event will be on the 11th. Registration for Meet 'n Match is ongoing but better hurry for the seats are going fast. Check out Kodomo Restobar's Facebook page for more information about the event.

A-List Events is inviting all single ladies and gents to be part of their Speed Dating Event, Checkmate, as well. This is open for men and women of ages 21 - 30 years old. Visit this link to pre-register.

If you're in the mood to party with your friends or your significant other, put on your best party outfit because these events might just be the ones for you.

For the third year in a row, Busted Crew brings you a BIGGER and BETTER night that will shake sense into your tired and wishful hearts this Friday night at Decagon - Silver City.

Saturday night, the Ateneo Management Economics Organization (MEcO) proudly brings you Tryst' 11: Give Me the Green Light its annual Pre-Valentine's Party - a one-of-a-kind event considered as one of the biggest celebrations of the year. It will be at Fiamma, Jupiter St. Tickets are priced at P150.

Celebrate love this Valentine's at Restaurant 101. Enderun Colleges' team of world-renowned chefs has worked to prepare a Valentine's menu, available for lunch and dinner on 11th, 12th and 14th of February 2011. For only PhP 1,990 per person, celebrate Valentine's Day with a 7-course dinner with your loved one. For reservations, please call (63 2) 856-5000 local 101, or (63 2) 403-7831.

Three special bazaars, conveniently situated in different areas in the metro, are simultaneously happening this weekend.

Come to What Women Want Valentine Bazaar, a great lifestyle bazaar event happening at the heart of Quezon City. It's a shopping prelude to Valentine escapades where they'll have what women love to shop for themselves and their loved ones.

Be entertained and shop in comfort and style at the Plaza Ibarra along Timog Avenue from 10:00am to 6:00pm in an elegant air-conditioned setting.

If you're in the Ortigas area, maybe Mi Amor: A Valentine's Bazaar , presented by the Ateneo Management Engineering Association and Tiendesitas, is for you. Find the perfect Valentine's gift for your loved ones in one of the stalls participating in the event.

Although it may not be Valentines themed, you can still take your special someone to this bazaar if you're at the Fort. Karl Edward International's Shop @ The Fort Bazaar is still ongoing at The NBC Tent.

You and your partner into music? Check out the following events in store for you this weekend.

By attending Hymns of the Heart concert series, you will not miss out a unique romantic musical fusion in an intimate setting at the Eastwood Mall Open Park and Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill. Gino Padilla, Rachel Alejandro and John Ford Coley will be performing at different dates and times this weekend.

Pop Diva Kuh and the Hitmakers'composed of balladeers Rey Valera, Rico J. Puno, Nonoy Zuniga and Marco Sison will share the stage at the PICC Plenary Hall on February 12 and 13, 2011. This marks the first time both acts will be performing together in one concert, which means this show is definitely something to watch out for. Entitled The Greatest Love Songs of Our Time: The Diva and Hitmakers , this event will see them tackle those songs that tug at people's heartstrings the most.

Happening at the Araneta Coliseum on Saturday, is Viva Concerts' "What Love Is" featuring Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo.

If it is mellow music that you crave, young Filipino violinist Diomedes B. Saraza Jr. will be the guest soloist for the 6th concert series of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO). Saraza replaces Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang, who is unable to perform in Manila. For more details, please call CCP Box Office at (63 2) 832-3704 or Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999.

Also this Saturday, the Defttones will hit Manila with their Diamond Eyes Tour featuring Urbandub.

Enjoy love's many surprises at TriNoma this Sunday. Join La Diva in a heart thumping performance and be swept off your feet with today's most sought after leading man in Philippine television and cinema.

There'll also be a Helicopter Flower Drop slated to happen at around 4PM at Trinoma's 4th level park. Witness thousands of petals fall from the sky for a memorable Valentine's Day experience.
But don't leave yet after that because hearts will collide with the sweetest renditions from Nyoy Volante and Sabrina in Smooth Serenade, an acoustic concert happening also at the same venue.

In the mood for art? DesignTalks is a lecture series that brings prominent and pioneering Filipino creative professionals to the center stage. For his numerous contributions and awards in set design, Ayala Museum has invited New York-based designer Loy Arcenas. The lecture will be on February 11, Saturday at the Ayala Museum. Admission is Php150 for students, senior citizens and Ayala Museum members and Php300 for adults, inclusive of admission to all the galleries.

Still in doubt where to take your partner on Monday? Why don't you try hopping on board a Valentine's Cruise this February 14. Avail of Real Ship Yatch's Valentine promo for only P3000 per head, inclusive of a 5-course dinner, postcard photo, and musicians on board. Boarding is at 5:30pm; departure at 6:00pm. Assembly is at the Realship Corporation CCP Complex Bay Area Terminal B Unit 14 (Beside Harbour Square). For booking and reservation please call 8325424 / 9940429 or visit

Soaring up to the sky via an air balloon also sounds like such a fun date idea, doesn't it? Drive to Angeles City with your equally adventurous date and watch (or even ride) some colorful air balloons rise up to the sky. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) is an annual event featuring balloons from all over the world. Over the years, it has become a convention of sorts including aero-sports and other aviation-related pursuits. Click this link for the schedule of events.

Totally unrelated to Valentines, yet is too cool not to miss is Chefs on Parade - the Philippines' longest running culinary competition happening from February 10 to 12 at the SMX. Professional and amateur chefs from the Philippines and all over Asia will be busy whipping up recipes and concocting delicious creations, and you would not want to miss it.

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