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Haunted Manila Halloween: Official Festival Guide!

Buy your Festival Tickets Now! (with promo code: OAPxHMF)

Here’s the official guide for the first-ever Haunted Festival Manila! See you there!


About Haunted Manila

Haunted Manila Festival offers 6 nights of festivities simply because one night is not enough. #HMF2019 celebrates Filipino culture with music, film, and adventure with a jam-packed schedule of events that promise escalating shrieks of terror and tawa-iyak moments epic stories are made of.

From October 26 to 31, at the Filinvest City Events Ground, you can run for your life at the country’s biggest zombie run, Outbreak Manila. Experience terror and test your problem-solving skills with haunted escape rooms and a giant scavenger hunt by Breakout Philippines. Watch Classic Pinoy Horror Movies in our open-air cinema, Pelikulagim.

Hang out with your family, barkada, and officemates in our Gayuma Food Bazaar and Trick or Treat Game Stations. And top off the entire experience and enjoy a SANTELMO Halloween Music Party with your favorite  OPM bands.

 

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Musicals

HIMALA Isang Musikal: Must-Watch Iconic Filipino Musical!

One of my regrets in 2018 was missing the maiden run of “Himala: Isang Musikal” which eventually won 8 awards in the 11th Philstage Gawad Buhay Awards (the equivalent of the Tony’s in Manila).

I finally watched it last weekend. It is the kind of show that will resonate with you in understanding the Filipino psyche and challenge the way you deal with people and your relationship with God. It’s also an inspiration for creative professionals to deliver excellence in their work and make a positive impact on the lives of people.

Thank you to 9 works theatrical and Sandbox Collective for the 2019 rerun of this awesome musical that every Filipino should watch.  It’s highly recommended. Best to watch without reading this review or any post about Himala. Buy your tickets before it is too late.

 

Ricky Lee and Vincent A. deJesus’
HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL
Co-presented by: The Sandbox Collective and 9 Works Theatrical
Limited Engagement: September 20 until October 20, 2019
Venue: Powermac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati.
Tickets are now available through Ticketworld Online or +632 891-9999,

Mobile: +63 956 200-4909, +63 917 554-5560
Telephone: +632 586-7105.
Facebook: The Sandbox Collective / 9 Works Theatrical
Twitter: @thesandboxco / @9wtonline
Instagram: @thesandboxco / @9wtonline
Official Hashtag: #Himala2019

 

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Ultimate Taste Test

And the Winners of The Ultimate Taste Test 10th Anniversary Edition are…

This was literally the best Ultimate Taste Test ever!

Thank you to our Lord for making the event memorable and successful. Thank you to all the purveyors, foodies, blogger friends, industry partners and sponsors for making the UTT 10th Anniversary Edition a historic success.

And the Winners of The Ultimate Taste Test 10th Anniversary Edition are…

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder, Our Awesome Planet


A DECADE OF FLAVORS: Ultimate Taste Test XVII 10th Year Anniversary
Text by Roxi, Photos by Carmi

Sweet, sour, salty or simply oozing with umami—the Ultimate Taste Test has been serving it for ten years. And in a 10-hour feast held last August 31, Our Awesome Planet did it again!

Dubbed as the longest-running tasting event in the country, OAP’s Ultimate Taste Test XVII may have just bagged the biggest taste event title as well as it filled up the SM Aura SMX Convention Center with 40 food entrepreneurs and ~1,000 food enthusiasts.

With so much more hunger to raise the bar, this year’s banquet included 20+ beverage purveyors from Agos Pilipinas. Agos is a community of beverage enthusiasts providing avenues for the showcase of spirit cocktail, craft beer, artisanal coffee and specialty juices.

For a first-timer attending a tasting event, this notable addition has undeniably elevated my experience! I found myself wandering the hall without a care about time as I indulged in an enthusing cycle of sampling mouth-watering food and trying out delectable drinks.

Probably one of the things I appreciated most about this gathering was that it gave equal power to food lovers—seasoned and newbies alike, to quantify their food encounters. Through an online voting system, we were equipped with voices to express our verdict. We spoke and we were heard.

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Musicals

Dani Girl Manila answers “Why Cancer?” and “What is Hope?”

Dani Girl is an enlightening tale of 9-year old Dani Lyons’ battle against cancer. At some point in our lives, we get a first-hand experience of cancer and how it affects our families.

The musical is about the child-like hope needed to battle against the dreaded Big C. I’ve always admired the work of non-profit organizations like Kythe here in Manila and how they are able to help kids with cancer.

Thanks to 9 Works Theatrical and Sandbox Collective for presenting Dani Girl, a relevant musical to raise awareness and empathy about Life with Cancer, again.

DANI GIRL by Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond
a musical about hope
Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium
4th Floor, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave., cor. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Saturdays and Sundays of August until September 1
Official Hashtag: #danigirlmanila
Instagram: Tag @thesandboxco

Buy your tickets now! https://www.ticketworld.com.ph/

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Ultimate Taste Test

Foodie Guide to Ultimate Taste Test 10th Year x The Choice Awards!

9/11/2019 Announcement: And the Winners of The Ultimate Taste Test 10th Anniversary Edition are…

Greetings from Our Awesome Planet!

We are so excited for the UTT XVII, 10th Year Anniversary Edition x The Choice V Awarding Ceremonies.

OurAwesomePlanet.com, one of the pioneers of food and travel blogging in the Philippines, once again stages the biggest food tasting event in the country, Ultimate Taste Test 2019 on its 10th year!

This much-anticipated annual food trip enables food lovers to be food-critics-for-a-day by sampling mouth-watering unique flavors in Metro Manila from over 40+ home-based food businesses. For the 10th Year Edition, we are integrating The Choice Awards 2019 co-located at the event.

🎟️ Buy Your Tickets Now!

📅 August 31, 2019, Saturday
🕙 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 pm
📍SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura, Taguig

Ultimate Taste Test Fee₱800/head inclusive of…
✔️ Food Taste Portions from a minimum of 40+ Home-Based Food Vendors
✔️ Attendance to The Choice 2019 Awarding Ceremonies at the UTT2019 Event.
✔️ Food Critic Ballot for voting your favorite food discoveries.
✔️ A Taste of Agos festival of 20+ Filipino Spirits, Craft Beers and Coffee
✔️ Raffle Entry for exciting food and travel prizes!

✔️Family/ Barkada Promo:
Buy 5 Tickets get 1 Free (₱670/head)
Buy 10 Tickets get 2 free plus a reserved table

✔️Kids (50% off):
Kids (Age 4-12): ₱400/head
Kids (Age 0-4): FREE

✔️Senior/PWD Rate (20% off)₱640/head

🎟️ Buy Your Tickets Now  @ www.UltimateTasteTest.com

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Ultimate Taste Test

Announcing… Ultimate Taste Test 10th Year Anniversary Edition (August 31, 2019)!

9/11/2019 Announcement: And the Winners of The Ultimate Taste Test 10th Anniversary Edition are…

🎟Buy your #UTT2019 Tickets now!
📝Apply here –> #UTT2019 Vendor application form.

Dear Our Awesome Planet friends,

I would like to invite you to the UTT XVII, 10th Year Anniversary Edition of the longest running taste event in the country!

The 10th year anniversary edition is special because:

1). We are integrating the celebration of the Ultimate Taste Test 10th year with The Choice 2019 Awards 5th year anniversary for the first time

2). Due to public clamor, we are selling tickets to be part of the exclusive 1,000 food critics to determine the deserving winners of #UTT2019

🎟Buy your #UTT2019 Tickets now!

3). We are honoring all the Ultimate Taste Test winners for the past 10 years with a commemorative feature including the winners of UTTXVII 10th-year anniversary edition.

📝Apply here –> #UTT2019 Vendor application form.

ULTIMATE TASTE TEST XVII
(10th Year Anniversary Edition)
📆: August 31, 2019, Saturday
: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
🏢: SMX Convention Center Aura, Taguig
🎟Buy your #UTT2019 Tickets now!
📝Apply here –> #UTT2019 Vendor application form

Official Hashtag: #UTT2019

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Performance Arts

Beautiful! The Carole King Musical Manila (Review)

YES! I still can’t believe that Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is now playing in Manila!

It’s on top of my Broadway musical bucket list ever since I missed watching it in Broadway and West End. Watching it in Manila was extra special because it was more relatable with the Manila cast, and we witnessed Kyla Rivera, whom we watched In the Heights (2011), bloom into Carole King’s lead role (2019).

Best to watch it raw, without reading any reviews and in the company of your musical-lovin’ friends. Grab the last remaining shows of the first Meralco Theatre run that’s only until July 7, 2019.

Having said that, here’s why it is sooo beautiful to watch…

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Manila Life

House 1925: Barbershop and Speakeasy for the Boys

The best gift a father can get is a family barbershop session and a day with the boys.

We are happy House 1925 opened in the south to provide the best barbershop experience with a speakeasy lounge where you can hang while you wait.

Here are some tips to organize your own grooming and booze experience with the boys…


Barbershop

Located in the new lifestyle wing of Molito, its name and interiors are inspired by the 1920s.

HOUSE 1925
Molito, Madrigal Ave, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +63 917 182 1925
Operating Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: House 1925

Barbershop Packages Menu

I like that they focus on providing a quality barbershop experience, with packages starting with the Old Sport (450) to the ultra-pampering The West Egg (2,255).

Shave, Hand and Foot Care, Massage, Hair Care and Color

They have all the proper grooming equipment and add-on services you would look for in a quality barbershop.

Some of the grooming products are made from organic ingredients or the best grooming products for men in the market.

Best of all, they are kid-friendly and welcoming to the entire family.

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Performance Arts

The Weight of Words: A Millennial Mental Health Monologue

I didn’t know what to expect when we watched this show. After the monologue, your mind was stimulated, but still it needed time to process the depth of storytelling and theatre artistry of Abner and the Black Canvas team.

This is the kind of show that we need to talk about now before another friend passes away.

It took me a few days to reflect on what it meant. It was approachable but profound, the kind that would touch your heart and change your perspective on the weight of every word we speak (and not speak).

I highly recommend that you do not miss the Pineapple Lab run, and I also hope that they have more and more theatre run extensions. (If you are watching the show, best to read this reflection after watching it.)

Here’s why you should watch #BlackCanvasWOW…

 

Weight of Words (WoW)
PARC Foundation Blackbox on May 31 (8PM), June 1-2 (4PM & 8PM), and
Pineapple Lab on June 15 (5PM & 8PM) and 16 (4PM & 8PM).
For ticket reservations, contact Pineapple Lab at [email protected] or Ticket2Me at www.ticket2me.net
Facebook Page: Black Canvas
Hashtag: #BlackCanvasWOW

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