1. Richard Branson Live in Manila
What to expect: Best known as the founder of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson will be sharing his words of wisdom and years of experience as an entrepreneur, having businesses from various industries which include transport, healthcare, media, and many more.
Must-do: Listen to Branson and take down notes especially if you have dreams of having a successful business empire like him someday. Take advantage as this is one rare opportunity!
Head over to: Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Atang de Rama Street, Pasay City, on May 25, 2PM (Purchase tickets here).
2. The Design Thinking Workshop at SoFA Design Institute
What to expect: Led by innovation and design consultant Miguel Aranaz, the two-day workshop will focus on best practices in design principles that can help improve your business. Whether you have an established business or planning to build one, Aranaz’ workshop will cater to everyone.
Must-do: Being an active and hands-on workshop, be ready to apply your learnings from Aranaz’ human-centric design thinking to your own current (or future) business!
Head over to: SoFA Design Institute, G/F Enzo Building, 399 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, on May 25 and 26, 10AM to 5PM (P6,000 workshop fee. Contact +63917-5293842 or [email protected] for inquiries).
3. Let it Be Great: The Best of the Beatles
What to expect: For one night, go on a walk down memory lane as you listen to the best songs of The Beatles like “Yesterday”, “Hey Jude”, “Here Comes the Sun,” and many more.
Must-listen: The Manila Symphony Orchestra, along with a few local talents, will be giving their own version of iconic songs from the Beatles, while you enjoy a few cocktails.
Head over to: The Lobby Lounge, Makati Shangri-La, Makati City, on May 26, 7PM (P2,600 ticket charge. Contact +632-8142580 or email [email protected] for inquiries).
4. Basey Mat Weaving Demonstration
What to expect: As part of National Heritage Month, they will be having a mat weaving workshop led by weavers from Basey, Samar.
Must-try: Interact with the mat weavers themselves (there will be three, namely Rosa Imba, Behtalonia Bacayo, and Lolita Forones), and try this heritage craft yourself!
Head over to: National Museum, P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila, from May 26-27, 10AM to 5PM (Free admission).
5. YouTube FanFest Manila 2016
What to expect: 13 of the world’s notable YouTubers will be entertaining thousands of fans at this annual gathering, where they will be showing their talents in comedy, beauty, music, and dance.
Must-do: Get to meet top Filipino Youtubers Gab Valenciano, Lloyd Cadena, Mikey Bustos, Abra, and Bogart the Explorer in the flesh, and learn life lessons from their rise to fame as content creators.
Head over to: World Trade Center, Pasay City, on May 27, 6:30PM.
6. Matthew Koma at Chaos Manila
What to expect: The American singer, songwriter, and DJ will be in Manila to perform some of his best tracks. Having collaborated with EDM DJs Zedd, Alesso, Hardwell, and Tiesto, Matthew Koma is also a big name to watch out for in the EDM scene.
Must-do: Party along with Koma’s chart topping beats, along with music from Chaos Manila resident DJ’s David Ardiente and Jet Borado.
Head over to: Chaos Manila, City of Dreams Manila, Aseana Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Parañaque City, on May 27, 10PM (P1,045 ticket price. Purchase tickets here).
7. Jason Derulo and Redfoo Live in Manila
What to expect: Aside from being Jason Derulo's return to the Philippines, Redfoo, best known as the other half of electro-pop dance duo LMFAO, will be accompanying Derulo for his second concert in the Philippines.
Must-listen: Make sure to familiarize yourself with Derulo's hit songs, which include "Wiggle," "Whatcha Say," "Talk Dirty," "In My Head," and many more!
Head over to: Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, on May 27, 8PM (ticket prices start at P1,050 for general admission. Purchase tickets here).
8. Jersey Boys the Musical
What to expect: This Tony, Olivier, and Grammy Award-winning musical, which is based on the story of the legendary American doo-wop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, will be having a run in Manila based on a brand new production. The Manila leg will have Nyoy Volante and Christian Bautista as its main cast.
Must-do: Better save up, as tickets to this musical will be on sale starting May 24. Do note that there will only be a total of 15 shows for its Manila run.
Head over to: Meralco Theater, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, from September 15 to October 16 (Visit ATAG's Facebook page for more details).
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Banner photograph from Jason Derulo's official Facebook page