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Dec 17, 2010
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With only a week to go before Christmas, we’re all undeniably stoked and in the mood to party. Satisfy your stoked-ness at these cool events we’ve lined up for you this weekend.
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Gig Galore
Start the weekend right with a good dose of the right music over at Penguin Bar in Makati. On December 17, it’s Kalayo and Sugar Hiccup providing you with a wave of melodies.

Mobster Manila and Half Baked headlines the following night’s gig, December 18.

Over at 70s Bistro in Quezon City, fun nights are up ahead as well with their trademark Friday nights with The Jerks on the 17th.

Saturday is just as fun of course, with Coffeebreak Island and Dong Abay taking to the stage.

Nearby at Route 196 in Katipunan, your favorite Terno bands will be flocking to the place as another Terno Night happens on the 17th.

Saguijo has got the Christmas Party fever as they host the Sonic Boom Christmas Party  on the 17th, the Terno Inferno Christmas Party on the 18th.

The last one’s not a Christmas Party but we bet it’s still going to be rocking, because on the 19th, Curbside will be launching their EP. Sunday night gigs are the chillest!

Never one to let other bars have more gigs than them, Obsidian Bar and Grill in Ortigas will be having a jam-packed weekend too. Outerlimits Productions will be featuring Flicker Fusion, Naked Lights, Dhruva Tara, Maryzark, Uries Attack, Talata and many more on December 17.

Belly of the Beast handles the band roster on the 18th, and on the 19th, it’s going to be a PR Happy Go Lucky Productions.

Last but not the least, we have B-Side in Makati. The place will be hosting Maynila Mahal Kita  December 17 featuring Pupil, Chase, Chiba, Loonie, Elemnto, DJ All-Rock, The Dorques, Cosmic Love, Skies of Emer, Island Rudeboi, and Tropical Depression.

On the next night, December 18,  Manimal: Underground Dance Music happens featuring DJ Wof (UK), DJ Justin De Guzman (P.I.) and DJ Tom Turner (Switz). Entrance is free. No cover charge.

The Light Show
Celebrating its second anniversary this December, the art gallery Manila Contemporary will be hosting an exhibit called “The Light Show” from December 11, 2010 to January 9, 2011.

The gallery will be featuring "light sculptures and objects that transform the gallery into a welcoming lounging space,” by conceptual artist and curator Katya Guerrero together with twelve other impressive artists including Kris Abrigo, Juan Alcazaren, Bea Camacho, Jin Joson, Michael Manalo, Lui Medina, Jet Melencio, Wawi Navarroza, Kaloy Olavidez, Trek Valdizno, Costantino Zicarelli, and Brendan Kellogg.

Guerrero challenged the participating artists by asking the “What is light?” Want to see how the artists responded to that question, then check out Manila Contemporary now, located at 2314 Pasong Tamo Extension, Brgy. Magallanes, Makati City.

For inquiries, contact Sidd at 844-7328 or email s.perez@manilacontemporary.com.

A Gift of Jazz featuring Hiromi Uehara
One of Japan’s best jazz pianist and composers, Hiromi Uehara will be performing live on December 17, 8 p.m. at the Grand Sunset Pavilion of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City. Expect nothing but pure jazz delights from an artist who has already received numerous awards for her music including Jazz Album of the Year Award (2003); Horizon Award (2004); Album of the Year in Swing Journal’s 2005 Readers Poll and Best Jazz Act at the Boston Music Awards and the Guinness Jazz Festival’s Rising Star Award in 2006.

For inquiries, contact the Japan Foundation, Manila at 811-6155 to 58 or email@jfmo.org.ph.

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Saturday Hysteria at Kyss
One of the newest parties in town is also one of the best, and you’ve got to experience it for yourself. 

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Check out Hysteria at Kyss every Saturday, 9 p.m. at Kyss Restaurant and Lounge Bar, 5343 General Luna St., Makati Avenue, Makati City. Hosted by DJ Johnnyverse and Revolution, with music by DJ Skratchmark, a Hysteria night is never short on awesomeness.

Open bar from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight. For inquiries, call 519-6925 or 519-6926.

Fiesta Folkloriada
On December 17 and 18, you can catch and watch the very best folk dances the world has to offer. Happening at the CCP Main Theater, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, Beyond Folklore II: Fiesta Folkloriada is an international dance festival that pays tribute to classical folk dancing.

It will feature selected performers and artists from different dance groups worldwide. Colombia, Korea, Singapore, Greece, and Turkmenistan are the participating countries.

The December 17 show starts at 8 PM, while the December 18 show has an earlier start at 3 PM.

For updates, log on to www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

The 5th Christmas Toy Con
Toys. Toys. Toys. It’s Christmas, so toys are in heavy demand right now. At the 5th Christmas Toy Con in Megatrade Hall 1 in Megamall, you’ll get the best selection on toys, the best deals and bargains. So if you’re looking for nice little toys for your nieces or kids, you can get them here.

Along with the deluge of toys, there will also be raffles and games, and most importantly for hardcore toy collectors, a live auction for rare, sought-after items! Or if you’re feeling generous this season, why not join the Toy Donation Drive where you can donate toys, clothes and other useful things to be distributed to needy kids.

Last but not the least, the event will also feature the 5th Annual Christmas Cosplay Parade on December 18th, a grand parade of our cosplay friends in their Christmas theme attire.

For inquiries, please call the Megatrade Hall at (63 2) 634-7617 or (63 2) 633-1697. Visit the event website at http://www.toyconph.com/ and in Facebook at http://facebook.com/toyconph.

Cignal Digital Madness
Christmas just might be the perfect time to finally snag that awesome LCD TV you’ve been eyeing for months now. The Cignal Digital Madness happens from December 18 to December 19 at Glorietta 5. In this event you’ll be able to avail of big discounts on the latest digital TV units bundled with a Cignal Digital TV broadcast subscription at the Cignal Digital Madness.

The newest TV sets are yours for the taking from participating brands include Sony, Philips, Samsung, JVC and TCL.


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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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