March 9, 2017

Director's Club Groupie Experience for First Timers

For my 40th Birthday, I invited my girl friends to watch a movie at a Director's Club Cinema (DCC).  We were all excited as it was our first time to watch a movie via DCC.  

A DCC is truly an intimate, cinema experience.

You can relax and enjoy the movie (just don't sleep) in a La-Z-Boy Power Recline XR+ seats.

Patrons are served a complimentary bowl of freshly popped popcorn upon arrival.

Then order some more by just a push of a button (classy).

Me and my girl friends enjoying the experience.

Thumbs up for DCC.  Will definitely be back, next time with my kiddos.

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Visiting "It's Showtime"

Are you looking for a fun-special thing to do with a visiting "balikbayan" in town?

What about a trip to a live television show?

I was racking my mind on where to bring my brother and her wife for their Manila vacation.  I turned to the ever dependable google and found myself checking out the ABS-CBN website

I learned that you can actually book studio tours with actual show participation with minimal fees. 

Walk-in is free but  you would have to come early to ensure you are accommodated (not guaranteed).

Price depends on the type of tour (as of writing):

Tour Only is P150 per person
Standard Tour (with guaranteed seating at It's Showtime) is P185 per person
Premium Tour (with ASAP) is P225 per person

Due to the shows popularity, reserving tour slot at least two months in advance is recommended.


Sharing here our funny-crazy ABS-CBN Studio Tour experience.

Studio Tour starts early.  We were asked to be at the Studio Tours office at 830am, otherwise we may forfeit our slot.

Touring the Studio Compound 

Is this set familiar?
It feels surreal to be walking on the "Minute to Win It" stage.

The tour includes a visit to DZMM Radio booths.

As you can see, my mom is a fan of Mr. Ted Failon.

Hubby standing next to Dolphy Theatre marker.  We were not able to enter. We were told there is an ongoing  Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsals.

We were given a 30 minutes break to recharge and was called back at about 1030-11pm for the It's Showtime briefing.

My Dad's one minute of fame, starts here (My Dad is the one in red).
Waiting for our queues.

"Dancing in Tandem: Nagmahal, Nasaktan, Nagsayaw"

My daddy was obviously enjoying.

Serenaded by the "I Love OPM" winner Yohan Hwang.

I just became a fan :P
A wonderful upbeat number by Nyoy Volante, Eric Santos and Billy Crawford.

"Tawag ng Tanghalan - Resbak"

It's Showtime is a wonderful show.

It felt like we were watching a Stand Up Comedy Show ~ we can't seem to stop laughing (#NgalayPanga).

Next time we are definitely visiting "ASAP".

Please check out video clips from our It's Showtime experience here (See if you can spot us).

For Reservation Inquiries:
ABS-CBN Studio Tours  
GF ELJ Communications Center, Eugenio Lopez Jr. Drive corner Mother Ignacia Street, Quezon City

02-415-2272 loc 3622 and 3624