5 things to do this Dec. 13 to 20

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Products to try, sales to check out, and more gift ideas in this week’s recommendations from the CNN Philippines Life staff. In photo: Malabon in a Box. Photo courtesy of MALABON CITY TOURISM

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, Dec. 13) — This week, cop a box of Malabon-made treats, treat yourself or your loved ones to books from one of the country’s most acclaimed university presses, dive into a market full of art from local artists, watch a cutthroat HBO series on the lives of the wealthy, and check out a new collab from a local brand and beloved anime “Attack on Titan.”

The centerpiece of this overloaded sampler box is the Pancit Malabon by Mama Belen’s Kitchenette. Photo courtesy of MALABON CITY TOURISM

Gift friends and family famous Malabon delicacies

Malabon in a Box is a selection of homegrown treats suitable to bring as your contribution to the Christmas salu-salo or to send as gifts for friends and family. Curated by Malabonian Tita Baby Buenaventura, the box highlights a variety of the sticky rice delicacies that Malabon is known for, including sapin-sapin, kalamay (in ube, mais, kutsinta variants), kamoteng kahoy or cassava, and biko from Original Dolors, Hazel’s Puto (made with salted egg and cheese toppings), Balencia Triangulo (triangular turon, stuffed with bananas, langka, and pinipig), and yema palitaw from Josephine’s Pansit Malabon. Other sweet treats include the mamon tostado from R.B. Gregorio Breadhouse, soft broas from Betsy’s Cake Center, and Special halo-halo (in a jar) from Ellet’s Sweet.

Savory delights include the classic street food quekiam from Upeng’s Original Quekiam, and atcharang dampalit by Buenaventura herself. Of course, the centerpiece of this overloaded sampler box is the Pancit Malabon by Mama Belen’s Kitchenette, a classic Pinoy party staple that takes its name from the city itself. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

To order a box, contact Tita Baby Buenaventura at 09278189346. Follow @discovermalabon for more details.

Watch Reese Lansangan interview “Crying in H Mart” author and Japanese Breakfast frontwoman Michelle Zauner

This Friday, Fully Booked is streaming a conversation between musician Reese Lansangan in and Japanese Breakfast frontwoman Michelle Zauner. Zauner is also author of the critically acclaimed New York Times Bestseller "Crying in H Mart," a memoir chronicling her experience losing her mother, interwoven with anecdotes on food and growing up Korean-American.

A teaser posted on the bookstore's social media accounts shows Lansangan showing Zauner her heavily (and colorfully) annotated copy of the book, with an amused Zauner laughing and exclaiming that "It looks like it has a disease." — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Catch the interview when it premieres on the Fully Booked YouTube channel at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Do your last-minute Christmas shopping at the BGC Art Mart

The BGC Art Mart is back this holiday season, just in time for your last-minute gifting needs. This weekend, you can drop by the Alveo Central Plaza at the BGC Arts Center in Bonifacio Global City to shop for work from local artists. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

The Art Mart will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 18 and 19. View the full artist lineup on their Facebook page.

The Ateneo de Manila University Press is holding its Harvest Sales until Dec. 14. Photo from ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY PRESS/FACEBOOK

Check out the Ateneo de Manila University Press Harvest Sale

Ateneo de Manila University Press, which has been named Publisher of the Year for three years straight from 2016-2018 by the National Book Awards, is holding its Harvest Sale until Dec. 14 at their Shopee and Lazada stores. All books from 2019 until 2021 will be 20 percent off while earlier titles will be 30-80 percent off.

Some of their recent publications include “Drugs and Philippine Society,” a critical essay collection on “drug use, drug wars, and drug policies in the Philippines from different angles;” “Endangered Splendor: Manila's Architectural Heritage 1571-1960 (Volume 1: The Center)” by Fernando Zialcita and Erik Akpendonu with Victor S. Venida, which focuses on the architecture of Intramuros, Binondo, San Nicolas, and Tondo; and the 20th anniversary edition of Eric Gamalinda’s novel, “My Sad Republic.” — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Visit their Shopee store here.

Stream the latest season of "Succession"

I’m fresh from watching the season finale of HBO’s “Succession” — the story of the ultra rich Roy family a.k.a. the only (fictional) white people I allow in my life. The last few episodes of the third season took them to beautiful Italy for the remarriage of Caroline (Harriet Walter), the Roy children’s mother. Like in the previous wedding on the show (the last being Siobhan Roy and Tom Wambsgans’), this one is saucy, hilarious, and full of dark secrets. This season mostly focused on second son Kendall’s (Jeremy Strong) power grab attempt by revealing the rot at the core of WaystarRoyco, then realizing the true might of his powerful father. Truth be told, I find all of them detestable, so why am I still rooting for them? I’m not sure, but I’m rewatching the full season for the holidays as my heartwarming family drama of choice. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA

“Succession” is streaming on HBO Go Asia.

The OXGN collection features dark basics like T-shirts and gym shorts featuring the show’s main characters (Eren, Mikasa, and Levi), with accessories to show your allegiance to the Armed Forces of Eldia. Photo courtesy of OXGN

Cop the OXGN Attack on Titan collab

Local retailer OXGN’s anime collabs have always hit the mark for me; their last collab with volleyball anime “Haikyuu” was wonderfully done and had be copping a few pieces for myself and as gifts for family (in fact, I also wrote about it in our weekly to-do a while back). As if to say they are viewing my list of personal anime favorites, the brand just released a collaboration with “Attack on Titan,” a dark fantasy/action hybrid tale about a walled civilization bent on protecting themselves against destructive giants known as “titans.” Though I’ve heard my fair share of criticism about the show (of which some of it I agree with), the world-building, characters, and story made it a riveting watch. The OXGN collection features dark basics like T-shirts and gym shorts featuring the show’s main characters (Eren, Mikasa, and Levi), with accessories to show your allegiance to the Armed Forces of Eldia. The brand is also planning to release their next “AoT” drop entitled the Titans are Coming, so who knows what’s next? Perhaps we will finally get to cosplay as the titans themselves. —MB

The Attack On Titan x OXGN Collection is now available online on, Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, and in select OXGN stores nationwide.