We’re nearing the close of 2014. Even though it has been pretty amazing, we can’t help but be excited for the coming year.
2015 holds a lot possibilities and the future may still be unsure right now, but there are definitely legit reasons why we’re pretty sure that next year will be pretty kickass.
The most awaited concerts will happen next year
One Directioners no longer have to wait too long till they see 1D in person. Besides fangirls losing their mind screaming to the British boy band, musicians such as Christina Perri, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, The Vamps, and Boyce Avenue are ready to hit Manila with their music during the first quarter of 2015. We just have to look forward to more acts gracing our concert scene on the latter part of the year.
January: Bastille (Jan. 5), The 1975 (Jan. 25), Michael Buble (Jan. 31)
February: The Vamps (Feb. 1), Boyce Avenue (Feb. 14)
March: Christina Perri (March 5), Ed Sheeran (March 12), One Direction (March 21 & 22), Lenny Kravitz (March 22)
April: The Script (April 17)
May: Sam Smith (May 10)
A bunch of new restaurants will open in Manila
Food will always be a good reason to celebrate, and 2015 promises a lot of reasons for us to be excited. There’s a line up of amazing restaurant openings for next year, and thinking about it already makes our mouth water! This year we’ve witnessed long lines in new dining places such as Tim Ho Wan, Ippudo Manila, and Saint Marc Cafe of Tokyo, 2015 offers the likes of Din Tai Fung and Pink’s Hotdogs.
Pope Francis will visit the country in January
Unless you’re living under the rock, you probably know by now that the Catholic church’s Pope Francis will visit the Philippines in 2015. Arguably, he’s the most liked Pope in recent memory having shown humility and openness that people rarely see in authority figures these days. January 15, 16 and 19 are already declared as holidays for the Pope’s visit to Manila.
There will be 11 long weekends
Yes, you’ve read that right. So plan your travels as early as now considering the eleven long weekends we’ll thankfully experience next year:
- January 1 to 4 – New Year Weekend
- January 15 to 19 – Papal Visit (Metro Manila only)
- April 2 to 5 – Holy Week
- May 1 to 3 – Labor Day Weekend
- June 12 to 14
- July 17 to 19
- August 21 to 23
- August 29 to 31
- November 28 to 30
- December 24 to 27
- December 30 to January 3
There are also holidays that fall on Thursdays, so taking a leave from work on a Friday after the holiday can be a pretty good idea. You can check out the official list of 2015 holidays here.
Movies, movies, movies
Another sequel of Taken 3? Yes please! It’s not the only sequel we’re excited about, because next year offers a slew of some sequels of our most awaited book to movie franchises. Below are a few of the movies we can’t wait to see on the big screen.
Jan. 9 – Taken 3
Feb. 6 – Jupiter Ascending
Feb. 13 – Fifty Shades of Grey
Feb. 15 – The Last Five Years
March 13 – Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
May 1 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 15 – Pitch Perfect 2
June 12 – Jurrasic World
June 26 – Ted 2
July 10 – Minions
Aug. 7 – The Fantastic Four
Sep. 18 – The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials
Oct. 23 – Jem and the Holograms
Nov. 20 – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Dec. 18 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
There are more musicals and music festivals to attend
It’s not just international acts that will tickle your musical bone in 2015, because we also have a decent amount of upcoming musicals happening next year. From Ballet Philippine’s Manhid the Pinoy Superhero Musical to Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival in Puerto Galera to Fusion 2015, next year will definitely provide numerous highlights for music enthusiasts.
If these reasons don’t excite you, I don’t know what else will.