PH Tourism department introduces new font ‘Barabara’ inspired by local hand-painted signs 

The Philippines is the home of a lot of amazing artists, many of whom are self-taught. They come up with colorful, unique, and sometimes witty signs which are used in stores, jeepneys, and even small businesses. Inspired by the vibrant hand-painted signs found all over the country, the Department of Tourism (DOT) launched today a new ...

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Peep this: Printed Pets uses your pet’s likeness to make custom phone cases, totes, mugs, and more

Marvel to introduce new Filipina superhero in May

Marvel to introduce new Filipina superhero in May

Marvel will be introducing new characters this May and one of them happens to be a kickass Filipina. Named Wave, she will be introduced in the new series War of the Realms:...

Filipino actress Crisel Consunji nominated for Hong Kong Film Awards for role in ‘Still Human’

Filipino actress Crisel Consunji nominated for Hong Kong Film Awards for role in ‘Still Human’

Filipino actress Crisel Consunji, who has been making waves internationally for her role in the independent film Still Human, has been nominated in two categories by the...

Review: ‘Charot,’ a musical comedy that schools viewers on the importance of voting

Review: ‘Charot,’ a musical comedy that schools viewers on the importance of voting

“Charot” is a colloquial Filipino term that means “just kidding,” and is often added to the end of a sentence as a way to downplay a statement. It also...

Peep this: Printed Pets uses your pet’s likeness to make custom phone cases, totes, mugs, and more

Peep this: Printed Pets uses your pet’s likeness to make custom phone cases, totes, mugs, and more

How much is that doggie (phone case) in the window? Pets are important members of the family, and pet parents call themselves that for a reason — they want to see their...

Visprint, publisher of ‘Trese’ comic books, announces closure

Visprint, publisher of ‘Trese’ comic books, announces closure

Today’s a sad day for Filipino comic book and literature fans: Visprint, known as the publisher of comic book Trese, will be closing shop two years from now. This was...

Film critic Philbert Dy says he’s skipping this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival 

Film critic Philbert Dy says he’s skipping this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival 

This year’s Metro Manila Manila Film Festival (MMFF) started yesterday but at least one well-known Filipino film critic doesn’t plan on catching any of this...

Cinemas refuse to show new indie comedy because, allegedly, of its ‘bad’ title

Cinemas refuse to show new indie comedy because, allegedly, of its ‘bad’ title

Apparently, cinema owners do not have a strong sense of humor. That’s how it appeared when the marketing forces behind the indie comedy Ang Pangrap Kong Holdap (which...

New Filipino book co-published by Greenpeace teaches kids environmental impact of eating more veggies

New Filipino book co-published by Greenpeace teaches kids environmental impact of eating more veggies

Many of us know the nutritional value we’d get out of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and yet, we still don’t eat enough of them. And it’s even more...

‘Waitress’ is a heart-warming show that even people who hate musicals will enjoy

‘Waitress’ is a heart-warming show that even people who hate musicals will enjoy

I almost slept through The Lion King; I wanted to walk out of an Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera because I was bored and hungry; and I was thinking of work when...


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Coconuts Manila Arts

For reviews, previews and the latest happenings in the Manila arts scene, head on to the Coconuts Manila arts section. Manila is home to interesting Filipino artists who are more than willing to share their insights and creative process. We love chatting up with painters or film makers who give us a more in-depth look into their work. We also have listings of must-see exhibits, must-watch plays and must-catch gigs. The writers of Coconuts Manila are avid supporters of local artists, and we always try to spread the word about their work.