Say ‘Hola!’ to some of the best films from Spain and Latin America at PELÍCULA Spanish Film Festival

The Philippines was a Spanish colony for 333 years. While the influence of Spain on local culture has waned, there is still a strong relationship between the two countries. An annual event that aims to highlight this relationship is PELÍCULA, a Spanish film festival organized by Instituto de Cervantes de Manila. This year, it will happen from ...

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Learn to write ancient Philippine script Baybayin in this workshop 

Learn to write ancient Philippine script Baybayin in this workshop 

Calligraphy workshops that are popular among crafty millennials usually involve European-style cursive and splashy watercolor backgrounds but what about the Philippines’...

Bonifacio’s personal flag sold despite protests from historical commission and lawmaker

Bonifacio’s personal flag sold despite protests from historical commission and lawmaker

Leon Gallery successfully auctioned off  Filipino hero Andrés Bonifacio’s personal Katipunan flag for a cool PHP9.3 million (more than US$172,572) on Saturday. This...

Watch Filipino artists’ greatest works at this film retrospective

Watch Filipino artists’ greatest works at this film retrospective

September happens to be the birth month of three of the country’s best filmmakers: the late National Artists Gerardo “Gerry” de Leon and Ishamel Bernal, as well...

Goyo, the ‘biggest’ Filipino movie ever made, out today; trends on social media

Goyo, the ‘biggest’ Filipino movie ever made, out today; trends on social media

Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral (Goyo: The Boy General) has only been out in theaters for a few hours and yet it has already caught the attention of netizens, leading it to trend on...

Catch a month-long Mexican film festival this September

Catch a month-long Mexican film festival this September

Mexico was an important economic partner to the Philippines during the Spanish occupation, thanks to the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade which was a factor in inspiring the...

Never Forget Film Festival brings cinema classics showcasing life under Martial Law

Never Forget Film Festival brings cinema classics showcasing life under Martial Law

The Philippines’ Martial Law period (1972 – 1981) was a dark time when numerous human rights abuses were committed against ordinary civilians, activists, and journalists....

VIRAL: This is what Filipino food would look like in a video game

VIRAL: This is what Filipino food would look like in a video game

This makes us hungry just looking at it. Twitter user Trina Pagtakhan (@ichickooo) posted on Sunday an illustration of her take on what it would look like to have Filipino food...

Filipino version of ‘War and Peace’ to be released by Filipino language commission

Filipino version of ‘War and Peace’ to be released by Filipino language commission

The Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), or the Commission on the Filipino Language, yesterday announced that they have translated Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace into Filipino....

What to expect at the 12th International Silent Film Festival Manila

What to expect at the 12th International Silent Film Festival Manila

Silent films have long ceased playing in mainstream theaters but thanks to the International Silent Film Festival, Filipinos have had the opportunity to watch them for the past 12...


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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.