Best Things To Do in Manila This Weekend (June 24-26)

Image: Cheats Music (Instagram)
Image: Cheats Music (Instagram)

Planning a weekend to remember? Whether it’s listening to the latest musical acts, visiting an art gallery, or partaking in some great eats, we’ve got you covered.

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Fête de la Musique Returns to The Stage

Image: Cheats Music (Instagram)

Music fans have a lot to celebrate as the annual Fête de la Musique, organized by Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), is returning to the physical stage after being held online for the past two years. While music venues around the metro will be hosting several stages, genres, and artists (the hip district of Poblacion in Makati City alone is home to some 22 pocket venues), its main stage will be at Intramuros’ Puerta Real Gardens in Manila — headlined by local acts The Itchyworms, Cheats, Lola Amour, and Anima Tierra, along with other homegrown and French musicians.

Runs from June 23 to 25. Visit their Facebook page for a directory of its stages in and out of Metro Manila.


Indulge in Outdoor Eats at Fatima Avenue

Valenzuela’s newly pedestrianized Fatima Avenue now features an outdoor food market. Images: Valenzuela City (Facebook)

Previously a busy stretch of traffic, the Valenzuela City government has turned Fatima Avenue into a new bike- and foot-friendly area and introduced an open market where the public can enjoy treats from homegrown stalls.

Rows of tents occupied by local businesses peddle a variety of street food — ranging from skewered meats such as barbecue and isaw to cheese sticks and siomai to Japanese takoyaki and pizza.

Read more: Valenzuela City’s Fatima Avenue now offers an outdoor food market


A Creative Filipino Heritage Celebration with ‘Pista ng Pamana’

Creative hub HUB: Make Lab is hosting Pista ng Pamana (Philippine Heritage Celebration) on the historic Escolta Street in Manila, home to the First United Building where the collective is based. From having homegrown businesses selling their creative wares to a Filipiniana competition, come with your Filipino pride!

Learn more about Pista ng Pamana by visiting the HUB: Make Lab page.


The Ateneo Art Gallery Opens Same-Day Visits

Image: Ateneo Art Gallery

In case you suddenly feel like surrounding yourself with visual masterpieces, the Ateneo Art Gallery has now opened same-day registration to visitors. Non-members of the Ateneo community will be requested to pay a modest entrance fee of PHP50 (US$1), while students, alumni, and employees of the Ateneo de Manila University may enter for free.

Visit the Ateneo de Manila University’s Art Gallery in Katipunan, Quezon City.


Grab a Bite at Tropical Hut

Images: panda.eatss / ireneguevarra26 (Instagram

The hottest restaurant this week? A 50-something-year-old homegrown fast-food chain. Tropical Hut is enjoying a new lease on life after a viral tweet plucked it out of obscurity and reminded people that, amid supply shortages hitting the major players, a good ol’ favorite is still around and just as good as you remember.

Read: The best things to order from Tropical Hut in 2022

Find a list of their branches here.


Equilibrium Two-Man Exhibit

This two-man show between father and daughter Ed and Jo Uygongco focuses on an exhibit that exudes a balancing of forces, a struggle between the two modes of visual expression —representation and abstraction — the yin and yang of artmaking.

Runs until June 29 at ArtistSpace. Visit the exhibit at Ground Level, Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Free admission.


Wasted Sex, Wasteful Bodies

The Den Manila is hosting a group show, Wasted Sex, Wasteful Bodies featuring the works of artists and writers curated by Nash Rivera. “Wasted Sex, Wasteful Bodies features artists and writers who question how society filters what is natural’ from what is not. It seeks to exhibit that drawing and zine-making, much like any other medium that exists, can be utilized to create an alternate record.”

Show runs until July 15. Check out their Instagram page here.


Exploratour by Built Cycles

Image: Built Cycles (Instagram)

Bicycles are definitely better for you and for the environment — and Built Cycles is bent on attracting more people to push pedals through their event, Exploratour, where folks aim complete a total of 15 checkpoints across the metro and beyond within a time limit and stand a chance to win prizes through a raffle draw.

Tour ends on July 11. Register for the tour here.


Lively Meditations Exhibit

Soothing and introspective pieces are centerstage at 1335/Mabini’s latest exhibit, Lively Meditations. The gallery features works by artists Ricky Francisco, Denise Heredia, and Helena Alegre. Walk-ins are allowed.

Runs until July 2. Visit 1335/Mabini at Karrivin PlazaDon Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City. Check out their Instagram page here.


A Food Wok around Chinatown

Image: Old Manila Walks

Old Manila Walks is back with its physical tours — and its popular Big Binondo Food Wok makes for a great weekend spent exploring the culinary gems and food history of the world’s oldest Chinatown. Ivan Man Dy takes guests around Binondo’s most intimate alleys, specialty restaurants, and other haunts that serve decadent Chinese-Filipino treats that capture the neighborhood’s 400-year-old history.

The food tour lasts 2 to 2.5 hours. Book slots on the Old Manila Walks website.


Brie-lliant Doughnuts at Poison

Poison Doughnuts’ latest offerings incorporate gourmet cheeses to create sophisticated combinations such as Camembert Walnut, Truffle Honey Manchego, and Sharp Cheddar Chocolate — wine optional.

Visit Poison Doughnuts at Karrivin PlazaDon Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City. Check out their Instagram page here.

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