What to do in Manila this weekend (May 18 – 20): Kam’s Roast, National Museum of Natural History, Escolta Block Party

True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things good and great happening over the coming weekend. Peruse it, take note of everything that interests you, and hit us up on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CoconutsManila to sound off on what you think.

Get a taste of Hong Kong in Manila

Photo from Kam’s Roast Philippines Facebook page.

Date: Opened yesterday, May 15
Venue: 3/F, SM Mega Fashion Hall, EDSA, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City

Filipinos craving for char siu (Cantonese-style barbecue pork) have flown to Hong Kong just to get a bite of the sweet-savory roasted meats, but now the char siu has come to us (yay).

Kam’s Roast, whose original outpost in Hong Kong has one Michelin star, now has a branch in Manila’s Mega Fashion Hall.

Menu items include barbecue pork, dry noodles, and a variety of roast meats including pork, duck, and chicken.

Read more about the opening here.

Be among the first to see our city’s newest museum

Photo from ABS-CBN News.

Date: May 18, Friday
Venue: Teodoro F. Valencia Circle, Ermita, Manila

The day has come. On Friday, the much-awaited National Museum of Natural History is finally opening its doors to the public, and on International Museum Day, no less.

Apart from the country’s flora and fauna that will be showcased in the museum, the building itself looks like it’s going to be a highlight of the experience.

Built in the 1940 and originally used as the Agriculture and Commerce building, the new museum retained the facade of the neoclassical structure, but now has added contemporary elements like a glass dome and a DNA-inspired double helix structure at the center.

Those who can’t wait ’til Friday can check out this 360-degree photo posted by the museum on Facebook (note: best viewed when opened in another browser):

Here's a spectacular 360 shot by Fung Yu of the Shell Centennial Courtyard in the National Museum of Natural History…

Posted by National Museum of the Philippines on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Join a party that spills out onto the streets

Photo from Escolta Block Party Facebook page.

Date: May 19, Saturday
Venue: Escolta St., Manila

Once again, Manila’s historic Escolta St. will say “goodbye” to cars and “hello” to booths from local artists, independent fashion brands, and food stalls for their quarterly street party.

It’s a day-long event and is intended to entertain from day to night — shops start as early as 11am and the dance party goes ’til the wee hours of the next morning.

Manila’s summer isn’t letting up, so best to bring your own bottle of water to counter the heat. Comfortable shoes wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.

Here’s a scene from last year’s event:

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