What to do in Manila this weekend (May 4 – 6): Bruno Mars, Creative Clicks photography workshop, Sancturio by Auggie Fontanilla

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.

Add some 24K magic to your night 

Photo from Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour Manila Philippines Facebook page.

Date: May 3, Thursday and May 4, Friday
Venue: Mall of Asia Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Thursday isn’t the end of the week, but we can make an exception for Bruno Mars. He’s back in Manila for the 24K Magic World Tour, just a few months after winning six Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year.

We’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a Filipino who doesn’t know the words to most of Mars’ hits — it’s going to be one lively, big ass sing-along at the Mall of Asia Arena tomorrow.

There’s so much love for the guy in the Philippines that even our de facto national mascot, Jollibee, gets down to Versace on the Floor. 

Get off the couch this summer, kids

Photo from Creative Clicks: Photography Workshop for Teens Facebook event page.

Date: May 4, Friday and May 11, Friday
Venue: Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. De La Rosa St. Greenbelt Park, Makati City

Here’s something to do on Friday — Ayala Museum’s Creative Clicks: Photography for Teens workshop, hosted by photographer and art director Jam Ramos. She’ll be discussing camera lenses, the basic principles of photography (such as composition and perspective), and photo editing. That’s all going on in one intensive 3-hour session.

The class is priced at PHP3,500 (US$67.48), inclusive of materials, handouts, and snacks. Those who can’t make it this week can also sign up for a class next Friday.

Could be a good way to up your Instagram game.

For more information, visit the Creative Clicks: Photography for Teens Facebook event page

Go to old Manila for some Filipino contemporary art

Photo from First United Building Community Museum Facebook page.

Date: May 5, Saturday
Venue: First United Building Community Museum, Escolta St., Manila

In recent years, Manila’s Escolta area has become familiar territory for art hounds and hipsters. This week’s exhibit to see — Sanctuario by Auggie Fontanilla.

A graffiti artist, the exhibit is an extension of Fontanilla’s art from his Manila Takeover project, in which he painted on various open, abandoned spaces in old Manila.

The exhibit questions the conventional barriers of art — what it is and can be, and how street art factors in the greater sphere of contemporary Filipino art.

To get a digital preview of Fontanilla’s work, peep his Instagram page.

Mga Kabayo ni Faraon.

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