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.
Go to an arts festival on opening day
Date: Feb. 7, Thursday – March 3, Sunday
Venue: Opening night at CINKO, 5/F, Artina Suites Hotel, 2863 E Zobel st., Poblacion, Makati City
Fringe Manila is an annual arts fest that showcases acts and artists from all over the world who are in the fields of theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, film, cabaret, performance art, circus, and beyond.
This year’s installment starts tomorrow, Feb. 7 with an opening night in the pub CINKO. This first event will feature works and performances by Art of Bodybending, Legato, Lucinda Sky, Joyen, The Addlib Divas, Humbly, Zapateria, Inkanor, Fly Lady Di, and Mr. Dee Jae.
The event starts at 8pm.
For more information, visit the FringeMNL Facebook page.
Go out for a night of music and art
Date: Feb. 8, Friday
Venue: Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue, cor. De La Rosa st., Makati City
Art and music come together in this collaboration of two artists from different creative mediums.
This year’s first Creative Nights event at the Ayala Museum will bring together renowned abstractionist Gus Albor and Manila-based producer and beat maker CRWN.
The museum currently houses an exhibit of Albor’s works called Territory, which consists of oil on canvas paintings, mixed media works, paper-based illustrations, large-scale sculptures, and installation artworks.
Attendees can enjoy Albor’s works, create their own pieces, and watch performances by CRWN and Albor who is also a musician.
VIP tickets cost PHP1,500 (US$28.68), which includes priority seating, meet and greet with the artists, an exhibit tour with Ayala Museum’s senior curator, and other exclusive offerings.
Regular tickets are priced at PHP700 (US$13.38), walk-ins are at PHP900 (US$17.21), while Ayala Museum members & partners are charged PHP500 (US$9.56). Tickets are available in the Ayala Museum counter.
The event starts at 7pm.
For more information, visit the Creative Nights: Gus Albor x CRWN Facebook event page.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with artisanal gifts
Date: Feb. 8, Friday
Venue: Artesania, 910 Arnaiz Ave., Makati City
Those who are sick of the usual flowers and chocolate can shop for their Valentine in the upcoming Gayuma sa Artesania pop-up, where local artisans will be showcasing and selling their goods.
The event will happen on Friday starting 12nn. Shopping will last until 7pm but the place will be open onwards for some music, happy hour drinks, and food.
Happy hour is from 5 – 7pm and admission is free.
Participating brands include the Habi Philippine Textile Council, Craft MNL Craft Shop and Workspace, Katas Cashew Milk, Saan-Saan Candles, and Ritual Sustainable General Store.
For more information, visit the Gayuma sa Artesania Facebook event page.
Stay ‘woke’ with the help of this play
Date: Feb. 8, Friday – March 17, Sunday
Venue: PETA Theater Center, 5 Sunnyside dr., New Manila, Quezon City
Charot is a colloquial Filipino term that means “just kidding,” and it’s also the title of the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) upcoming play.
A political satire that focuses on the real-life issue of charter change, its story revolves around citizens stuck in traffic on their way to a plebiscite on whether or not to shift to Federalism.
The subject matter is serious but the show aims to encourage the audience to think about the country’s current issues through comedy. The show will also be interactive but giving away details will be a spoiler.
Tickets are available on Ticket World and are priced at PHP600 (US$11.47) – PHP1,500 (US$28.68).
For more information, visit the Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (PETA) Facebook page.
Toast! Celebrations Fair
Date: Feb. 9 & 10 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: World Trade Center Metro Manila, Senator Gil J. Puyat ave. cor. Roxas Boulevard, Manila
Those planning a special occasion, say a wedding or birthday party, can check out Toast! this weekend, a celebrations fair that will bring together more than 100 event suppliers.
The event is organized by the team behind the Bride and Breakfast, the local bridal website that features Pinterest-worthy weddings.
Apart from the convenience of having suppliers in one location, there will also be discounted deals for attendees.
The entrance fee is PHP100 (US$1.91).
For more information, visit the Toast! Celebrations Fair Facebook event page.