Weekend Warrior: April 19-21

Image composite: UP Film Institute, Santolan Town Plaza, Game of Easter at Buddha-Bar Manila, Rustico Farm, San Agustin Church/FB.
Image composite: UP Film Institute, Santolan Town Plaza, Game of Easter at Buddha-Bar Manila, Rustico Farm, San Agustin Church/FB.

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 on a sacred tour of historic Manila 

The San Agustin Church. (Photo: San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila/FB)
The San Agustin Church. Photo: San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila/FB

Date: April 18, Thursday
Venue: Intramuros, Manila

Because it’s Holy Week, most events in Manila this week are going to be religious in nature — but, those who want to stick to traditions while doing some sight-seeing can look forward to Visita Iglesia in the historic Intramuros district.

The walled city will be open to people tomorrow, Maundy Thursday with nine churches and chapels available for the traditional seven churches pilgrimage. Visitors can explore on foot and take in beautiful architecture in between prayers.

For more information, read this Cococnuts Manila primer on the event.

Catch a documentary 

Photo: UP Film Institute website.
Photo: UP Film Institute website

Date: April 20, Saturday
Venue: UPFI Film Center – Videotheque, Osmena Ave., UP Diliman, Quezon City

Those looking for something to do on Black Saturday can catch a free film screening at the UPFI Film Center.

Screening this week is the documentary Signed Lino Brocka, a film about the late controversial Filipino director. A National Artist, Brocka is behind classic local films such as Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang (Weighed But Found Wanting), Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila in the Claws of Light), Insiang, Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim (This Is My Country), and Orapronobis (Fight for Us).

The documentary, directed by Christian Blackwood, features interviews with Brocka who talks about his personal and professional life.

The film will be shown on Saturday at 2pm.

For more information, visit the Free screenings: Brocka and Electoral Politics Facebook event page.

Start an urban garden

Photo: Rustico Farm/FB.
Photo: Rustico Farm/FB

Date: April 21, Sunday
Venue: Rustico Farm, 111 Gremville Subd., Tandang Sora, Quezon City

We’ve all heard of farm-to-table meals, but what about urban garden-to-table? That’s what Rustico Farms aims to teach in a workshop this weekend.

It starts with a tour of the Rustico Farm edible garden and aquaponics set-up in Quezon City while the organizers share tips on how attendees can recreate it in their own homes. They can then pick herbs, vegetables, and flowers which will be cooked for a brunch later in the day. Participants will also be taught to pot plants, which they can bring home.

The fee is priced at PHP1,000 (US$19.32) per person and the workshop starts at 8:30am. For more information, visit the event’s page on Airbnb.

Become the mother of dragons 

Photo: Game of Easter at Buddha-Bar Manila event page/FB.
Photo: Game of Easter at Buddha-Bar Manila event page/FB

Date: April 21, Sunday
Venue: Buddha-Bar, Picar Place, Kalayaan Ave., Poblacion, Makati City

Everyone’s still excited over the return of Game of Thrones, so much so that Buddha-Bar is hosting a GoT inspired Easter Sunday celebration this weekend.

Instead of a classic egg hunt, kids can search for hidden dragon eggs and join other games for PHP350 (US$6.76).

Adults, on the other hand, can feast like kings and queens at a buffet with grilling and carving stations. The buffet is priced at PHP950 (US$18.35) for adults and PHP550 (US$10.62) for kids (inclusive of Easter games).

For more information, visit the Game of Easter at Buddha-Bar Manila Facebook event page.

Hunt for Easter eggs with the family

Photo: Santolan Town Plaza
Photo: Santolan Town Plaza

Date: April 21, Sunday
Venue: Santolan Town Plaza, Santolan Rd., Little Baguio, San Juan City

Hosting a more traditional egg hunt is Santolan Town Plaza, which will be holding the “Bunnylympics 2019” on Sunday.

For PHP1,000 (US$19.32), a group of two adults and one child can join games and activities including a mall-wide egg hunt. They’ll also bring home loot bags with treats and discounts from the mall’s establishments. An extra adult ticket costs PHP250 (US$4.83).

The event will be divided into three batches — one at 10am, one at 2pm, and another at 6pm.

Tickets are available at the Santolan Town Plaza cinema ticket counter. For more information, visit the Bunnylympics 2019: A Santolan Town Plaza Easter Celebration Facebook event page.


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