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.
Marvel at one of the year’s most anticipated movies
Date: April 24, Wednesday
Venue: All major cinemas
The day has finally come. Avengers: Endgame premieres today and Philippine cinemas have all hands on deck. In fact, some of them have decided to screen the film as early as 6:01am today, while others will have 24-hour screenings throughout the week.
This may sound excessive to some, but not to Marvel fanboys and fangirls who have been waiting for this movie for more than a decade.
Avengers: Endgame is the direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, which came out last year. It is the fourth Avengers movie and is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which started in 2008 with the first Iron Man movie.
So yeah, yes, mmhmm — it’s a big deal.
Read this for a list of cinemas with 24-hour screenings.
Sing-along to classic rock anthems
Date: April 26, Friday
Venue: Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. De La Rosa St., Makati City
The work of British rock band Queen has had a resurgence in popularity ever since the success of the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Their hits are more ubiquitous now than ever before, as seen in this upcoming concert by the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) called Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue.
Together with acoustic guitar expressionist Noli Aurillo, the MSO will cover songs by Queen alongside pieces by classical composers George Gershwin, Antonín Dvořák, and Georges Bizet.
The concert will be held in the Ayala Museum. It’s proven to be a hot ticket as passes are officially sold out. Maybe look for a friend who can bring you along?
Tickets were originally priced at PHP700 (US$13.40) for a regular ticket and PHP1,000 (US$19.15) for premier.
For more information, visit the Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue with the Manila Symphony Orchestra Facebook event page.
Shop discounted books at a Spanish fiesta
Date: April 27, Saturday
Venue: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo de Roxas St. cor. Makati Ave. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati City
Día del Libro (International Book Day) is not just about discounted books — it’s an all-sensory cultural experience.
Hosted by Instituto Cervantes de Manila, there will be Spanish language classes, Spanish food, and a concert by independent Filipino and Spanish musicians. There will also be a live poetry reading of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal’s poem Mi Ultimo Adios, which he wrote on the eve of his execution.
And, of course, there will be books — lots of them. Bookstores and publishing houses will sell a wide variety of titles with a 20 percent discount. As per Spanish tradition, each person who purchases a book will also get a rose.
For more information, visit the Día del Libro Facebook event page.
Meet your favorite oppa
Date: April 27, Saturday
Venue: Mall of Asia Arena, J.W. Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
K-drama fans won’t be able to stop their hearts from fluttering when they go to actor Park Bo Gum’s fan meet this Saturday.
The star of hit TV shows Love in The Moonlight, Reply 1988, and Encounter, Park will be stopping by Manila as part of his May Your Every Day Be A Good Day Asia tour.
Like other idol events, attendees will get the chance to “hi-touch” with the actor, which is K-pop culture speak for a very quick encounter where fans can give their idols a high five.
Tickets are priced at PHP5,860 (US$112.21) to PHP10,110 (US$193.59).
For more information, visit the TNT Park Bo Gum in Manila Facebook event page.
Editor’s note: This event has been moved to June 22.
Learn about the art of design
Date: April 22 – 28 (Monday – Sunday)
Venue: Various locations
Design Week Philippines is back and like previous years, it will once again hold several talks, tours, and workshops at various venues around the country.
Highlights include the Manila Fame tradeshow on April 25 – 27 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, the Designing for Impact in Communities talk on April 27 in Common Ground, 8 Rockwell, Makati City, and the Design Thinking for Visual Communication workshop on April 28 at the Create Nation Academy, Pasig City.
For more information and a full list of events, visit the Design Week Philippines page.