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.
Learn more about indigenous textiles
Date: Aug. 29, Thursday
Venue: Museo ni Apolinario Mabini, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Mabini, Santa Mesa, Manila
August is Philippine history month, and to mark the occasion, the Museo will have a lecture that aims to give Filipinos a better understanding and appreciation of woven textiles created by indigenous groups in the country. Lecturers will also discuss the cultures of the tribes who create these beautiful fabrics. To reserve seats, visit the Museo’s Facebook page.
Watch silent film screenings (for free!)
Date: Aug. 30, Friday – Sept. 1, Sunday
Venue: Samsung Hall, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City
It’s pretty rare to watch silent films in a public space nowadays, which is why many Filipino cinephiles look forward to this annual event. This year, attendees can watch six silent films from the Philippines, Japan, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Plus, there will be musicians on-site to perform as each movie is screened, including acts such as @Tarsius, Stef&no and The Pocket Orchestra, Anima Tierra and Tanya Markova.
Admission is free. To find out which movies are being screened at what times, visit the festival’s Facebook page.
See one of Broadway’s greatest talents on stage
Date: Aug. 30, Friday – Aug. 31, Saturday
Venue: Newport Performing Arts Center, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City
Lea Salonga remains one of the Philippines’ most admired artistic talents — and the successful singer and theater actress will be back to host a live performance. Salonga’s soaring vocals will be center stage during a two-night concert run, in which she will share the stage with singer Esang de Torres, her daughter Nicole Chien and actress Tanya Manalang. The concerts mark the 10th-anniversary celebration of Resorts World Manila, so the shows are set to be pretty big crowd pleasers.
Tickets are priced starting from PHP4,000 (US$76.51) and are available on Ticketworld’s website.
Join a tribute to a music maestro
Date: Aug. 31, Saturday
Venue: The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, Parañaque City
National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab’s career has spanned 40 years, and throughout that time, he has been instrumental in the creation of the biggest local hit songs such as Tunay Na Ligaya, Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka, Iduyan Mo, and Kailan.
This concert pays tribute to one of the country’s greatest musical geniuses, whom many fondly call Mr. C. Expect standout performances from singers Basil Valdez, Celeste Legaspi, Kuh Ledesma, Nicole Asensio, and well as former members of the vocal group Smokey Mountain, which Cayabyab founded.
Tickets are priced starting from PHP1,680 (US$32.13) and are available on Ticketworld’s website.
Learn more about German culture
Date: Aug. 31, Saturday
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Germany is one of the top destinations in the world because of its history, culture, and technology. This event aims to give attendees more insight into the country and its people, through a free lecture organized by the Goethe-Institut, the non-profit German cultural association. Attendees can expect a fun-filled event full of activities and games as well as beer and sausage tasting. There will also be a raffle for a free trip to Germany.
Admission is free. To learn more, visit the Goethe-Institut’s website.