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.
Catch a concert film with an ARMY
Date: Open Aug. 7, Wednesday
Venue: Various SM Cinemas nationwide
It’s been three years since South Korean boy band BTS was last in the Philippines. There’s been no news yet about a Manila tour stop this year so for now, fans (aka ARMY) will have to settle for a concert film instead.
The latest one titled Bring The Soul premiered in the country today and gives a behind the scenes look into BTS’ Love Yourself tour. It will be screened in select SM Cinemas, with tickets priced from PHP400 (US$7.64) to PHP550 (US$10.51) depending on the mall. Tickets are available on the SM Cinema website.
BTS is composed of seven members: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. It’s considered the biggest boyband in the world at the moment, with millions of YouTube views and sold-out concerts under its belt. It’s known for hits such as Boy With Luv, Idol, and DNA.
Shop and sample food and snack trends
Date: Aug. 7, Wednesday – Aug. 10, Saturday
Venue: SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Seashell Ln., Pasay City
and World Trade Center, Gil Puyat Ave. Ext. cor. Diosdado Macapagal Blvd., Pasay City
The World Food Expo (WOFEX) brings together suppliers, businesses, and diners in one event that’s all about the food.
This year, it will be held in two Pasay City locations: the SMX Convention Center and the World Trade Center. A shuttle that travels to and from both locations is available for free.
The event will be divided into different sections including ones dedicated to cooking demos, discussions on food trends, and stalls showcasing the latest kitchen equipment.
WOFEX started today for trade visitors and will be open to the public on Saturday.
The entrance fee is PHP200 (US$3.82).
For more information, visit the WOFEX – World Food Expo Facebook page.
Get your fill at a new food-focused night market
Date: Starting Aug. 8, Thursday
Venue: ArcoVia City, 99 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Pasig City
Mercato Centrale started as a night food market in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City in 2010. It eventually set up in Glorietta 4, Makati City and Eastwood City, Quezon City, and now, it’s about to open in Pasig City’s new development ArcoVia City.
Like those before it, the Mercato Centrale in ArcoVia City will have food stalls offering everything from Filipino street food like pork barbecue skewers, to innovative takes on comfort food like burgers. It will be open from 4pm to 12mn, Thursday to Saturday every week starting tomorrow.
Explore the biodiversity of one of Manila’s parks
Date: Aug. 10, Saturday
Venue: Arroceros Forest Park, 659 Antonio Villegas St., Ermita, Manila
Metro Manila severely lacks in public parks. For example, the Arroceros Forest Park in the City of Manila’s Ermita district is called “Manila’s last lung” because it is the only nature park in the capital.
Those who have never visited the park can explore it with a group this Saturday by joining the Arroceros Forest Park Tree Walk organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. During the tour, attendees can learn more about native plants and the Philippines’ rich biodiversity.
The tour will be from 1pm to 5pm and costs PHP500 (US$9.56).
Those interested can pre-register online or contact the Met at (632) 708 7829 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Slots are currently reserved but there is a waitlist available.
For more information, visit the Arroceros Forest Park Tree Walk 2019 Facebook event page.
Ladies: Meet up with other women and talk about one thing you have in common
Date: Aug. 10, Saturday
Venue: Commune, 36 Polaris St., Poblacion, Makati City
The latest meetup organized by Grrrl Gang Manila will be all about the one thing most women surely have in common: their periods.
Speakers include Dona Tumacder-Esteban, a corporate stress and energy management consultant and embodiment and yin yoga teacher; Beverly Wico Siy, who penned the book It’s A Men’s World and translated the feminist comic book Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. the Patriarchy (Filipino title: Puki Usap); and a representative from the Filipino menstrual cup brand Sinaya Cup.
The event will run from 2pm – 6:30pm and will be held in Commune cafe in Makati City.
For more information, visit the Grrrl Gang Manila Facebook page.
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