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.
Check out a small press expo
Date: Dec. 14, Saturday
Venue: Sikat Studio 305 Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City
Year nine of BLTX or Better Living Through Xeroxography showcases an interesting slice of self- and independently-published local zines, comic books, regular books, and assorted entertaining prints from artists across the country.
The small press expo opens with 90 sellers, three rooms, and one booth-filled driveway at Quezon City’s Sikat Studio on Saturday. Expect titles from indie publishers Gantala Press, Balangay Books, and Studio Soup Library, as well as from artists Art Atak and Apol Sta. Maria.
Attendance is free. Visit BLTX’s Facebook page for more details.
Attend a DIY terrarium workshop
Date: Dec. 14, Saturday
Venue: Kondwi, Poblacion, Makati City
Terrarium and indoor plant shop Terra Bomba is holding a one-day workshop at Poblacion’s newest pub, Kondwi. The “BYOB”, or Build your Own (Plant) Bomb, workshop schools participants on the basics of building and caring for terrariums. Pick from their collection of plants to go with your bottle, both of which are included in the workshop fee.
Expect to come off the workshop with a handful of moss, rocks and pebbles, soil compost mixes, and scads of terrarium knowledge. Registration is at PHP1,500 (US$29). Visit Terrabomba’s Facebook page for more details.
Splurge at the World Bazaar Festival
Date: Dec. 15, Sunday to Dec. 23, Monday
Venue: World Trade Center, Manila, Pasay City
Still behind on your Christmas shopping? Maybe this one-stop shop of over 500 vendors in Pasay City’s World Trade Center could help you out. Merch will include everything from branded shoes and clothing, to tiny trinkets and jewelry, to wines and spirits, to food for both eating and gifting — and even lights and Christmas decor.
Now in its 19th year, World Bazaar Festival is also an annual charity event for the benefit of ABS-CBN’s Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, which extends help to Filipino communities in times of calamity. That should make you feel good about your purchase, for a change.
Entrance fee is at PHP 80 (US$1.50), and doors are open from noon until 10pm. Visit World Bazaar Festival’s Facebook page for more details.
Visit this group art exhibition in Makati’s Tin-Aw Gallery
Date: Dec. 12, Thursday to Dec. 21, Saturday
Venue: Tin-Aw Art Gallery, UGF Somerset Olympia Bldg., 7912 Makati Ave, Makati City
“Dance with the Mayflies” is an eight-man show featuring contemporary artists Allan Balisi, Jonathan Ching, Melvin Culaba, Antipas Delotavo, Mark Andy Garcia, Geraldine Javier, Winner Jumalon, and Anthony Palomo.
The pieces on exhibit focus on ephemera and the transience of life, and urge viewers towards a conscious effort to live in the present. The title is a nod to mayflies, the same tiny insects whose life spans last between five minutes and 24 hours. Male mayflies gather in swarms and devote the large part of their life to pleasure — that is, attracting females for reproduction via a courtship dance, hence the title. The eight artists’ work showcases a return to meaning and purpose, urging viewers to reconsider what’s truly valuable in everyone’s brief lives.
Entrance is free. Visit Tin-Aw Gallery’s Facebook page for more details.
Fawn over a South Korean boy band with fellow K-pop fans
Date: Dec. 15, Sunday
Venue: SM Mall of Asia Arena, SM Central Business Park, 123 Seaside Blvd., Pasay City
K-pop icons Super Junior are back in the country for the Manila leg of their “Super Show 8” concert at Pasay City’s Mall of Asia Arena this Sunday. Currently made up of nine members (count ’em!) — Leeteuk, Siwon, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, Shindong, Yesung, and Heechul — SuJu needs no introduction to their millions of rabid fans in the Philippines.
The 14-year-old boy band, one of the first to come off the now-trendy K-pop assembly line, has been actively peddling a mix of dance-pop, electronic, R&B and K-pop since 2005. They’ll be promoting their ninth studio album, Time Slip, and its lead single, Super Clap. If last year’s Super Junior Manila concert with 13,000 attendees is any indication, then this weekend’s one-night only concert event should be wild.
Gates open at 6pm. Tickets start at PHP 2,650 (US$517) for general admission and climb to PHP13,250 (US$260) for VIP boxes.
Available on the SM Tickets website.