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.
Watch improv sketch comedy in Makati City
Date: Feb. 13, Thursday
Venue: Pineapple Lab, 6053 R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati
“A-Sketch-che-che!,” a live sketch comedy show brought to you by local improv comedy groups SPIT (Silly People’s Improvisational Theater) and Solid OK, will be kicking off at gallery and performance space Pineapple Lab’s Fringe Festival in Makati City tonight.
If you feel like taking your mind off of the coronavirus panic going around these days, come on down laugh along to a hilarious night of sketch comedy. Show starts at 9pm. Tickets are PHP500 (US$10), and available onsite or via the Ticket2me website.
For more details, visit Pineapple Lab’s Facebook page.
Haul all the books you can at this three-week, 24/7 bookworm fest
Date: Feb. 14, Friday to 24, Monday
Venue: World Trade Center, Pasay City
Big Bad Wolf, the Malaysia-born book fair that’s turned into Southeast Asia’s biggest book sale, opens this Friday at Pasay City’s World Trade Center. At Big Bad Wolf, it’s never a bid time to buy books — literally — because the three-week fair is open, 24/7! Never mind if you still haven’t made a dent in last year’s reading pile — isn’t it about time you got some new books to put off reading?
This year’s Manila fair is touting 2 million new titles, and expect to see books on a range of topics, from fiction to biography, to cooking and gardening, most at discounts ranging from half off to up to 90 percent off the original price. Another plus: Big Bad Wolf Book sale Manila is pledging a chunk of their sales to Taal Volcano victims through their partner Gawad Kalinga.
Entrance is free. For more details, visit Big Bad Wolf Manila’s Facebook page.
See four pocket shows in one in this Bonifacio Global City art gallery
Date: Feb. 14, Friday to March 21, Saturday
Venue: Pablo Gallery, C-11 South of Market, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Running this weekend and through most of March is “Prospect of a New Understanding” at Pablo Gallery in Bonifacio Global City. Four artists’ work are on exhibit, including Auggie Fontanilla’s “Rat Show,” where he puts on display a hodgepodge of visual art including rodents, Manila graffiti, and his obsession with the black Nazarene.
Tin F. Garcia’s “Looking Glass” feeds off Alice in the Wonderland whimsy, while Pauline Despi’s “Waveforms and Eclipses” mounts a pair of smoking blue deities on top of two altars to put a spotlight on worship. Rounding out the show is Ivan Despi’s “The Drowned Race,” a 3D animation that plays on loop on LCD screens featuring a woman seemingly floating in an expanse of darkness.
For more details, visit Pablo Gallery’s Instagram page.
Catch this premiere of a renegade Art Fair
Date: Feb. 14, Friday to 16, Sunday
Venue: 3rd and 4th levels, SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street corner 1630 McKinley Parkway, Taguig City
“ALT: The Art Show Reframed” is the brainchild of 10 Manila galleries seeking to “reframe” the city’s art scene. The brand spankin’ new fair will be debuting this weekend, with over 150 contemporary Filipino artists’ work on display at SM Aura Premier’s convention center for the three-day affair.
Because the fair’s first run will only feature 10 galleries — ArtInformal, Blanc, Finale Art File, Galleria Duemila, MO_Space, The Drawing Room, Underground, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, and 1335 Mabini — it promises more space for experimentation. Famed Baguio artist Kawayan de Guia, as well as industry greats Louie Cordero and Mariano Ching, will be among the talents on display.
Expect more coverage of the event from Coconuts Manila soon. Meanwhile, doors open at 11am and close at 8pm. Tickets are PHP250 (US$5), available onsite or via the SM Tickets website.
Catch a musical-pyrotechnic competition extravaganza at the Mall of Asia Arena
Date: Feb. 15, Saturday to March 21, Saturday
Venue: SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City and various locations across the country
Now on its 11th year, The Philippine International Pyromusical Competition opens this weekend and runs for six weeks in various locations across Luzon. The first leg kicks off this Saturday at a mall overlooking Manila Bay.
The annual event returns to put on a spectacle of lights and colors in the night sky staged by the world’s leading pyrotechnics experts as they paint the Manila sky with literal explosions of color set to music. Last year saw 27 countries outside the Philippines competing in over 10 venues across the country, with China’s Polaris Fireworks taking home the top prize.
Tickets are priced from PHP100 (US$2) to PHP1,500 (US$30), and available via SM Cinemas, SM tickets, or the Pyromusical website. The show starts at 7:30pm and ends 10pm.
For more details visit the Philippine International Pyromusical Competition’s Facebook page.