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.
Appreciate Japanese cinema at a film festival
Date: July 3, Wednesday – Aug. 25, Sunday
Venue: Red Carpet at The Shang, 6/F Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City
Eigasai, the annual Japanese film festival, is back today and will once again screen a number of Japanese movies of different genres.
This includes the opening film Samurai Marathon directed by Bernard Rose, which tells the story of a feudal lord who holds a marathon to train his samurai warriors, only for the government to mistake it as a form of rebellion.
Other films in the line up include The 8-Year Engagement, Laughing Under the Clouds, and Yakiniku Dragon.
All Manila screenings in July will be at the Red Carpet theater in Shangri-la Plaza and are priced at PHP100 (US$1.95)
In August, there will be free screenings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Film Institute, and the Gateway Cineplex.
Apart from Manila, there will also be screenings in Pangasinan, Naga, Cebu, Bacolod, Tacloban, and Davao.
For more information, visit the 22nd Japanese Film Festival Facebook event page.
Watch local electronic artists at a free concert
Date: July 5, Friday
Venue: Futur:st, #5062 Guerrero St., Poblacion, Makati City
Every year, Tropical Diskoral comes out with a compilation of music from local electronic artists. For 2019, it includes music from BP Valenzuela, Like Animals, Pamcy, Paola Mauricio, Similarobjects, Tarsius, and Ube Jam.
These musicians will be performing live at Futur:st in Makati on Friday to launch the new compilation.
Best of all, entrance is free.
For more information, visit the Tropical Diskoral 2019 Facebook event page.
Dive into a chocolate wonderland
Date: July 5, Friday – July 7, Sunday
Venue: S Maison at Conrad Manila, Marina Way, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
The chocolate-obsessed will have to forget any plans to detox this week because the World Chocolate Fair will be held all weekend long.
Organized by S Maison and local brand Auro Chocolate, the event will showcase limited-edition desserts by top restaurants and cafes in the country including Poison Coffee & Doughnuts, Le Sucre Lab, Half Saints, Overdoughs, Olivia & Co. PH, BLK 513, Black Sheep Coffee, and The Dessert Museum. Auro Chocolate will also serve its dark chocolate soft gelato in lengua de gato cone.
The event will be held at the S Maison main atrium from 10am – 10pm. Entrance is free but desserts are sold separately.
For more information, visit the S Maison x Auro Chocolate: World Chocolate Fair Facebook event page.
Rock hard with this local jukebox musical
Date: July 6, Saturday – Aug. 3, Saturday
Venue: PETA Theater Center, #5 Eymard Dr., New Manila, Quezon City
For those who have somehow missed musical Rak of Aegis‘ past seasons, it is back in the PETA Theater once again starting this weekend.
It tells the story of a community trying to rebuild their town after a massive flood, set to songs of the local pop-rock band Aegis. Theatergoers can expect renditions of hits like Basang-Basa sa Ulan and Luha.
Shows are scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from July 6 to Aug. 3. Tickets are available on Ticket World and priced at PHP1,000 (US$19.54) to PHP2,500 (US$48.84).
For more information, visit the Rak of Aegis Facebook page.
Learn to practice a more mindful life
Date: July 8, Monday
Venue: Fedman Suites, 6/F, 199 Salcedo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City
Life can get overwhelming at times but the good news is that people are now more open about their anxiety and are willing to help others overcome theirs.
A workshop to be held in Makati on Monday aims to do just that by teaching attendees all about mindfulness. According to the event organizer Listen Herem, learning mindfulness can help people manage their worries and stress. The workshop will include strategies on how to be mindful in everyday situations.
Listen Here is an organization that works on eliminating the stigma around mental health. They do this through events like the workshop on Monday and their website where people can chat with trained volunteers.
The event is free and attendees can sign up for it online.
For more information, visit the Intro Mindfulness Workshop Facebook event page.
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