Weekend Warrior: June 28-30

Image composite: Sunday Beauty Queen, HABI The Philippine Textile Council, Havaianas, TOYCON PH: The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention/FB; Fête de la Musique.
Image composite: Sunday Beauty Queen, HABI The Philippine Textile Council, Havaianas, TOYCON PH: The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention/FB; Fête de la Musique.

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.

Celebrate Pride Month with a free film screening 

Photo: Sunday Beauty Queen/FB.
Photo: Sunday Beauty Queen/FB

Date: June 28, Friday
Venue: Ayala Room, 2/F National Museum of Anthropology, Rizal Ave., Manila

June’s Pride Month celebrations will come to a close this week. For a last hurrah, film lovers can go to a free film screening of the award-winning documentary Sunday Beauty Queen this Friday.

It tells the story of Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong who join a beauty pageant. More than just about the contest itself though, the film is really focused on the lives of Filipino women (and one trans man) and the struggles they face while working in a foreign country.

The film won Best Picture and Best Editing, among other awards, at the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016. It was also the Audience Choice for Best Documentary at the CinemaAsia Film Festival 2017 in the Netherlands.

Organized by the National Museum of the Philippines, the film screening will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology at 2pm.

For more information and reservation instructions, visit the Free Film Screening for Pride Month Facebook event page.


See more live musical acts for free

Fête de la Musique Intramuros stage in 2018. (Photo: Fête de la Musique)
Fête de la Musique Intramuros stage in 2018. Photo: Fête de la Musique

Date: June 28 – 29 (Friday – Saturday)
Venue: Various locations including 20:20, 20A La Fuerza Plaza 1, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

Fête de la Musique concerts continue this week with main and pocket stages in Metro Manila and beyond. This includes an event in Intramuros on Friday, and concerts in Baguio, Laguna, Batangas, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Palawan on Saturday.

The main event, though, is the Fête de la Musique 25th anniversary closing party at Makati bar 20:20 on Saturday from 4pm onwards.

It’s a free event and will include performances by Munimuni, The Ransom Collective, Orange & Lemons, Never the Strangers, Oh, Flamingo!, Coeli, The Bloomfields, Basically Saturday Night, Over October, Shirebound and Busking, Ube Music, Clarene Romea, Nights of Rizal, The Cosmic Misfits, Bird., Carousel Casualties, Banna Harbera, Cheats, Any Name’s Okay, Titomo, Wicked Adobo, Anima Tierra, DANIDEA, and Conscious & The Goodness.

That’s a mouthful, so you know it’ll be epic.

For more information about the anniversary party and other stages this weekend, visit the Fête de la Musique PH Facebook page.


Extend the summer feeling at this store opening

Photo: Havaianas/FB.
Photo: Havaianas/FB

Date: June 28 – 29 (Friday – Saturday)
Venue: B6, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Flipflops are year-long outfit staples in a tropical country like the Philippines. The Brazilian slippers brand Havaianas has been popular in the country for years but it’s only opening its first flagship store in the country this weekend.

The Summer-themed party will have a giant slide, sari-sari store (corner store), Game of Thrones Iron Throne, and a lounge.

The first 100 customers on Saturday will get a free Havaianas kit that includes a Havaianas bayong bag (weaved bag), bamboo bottle, raffia fan, friendship bracelets, and stickers.

There will also be free taho (sweet silken tofu drink).

For more information, visit the Havaianas Flagship Store Opening Facebook event page.


Shop local at a fair

Photo: HABI The Philippine Textile Council/FB.
Photo: HABI The Philippine Textile Council/FB

Date: June 28 – 30 (Friday – Sunday)
Venue: Level 2, Grand Atrium, Shangri-la Plaza main wing, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City

Advocates of all things local can take their devotion to Filipino products to the next level this weekend by shopping at HABI Pop up of Culture market fair.

Showcased products will include ones made out of local textiles and other handcrafted products from the provinces of Kalinga, Ifugao, Mindoro, and Basilan.

There will also be a live drumming circle, textile corner, weaving activities, and a book signing for authors of HABI Book and RaRa: Art and Tradition of Mat Weaving. 

The event starts at 11am on Friday and ends at 9pm on Sunday.

For more information, visit the HABI The Philippine Textile Council Facebook page.


Dive into all things pop culture 

Photo: TOYCON PH: The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention/FB.
Photo: TOYCON PH: The Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention/FB

Date: June 28 – 30 (Friday – Sunday)
Venue: SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Seashell Lane, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Pop culture geeks can look forward to Toy Con 2019 this weekend, which will once again feature comic creators, toy designers, and cosplayers in a three-day event.

Celebrity guests include Michael Cudlitz and Steven Ogg of The Walking Dead. Contemporary American artist Ron English will also be there.

Event hours:

June 28, Friday: 12nn – 9pm
June 29, Saturday: 10am – 9pm
June 30, Sunday: 10am -8pm

Tickets are available on SM Tickets and are priced: 

1-day pass: PHP500 (US$9.70) Early Bird rate, PHP600 (US$11.65) door charge
2-day pass: PHP900 (US$17.47) Early Bird rate, PHP1,000 (US$19.41) door charge
3-day pass: PHP1,300 (US$25.23)

Early Bird rates are available until June 27, Thursday. Group and kid discounts are also available. For more information, visit the Toy Con PH website.

Read more about upcoming Manila events and other lifestyle content here

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