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 the latest mega superhero movie
Date: Opened June 5, Wednesday
Venue: All major cinemas nationwide
If you thought the slew of Hollywood superhero movies coming out was about to slow down after Avengers: Endgame — nope! The onslaught continues. Less than two months after April’s Avengers debut, another film based on a Marvel comic book came out this week: X-Men Dark Phoenix.
The latest installment in the X-Men film series, this one continues the events from X-Men First Class, X-Men Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse — prequels to the popular movie trilogy released in the early 2000s.
At the center of Dark Phoenix is a young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) who grapples with her powers (insaaaane levels of telekinesis, among others), and evolves into the Dark Phoenix, one of Marvel’s most iconic characters.
The film also stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Jessica Chastain.
Dark Phoenix is the culmination of the X-Men series at Fox, as Marvel Studios has acquired back its rights to the franchise.
It is now out in all major cinemas nationwide.
Tell your story, in your own words
Date: June 8, Saturday
Venue: Fully Booked, B6, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Budding writers can develop their voice and storytelling techniques at this upcoming creative non-fiction workshop.
Organized by Writer’s Block Philippines, the event will be facilitated by award-winning journalist Ruel S. de Vera and will be held at the Fully Booked store in BGC.
It is open to writers of all levels who are 16 years old and above. Tickets are priced at PHP2,000 (US$38.62) per person.
The event starts at 1pm and will run until 6pm. For more information about the event and how to sign up, visit the Creative NonFiction: How to Write About Real Life with Style Facebook event page.
Turn happy hour into gin o’clock
Date: June 7, Friday
Venue: New World Hotel, Esperanza St. cor. Makati Ave., Ayala Center, Makati City
Those who can down their fair share of gin and tonics will surely get a bang for their buck at the World Gin Day event in New World Hotel this Friday. For PHP1,000 (US$19.31), attendees can drink all they want from a G&T buffet by Apotheke Craft Spirits made with 12 variants of gins.
The first five customers will get an Ocean Madison Burgundy glass and a gift from 8!Botanicals, makers of G&T cocktail kits.
The buffet will run from 5pm to 9pm. DrinkManila.com‘s resident mixologist Icy Mariñas will then get behind the bar and create craft gin cocktails until 12mn.
This event is just the first in a month-long series by DrinkManila.com.
For more information, visit the World Gin Day at New World Makati Facebook event page.
Re-assess your New Year’s resolutions
Date: June 7, Friday
Venue: Kwago, Warehouse 8-A, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
How is everyone doing with their 2019 New Year’s resolutions? That’s what the upcoming Failures Anonymous event plans to discuss.
Happening on Friday, Failures Anonymous: Resolution Edition calls on anyone and everyone looking for a friendly group of people to talk about their failures with. But as its organizers say: this is not a rant session. Instead, it is meant to encourage people to see failure as a friend and not a foe.
Rather than just looking back at what they have not done, attendees will also create mid-year resolutions and look forward to the future.
Door charge is PHP200 (US$3.86), inclusive of one beer.
For more information, visit the Failures Anonymous: Resolution Edition Facebook event page.
Go on a movie date with your BFF
Date: June 8, Saturday
Venue: Bellas Artes Outpost, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
Capturing the magic of sleepovers from your grade school days is this event by Preen.ph and BumbleBFF. Called BFF Throwback Movie Night, it will screen the iconic and uber rewatchable film The Devil Wears Prada.
Like all good slumber parties, the event will also have other activities like friendship bracelet-making and donut decorating.
It’s a chill, wholesome hangout — good for those who would rather skip the bars this weekend.
Event admission is free.
For more information, visit the Preen.ph x BumbleBFF: BFF Throwback Movie Night Facebook event page.