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.
Meet new peeps at the opening party of this new co-working space
Date: May 17, Friday
Venue: Common Ground, 21/F 8 Rockwell, Plaza Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City
Networking events get a bad rap for being cheesy, but gone are the days of suits talking over each other. Nowadays, networking is a lot like the upcoming launch party of Common Ground’s branch in 8 Rockwell.
The theme is white and gold and the vibe is casual with free-flowing drinks and food. The co-working space itself is beautiful with its sleek design and modern furniture, so guests can feel relaxed.
The event is on Friday at 6pm and it’s open to everyone. Those interested in attending can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 63 917 524 0119.
For more information, visit the Common Ground 8 Rockwell Official Launch Party Facebook event page.
Learn how to express yourself through writing
Date: Friday to Sunday, May 17 – 19
Venue: Fully Booked, B6, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Fully Booked, Lower G/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Budding writers who need to jumpstart their projects can look forward to a series of writing workshops by bookstore Fully Booked this weekend.
On Saturday, they will have a crash course on how to write crime fiction in the Greenbelt 5 branch, as well as a short story workshop for beginners and the Young Writers’ Summer Hang Out in the BGC High Street store.
Fully Booked will also hold a narrative writing workshop in BGC on Sunday, which will be facilitated by writer and Esquire Philippines Editor-at-Large Sarge Lacuesta.
For more information about each workshop, visit Fully Booked’s Facebook page and check out their list of upcoming events.
Go to an indie music festival
Date: May 18, Saturday
Venue: Greenfield District, EDSA Central Ave., Mandaluyong City
Fans of indie music have an exciting weekend ahead, what with Summer Noise 2019 being staged this Saturday.
The live music festival will happen at Mandaluyong City’s Greenfield District and will feature international acts Japanese Breakfast, Turnover, Last Dinosaurs, and Phum Viphurit. There will also be local musicians including UDD and She’s Only Sixteen.
General admission tickets are priced at PHP3,300 (US$63.03) inclusive of entrance to main festival grounds, access to all vendors and activity sites, two drink stubs, and a chance to meet and greet Jakob Ogawa, Sobs, Subsonic Eye, and Manic Sheep.
VIP passes are PHP5,500 (US$105.05) inclusive of entrance to main festival grounds, access to all vendors and activity sites, entrance to VIP areas, two hours open bar, VIP bag swag, and a chance to meet and greet Japanese Breakfast, Turnover, Last Dinosaurs, and Phum Viphurit.
Attendees can also opt to get a pass for only the main festival grounds which is priced at PHP1,727.27 (US$32.99).
For tickets and more information, visit The Rest Is Noise website.
Explore a museum for free
Date: May 19, Sunday
Venue: Ayala Museum, Makati Ave. cor. De la Rosa St., Makati City
In keeping with International Museum Day, Ayala Museum in Makati will open all its galleries to the public for free this Sunday. The promotion will run from 1pm to 7pm.
There will also be activities museum-goers can join in throughout the day.
Ayala Museum houses ethnographic and archaeological exhibits on Filipino culture, art, and history. It also has a heritage library and a contemporary art gallery called ArtistSpace.
For more information on International Museum Day at Ayala Museum, read this Coconuts Manila primer on the event.
Catch a Monday concert
Date: May 20, Monday
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum, General Roxas Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Extending the weekend for indie pop fans is the upcoming Manila concert of American singer Lauv. He will be performing at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday at 8pm.
Tickets are available on Ticket Net and are priced at PHP1,590 (US$30.37) to PHP4,760 (US$90.92).
Those in Cebu can also catch Lauv on May 21, Tuesday at the Waterfront Hotel. Tickets are priced at PHP795 (US$15.18) to PHP3,700 (US$70.67) and are available on SM Tickets.
Lauv is known for the songs I Like Me Better, i’m so tired…, and There’s No Way.
For more information, visit the Lauv Asia Tour 2019 – Manila Facebook event page.