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 Philippine heritage on a historic street
Date: May 27 – June 2 (Monday – Sunday)
Venue: First United Building, 413 Escolta St., Manila
Manila’s Escolta street has been experiencing a resurgence in recent years, and this week, it’s the site of a festival celebrating Philippine heritage.
Pista ng Pamana (Heritage Feast) is a week-long event with days focused on certain mediums of art including photography, design, film, literature, food, fashion, and music. There will be workshops, photo walks, history tours, film screenings, a fashion market, and even a concert and party.
It started on Monday and will run until Sunday, with most events held in the historic First United Building. Activities are free and open to the public.
Read Coconuts Manila‘s primer on the event here.
Take a flavor trip to South Korea in BGC
Date: May 31 – June 1 (Friday & Saturday)
Venue: C1 Park, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Lovers of Korean culture can kick their obsession into high gear when they visit the K Street Festival organized by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.
It will be held on Friday and Saturday at the C1 Park in BGC, which will be divided into several areas according to the different facets of Korean culture that Filipinos love. There will be sections dedicated to beauty, K-pop, K-dramas, food, and travel. Activities include cooking demonstrations and hanbok dress-up.
Those who visit all the event’s stations — there are seven — will have a chance to win raffle prizes.
Entrance to the event is free.
For more information, visit the K Street Festival: Experience Korea in BGC Facebook event page.
Experience local music and art at the beach
Date: May 31 – June 2 (Friday – Sunday)
Venue: Crystal Beach Resort, Zambales-Pangasinan Rd., San Narciso, Zambales
Nothing beats live music, except maybe watching the performance at a beach festival.
That’s what attendees of the LAYA Arts and Music Festival will experience this weekend at the Crystal Beach Resort in Zambales. The three-day festival’s line up includes local artists Ben & Ben, Clara Benin, and Brisom, among other acts.
Apart from music, there will also be activities including a watercolor workshop, yoga, and talks about mental health and gender identity.
Visit the LAYA Facebook page for more information.
Learn the language of love — for free
Date: June 1, Saturday
Venue: Alliance française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City
Francophiles who want to learn French can start their journey to becoming a polyglot at Alliance Française de Manille’s open house this Saturday.
During the event, visitors can take French classes for free to see if it’s something they want to eventually pursue. There will also be French food, film screenings, a book sale, and a section dedicated to information about studying in France.
For more information, visit the Open House at Alliance française de Manille Facebook event page.
Plan your wedding at this chic bridal fair
Date: June 1 & 2 (Saturday & Sunday)
Venue: World Trade Center Metro Manila, Senator Gil J. Puyat Ave. cor. Roxas Blvd., Pasay City
The Toast! Wedding Fair is an event organized by Bride and Breakfast, a local website that features stylish weddings that has become a go-to inspiration for many brides-to-be.
The fair will bring together an array of suppliers including designers, venues, photographers, and more.
Those who pre-register here can enter for free while the door charge is PHP100 (US$1.91).