True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know one thing: 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.
Watch a theater guild’s take on a Gabriel Garcia Marquez short story
Date: Oct. 2 – 26, Wednesday to Saturday
Venue: PCC Studio, Far Eastern University, Sampaloc, Manila
Now on its 85th theater season, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Theater Guild is staging a three-week-long show adapted from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story “I Only Came to Use the Phone,” which appeared in the Colombian novelist’s 1992 book Strange Pilgrims.
Their Filipino play Makikitawag Lang Ako — (I Only Came to Use the Phone) follows a magician’s assistant and lover who is taken to a mental asylum after a misdiagnosis. A psychologist and a manipulative warden make her life difficult, and we see her longing for her lover’s rescue. Artistic Director Dudz Teraña directs the play.
Ticket prices start at PHP100 (US$2) and are available through this number: +63 927 994 5421. For more information, visit the Far Eastern University Theater Guild’s Facebook page.
Choose from 19 películas in Manila’s annual Spanish film festival
Date: Oct. 3 – 13, Thursday to Sunday
Venue: Greenbelt 3, Ayala, Makati City
Returning on its 18th year is the annual Película Spanish Film Festival, which will run for 11 days at Greenbelt 3 showcasing 19 award-winning Spanish and Latin American films that were produced in recent years (2016 – 2019). The lineup features everything from same-sex marriage biopics and political-crime thrillers to a ballet drama and a comedy about an art dealer’s woes. Read our primer on the festival here.
Tickets start at PHP100 (US$2) and are available at the Greenbelt 3 cinema box office, or at the Sureseats website.
Go on a paper binge convention
Date: Oct. 5, Saturday 10am – 7pm
Venue: Prosperity Hall, The Elements at Centris, Quezon City
Paper hoarders, postcard collectors, and stationery sniffers assemble — a full day of shopping with like-minded individuals is being brought to you by Papercon. There are VIP swag bags, limited edition pins, stickers, and some one-of-a-kind merch all available your perusal. But hurry — the convention is just a one-day affair.
Tickets start at PHP100 (US$2), and are available for purchase at the venue. Visit Papercon PH on Facebook for more details.
Get booze and music on tap at Resorts World Manila’s October Fiesta
Date: Oct. 4 & 5, Friday & Saturday, 4pm – 12m
Venue: Resorts World Manila, 2nd Floor, Newport Mall, Pasay City
To mark the globally celebrated annual German beer fest and Resorts World Manila’s 10th anniversary, over 30 craft brewers from the Philippine Craft Beer Community will tempt you with various thicknesses and shades of booze.
The two-day beer lovers’ gathering promises an array of feasts and pulutan (food pairings) to go with your craft beers, as well as musical acts like Paolo Santos, Migz Haleco, and Davey Langit on Oct. 4, and Hans Dimayuga, Tiara Shaye, Juno, and Hello Caesar on Oct. 5.
Door charges start at PHP1,000 (US$19), which includes five beer chows, three local craft beer servings, and one raffle coupon.
Soak up some weekend outdoor shopping south of Manila
Date: Oct. 5 & 6, Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 10pm
Venue: Molito Lifestyle Garden Area, Alabang
If you’ve ever been to Alabang, you’ll know that it’s a much more chill place than Manila, and with the holiday season upon us, who can resist a little weekend shopping? The Molito Street Fair at the Molito Lifestyle Garden Area in Alabang promises trinkets from maker-manned booths: from handmade jewelry and bracelets to indoor and outdoor plants for your garden or apartment. Plus, there’ll be a wide-array of finger food and drinks in case you get hungry from all that shopping.
Entrance is free. Make it a date?
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