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.
Kick off the holidays early and attend a Halloween bash tonight
Date: Oct. 30, Wednesday,
Venue: Today X Future, 32 General Malvar Ave, Cubao, Quezon City
Hip pub hangout Today X Future is holding its annual Halloween party, Sukob sa Cubao (Shelter in Cubao), featuring a shot of cold Jagermeister to go with the door charge and DJ sets by Celeste Lapida, Major Chie, Mang Melvin, Giangangbang, and electronic-pop duo Tarsius to tide you through the early hours of the morning — assuming you’re starting the holiday early.
Be sure to dress up inventively as exciting prizes for best costumes await. Door charge is PHP150 (US$3). Come through.
Support a cause, and watch a good old Filipino rock band’s 29th anniversary gig
Date: Oct. 31, Thursday, 8pm till late
Venue: 19 East Bar & Grill, Km 19 East Service Road, Sucat, Muntinlupa City
Hard rock band Razorback is killing two birds with one stone at a Thursday gig at 19 East Bar & Grill, where they’ll be celebrating their 29th anniversary (happy birthday, guys!), and helping out fellow musician Chikoy Pura by donating all proceeds of the show to his hospital bills.
Pura, whose rock band The Jerks was formed in the ’80s, was diagnosed last year with T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. But the 62-year-old rock legend was still performing in gigs up until October.
Razorback’s Basti Artadi, Nino Mendoza, and Kevin Roy will be performing music from their eight albums, which may include hits “Wakasan” (“End it”) and “Dagat ng Pag-asa” (“Sea of Hope”). Bands Hoochie Coochie Mikkie, Black Wolf Gypsies Music, and GRT – Gin Rum and Truth will open the one-night-only show. Door charge is at PHP300 (US$6).
Haul art supplies at this month-long holiday sale
Date: Nov. 1, Friday – Dec. 1, Monday, 10am – 10pm
Venue: Art Bar stores nationwide
Go on an art shopping binge and cart brushes, pencils, acrylic, art history books, and maybe even some charcoal at any any Art Bar store across the country as they slash up to 50 percent off everything on the shelf. Yes, everything. Curated top brands like Daniel Smith, PanPastel, Sennelier and Natural Earth Paint will have you donning a beret and grabbing a palette in no time. Too forced? Well, at least they’re affordable gifts for your real artist friends.
See a French-Filipino collab live painting session
Date: Nov. 2, Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Venue: SM Aura Premiere, 26th St., Corner McKinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
In keeping with the arty spirit, French cultural embassy Alliance Française de Manille is hosting a live painting session featuring a collaboration between renowned French artist Daco (who made his name painting France’s subways with his signature colorful geometric animals and abstract lettering), and Filipino artist Egg Fiasco (known for graffiti that marries folk art, comic graphics, toys, and tattoo culture).
The one-day-only Philippine-French live painting collaboration is free to the public at Taguig’s SM Aura Premiere.
Catch up on the holiday fun by attending this post-Halloween festivity
Date: Nov. 3, Sunday, 4pm – 10pm
Venue: Paseo de Roxas Avenue (beside Ayala Triangle Gardens)
Round out the holiday with this post-Halloween celebration from Makati Street Meet. If you were too busy to attend Halloween festivities this week, then this seven-hour celebration this long weekend featuring music, an arts and crafts workshop, and face-painting sessions for you and the kids should let you catch up. Awards for best costume are still due and a slew of merchants lined up across the street will help you get in the spirit.
Spook Bonus: Eco group Green Space will be doing a talk on waste composting. Streets are open and admission is free.
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