This Month

Join a roundtable discussion on breaking gender stereotypes

In celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples’ Month and Museum and Galleries Month, the National Museum, led by the Ethnology Division in partnership with the NM Gender and Development Focal Point System, is having a roundtable discussion “Breaking Gender Stereotypes: Women Leaders from Negrito Communities.” This is a free event, however, space is limited. Pre-register at [email protected] Only the first fifty (50) participants would be accommodated.

Celebrate the shared culture and arts between the Philippines and Korea

Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival is the annual celebration of the shared culture and arts between the Philippines and Korea. Expect talent competitions, booth activities, and concert featuring Filipino and Korean artists. Also, watch out for the guest K-Pop group performing at the event. For more information, click here.

An exhibition inspired by the Swedish concept “death cleaning”

Döstädning, death cleaning in Swedish, pertains to the process of cleaning house before one passes away. The show plays on this notion as artists create new forms based on given artworks, images, and materials— gathered and kept throughout almost forty years of artistic practice— from the house of artist Ling Quisumbing Ramilo. Death Cleaners will feature 22 artists: Bea Acala, Katrina Andrews, Pope Bacay, Julia Barrameda, Mars Bugaoan, Pin Calacal, Marionne Contreras, Rocelie Deflin, Gale Encarnacion, Carzen Esprela, Ayka Go, ND Harn, Kitty Kaburo, Jessica De Leon, Efren Madlangsakay, Fara Manuel, Isha Naguat, Henrielle Pagkaliwangan, Miguel Puyat, Jel Suarez, Nicole Tee, and Noelle Varela.

Design Week Philippines expands from Intramuros to QC, Makati, and Ortigas

Design Center of the Philippines celebrates the 10th edition of Design Week Philippines (DWP) in four creative hubs across Metro Manila. Workshops, talks, and other activities will be held in key incubators of creativity—Intramuros, Malingap Central in Quezon City, The Alley at Karrivin in Makati, and Robins Design Center in Ortigas.

Design Week Philippines is a biannual multi-faceted platform that brings together creative visionaries from diverse background and disciplines in a series of programs and events that foster creativity and spur innovations.

For more information, visit Design Center of the Philippines on Facebook.

Catch a surfing competition and a music fest at this year’s Lunad sa Balod

Sorsogon is once again holding its national surfing competition, Lunad sa Balod, now on its fourth year. Organized by the Gubat Sorsogon Surfriders Association, Inc. in partnership with the Sorsogon provincial government, the event promises to promote both the Filipino surfing community and Sorsogon as a hotbed for tourism. Surfers from all over the country will be participating at the event, with a powerhouse team of surfers coming in as judges to ensure top-of-the-line competition.

Local music acts will also be performing every night as a bonus for the attendees. The first night will have an open acoustic jam session, while the last two will be an all-out music fest to cap off the event. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Quezon City International Pink Film Festival returns

Now on its third year—and after a two-year hiatus—the Quezon City International Pink Film Festival returns. The festival will showcase international and local critically acclaimed LGBTQ+ films. Accompanying the screenings, there will be seminars on the issues of LGBTQ+ community primarily on health and human rights.
November 14-18: Gateway Cineplex, Araneta Cubao
November 19-21: UP Cine Adarna, UP Diliman
November 22-25: Cinema Centenario, Maginhawa St.

To know more about the festival, click here.

Cinema One Originals Festival 2018 features Rufa Mae Quinto’s comeback

Cinema One Originals film festival is back on its 14th year and this time featuring Rufa Mae Quinto’s comeback as well as John Lapus’ directorial debut. Aside from the nine competing for full-length films, it also features 10 competing shorts, restored films, and best of world cinemas. Click here for the trailer. Tickets are priced at P200 each in major and alternative cinemas and P150 for students and at SM theaters.

This film fest shows the rich variety of German cinema

This year’s German Film Week will showcase the latest films of German cinema. Opening on Nov. 6, the festival will feature 10 full-length feature films at SM Aura and SM North EDSA. For more information about the films, visit the website.

  • SM Aura
  • 10:00 AM
  • November 6 - November 11

An all-star guitar concert featuring Manila’s best classical guitarists

Watch classical guitarists play homegrown music at this all-star guitar concert at Ayala Museum. For inquiries and reservations, call 759-8288 loc. 8272 or email [email protected]


The Midnight Museum is back—this time, it’s a game night with the dead

Ayala Museum’s Midnight Museum is back and on its fifth year, it’s themed Dia de Muertos: Forgotten Souls. There will be a 30-minute horror adventure tour with the performance company Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Ayala Museum’s partner for the event. After the tour, participate in the Mexican game, Loteria, a game of chance and wit with a Filipino twist. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.

Mexican-themed Halloween Party at Santolan Town Plaza

Celebrate the Halloween the Mexican way at Santolan Town Plaza. Participate in their own version of Dia de los Muertos or  Day of the Dead at Viva La Roca. You can buy tickets at the ground floor North Arcade. For more information, visit their Santolan Town Plaza’s Facebook page.

The Peninsula Manila is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Peninsula Manila is raising funds for the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc., its chosen breast cancer charity for years. The hotel is presenting pink-infused dining and room experiences for a month—Pretty in Pink Afternoon Tea set, rosé champagne, pink cocktails as well as mocktails. To know more about the event, visit their website.

Do your early Christmas shopping at Manila FAME 2018

Considered as the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, Manila FAME is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products. It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. For more information, visit their website.

Celebrate art and illustrations at this year’s Inkfest

Fully Booked, in partnership with Ilustrador ng Kabataan, is holding Inkfest. It features an exhibit, an illustration masterclass, artist merchandise, storytelling, and drawing activities for the young and young at heart.

Watch Spanish films at the largest Spanish Film Festival in SEA

The 16th edition of Película-Pelíkula: Manila Spanish Film Festival runs on October 4-20 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, UP Film Center & Instituto Cervantes Intramuros. Full lineup and schedules soon.

See works of masters and up-and-coming artists at ManilArt 2018

In its first decade, ManilArt Art Fair and Exhibition with the theme Ang ARTe ng Pilipinas. It’s a celebration of those who have answered the innate call to be creators, as well as those who have continually supported these local creators. It will run from Oct. 17 to 21 at SMX Aura, Bonifacio Global City.

Sign up for this in-depth course on Philippine history and culture

The Museum Volunteers of the Philippines (MVP) is conducting its annual comprehensive history course to explore the rich history and fascinating culture of the Philippines.

The course is divided into five modules over a span of twenty weeks. Students will meet each Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. from Sept. 26 to Mar. 20, 2019 with breaks for national public holidays.

Registration is now open. For course fee and registration details, send an email to [email protected] and visit their Facebook for more information.