Best Things To Do in Manila This Weekend (September 22 to 25)

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Take home piaya, napoleones, and other delectable treats and crafts from the Negros Trade Fair, or visit historically important exhibits and museums. It’s an eventful weekend in Manila!

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Negros Trade Fair

It’s not a coincidence that many beloved chefs, designers, and artists come from the resource-rich island of Negros. At the Negros Trade Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center, you can get your hands on treats such as piaya, napoleones, chorizo de Bacolod as well as other Negrense treats and designer crafts at the country’s longest-running provincial trade fair.

The 36th Negros Trade Fair runs until Sunday, September 25, at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati City.

Angat Buhay Foundation’s “Museum of Hope” opens

Former Vice President Leni Robredo announced that the Museo ng Pag-asa (Museum of Hope) is now open to the public. Visitors can check out the memorabilia and relive the nostalgia of the Kakampink movement during the presidential campaign for the May elections.

Museo ng Pag-asa is at  84 Cordillera St., Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City and is open Tuesdays to Saturdayas from 10am to 4pm. Read more on how to book a slot here.

“Weaving Women’s Words on Wounds of War” at the Ateneo Art Gallery

Image: Ateneo Art Gallery
Image: Ateneo Art Gallery

Enrich your understanding of the Martial Law period amid its 50th anniversary by visiting WWWWW, an exhibition of artworks collectively made by communities of women who endured the punishing impact of impunity during the Martial Law regime. The exhibit is co-presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery with the Ateneo de Manila University Political Science Department of the School of Social Sciences, the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Exhibit runs until Oct. 1 at the Ateneo Art Gallery, 3/F Fredesvinda Almeda Consunji Gallery, Ambeth R Ocampo Gallery, Elizabeth Gokongwei Gallery, Alicia P Lorenzo Gallery. Open from Mondays to Saturdays, 9am to 5pm. For campus access, visit

Singapore’s best eats in Manila

With September nearly over, don’t miss out on your chance to try beloved Singaporean F&B outlets (without having to fly to The Little Red Dot) at The Grid Food Market. Thanks to the Singapore Tourism Board, get a taste of delicious cocktails from The Elephant Room’s pop-up until Sept 30.

The Grid Food Market is at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

Private Pottery Workshops with Bumi & Ashe

If you feel like playing with some clay the sophisticated adult way, Bumi & Ashe is offering private pottery workshops. They even offer private sessions for two so you can bring a date or a friend!

Bumi & Ashe is located at Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City. Sign up on their website.

Louis Poulsen opens in Manila

Mid-century modern fans, brace yourselves: the Louis Poulsen showroom has opened in Manila. Feast your eyes on the classics such as the PH pendant lamps and the Panthella so you can turn your space into stylish MCM paradise.

The Louis Poulsen showroom is distributed by Lights by FGI. Visit the showroom at Twenty-Four Seven McKinley, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Box camera photographer holds 1-month residency at HUB: Make Lab

Images: Box Camera PH / Hub Make Lab
Images: Box Camera PH / Hub Make Lab

HUB: Make Lab is hosting Box Camera PH’s Jovel Lorenzo for a month of pop-up sitter sessions, mini exhibits, and more featuring the art of the box camera. Starting September 3, drop by and learn more about the process behind using the antique camera in contemporary settings.

Drop by starting September 3. HUB: Make Lab is at the First United Building in Escolta, Manila.

Polilya reopens

Poblacion night-goers, rejoice: Polilya returns to the hip district, albeit in a new home. Visit them on Ebro Street for exciting rounds of drinks, food, and dancing anew.

Polilya is at 5767 Ebro St., Poblacion, Makati City. Open Mondays to Saturdays from 5:30pm to 2am. For reservations, call 0917 714 5406.

Take off with a flight (of cocktails) at Mosphil

The folks behind Run Rabbit Run have opened an aviation-themed 20-seater concept bar quite literally inside an aircraft. Enjoy tropical favorites such as Manila International or their signature cocktail, The Red Eye.

Reservations required. Mosphil is open on Tuesdays to Saturdays, 6pm to 11pm, at the Palacio de Memoria, 95 Roxas Blvd., Tambo, Parañaque City. Visit their Instagram page to book a table.

Fotomoto ’22 opens call for submissions

Photographers and artists are invited to submit to “Fotomoto 22: Home”, judged anonymously by a curatorial team composed of some of the most respected names in Philippine photography — Stephanie Frondoso, Tom Epperson, Neal Oshima, Raena Abella, Jes Aznar, Gio Panlilio, and Wawi Navarroza. As Fotomoto writes, “We have emerged from the past two years with new perspectives on our homes, due to prolonged isolation, working and studying from home, migration, displacement, loss of one’s home or finding a new one. The sense of home, while tied to places, may also be as abstract as a feeling, relationship or ritual. We welcome all cultural, historical, socio-political and personal narratives captured through the various genres of photo-based works, from all regions of the Philippines.”

Learn more about submitting your work here.

Taco-Mata serves up NYC-style tacos

It’s all about the tacos for Makati’s hip and hungry scene — and if you’re on the hunt for some of the best in the city, check out Taco-Mata. Your tastebuds will be transported by their NYC-inspired takes such as the Harlem, featuring a delectable southern fried buttermilk chicken wrap, and the Greenwich Village, vegan tacos stuffed with roasted and charred broccoli florets, coconut yogurt, fried onions, and vegan cheddar cheese.

Visit Taco-Mata from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 6pm to 12am at Doña Carmen, corner of Kalayaan, Poblacion, Makati City.

Explore Intramuros and Chinatown by bike

Celebrating History Month? Elevate the usual museum-hopping experience by getting on two wheels and exploring the city’s last historical remnants. Chinatown Museum and Bambike, the country’s first bamboo bike, have teamed up for a bike tour of Manila’s walled city, Intramuros, and Binondo, known as the world’s oldest Chinatown.

The tour takes place every Sunday in August. Register on Bambike’s website here.

Okada Manila reopens The Fountain

Image: Okada Manila
Image: Okada Manila

Drama takeovers aside, Okada Manila brings some good news to the public as it has announced the reopening of its 37,464 square-meter fountain, aptly called The Fountain, for its dancing exhibitions. The Fountain has 739 water nozzles, 2,611 colored lights, and 23 speakers, and is claimed to be the world’s largest dancing water fountain. From July 18 onwards, viewers can enjoy hourly shows from 6 pm to 10 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 6 pm to 12 midnight from Friday to Sunday.

Visit Okada Manila at the New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque City.

UP Vargas Museum mounts exhibit of ill-gotten artwork

If you’ve seen The Kingmaker, then you know where this is headed: The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum has just launched its exhibition, PCGG Artworks Collection: Objects of Study, which is a rather innocuous name for a showcase of artworks confiscated from the Marcos family for being ill-gotten wealth. The exhibition is done in partnership with the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG).

The UP Vargas Museum is at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, University Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. Prior appointments required — message them on Facebook to reserve slots.

Sunday Screenings at Sine Pop

Image: Sine Pop (Facebook)
Image: Sine Pop (Facebook)

Looking to venture out of the usual movie and dinner routine? Check out Sine Pop, a 48-seater boutique cinema housed in a 1948 home that earned a feature in Monocle. On Sundays, Sine Pop showcases short films on “frugal architecture” that comes with an evening tour around its bamboo-filled property.

Sine Pop is at 14 St Mary, Cubao, Quezon City. Message them on their Facebook page for more information.

Dog Days: New Off-Leash Dog Park Opens in Pasig City

Image: Dog Town (Facebook)
Image: Dog Town (Facebook)

Dog lovers and their fur babies will get a kick out of Dog Town, the new 2,000-square-meter off-leash dog park at Megaworld’s Arcovia City in Pasig City, featuring an obstacle course area where you can put your pup’s skills to the test. At just PHP120 (US$2.14), you get an all-day play pass.

Dog Town is located at Arcovia City, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Ugong, Pasig City. Message them on their Facebook page.

Mo’ Cookies Now Has Soft-Serve Ice Cream

Soft-serve surprise! Mo’ Cookies, one of Manila’s favorite cookie brands, brings the addictive quality of their baked goods to their soft-serve ice cream at their new spot at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell.

Try Mo’ Cookies’ new soft-serve batches at the P1 Concourse Level, Powerplant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City.

Fortune W.W.D. Outpost opens on Legazpi Street

Image: royce.portraits / Fortune WWD (Instagram)
Image: royce.portraits / Fortune WWD (Instagram)

One of the city’s most anticipated utilitarian streetwear brands, Fortune WWD, just opened its new outpost, featuring its contemporary takes on silhouettes such as work jackets, dungarees, and camp collar shirts.

Visit the Fortune WWD Outpost at 235 Salcedo St., Legazpi Village, Makati City.

The Ateneo Art Gallery Opens Same-Day Visits

Image: Ateneo Art Gallery
Image: Ateneo Art Gallery

If you suddenly feel like surrounding yourself with visual masterpieces, the Ateneo Art Gallery has now opened same-day registration to visitors. Non-members of the Ateneo community will be requested to pay a modest entrance fee of PHP50 (US$1), while students, alumni, and employees of the Ateneo de Manila University may enter for free.

Visit the Ateneo de Manila University’s Art Gallery in Katipunan, Quezon City.