Weekend Warrior: Nov. 14 – 17

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.

Watch a tribute to a Filipino film director 

Late Director Danny Zialcita. Photo: ABS-CBN News

Date: Nov. 14, Thursday – Dec. 5, Thursday
Venue: Archivo 1984, La Fuerza Compound, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City

“Ang Baliw na Baliw na Daigdig ni Danny Zialcita” (“The Really Crazy World of Danny Zialcita”) opens this Thursday at Makati City’s Archivo 1984 Gallery. The exhibition will feature rare photographs, posters, and an unveiling of the late director’s previously lost film Incognito.

Zialcita dominated Philippine cinemas in the late ’70s and ’80s with dramatic films focusing on relationships. The late director is behind the crazy domestic drama Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap? (“Why Are Clouds Thin?”), the sexual comedy Mga Daga sa Labas ng Lungga (“Mice Outside the Mice Hole”), and the TV drama “Gaano Kadalas Ang Minsan?” (“How Frequent is Sometimes?”).

Zialcita was also an art collector, which is why the exhibit will also show some of his paintings, as well as rare movie posters, plus a sound installation piece by contemporary visual artist Ian Jaucian.

The exhibit will run for three weeks, and admission is free. For details visit Archivo 1984’s Facebook page.


Attend a script writing masterclass by award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee

Photo: Ricky Lee / FB

Date: Nov. 16, Saturday, Nov. 23, Saturday, Nov. 30, Saturday
Venue: UPFI Media Center, UP Film Institute, Ylanan Street, Diliman, Quezon City

Attend the first leg of this three-weekend script writing masterclass that allows you to sit with award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee, who’s written over 180 film scripts and bagged over 70 trophies from various award-granting bodies in the country. Lee also authored the script writing manual, Trip to Quiapo, a best-selling book and required reading in communications courses in several schools in the Philippines.

This Saturday’s six-hour course will begin with conceptualizing characters and story, including where to find ideas, how to search for creative triggers, and thinking outside of the box. The second Saturday’s program will focus on the actual script writing and fleshing out stories, as well as applying genre templates. The third and final Saturday will focus on revising stories, using dialogue, editing, and finishing the script.

The fee is PHP1,000 (US$20), which can be paid at the Ticket2ME website. Visit the UP Film Institute page for more details.


Watch a Filipino adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone

Photo: Tanghalang Ateneo / FB

Date: Nov. 16, Saturday to Nov. 30, Saturday
Venue: Black Box Theater, FA Annex, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City

Antigone vs. the People of the Philippines is theater group Tanghalang Ateneo’s take on the Greek playwright Sophocle’s famous tragedy Antigone, whose titular female lead buries her brother alive when he becomes an enemy of the state. This new adaptation attempts to get to know Antigone further by transposing the tragedy to the modern-day Philippines, where the nation’s traitors are given honorable burials, the innocent murdered, and history is revised.

The work poses questions like, “Where will one woman place herself amidst discussions of justice and human rights?”, and “What can you give up in order to fight for justice, humanity, and the greater good?” Directed by Tara Jamora Oppen and adapted to the stage by Sabrina Basilio, the show will run for two weeks in Quezon City’s Ateneo de Manila University.

Tickets are PHP350 (US$7) for Ateneo students, and PHP400 (US$8) for the general public. For tickets, visit Tanghalang Ateneo’s Facebook page.


‘Pig’ out at this two-day plant-based outdoor buffet

Photo: Coconuts Manila

Date: Nov. 16, Saturday & Nov. 17, Sunday, 8am – 10pm
Venue: BGC Arts Center, 26th St, BGC, Taguig City

Now on its fourth year, the two-day outdoor VegFest Pilipinas will bring together over a hundred merchants selling food items completely devoid of animal products, while still packing a punch in the flavor department. Meat-free street food skewers, pizza, burgers, and non-dairy ice creams, cheeses, and desserts are on the menu, alongside cruelty-free non-food products.

Some live musical performances, cooking demos, talks, and even trivia nights will be thrown in for good measure. Last year’s Veg Fest Pilipinas attracted at least 1,000 attendees.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Read about it in full detail here.


See tiny cheerleaders get tossed through the air in this annual cheerdance competition

2018’s UAAP Cheerdance Champions Photo: NU Pep Squad / FB

Date: Nov. 17, Sunday, 12pm – 11pm
Venue: Mall Of Asia Arena, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Now on its 25th outing, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’s (UAAP) annual Cheerdance Competition is one of the most hotly anticipated of UAAP’s calendar events. Cheerdance teams from eight universities will each compete in the 11-hour program as male and female athletes get tossed in the air, land in splits, build human pyramids, and perform peppy cheers.

Last year’s winner was the National University’s Pep Squad. The event will be housed in Pasay City’s Mall of Asia indoor arena this Sunday, so be sure to pop by to cheer on your, erm, cheerleaders.

Tickets start at PHP50 (US$0.90) for general admission, and go up to PHP400 (US$8) for a Patron box, and are available on-site.

To learn more, check UAAP’s Cheerdance Competition Facebook page here.

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