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.
Get your Christmas shopping done at this Southern weekend night market
Date: Nov. 28, Thursday to Dec. 23, Sunday
Venue: Old Ford Driveway, Beside Molito 3, Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City
The last weekend leg of Alabang’s Molito Christmas Calle Night Market kicks off this Saturday, and visitors can expect good food, bargain deals, tiny knick-knacks, and gifts for cheap from close to a hundred merchants, plus live music from 4pm until midnight.
On the merch list: everything from house plants and organic soaps to gourmet tuyo (dried fish preserves), lechon belly, and freshly baked pies. Also: no need to wade through Manila traffic if you’re already from the South. Admission is free.
For more details, visit Molito Street Fair’s Facebook page.
Shop books on urbanism and take part in an intimate discussion at the Escolta Block Festival
Date: Nov. 30, Saturday to Dec. 1, Sunday
Venue: Hub: Make Lab, First United Building, Escolta, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Over in the Old Manila district, the Escolta Block Festival closes its month-long run of festivities this weekend with its usual lineup of unique trinkets from the makers’ merchant bazaar — with the addition of a curated book sale pop-up, plus a talk/panel discussion on the city’s traffic congestion woes at Room 500 of the First United Building.
The intimate, urban-centric discussion will include talks like “Project EDSAya!” (or “Project Happy EDSA”) from architect Dan Lichauco, “How’s Your Byahe, Bes?” (“How’s Your Commute, Friend?”) from urban planner Zaxx Abraham and musician Ira Cruz, plus a third talk on city bike-riding from Bike Scouts of the Philippines’ founder Mike Delfin. The curated urbanist reading list book sale at the Hub: Make Lab will include titles like the Monocle Guide to Building Better Cities, Everyday Urbanism, and more. Admission to the talk and festival is free.
For more details, visit Escolta Block’s Facebook page.
Attend the first leg of an international annual goth gig in Poblacion
Date: Nov. 29, Friday
Venue: Limbo, 5374 General Luna, Poblacion, Makati City
Tropical goths, assemble! This International annual subculture gathering comes to the Philippines for the first time at art gallery/event space Limbo in Poblacion. “Eternal Death Wake” heralds the gothic scene with some old and new performers. Listen to live sets from seven bands including post-punk Names are for Tombstones, all-female symphonic metal Ode to La Luna, and power-metal Moonlight Symphony.
Door charge is at PHP250 (US$5) for the one-night-only gig. Music starts at 9pm.
For details, visit Limbo’s Facebook page.
Tap into your mellower side and learn paper-cutting and watercolor painting
Date: Nov. 30, Saturday
Venue: Pineapple Lab, Poblacion, Makati City
Moving on to the mellower side of things, gallery and creative space Pineapple Lab is hosting a daylong two-session workshop in partnership with the Makati Creative Academy: one for a floral watercolor workshop from 9am to 1pm, and another for beginner paper cutting from 2pm until 6pm. Self-taught watercolor artist Pat Abella teaches you the basics of color theory and techniques in painting flowers, while craft artist and digital marketer Chico Santos shows you how to skillfully cut designs on paper on a cutting a mat with the use of an X-acto knife.
Registration fee is PHP1,000 (US$20) for each session. To register, visit Pineapple Lab’s Facebook page.
Catch the SEA Games opening at the Philippine Arena this Saturday
Date: Nov. 30, Saturday – Dec. 11, Wednesday
Venue: Philippine Arena, Bulacan, and in 50 other venues across the National Capital Region
Logistical snafus and heaps and heaps of complaints notwithstanding (or as added entertainment if you’re one to take pleasure in all the chaos), the 30th Southeast Asian Games is still coming this weekend, the fourth time that the Philippines is hosting the regional multi-sport competition.
While the games will be staged at over 50 venues across the National Capital Region from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, its opening will kick off at the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena this Saturday. Watch the games’ opening drama unfold with the ceremonial lighting of that controversial cauldron, with world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo as the torchbearer. Also catch performances by Filipino-American singer-rapper Apl-de-ap, and local favorites KZ Tandingan, Christian Bautista and Lani Misalucha, among others.
Oh, and also support your local athletes.
Take note: duffels and large bags are prohibited inside the premises, as are video cameras, selfie sticks, food and drink, and sharp objects. Gates open at 3:30pm, pre-show at 5pm, and the opening ceremony starts at 7pm.
Ticket prices for the opening ceremony start at PHP1,000 (US$2o) for general admission and climb up to PHP12,000 (US$235) for Patron boxes, all available on SM Tickets’ website.