QCinema, an indigenous textile bazaar, and more in this weekend’s event and promo guide

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The QCinema International Film Festival opens tonight with Park Chan-Wook's "The Handmaiden." Photo from THE HANDMAIDEN/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, watch old and new remarkable films in the malls of northern Manila, feel the texture of indigenous fabrics in a market fair, learn to sing in French in an embassy’s open house, witness a live scoring of short films, celebrate the best of local music with an indie record label, shop in a huge 70-percent-off sale, take advantage of a free pass to a museum and library, get to watch your old home movies again on a big screen, and support the efforts of rural women by buying their handmade products in a bazaar.

 

QCinema International Film Festival

The QCinema International Film Festival opens tonight and will run until next Saturday, Oct. 22, featuring special segments besides the feature-length and shorts competitions, such as throwback films from the 80s, regional films, and tributes to Mike De Leon and Krzysztof Kieslowski. The films will be screened in mall cinemas in and around Quezon City: Trinoma, UP Town Center, Gateway, and Robinsons Galleria. Tickets cost ₱150 per screening; a day pass is good for four screenings and costs ₱600, while a festival pass of ₱1,500 allows you to watch 10 films in the festival.

Visit QCinema’s website for the full screening schedule and ticket reservations. Check the guide to the lineup here.

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Likhang HABI Market Fair

HABI, the Philippine Textile Council, is hosting a market fair showcasing the traditional art of weaving, as well as homegrown fabrics. This year’s Likhang HABI, which is on its 6th edition, champions a return to pure cotton in weaving in a country where the cultivation of cotton is slowly dying out, albeit the homegrown material’s fine quality.

Watch Philippine weavers demonstrate their craft and support local textile products at the market fair this Friday, Oct. 14 until Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Ave., Makati City.

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Alliance Française de Manille’s open house

Alliance Française de Manille is holding another open house this weekend, filled with activities such as free French classes, storytelling, and workshops in conversation, singing, and theater as well as movie screenings.

The event is free to all and will take place at Alliance Française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel-Air II, Makati City from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. For program updates, visit the embassy’s Facebook page.

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Katha: Musika x Pelikula

Katha is a production series culminating the collaboration of two art forms for each of its events. This year, the production will be merging music and film: short films will be screened and scored live by local artists of diverse genres. Hosted by non-profit organization Para sa Sining, the event will be divided into three shows running for two days, from Friday, Oct. 14 to Saturday, Oct. 15 at Events Space 1 of Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Makati City.

Tickets are available through this link and cost ₱280 for each show, with possible online charges. Tickets are also available at the door for ₱330. A MyBondle pass is also available for ₱500, which allows you to watch any two shows of your choice, and may only be purchased through mybondle.com.

Check Para sa Sining’s Facebook page for more details.

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Wide Eyed Records Manila’s 5th anniversary party

The indie record label that brought you bands such as Ang Bandang Shirley and The Strangeness is celebrating five years of promoting local indie music. This event will have free tarot card readings, a home appliance raffle, and live performances from the label’s roster, as well as comic readings by three artists.

Entrance costs ₱250 and comes with a free drink, a free tarot reading session, and a raffle stub. Check the show’s lineup and learn more about Wide Eyed Records by visiting their Facebook page.

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SM Megamall’s mega 3-day sale

SM Megamall will be having a huge sale, with up to 70 percent off on selected items in certain stores. SM and BDO Rewards card holders will get an extra 10 percent off on these items, provided that they shop from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the opening day of the sale, Friday, Oct. 14. The sale will last until Sunday, Oct. 16.  Follow the mall’s Facebook page for more updates.

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Free Museum Day at the Lopez Museum and Library

The Lopez Museum is celebrating National Museums and Galleries Month by opening their doors for free on Saturday, Oct. 15. Entrance to the library will also be waived and there will be guided tours all throughout the day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Lopez Museum is located on the ground floor of Benpres Bldg., Exchange Road cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig. For more information, visit Lopez Museum’s website.

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Home Movie Day

You can finally watch your old home movies again this weekend at Home Movie Day, where archivists from the National Film Archives of the Philippines invite everyone to bring in their old format films — in super8, 8mm, 16mm, VHS, or Betamax — for inspecting, cleaning, and screening. There will also be demonstrations, discussions, games and prizes, as well as a mini-art fair where everyone is encouraged to bring in their artworks for sale or barter.

Home Movie Day will take place at the Cinematheque Centre Manila, 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome for those who only wish to be part of the audience.

Those who are interested to bring their films or artworks can register through this link. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details.

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Women’s Market

The artists organization DAKILA (along with Oxfam and Pambansang Koalisyon ng Kababaihan sa Kanayunan) is organizing a bazaar celebrating women on International Rural Women’s Day, featuring talks from entrepreneurs and members of rural women’s groups, as well as live performances by Aia De Leon and Nityalila. Products made or grown by rural women will be available at the fair, such woven mats, earrings, massage oils, and even lechon.

The bazaar will take place at Eastwood Citywalk 2, Eastwood City, E. Rodriguez Ave., Bagumbayan, Quezon City on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.