What to do and where to go this weekend (June 23 to 26)

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This year’s Pride March hinges on a call for solidarity with allies, friends, family, and everyone who is open to coming together to form the largest safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Photo from PRIDE MARCH FESTIVAL 2017: #HERETOGETHER/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, celebrate Pride Month in Marikina, spark creative ideas in a festival, attend a talk on horror film by an academic and multi-awarded filmmaker, take part in a yoga class that raises funds for children with cleft lips, inform yourself against fake news, contribute to a good cause in a Makati night bazaar, and learn the ways of mother nature in a gardening workshop.

2017 Pride March Festival: #HereTogether

This year’s Pride March hinges on a call for solidarity with allies, friends, family, and everyone who is open to coming together to form the largest safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. To accommodate this call, the 2017 Pride March will be held at Marikina City’s Plaza de las Alcaldez, on June 24, with festivities beginning at noon.

Marikina has once hosted its own local Pride March in 2016, and has been supportive of LGBTQ+ issues through its own Gender and Development Code and various other activities involving the community.

The March will be kicked off by a Proud Street Fair, an open marketplace for enterprises either owned by members of the LGBTQ+ community or are themed in line with LGBTQ+ issues. The Pride March proceeds after, for 45 minutes, ending in a post-march program with performances.

Admission is free and anyone can join. For more details, click this link or the event page.


Spark Fest 2017

Armi Millare, Baby Ruth Villarama, Dan Matutina, and RJ Ledesma will be among the speakers at the Spark Fest 2017, a festival bringing together some of the best creative entrepreneurs and changemakers in the Philippines. Crowdfunded through The Spark Project, Spark Fest 2017 will feature talks, exhibits, conferences, and other opportunities for participants to create and spark their own creative enterprise.

The event will be held at Top Shelf at Fully Booked, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, on Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are available through this link. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Pelikula: A Talk on Philippine Film with Nick Deocampo (Horror Film)

Multi-awarded filmmaker, film historian, and film advocate Nick Deocampo will be speaking on the second leg of the Pelikula Talks — a series of lectures on Philippine cinema — this time, about horror in Philippine cinema. The event on Saturday, June 24, 3 p.m to 5 p.m., and is hosted by the Ayala Museum in Makati. Previously, on June 17, Deocampo also gave a talk on comedy in local cinema, the first in a three-part lecture series.

Tickets cost ₱350 per session, with special prices at ₱280 for students, ₱315 for museum members, and ₱805 for a season pass. More information is available at the Ayala Museum’s Facebook page.

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Yoga for Smiles Launch

The world celebrates International Day of Yoga on June 21. In line with this, Beyond Yoga, a yoga and fitness studio, partnered with Smiles Train, a cleft charity, to launch Yoga for Smiles, a multi-studio fundraising competition for Smile Train’s local programs.

Four Beyond Yoga studios, each led by a celebrity (Aubrey Miles for Greenhills, Megan Young for Quezon City, Bianca King for Rockwell, and Bubbles Paraiso for Serendra) will encourage students to join and donate for the competition. A “SmileMeter” will track each studio’s progress.

Participants are encouraged to attend a free yoga class and learn more about Smile Train and the Yoga for Smiles Challenge on Saturday, June 24, 4 p.m. at

Beyond Yoga Rockwell, 3/F 38 Rockwell Bldg., Rockwell Drive cor. Palma St., Rockwell Center, Makati City. Reservations can be made through rockwell@igobeyondyoga.com or through 09175229449. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

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Cafe Scientifique: The Age of Misinformation

Now more than ever, it’s becoming more difficult to distinguish fake news from news that comes from legitimate sources. The Mind Museum holds Cafe Scientifique: The Age of Misinformation, with #MindMover and its education assistant Garrick Bercero on Saturday, June 24, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to ask “why our brain resists facts.”

The event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Interested participants may RSVP through this link. The Mind Museum is located at JY Campos Park, 3rd Ave. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, check the Facebook event page.


Swap It Up: A Night Bazaar in Makati

There will be food, cocktails, beer, an open mic, and live music at Swap It Up, a night bazaar in Warehouse Eight, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati, on Friday, June 23, 8 p.m to 12 a.m. The event is a “celebration of the beauty of nature and life through food, music and shopping in Makati City,” and is a one-night event.

Tickets are at ₱50 (₱30 for early birds and for each member of groups of five or more). Proceeds will go to the DSWD Reception and Study Center for Children. For more details, visit the event page.

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Organic Urban Gardening Workshop

Those seeking to start their own urban garden at home can start by attending Cedarhills Garden’s workshop on organic urban gardening on June 24, 1 p.m to 5 p.m. In line with Father’s Day, fathers are treated to 50 percent off on workshop fees, and their companions can avail of a 25 percent discount.

There are only 20 slots per session, so participants are encourage to register by calling  926-2707. More details can be found at the Facebook event page.