8 things to do this weekend (September 15 to September 17)

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The Singapore Travel Showcase will feature a hawker-inspired food zone, Singapore brands, and collaborations between “Passion Made Possible” brand personalities and Filipino makers.

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, experience Singapore at a travel showcase, go to an international book fair, attend an event featuring multi-media artists, join workshops and live performances together with national minorities, dance to electronic music, witness the launch of an online museum, participate in a celebration of youth and student movement history, and watch films from the European Union.

Singapore Travel Showcase

Singapore is set to introduce its “Passion Made Possible” tourism campaign with a three-day showcase at the SM Megamall Mega Fashion Hall starting Sept. 15 to Sept. 17. The event will feature a hawker-inspired food zone, Singapore brands, and collaborations between “Passion Made Possible” brand personalities and Filipino makers. Travel deals and performances will be included as well. For more information, check the Facebook event page or the Visit Singapore official page.


Manila International Book Fair

The Manila International Book Fair makes more space for books and book lovers this year, as it expands to two floors of the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, on Sept. 13 to 17. The annual book fair, tagged as the ‘biggest and longest running book fair in the country,’ includes a comprehensive roster of 179 exhibitors, offering a diverse selection of written works for every kind of bibliophile. This year, the second floor of the SMX has been set aside especially for children’s books and young adult fiction.

After a keynote speech from T.V. host Boy Abunda, who discussed his love for books, the fair officially opened on Sept. 13, and will include side events such as talks, book signings, launches, special performances, cosplay competitions, a film showing, a pageant, and a storytelling contest, among others. Books, both rare and new, are available in mostly discounted prices.

Visitors are advised to secure a map in the secretariat to navigate the labyrinth of the book fair, and to prepare ₱20 for the entrance fee. But visitors can get in for free through any of the partner exhibitors’ individual promos. For more details on the exhibitors and the schedule of events, visit the web site and the Facebook event page.


TR LIVE Vol. 2 co-presented by adidas and Commonwealth

TR Live Vol. 2 is a multi-media engagement series, giving artists a platform to share their talents and experiences before an intimate audience. Vol. 2 traces the progression of the adidas sneaker EQT from 1991 to 2017, aiming to “show the importance of makers in evolving what is deemed essential.”

The event includes visual presentations from Samantha Lee, Ria Arante, and The Public School Manila, and sound performances from rhxanders, Justin De Guzman, and pillowtalk. Each group will then form a panel to answer questions and share stories, to be moderated by Similarobjects.

TR Live Vol. 2 will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Commonwealth PH, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway, Taguig. For more details, check the Facebook event page.


Bangkakawan: Lakbayan Hip Hop Unity Jam

On Sunday, Sept. 17, everyone is invited to join Bangkakawan, a day-long solidarity event with Moros, Lumads, and other national minorities who have recently visited Manila to fight for their right to self-determination and just peace. The unity jam is part of the series of events for the annual Lakbayan para sa mga Pambansang Minorya, which started this month.

The event includes workshops, live mural performances, as well as other opportunities for cultural exchange, aiming to bridge different community cultures and at the same time, build resistance against imperialist forces. Admission is free. Bangkakawan starts at 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m at the UP Equine Stud Farm along C.P. Garcia Ave., Quezon City. For more details, check the Facebook event page or visit the Salupongan International page.


Road to Ultra Philippines

Feast your eyes at Road to Ultra, a single-stage event that showcases world class visuals, lights, pyrotechnics, and kryogenics, along with electronic dance music from artists all over the world. Created by the team behind the Ultra Music Festival, Road to Ultra marks its third time in the Philippines, this time headlined by Zedd, Hardwell, along with acts Getter, REZZ, and Sam Feldt. The event starts at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, and will go on until 3 a.m. the next day, Sept. 16, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Tickets are on sale (only VIP tickets remain) through this link. For more information, visit the website or the Facebook event page.


Launch of MartialLawMuseum.ph

In time for the 45th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration by the former President Ferdinand Marcos, an online museum will be launched as “a communal response that aims to counter historical revisionism.” MartialLawMuseum.ph will feature art, essays, and other resources about the events during the crucial period in Philippine history.

Dr. Ma. Serena I. Diokno, professor at the Department of History, University of the Philippines will be delivering the keynote message during the launch at the Escaler Hall, Ateneo De Manila University, on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Balikwas: Kasaysayan at mga aral ng Kilusan ng Kabataan

In time for the 40th anniversary of the League of Filipino Students and the 60th anniversary of the National Union of Students of the Philippines, “BALIKWAS: Kasaysayan at mga Aral ng Makabayan at Militanteng Kilusan ng Kabataan” will be held in “celebration of the youth and student’s rich history and continuing relevance. It aims to review the important high points and lessons in the youth and student movement’s history and to lay down the prospects at present.” Join youth organizations and other groups on Friday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m. at UP Diliman for a forum and at 6 p.m. for a cultural night.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.


Cine Europa

Dubbed as the 'longest and wildest film festival,' Cine Europa opens on Saturday, Sept. 16, with the public screening starting on Sept. 17 at Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong. The festival, which is now on its 20th year, includes a mix of 24 contemporary and classic films from the European Union (EU). The 16 countries from the EU joining the film festival are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Norway.

Shangri-La Plaza is located at EDSA corner Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong. For more information, visit their event page.