9 events to go to this long weekend (November 10 to November 15)

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On Nov. 14, celebrate the Philippine Chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) with a musical festival featuring Franco, Parokya ni Edgar, The Ransom Collective, Silent Sanctuary, Ben&Ben, Sandwich, and nine other musical acts from the ASEAN region. Image from ASEAN MUSIC FESTIVAL/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — During the long break, thanks to Manila hosting the ASEAN Summit, grab your favorite komiks from your favorite komikeros, learn about the life and work of National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin, attend a craft beer showcase, see an exhibit that tackles the ‘cultural aches’ of Manila, take part in an arts festival, celebrate the 50th year of the ASEAN with a music festival, watch new Filipino independent films and festival favorites from around the world, go to a three-woman exhibit, and get copies of new titles from a university publishing house.

The ASEAN Music Festival

On Nov. 14 at the Ayala Triangle Gardens, celebrate the 50th year and the Philippine chairmanship of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) with a musical festival featuring Franco, Parokya ni Edgar, The Ransom Collective, Silent Sanctuary, Ben&Ben, Sandwich and nine other musical acts from the ASEAN region.

Admission is free. For more information visit the Facebook event page.



Komikon 2017

The longest running Filipino komiks convention, Komikon, will hold its 13th annual gathering of comic book artists and publishers on Nov. 11 and Nov. 12 at the Unilab Bayanihan Center. The event will highlight Filipino comics, the different concepts, genres, and styles that have been executed, regardless of whether these were self-published or not. Through this event, the convention also intends to be a space for aspiring Filipino comic artists to know more about the industry and the ways in which they can contribute.

Unilab Bayanihan Center is located at 8008 Pioneer St., Pasig City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.



Muhon Lecture Series: The Big Idea

On Nov. 11, Saturday, at 2 p.m., a lecture about the legacy of National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin — best known for his design of the Philippine International Convention Center — will be discussed. This is in tangent with the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, “Muhon: Traces of an Adolescent City.” The lecture will dive deep into Locsin’s design process, his architectural philosophies, and his “quest for meaning in architecture.” Speakers in this lecture include Leandro Y. Locsin, the frontliner of architecture firm Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP), and Alexandra Dominic Mayoralgo, who is the senior architect at LVLP.

The event will be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.



Craft: The Art of Beer and Brew

Attend a local craft beer showcase on Friday, Nov. 10, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Warehouse Eight. For ₱150, you can have three flights of different kinds of 110ml craft beer, and you may also avail yourself a buy-one-get-one beer promo for only ₱80. Performances by five-piece band The Clamshell Boxes, acoustic artist Yanna Chuaunsu, and singer Joaqui Madamba are expected to fill the place with tunes. This showcase is presented by UP Junior Marketing Association, in partnership with Uber, Warehouse Eight, and The Philippine Craft Kings (a company that offers beers from local brewers).

Warehouse Eight is located at La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.



Form out of Material. Material out of Form

Visual artists Monica Delgado, Michelle Pérez, and Atsuko Yamagata will be closing off the year for Gallerie Duemilla with their exhibit, “Form out of Material. Material out of Form.” These artists have experimented in challenging the boundaries of paint and form: from bursts of hues, layered drips and squeezed out paints, and the use of organic materials that reflect the role of nature in art.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. Galleria Duemila is located at 210 Loring St. 1300 Pasay City. Check the Facebook event page for more details.


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Harvest 2017: The Ateneo Press Grand Launch

Twenty-seven books will be ‘harvested’ during the grand launch of the Ateneo Press. The books to be launched include “The Duterte Reader,” which compiles critical essays on the first year of Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency, “Bagay: Gabay sa Pagsulat sa Wikang Filipino” by Alvin Yapan, “Friend Zones: An Anthology of Stories for Young Adults ” edited by Cyan Abad-Jugo, and “Magandang Gabi Bayan: Nation, Journalism Discourse, and Television News in the Philippines” by Estelle Marie M. Ladrido.

The grand launch will be on Friday, Nov. 10, 5 p.m. at the 5th floor of the Rizal Library in Ateneo De Manila University. For more information visit the Facebook event page.



Bloom Arts Festival 2017

Bloom Arts Festival celebrates emerging artists of the country by putting them all together in one event. This year, the three-day festival (from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12) will feature over 120 artists spread in over 10 venues around Poblacion, Makati. There will also be eight performances from musicians such as Ourselves the Elves, The Diegos, tide/edit, and Big Hat gang, among others. Expect live art performances from Egg Fiasco, Kris Abrigo, Quiccs, and a whole lot more.

Featured artists include Zeus Bascon, Cos Zicarelli, Dex Fernandez, Isobel Francisco, Doktor Karayom, Kiko Escora, Anina Rubio, Nice Buenaventura, Kay Aranzanso, Tokwa Peñaflorida, Derek Tumala, Gabriel Villegas, Terence Eduarte, Kristine Caguiat, Raxenne Maniquiz, and Apol Sta Maria.

For the complete lineup and more details, visit the Facebook event page.


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Cinema One Originals 2017

This year’s Cinema One Originals will feature seven new full length features and two documentaries from emerging and established filmmakers. The new films are:

  • “Changing Partners” by Dan Villegas: a gender-shifting musical drama starring Agot Isidro, Jojit Lorenzo, Sandino Martin, and Anna Luna.
  • Si Chedeng at Si Apple” by Fatrick Tabada (the writer of “Patay na si Hesus”) and Rae Red (the writer of “Birdshot”): about a 66-year-old woman (played by Gloria Diaz) who decides to come out of the closet after the death of her husband.
  • “Historiographika Errata” by Richard Somes: an ensemble film starring Alex Medina, Nathalie Hart, and Joem Bascon, about “historical facts, fictions and in-betweens” pertaining to Philippine history
  • Nay” by Kip Oebanda: a horror film which stars Enchong Dee, Jameson Blake, and Sylvia Sanchez, and promises to be one of the ‘bloodiest’ horror films in local cinema.
  • “Throwback Today” by Joseph Teoxon: a sci-fi ‘rewriting of personal history’ starring Carlo Aquino, Annicka Dolonius, and Kat Galang.
  • “Nervous Translation” by Shireen Seno: a film about about a shy eight-year-old girl (Jana Agoncillo) who discovers a pen that can translate her thoughts and feelings.
  • Paki” by Gian Abrahan: about the ‘secret life of #TitasofManila and starring Dexter Doria.
  • “Haunted: A Visit to the Red House” by Phyllis Grande: a documentary about the women raped by Japanese soldiers in the famous ‘bahay na pula’ during World War II.
  • Bundok Banahaw: Sacred and Profane” by Dempster Samarista: a film that explores the mysteries of the mystic mountain and the people who visit for its sacred knowledge.

The festival will also feature 13 foreign films including “Call Me By Your Name,” “A Fantastic Woman,” “Zama” and a 4K digital restoration of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” as well as new restorations of Philippine cinema classics such as “Moral” and “Tag-ulan sa Tag-araw.

The festival will run from Nov. 13 to Nov. 21 in Trinoma, Glorietta, Gateway, UP Cine Adarna, Cinema 76, and Cinematheque Manila with an extended run from Nov. 22 to Nov. 28 at Power Plant Mall. For more information visit the Cinema One Originals Facebook page.



Walang Kikilos

The “Walang Kikilos” exhibition is a mixed and multi-media installation that displays “the rhythms, patterns, textures, muscular memories, and cultural aches that relentlessly throb in our beloved city, Manila.” The exhibit runs from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery. The exhibit is a collaborative project among 20 artists, namely: Romeo Lee, Idan, Lourd de Veyra, MM Yu, Ronnie Lazaro, Carina Evangelista, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Gerome Soriano, Jun Sabayton, Jayvee del Rosario, Kaloy Olavides, Kawayan de Guia, Lani Maestro, Louie Cordero, Mark Salvatus, Poklong Anading, Neo Maestro, Paul Mondok, Rico Entico, and Paulo Alcazaren.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts is located at 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.