5 events to go to this weekend of February 23 to 25

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This year's Asia on Screen festival features 10 films from Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and India. Photo courtesy of ASIA SOCIETY PHILIPPINES

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, watch regional films from across the Philippines, go to an arts festival, learn how to be successful from industry creatives, support Asian cinema, and immerse yourself in the world of LGBTs through short films and plays.

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Cinema Rehiyon X

This year, not only Cinema Rehiyon celebrates a decade of bringing regional films to the fore, it’s also commemorating 100 years of Philippine cinema (the first Filipino film, Jose Nepomuceno’s “Dalagang Bukid,” was released in 1919).

The four-day festival will open on Feb. 25, with the screening of Keith Deligero’s “Babylon,” which is currently competing at the Berlin Film Festival, and Christopher Gozum’s “Dapol Tan Payawar Na Tayug 1931,” which was recently screened at the International Festival Rotterdam.  

The opening ceremonies is at 1 p.m. at Evia Lifestyle Center in Las Piñas City.

Starting Feb. 26, various screenings of films across the regions will be held at venues such as the Far Eastern University, University of the Philippines - Diliman, University of Makati, and De La Salle University.

Forums and workshops will also be held during the duration of the festival.

For complete schedules and listings, visit the Cinema Rehiyon Facebook page.

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Ortigas Art Festival

The first Ortigas Art Festival counts 10 shows and 75 artists throughout its month-long run, from Feb. 23 to March 26 at the Estancia Bridgeway in Capitol Commons.

Some of the participating artists include Allison Wong-David, Helen Mirasol, Peter Sutcliffe, Anthony Victoria, Bon Mujeres, Tuklas, and Kalye Kolektib.

The festival is free and open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday-Sunday).

For more information visit the Facebook event page.



Conversations is a panel discussion on pushing the boundaries of Filipino creativity featuring a diverse roster of speakers from the fashion industry. Hear insights from Ken Samudio, Kim Jones, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Rik Rasos, and Carl Jan Cruz, and learn about what it takes to run a fashion business.

The event is on Feb. 24 (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Commune in Poblacion, Makati.

For more information and tickets, visit the Basic Movement website.

Pink Shorts

PINK Shorts

Pink Shorts, in cooperation with the Manila Biennale and the Australian Embassy, presents the first ever Pink Shorts Art Festival on Feb. 24 and 25 in the historic Intramuros.

The festival will present six short plays and six short films “aiming to deliver selection of contemporary LGBT stories of struggles and aspirations.”

For tickets and other information, visit the Facebook event page.

Asia on Screen

Asia On Screen Film Festival

Watch 10 films from across Asia from Feb. 22 to 25 at Cinema 3 in Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati.

This year’s run, themed “Breaking Barriers,” presents films from Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and India.

Some of the films include “The Wailing” (South Korea), an investigation of a slew of occult murders in a village; “How to Win at Checkers” (Thailand), a coming of age film focused on an orphaned boy; and “Women of the Weeping River” (Philippines), a portrait of Mindanao’s various discords and cultures through its women.

For more information and screening schedules visit SureSeats or the Facebook event page.