6 events to go this weekend of June 15 to June 17

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Be part of a pride-themed fundraising poetry and open mic night on Saturday, June 16 at Mow's Bar, Quezon City. Photo from METRO MANILA PRIDE/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, catch performances by local bands and artists during a Vinyl Day celebration, join a pride-themed poetry and open mic night, browse through stacks of books, magazines, and other reading materials in an intimate book fair, know more about LGBTQI+ issues, purchase books for the children of oppressed farmers, and listen to a talk by a multi-awarded film historian and filmmaker.

IpagLOVEan poetry and open mic night

This Saturday, June 16, be part of a pride-themed fundraising poetry and open mic night. Tickets cost ₱250 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Metro Manila Pride, the organization that hosts the annual Pride March and Festival.

The program will start at 8 p.m. at Mow’s Bar, 20 Matalino St., Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

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Komura; book fair

Warehouse Eight, a creative compound in Makati, and Kwago, an independent bookshop, are once again holding the Komura; book fair. The fair, inspired by the library in Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka on the Shore,” aims to be a “haven for deep and honest exchange of curiosities and a platform to showcase and explore the possibilities of a book.”

There will also be an open vinyl lounge, a reading area, zine-making workshops, video games, and fiction-inspired cocktails, among others. The book fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Warehouse Eight, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

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Satchmi Vinyl Day 2018

Celebrate Vinyl Day on Saturday, June 16 at The Axon, Green Sun. The event, hosted by music store Satchmi, will feature performances by Sandwich, Quest, Carousel Casualties, Ourselves The Elves, Lions & Acrobats, BP Valenzuela, Taken By Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, Munimuni, Flying Ipis, and Ben & Ben. There will also be records and Motorino turntables up for sale.

Entrance is free. Green Sun is located at 2285 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

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Nick De Ocampo: 100 Years of Philippine Cinema

The multi-awarded historian and filmmaker Nick De Ocampo will lead a discussion on new perspectives on Philippine film history this Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m., at Ayala Museum. This is the first installation of the series of talks led by De Ocampo. He is also working on a five-volume history of Philippine cinema which includes Cine: Spanish Influences on Early Cinema in the Philippines; Film: American Influences on Philippine Cinema; and EIGA: Cinema in the Philippines During World War II. His other books include “Short Film: Emergence of a New Philippine Cinema,” “Beyond the Mainstream: The Films of Nick Deocampo,” “Lost Films of Asia,” and “SineGabay: A Film Study Guide.”

The lecture seeks to question “the century-old dominance of popular mainstream cinema by presenting new paradigms that call for a wider and more inclusive definition of ‘national cinema.’”

Ayala Museum is located at Makati Ave. cor. Dela Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit the Ayala Museum website.

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PRIDE Speaks

Learn about LGBTQI+ issues, advocacies, and intersectionalities on June 17 at Sunday Socials. The speakers include Atty. Jazz Tamayo, president of Rainbow Rights, an NGO that aims to further legal literacy and empowerment in relation to SOGIE-based laws and policies, JC Mercado, a community organizer of the People’s Coalition for Food Sovereignty, and Juan Miguel Severo, a spoken word artist. The event is free but donations are welcome to raise funds for the Pride March and Festival.

The discussion will be held at Commune, 36 Polaris St., Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.

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Libro, Hindi Bala!

Earlier this year, a new army battalion was created in Eastern Visayas to put an end to the supposed insurgency in the region. Activists have said that Eastern Visayan farmers have been forced to surrender as purported members of the New People’s Army. Because of this, farmers and their families are coerced to leave their livelihoods and find sources of incomes elsewhere. The children, in particular, become vulnerable to trafficking.

On June 17, the Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women, Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo, BUFFALO-TAMARAW-LIMUS, the Northern Samar Small Farmers Association and Gantala Press will hold a fundraising book sale for the children of Eastern Visayan farmers. The fundraiser will be at Catch272, 41-B, T. Gener St., Quezon City. For more information, visit their Facebook event page.