6 events to go to this weekend of June 29 to July 1

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This Saturday, join LGBTQs and allies as they take to the streets to protest and celebrate the history, culture, identity, and struggles faced by the Filipino queer community. Photo from METRO MANILA PRIDE/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, listen to female artists and gallerists discuss gender, race, and art production, join the LGBTQ community as they march for their rights and celebrate pride, enjoy music from all genres at a multi-stage music festival, take a lecture on Philippine pre-history, catch never before seen plays at the CCP, and watch local independent films at the UP Cine Adarna.

2018 Pride March & Festival

Pride Month celebrations in Manila culminate in the yearly Metro Manila Pride March and Festival, where LGBTQs and allies take to the streets to protest and celebrate the history, culture, identity, and struggles faced by the Filipino queer community.

This year, Metro Manila Pride takes place on Saturday, June 30, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Marikina Sports Center. A Proud Street Fair will be open from 12 p.m. onwards, where festival-goers can claim pre-ordered merchandise, while the program starts at 1 p.m. Assembly time for the march itself is at 3 p.m. From 6 p.m. onwards, attendees can expect a program and dance party featuring performers like Juan Miguel Severo, dance crew TFX, Flying Ipis, The Male Gaze, and more.

The Marikina Sports Center is located at 24 Sumulong Hwy., Marikina City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Contextualizing the Female Narrative

This Saturday, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., head to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design for a talk on how gender and race have influenced the work of gallerists, educators, and artists Agnes Arellano, Silvana Diaz, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya and Brenda Fajardo.

The roundtable discussion, moderated by Karen Flores, will tackle “reclamation, transformation, differentiation, and other strategies that go into art production and dissemination, and influence reception.”

The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design is located at Dominga St., Malate, Manila. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Fête de la Musique 2018

The massive music festival continues this weekend at Intramuros, Laguna, and Baguio. On Friday, June 29, head to the Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros for a show featuring artists like Shirebound & Busking, Tom’s Story, Ebe Dancel, Autotelic, Sandwich, and many others.

On Saturday, June 30, Laguna and Baguio will be holding simultaneous stages. In Laguna, 30 bands will take to two stages — one hiphop stage and one roots, rock, and reggae stage —  at Da Pip Food Park, Pagsanjan. In Baguio, bands like Ang Bandang Shirley, Assembly Generals, Tarsius, Rusty Machines, and more, will be playing at the Malcolm Square on Lower Session Road.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Free lecture on pre-history

This Friday, June 29, the National Museum of Natural History is hosting a public lecture on the paper “Earliest Known Hominin Activity in the Philippines by 709,000 Years Ago,” by its authors Dr. Thomas Ingicco and Marian Reyes - Magloyuan.

Dr. Ingicco and his team are concluding the 2018 excavation season in Rizal, Kalinga where the fossils of the butchered Rhinoceros philippinensis were found.

Dr. Ingicco, from the Musee de I'Homme in Paris and Ms. Reyes-Magloyuan of the Archaeology Division of the National Museum will be discussing “their discoveries in the Kalinga Site, the details of the fossils and the stone tools they have found, and the cutmarks on the bones and what they contribute to the story of humanity.”

The lecture will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is free of charge, but pre-registry is advised. The National Museum of Natural History is located at T.M. Kalaw St., Rizal Park, Manila. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Virgin Labfest 14

This weekend, catch a play at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with Virgin Labfest 14: Silip.

Virgin Labfest is an annual festival of one-act plays by emerging and established playwrights. Now on its 14th year, the Virgin Labfest seeks to provide playwrights with a venue to present unpublished, unstaged works to the public.

This year’s festival runs for 3 weeks and showcases 12 new featured works, 3 ‘revisited’ plays (audience favorites from last year), staged readings, and works from the VLF Writing Fellowship Program.

The CCP is located at CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. Visit the event page for show dates and more information.

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Sinag Maynila at UPFI

Sinag Maynila is an annual film festival that aims to support local independent cinema.

This week, the UPFI Film Center - Cine Adarna is screening Sinag Maynila 2018 entries. On Friday, watch feature films “El Peste” at 2:30 p.m., “Tale of the Lost Boys” at 5 p.m., and “Melodrama / Random / Melbourne” at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, watch the Sinag Maynila Shorts, “Cesar and Magda,” “The Duwende,” “Firestarter,” “Halusinasyon,” “Kalye FM,” and “Pompoms” at 2:30 p.m., the documentary “Journeyman Finds Home: The Simone Rota Story,” at 5 p.m., and the full-length film, “Bomba” at 7:30 p.m.

UPFI Film Center - Cine Adarna is located at Magsaysay Ave., U.P. Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.