7 events to go to this weekend of August 17 to August 19

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Theaters nationwide will only be screening Filipino films from the 2nd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, from Aug. 15 to 21. Photo from PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO/FACEBOOK

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, support local cinema by catching a film at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, join a zero-waste and plastic-free workshop, learn about the struggle of the NutriAsia striking workers, join a conference on the film industry, enjoy a day of coffee and competition, attend an artist’s talk, and watch 10 short films.

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

From Aug. 15 to 21, theaters nationwide will only be screening Filipino films from the 2nd Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. The now annual film festival by the Film Development Council of the Philippines aims to offer “a diverse set of films which pushes the envelope of the movie genres that Filipinos grew to love” — from romantic comedies, musicals to thrillers.

The film festival features eight new films from established and emerging Filipino directors: “We Will Not Die Tonight” by Richard Somes starring Erich Gonzales, “Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi” by Jun Lana starring Sue Ramirez and Jameson Blake, “Madilim ang Gabi” by Adolf Alix Jr. starring Gina Alajar and Philip Salvador, “Signal Rock” by Chito S. Roño starring Christian Bables, “Pinay Beauty” by Jay Abello starring Chai Fonacier, “UnliLife” by Miko Livelo starring Vhong Navarro and Winwyn Marquez, “The Day After Valentines” by Jason Paul Laxamana starring Bela Padilla and JC Castro, and “Bakwit Boys” by Jason Paul Laxamana starring Devon Seron and Vance Larena.

Six films are also part of the festival’s Special Feature Section with films that premiered earlier in other film festivals: “Balangiga: Howling Wilderness” by Khavn De La Cruz, “Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus” by Dwein Baltazar, “High Tide” by Tara Illenberger, “Kiko Boksingero” by Thop Nazareno, “Tu Pug Imatuy” by Arnel Barbarona, and “Paki” by Giancarlo Abrahan.

For schedules and other details visit the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Facebook page.

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Waste Not Want Not: Journey to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle Meet-up

Care for a laid back yet productive Saturday afternoon? On Aug. 18, listen to talks and sharing sessions on starting a zero-waste lifestyle and a plastic-free environment at Kandle Cafe in Quezon City.

The event will feature workshops on composting at home and the trending plastic solutions today. Attendees will also be able to take home a zero-waste kit to help newbies start their plastic-free journey. Admission is free but slots are limited.

Kandle Cafe is located at 113 Mother Ignacia Ave., Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Makisawsaw! A Condiment Making Workshop

For those who want to learn more about the situation of NutriAsia’s striking workers, as well as learn how to make condiments, there will be a condiment-making workshop and conversation on Aug. 18, Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UrbanisMO Community Space.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own fruits and vegetables for sharing, as well as a suggested donation fee of ₱100.

UrbanisMO Community Space is located at 4 Talisay Alley, Brgy. Amihan, Proj. 3, Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Film Industry Conference and Workshop Series: This Time - Asia!

Film buffs and industry professionals can spend this weekend at a conference by international experts and leaders on film funding, post-production, and today’s global market.

The conference, which is part of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, will be held at Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Gen. Aguinaldo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City. To sign up, email fic.fdcp@gmail.com. For further information, visit the Facebook event page.

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2018 Philippine AeroPress Championship

Coffee connoisseurs can convene at EDSA BDG this Saturday, Aug. 18, for the 2018 Philippine AeroPress Championship. The event is open to the public with an entrance fee of ₱150 that comes with a free drink care of EDSA BDG, and will be held from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.

EDSA BDG is located at 209 EDSA, Greenhills, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Artist talk: Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles

This Saturday, Aug. 18, get to know the artist Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles and his latest work, “ANTARES,” which is on view until Aug. 21 at Nomina Nuda.

Arguelles is the author of books of and about poetry, is co-editor of “hal.,” a journal of new writing in Filipino, and teaches literature and creative writing at the De La Salle University in Manila.

“ANTARES” is a mixed media installation with a hardbound hardcover book and pinhole single-channel video which, according to Vincenz Serrano, “explores the entanglements and discrepancies that pervade intimacy.”

The talk will be held at 3 p.m. at Nomina Nuda, 9654 Diamond St., Umali Subd., Batong Malake, Los Baños, Laguna. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Short + Sweet Film Festival

Short + Sweet is the biggest short film festival in the world. This Sunday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy 10 short films for ₱250, which comes with a free drink as well. Attendees also have the chance to vote for the Philippines’ entry to the Short + Sweet International Competition, which is happening at the prestigious Marilyn Monroe Theatre in Hollywood in October.

The event will be held at Pineapple Lab, 6053 R. Palma St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.