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Music videos to watch, exhibits to view, and more in this week’s recommendations from the CNN Philippines Life staff. In photo: A still from the "Hanggang sa Langit" music video by Shanne Dandan. Photo from SHANNE DANDAN/YOUTUBE

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, October 11) — This week, attend a webinar about contemporary multimedia art, book a slot to watch three Filipino films in-person, save yourself from maskne with a skincare secret weapon, watch a dreamy new music video, and stay healthy with a candy classic-turned-vitamin.

Watch the music video for Shanne Dandan’s latest dreamy single

Lately my sonic preferences have veered towards the "healing" persuasion (something heavily influenced by K-Drama “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha” and its status as a "healing drama"). Slow sounds help me to put a pause on the busyness and chaos of daily life, so singer-songwriter Shanne Dandan’s latest single “Hanggang Sa Langit” fit right into my playlist.

Though the lyrics focus on love gained and lost, the ‘50s-style riffs and sweet melody were enough for me to recall why Dandan and her boyfriend, fellow singer-songwriter and constant collaborator Zild Benitez make for a perfect match creatively. The dreamy music video, directed by Aijalonica Lei, makes this a fitting visual timed for Mercury retrograde. — GABY GLORIA

Learn about how artists incorporate 3D printing, coding, and AI in their work at this webinar

From the concept of NFTs to considerations of artificial intelligence, the move towards newer technologies make it an exciting and polarizing time for contemporary art. Following the signs of the times, the Ateneo Art Gallery has invited three visual artists to discuss how they used 3D printing, coding, AI, and video to interpret works in their respective solo shows.

Two of the artists participated in the 2021 Ateneo Art Awards (AAA). Shortlister Celine Lee’s works focus on process and materiality through multimedia, visual perception and spatial recognition to invoke concepts that extend beyond form, while AAA winner Christina Lopez tackles how artificial intelligence can be co-opted by the neoliberal machine. The third artist, Miguel Lorenzo Uy, creates work that focuses on immediate concerns with regards to beliefs, technology, and media.

The webinar will stream live on the Ateneo Art Gallery Facebook page on Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. To participate via Zoom, register here: — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Watch (not stream!) these three films from a lineage of improvisational Filipino cinema

Last year, creative director/writer Erwin Romulo and director Antoinette Jadaone launched their “Unconfined Cinema” project with a surprise Instagram Live reunion between John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. The project’s goal, according to Jadaone, was “[to explore] what else cinema could be, freeing our stories to be told outside of the traditional spaces and conceptual boundaries set by the last century of the medium.”

“Unconfined Cinemas No. 3: Revolutions/Refrains/Songs” is currently ongoing until Oct. 23 at Artinformal Greenhils. Curated by Romulo, the project features three films, which are available to view in-person by appointment at the gallery. “Revolutions Happen Like Refrains in a Song” (1987). dir. Nick De Ocampo, “Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song” (2010). dir. John Torres and “Songs Happen like Refrains in a Revolution” (2021). dir. Martika Escobar.

Send an email to to book your slot. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Health Fusion gummy vitamins (₱599) come in two varieties: orange flavored Vitamin C and their strawberry flavored MultiVites. Photo from HEALTH FUSION

Give the gift of health with these gummy vitamins

2021 feels like being in flux — slow moving yet fast paced too. I’m slowly working on my Christmas gift list this year, despite the lack of holiday spirit these ber months, and I’m determined to give things that are practical but fun to receive, especially for the younger people in my life. I think the Health Fusion gummy vitamins make for great stocking stuffers this year; in a time where strong immune systems have never been more important, it’s good to make vitamins part of our daily regimen. Health Fusion gummy vitamins come in two varieties: orange flavored Vitamin C and their strawberry flavored MultiVites. The MultiVites contain 13 essential vitamins (from vitamin A to Zinc) and are safe for kids to take. You can even double-dose on both Vitamin C and the MultiVites, because any excess vitamin C you consume just gets flushed out. One bottle goes for ₱599 and contains 90 tablets each. I know my niece and nephew probably prefer getting a Switch game for Christmas but you know what, they’re getting something better this year: the gift of health. —MARGA BUENAVENTURA

Health Fusion is available on Lazada and Shopee.

Aesop’s Parlsey Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum (₱4200 / 60mL) is a serum formulated to protect your skin from airborne pollutants. Photo courtesy of AESOP

Save yourself from “maskne” with this anti-oxidant serum

I honestly haven’t had a fully “good” skin period in the last few months because of all the mask-wearing. Apart from that, the few times I do go out are still moments of exposure to a lot of air pollutants. The perks of living in the big city, I suppose. I’ve taken to building my skincare routine by way of layering different serums, and my latest bottle in rotation is Aesop’s Parlsey Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum (₱4200 / 60mL). Crafted to cater to the needs of urban dwellers, this serum is formulated to protect your skin from airborne pollutants by forming a breathable film of protection through red algae and tara gum extracts. The best part is that the film is hardly noticeable; the serum has a matte finish so build over it with your moisturizer of choice. For the past few days, it’s integrated very well into my morning/evening regimen, and glides nicely on the skin. My maskne may not be going away anytime soon, but I appreciate the added layer of protection. —MB