Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, June 14) — Here’s a wealth of exhibits, food, webinars, shows, and books for you to check out for the week.
Check out “To Ride a Jet Ski and Plant a Flag”
Project Space Pilipinas in Lucban just opened the exhibit “To Ride a Jet Ski and Plant a Flag,” which spotlights the recent works of artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Renz Baluyot, Jonathan Ching, Paolo Icasas, Dengcoy Miel, Iggy Rodriguez, Arturo Sanchez Jr, J, Luis Antonio Santos, and Costantino Zicarelli.
The exhibit is up until July 13. Project Space Pilipinas is located at 6 Eleazar St., Lucban, Quezon. For more information, visit their Facebook page. — DG
Try Andok’s litson baka
Paper thin slices smoked sweet, Andok’s new addition to its takeaway meats can best be described as bacon-y. As the company is rolling out slowly, branch by branch, subsequent tries a week apart revealed the product got even juicier. An order, which is ₱352 on Grab Food, can feed four comfortably as long as you have rice at the ready, and while you’re sent home with dipping vinegar, it doesn’t even need sauce. The end cuts are particularly tasty. — APC
Read more books on Philippine myths and creatures
The “Trese” hype was intensely felt online, especially on Twitter as discussions waged on about the show’s alleged “copaganda,” its pacing, dubbing/script, or whether there’s truly something to celebrate. But one sure thing that the show did is how it put the Philippine lower and higher myths into a global platform.
For those who want more books or komiks that integrate creatures from local myths and folklore, there’s the super Ella Arcangel series by Julius Villanueva and is set in Barangay Masikap, which seems to be a hotbed for activities involving ghosts, spirits, and faeries; and the Janus Silang series by Edgar Calabia Samar, which involves a mysterious MMORPG and a devious tiyanak. Samar also wrote this treasury of Philippine creatures called “Mga Nilalang na Kagila-gilalas.” Available through Adarna Books.
Ella Arcangel also has an animated project in the works. Learn more here.
If you want something more scholarly, there’s the bestselling Philippine Folk Literature series by UP Press, an exhaustive resource for all things that bump in the night. — DG
Look back on Mt. Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption
On June 15, 1 p.m., DOST-PHIVOLCS is hosting “Usapang Bulkang Pinatubo Makalipas ang Tatlumpong Taon,” a look back at the the second-largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. Topics in the webinars include learnings from the 1991 eruption, the volcano’s current state, and monitoring activities on Mt. Pinatubo. — DG
Register here to join.
Watch “Attack on Titan”
One of the most relaxing things I’ve done lately is take up crochet and watch anime. I’m currently working on a pattern for a sleeveless top while bingeing on episodes of “Attack on Titan.” The series is based on a manga about a human civilization cloistered by three enormous walls — built to protect them from humanoid giants intent to eat them up. The hero is young Eren Yaeger, who vows to destroy the titans after they destroy his hometown and kill his mother. I’m halfway through season three (there are four in total) and have been deeply invested in how fraught each episode is. There are no moments of levity, and the stakes are raised in every turn. Perhaps the worst thing about it is that the stressful situations presented in “Attack on Titan” are affecting my crochet work; the tension of my stitches have become too tight. Good or bad thing? You decide. — MB