CNN Philippines Life (Metro Manila, June 7) — This week, celebrate our country’s Independence Day with the premiere of a much-anticipated Filipino mythology animated series, a bike ride around CCP grounds, a webinar about the mother churches of Intramuros, and an exhibit of the portraits of the tattooed women of Kalinga. Plus, Christopher Nolan’s latest mindbender and sprawling YA fantasy series.
Finally! The animated adaptation of Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s comic book series “Trese” is premiering this week. A world full of Philippine mythology staples — aswangs, tiyanaks, duwendes, and kapres — blended in a world of action and mystery. The lead role, Alexandra Trese, is voiced by Liza Soberano in the Philippine dub. The series is also dubbed in English and Japanese. Premieres this Friday, June 11 on Netflix. — DG
Check out “The Last Tattooed Women of Kalinga”
Photographer (and CNN Philippines Life contributor) Jake Verzosa documented the lives of the tattooed women of Kalinga who have “continued the tradition of wearing these lace-like patterns or batok on their skin as symbols of beauty, wealth, and stature.” Verzosa began his work on the project in 2009 and released a book of their portraits in 2014 and was chosen for the Steidl Book Award Asia. You can now view the exhibit of the portraits through Silverlens’ online viewing room until June 17. Read more about the series here. — DG
Photo courtesy of Jake Verzosa/Silverlens
Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster was once called the hope of cinema when it was released during the pandemic last year but had a difficult time adjusting to the new normal. Perhaps people weren’t ready for a mindbender in the middle of a crisis? Now, Filipino fans in need of a Nolan fix can finally stream the movie on HBO GO starting June 12. The heist film is a slick trip forward (and backward) in time starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debicki. — DG
Learn from “Matriz: Architecture and Environ of the Mother Churches in Intramuros”
The latest Intramuros Learning Sessions focuses on the seven mother churches in the area ravaged by World War II. These churches were built by the first religious orders that came to the country: the Augustinians, the Franciscans and its tertiary order, the Jesuits, the Dominicans, the Recollects and in the late turn of the century by the Capuchins. After WWII, only the San Agustin Church and the Manila Cathedral were the ones left standing.
The webinar is on June 11 and can be watched for free. For registration and other details, visit the event page. — DG
Do an Independence Day Ride
Ride around the Cultural Center of the Philippines grounds on June 12 with a group of bike riders to celebrate the 123rd anniversary of the declaration of our independence. Riders are encouraged to bring an extra mask and a Philippine flag on their bikes. Starts 7 a.m. Check out the event page for more details. — DG
Try a natural approach to maskne
Living together with the whole family again in lockdown, my mom and I share this Litro bottle of Zero Basics Facial Wash (₱1800, BeautyMnl), which we transfer into our own matching atomizers. Two to three spritzes (first on the hands, then massaged on the face) is all you need for the essential oils of lavender, peppermint, tea tree and lemon to do their work: taking the red out of spots, refreshing tired eyes, and even helping us breathe better upon contact. My mom swears by it for cystic pimples that form in the area where her mask sits, and I have been amazed by the way it naturally softens whiteheads that they just roll off along with the low-suds formula. I've used this product for two years now and by the size of this refill, it looks like I'll be using it until 2022. Ready for the mask-wearing years that stretch out in front of us. — APC
Watch “Shadow and Bone”
The other night as I was watching an early episode of “Shadow and Bone” on Netflix, I asked myself if I liked the show because it’s good, or because it’s full of attractive people. Turns out, both can be true. “Shadow and Bone” is based on the young adult fantasy trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and tells the story of Alina Starkov — an ordinary girl from the fictional country of Ravka who discovers a latent power within her that could end a long civil war. Bardugo makes heavy references to the cultures of Russia, China, and Scandinavia, which I was excited to see in the series. It feels like Netflix wants to set this up as a kid-friendly “Game of Thrones,” but while the show has a long way to go in terms of world-building, the acting by Jessie Mei Li as Alina and “Narnia” alum Ben Barnes as General Kirigan could be the main selling point. With just eight episodes in the first season, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something transportive, but ultimately low stakes. — MB
“Shadow and Bone” is on Netflix