Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, indulge in some of the best of contemporary Philippine art in a car park, join a party celebrating the history and heritage of Old Manila, watch the experimental films of a Thai filmmaker, hear the music of both established and upcoming artists in a grand university fair, catch a reunion concert of the biggest international act in the country, and help raise funds for a cause by joining a play date.
Art Fair Philippines 2017
Perhaps the most anticipated event in the country’s National Arts Month is the Art Fair, where the best in contemporary Philippine art are exhibited and sold. This year’s edition promises to be bigger in scale as it roves from a car park around the city, with its coinciding events happening in Makati. But what most people look forward to are the galleries and the special exhibits within the main venue itself, which is The Link Carpark in Ayala Center, Makati. Art Fair 2017’s special exhibit section features interactive and thought-provoking installations by internationally established local artists such as Jose Tence Ruiz, who represented the country in the Venice Biennale in 2015, Agnes Arellano, Elmer Borlongan, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Emmanuel Garibay, Dex Fernandez, Art Fair 2016 alumnus Mark Justiniani, Maria Jeona Zoleta, and the WSK group of sound artists. The event is ongoing until Sunday, Feb. 19, and The Link will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets cost ₱250 for regular attendees, and ₱50 for students with valid IDs. Entrance is free for Makati students with valid IDs. For more info, visit Art Fair Philippines’ website.
The Moffatts in Manila
After a decade and a half, The Moffatts — still the biggest international act in the country — will be staging a reunion/farewell concert in Manila on Feb. 18. Scott, Bob, and Clint Moffatt (sans Dave) will be reliving hits such as “Miss You Like Crazy” and “If Life Is So Short” as they perform in a one-off show as part of their Southeast Asian tour. Tickets are at ₱5,300 (VVIP), ₱3,180 (VIP), ₱1,590 (Patron), ₱850 (Upper Box), ₱530 (General Admission), and are available here; for more details on events before and during the concert, check this page.
Escolta Block Party
Escolta Block Party, “a quarterly street gathering of a lovely community” which aims to foster awareness of the history and heritage of Escolta, Manila, is back this weekend. This year’s block party features pocket events within the area, such as D/SCUSS: design conversations with Leeroy New, Julia Nebrija, and John Ray Ramos, the soft opening of another branch of the contemporary art gallery The Drawing Room, a pay-what-you-want tour of Old Manila guided by Carlos Celdran, a video mapping installation by STEAM projects, a live performance by avant-pop electronica artist Joee & I, and an art bazaar. Join the party this Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to midnight at Escolta, Sta. Cruz, Manila. Visit Escolta Block Party’s Facebook page for the full schedule of pocket events.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness
The Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul takes his traveling exhibition, “The Serenity of Madness,” to Manila. “The Serenity of Madness” features a curated collection of his rarely-seen experimental short films and video installations, as well as some of his feature length films, photographs, and other archival material. The exhibit opens with a public talk by the filmmaker himself, as well as an introduction by the curator Gridthiya Gaweewong. “The Serenity of Madness” takes place on Friday, Feb. 17 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Dominga St., Malate, Manila. For more info, visit the museum’s Facebook page.
UP Fair Saturday: Roots Music Festival 2017
Every February, students from the University of the Philippines look forward to the UP Fair, an annual week-long concert celebration featuring live performances from the country’s best artists, UP’s alumni bands, as well as upcoming artists from the university. This Saturday's edition of the UP Fair features “Roots Music Festival,” headlined by Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Franco, Ebe Dancel in an all-Sugarfree set, Jensen and the Flips, Ang Bandang Shirley, and Apartel. Among the indie artists performing are BP Valenzuela, Tom’s Story, Moonwlk, Shirebound & Busking, Pastilan Dong, Sour Cheeks, and more. Presented by the UP Underground Music Community, UP Economics Society, and Uber, the fair will take place on Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. at the UP Sunken Garden, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Gate price is ₱150, while pre-selling price is ₱80 for UP students with ID, and ₱120 for non-UP students. For more details, visit Roots Music Festival’s Facebook page.
Date A Kid 2017
Date a Kid is an annual event bringing kids of a certain community together to enjoy a day of fun, games, and surprises. On its fifth year, the Date A Kid Foundation hopes to raise funds for the kids from the Philippine Cerebral Palsy Incorporated (PCPI), by inviting participants for a play date with the kids on Feb. 19, Sunday. Ice cream and cotton candy will be served both to the kids, and kids at heart. The play dates will be held at 11 a.m. at PCPI, Sacred Heart cor. Jacobo Zobel Sts., San Antonio Village, Makati City. For more details on how to register for the play dates or help kids with cerebral palsy, check their event page.