Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, learn about the Moro struggle from members of the communities themselves, enjoy a tour of one of the last few green spaces in Manila, find more ways to live sustainably at a zero-waste fair, join a discussion on a Palanca-winning book, watch performances inspired by mysticism and folk spirituality, and attend a pre-SONA gig.
Weaving Our Unity
The plight of our Moros, Lumads, and indigenous peoples continue as they fight to defend their ancestral lands and face forced evacuations. This Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 n.n., at the UP College of Engineering Theatre, get to know the real story of the Bangsamoro and indigenous peoples from speakers of different IP and Moro tribes themselves.
There will also be a protest quilt-making campaign where participants can bring their own self-designed 2x2 ft. cloth to add to the quilt to express their solidarity with the groups.
The UP College of Engineering Theatre is located at Osmeña Avenue, UP Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Guided Tree Walk at Arroceros Forest Park
Arroceros Forest Park in Ermita is dubbed as the “Last Lung of Manila.” The urban forest is home to over 1,500 trees (many of which are native trees) and 10 different bird species. But this small patch of green — one of the few left in Metro Manila — is constantly under threat of being replaced by urban developments. To raise awareness, the Philippine Native Plants Conservation Society is holding a free-for-all guided tree walk on Sunday, July 22, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Arroceros Forest Park is located along Antonio Villegas St., Ermita, Manila. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
The Good Trade Zero-Waste + Sustainable Fair
Conscious consumption, plastic-free grocery shopping, anti-straw campaigns and other sustainable movements are all over social media these days as people become more aware and more active in helping keep our planet healthy. The Good Trade, a zero-waste and sustainable fair, happening this weekend at BGC, might be able to assist you in making more aspects of your life eco-friendly.
At the fair, you can expect ethical fashion sellers, zero-waste tools and sustainable personal care products, and cause-driven and upcycled products such as pet food, wood decor, and lamps.
The fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 21 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 22 at Central Square, 5th Ave. cor. 30th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Book Talakayan: "The Quiet Ones"
Head to SGD Coffee in Teacher’s Village this Saturday for a talk on Glenn Diaz’s “The Quiet Ones,” the winner of the 2017 Palanca Grand Prize.
The novel follows the story of call center agent Alvin Estrada, who discovers a way to embezzle money from the telecom company he works for. Described as “at once a workplace novel and a meditation on history and globalization,” “The Quiet Ones” is said to be a “grimly humorous take on a soul-sapping, multi-billion-dollar industry.”
The event, happening from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 21, is free for all. SGD Coffee is located at no. 45, Maalalahanin St., Teacher’s Village East, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
3 o’clock habit
For anyone interested in mysticism, shamanism, and folk spirituality, artists Zeus Bascon and Kanade Yagi will be having a talk and performance at Load na Dito in Cubao on Saturday, July 21, from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Working together for the first time, the artists will be presenting their individual projects “as a kind of ritual based on the 3 o’clock prayer habit.”
Zeus Bascon’s work is described as the outcome of his observation of interspersed beliefs from Catholicism and folk animism, and how this “affects people's decisions to matters of the everyday.” While Kanade Yagi, who hails from Saitama, Japan, travels to research various socio-cultural conditions in Southeast Asia, and since 2013 has been spending half of each year in the Philippines to do research and work exploring spirituality in the country.
Load na Dito Manila will be at 98b M.T. Dioquino St., Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
SONAttack! Tula't Tugtugan papuntang Batasan!
This Friday, join a pre-SONA gig and poetry reading at Conspiracy Garden Cafe. Happening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the event will feature performances by Chikoy Pura, Exsenadors, Danny Fabella, Pasada Tubaw, Ovanlight, Reds Pangkat Sining, and The General Strike.
Tickets are priced at ₱100. The gig is for the benefit of the Free All Political Prisoners campaign and the #StopTheAttacks campaign.
Conspiracy Garden Cafe is located at 59 Visayas Ave., Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.