Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This weekend, head to a komiks and art fair, attend an underground music event in Intramuros, celebrate Valentine’s Day with music, art, and film in Poblacion, participate in a feminist readers club, catch a film screening under the stars, join the opening reception of an exhibit exploring Cordillera art, enjoy a multimedia sound performance, and visit an architecture and design festival.
The biggest komiks and affordable art market is back this weekend at Centris Elements in Quezon City. Over 550 local creators are participating this time, with new komiks releases up for grabs, along with stickers, postcards, and other merch.
Komikon will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17. Tickets cost ₱100.
Elements at Centris is located at Eton Centris, EDSA cor. Quezon Ave., Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
UNKNWN — a “community and music-driven event and experience” that holds shows in hidden gems around the city — is celebrating its third anniversary this Saturday at the Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros. The event will feature music by London-based DJ Crazy P, Seoul-based underground electronic duo C’est Qui, Filipino jazz/swing/blues band Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas, local house musicians Tomas + Local Sun, local DJ Pasta Groove and funk and soul artist Badkiss, local underground DJ Herb Cabral, and XX XX resident DJ Bruder, along with UNKNWN resident DJs Mikail, Samantha Nicole, Katsu, and Emel Rowe.
Gates open at 4 p.m. For those who register before Feb. 16, entrance is free with free unlimited beer until 7 p.m. Regular entry is ₱500 with one free beer.
Puerta Real Gardens is located at Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
On Friday, celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day with zines, art, music, films, and poetry at The Ruins in Poblacion. Expect stickers, zines, and other merch by Gantala Press, Gabriela Network of Professionals, Hinabing Salita Publishing House, Alab at Sining, Astrobatmon Projects and more; exhibits by Likha Co and Say Sola; music by Ycel, Ange Lumba, Keene, and Lungkutan at Piyukan; poetry by Lakan, Joseph GD Molina, Aldrin Pentero, and Juan Ekin among others; and films by Martika Ramirez Escobar, Micah Redito, Joel Ruiz, Khavn dela Cruz, and more.
The event starts at 6 p.m. Entrance is ₱150 with one free drink.
The Ruins is located at 5852 Alfonso St., Poblacion, Makati. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
If you’ve ever wanted to join a book club, now’s your chance: feminist group Grrrl Gang Manila and independent book bar Kwago are teaming up for a readers club. Join them on Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., as they sit down to discuss longform pieces written by Filipinas, including Doreen Fernandez’s “Culture Ingested,” Gina Apostol’s “Who Hits Golf Balls Into the Sea,” and Jia Tolentino’s “How Empowerment Became Something for Women to Buy.”
Kwago is located at Warehouse 8-A, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Enjoy a romantic evening this Friday at Ateneo de Manila University with Under the Stars, an outdoor film screening and variety show staged by ADMU’s film org, Loyola Film Circle. This year, the film to be screened is the 2014 romantic-comedy “Love, Rosie.” Guests can also expect performances by musicians Kremesoda, Any Name’s Okay, Area Five, and more.
Gates open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open-to-all.
Under the Stars is happening at Bellarmine Field, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
On Saturday, at 4 p.m., join the opening reception of this exhibition, which juxtaposes “Philippine 20th century abstract art and Cordillera (Ifugao) traditional art.” The exhibit will be up for view from Feb. 17 to March 2, Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The opening reception will be held at 1335Mabini, C1B Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Watch a “captivating multimedia performance” that combines a musical interpretation of Arnold Schönberg’s masterpiece “Pierrot Lunaire,” with an immersive video installation by liberal and internationally positioned collective MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musil and WARPED TYPE, a group of graphic moving image makers based in Düsseldorf, Germany. The performance is part of the multi-arts festival, Fringe Manila.
Catch the show on Saturday, 7 p.m., at Yuchengco Museum. Admission is free on a first come, first served basis.
Yuchengco Museum is located at RCBC Plaza, Cor. Ayala and Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Over the weekend, architecture and design buffs can enjoy a festival showcasing architecture and design from the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region. Expect talks by renowned architects and design professionals, workshops, and the awarding of winners of several design competitions held prior to the festival. Happening at Fort Santiago from Friday to Sunday, the event is open from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Fort Santiago is located at Prudencio St., Manila. For tickets and other inquiries, visit the Facebook event page.