Looking for fun things to see and do while in Manila this month? From a one-night affair with a music legend, a community block party, to art exhibitions, we’ve rounded up a list of happenings around the metro that will truly bring out the creative in you and give you an absolutely great time in Manila:
Komura: Book Fair and Busking Session
An intimate gathering of independent bookstores, specialty brands, and art shops, this one-day book fair Komura is a collaboration between Warehouse Eight and Kwago Bookstore aims to provide a venue for an exchange of curiosities; for artists to tell their stories in their most raw, natural, and free-flowing forms; and for everyone to participate in this creative process. There will also be reading lounges and music nooks for those who just want to soak in the vibe and transport themselves to other worlds through literature while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Nov 18, 2017 | Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza Compound, Makati
Happening in 50 cities around the world, Art Battle is a live competitive painting where painters have 20 minutes to create their best work using acrylic paint, brushes, palette knives, and non-mechanical implements. While the artists are creating, the audience can go around and closely watch the process and at as the allotted time ends, they can vote for their favorite winning painting.
Nov 18, 2017 | Pineapple Lab, 6071 Palma Street, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila | artbattle.com
Escolta Block Party
This historic street, at the heart of what many call “Old Manila,” is known for its neoclassical buildings and historical architecture built by national artists that have truly stood the test of time. And every quarter, a group of artists, historians, and local business owners have joined together to hold the Escolta Block Party — a whole day and night when the entire street is closed and is filled up with shopping bazaars and art exhibits, the best of local and international music is celebrated, and dancing to diversity, community, and history is all that matters.
Nov. 25, 2017 | Escolta Street, Binondo, Manila | www.escoltablock.com
Irie Sunday 7th Anniversary Feat. Sister Nancy Live
It’s getting real! The legend Sister Nancy herself is set to bring the house down as she makes a special appearance at the Irie Sunday’s 7th Anniversary. The legendary singer from Jamaica is the one behind one of reggae’s most iconic songs “Bam Bam” which has been sampled by many artists over the years. Irie Sunday is the metro’s go-to place every Sunday night as it transforms a warehouse-turned-art-space in Makati, The Collective, into an underground party. Other acts performing during its 7th Anniversary party are Norris King, Lady I, Kulture Krub, and DJ Kunta with a live painting session by Wok22 from Japan.
Nov. 26, 2017 | B-Side, The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio Village, Makati