It’s been a pretty good June so far — the harsh summer sun has given way to much-needed rain, Pride month has been in full swing, Fete de la Musique is happening. We’re nearing the end of the month though, and if you happen to be one of those hapless souls taking summer classes, you may not have had enough time to go out and indulge in that all-too-necessary non-academic me-time.
So we’ve rounded up a few events happening this second half of June to help you catch up on the fun. Plan your weekend itinerary according to your tastes — we’re sure you’ll be able to find something you’re into among the happenings below.
MAD Talks: The Creative Brief (June 21)
If you’re hoping to learn more about what it’s like to be a creative in Manila, this evening could be just what you need. Listen to stories of industry leaders like Karl Garcia, Digital Copywriter and Engagement Planner Hybrid at Ogilvy & Mather, Tim Lopez, graphic designer at And A Half, and Kitkat Pajaro, freelance photographer and frequent Young STAR contributor. The creative life is an exciting one, and The Creative Brief might just be the push you need to get going.
Get tickets here.
Rak of Aegis (June 21 onwards)
Y’all know what it is. The iconic musical and the favorite thing your low-tol likes to sing for karaoke is back with a new run for 2018, happening at the Philippine Educational Theater Association. This is basically PETA’s way of kicking off its 51st Theater Season, and because this is theater, there’s no reason to be modest — this time around, “Rak of Aegis” is doing a 77-show run. Lead me Lord.
“Rak of Aegis” is currently running, and will run until September 2 at PETA.
Ligaw-Tingin Book Launch (June 23)
The voices of female creatives are important and inimitable. But because of how men are privileged, even in the world of literature and publishing, women’s stories can also be hard to find. Buku-Buku Kafe, in collaboration with independent women’s press Gantala Press, engages that problem by holding the launch of Ligaw-Tingin, a collection of works by female artists and writers, and edited by the inimitable Emiliana Kampilan a.k.a. Dead Balagtas. Part of the sales of the book also go into supporting LGBT-related efforts of the Ateneo Libulan Circle, and the Libro, Hindi Bala! Back-to-School Starter Pack Fund, which aims to help the kids of farmers in Eastern Visayas.
You can RSVP for the book launch here.
Beginner’s Guide to Kendama (June 23)
Kendama is a Japanese toy known to challenge the motor skills of anybody who picks it up (it looks like this). If you’re looking for a fun, light-hearted way to challenge your hand-eye coordination skills with Kendama, you might be interested in joining this beginner’s class, slated to take place at Tetsuo and organized by Trade School Manila. Part of what makes Trade School Manila so cool is that, in its aim to educate, doesn’t accept money, but instead uses a barter system. Bring any of the items specified in the event description, and spend this morning class feeling like a kid again.
Contextualizing the Female Narrative (June 30)
Race and gender in art are topics that we don’t normally consider when tackling art history.
The Museum of Contemporary Art and Design is hosting a roundtable discussion between female artists, educators, and gallerists to speak about how those topics inform their work. Agnes Arellano, Silvana Diaz, Imelda Cajipe-Endaya and Brenda Fajardo will be joining the discussion moderated by Karen Flores. While you’re at the museum, make sure to check out the Pacita Abad: A Million Things To Say exhibit as well!
BPI Foundation Historia Art Exhibit (June 19-August 12)
When it comes to viewing art, there’s nothing like viewing all those textures and forms up close. Some work can’t simply be viewed from a computer screen, so why not head to Ayala Museum for BPI Foundation’s “Historia” art exhibit? Located at the ground floor exhibit hall of Ayala Museum, it’s a two-part gallery exhibit featuring the bank’s private art collection. This means that you’ll get to see some extra special works by legendary Filipino artists Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo, along with a few 19th Century Prints and some pieces of Philippine Modern Art IRL.
“Historia” runs until August 12 at Ayala Museum.