True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things good and great happening over the coming weekend. Peruse it, take note of everything that interests you, and hit us up on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CoconutsManila to sound off on what you think.
Relive a childhood favorite, CGI-style
Date: Opens July 17, Wednesday
Venue: All major cinemas nationwide
The new live-action The Lion King opens in the Philippines today. While critics and audiences alike have questioned the purpose of remaking the classic Disney animated film, it will undoubtedly still scratch the nostalgia itch for millennials who grew up with the movie.
The Lion King needs no introduction or synopsis. This version directed by Jon Favreau follows the same Hamlet-inspired story about lion cub Simba and his relationship with his father King Mufasa. The realistic CGI felines are voiced by Donald Glover (Simba), Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Nala), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Scar), and James Earl Jones (Mufasa).
The cast also includes Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa, and John Oliver as Zazu.
Treat yo’ self to some self-care
Date: July 19, Friday
Venue: Common Ground, 21/F, 8 Rockwell, Plaza Dr., Rockwell Center, Makati City
The co-working space Common Ground will hold an After Shift event this Friday that’s especially for hardworking gals. The theme is women empowerment through self-care.
It is open to everyone for free and will include food, drinks, and pampering sessions with skincare and makeup tutorials. There will also be a talk about self-care for working professionals.
It starts at 4pm and ends at 9pm.
For more information, visit the After Shift at Common Ground: Women Empowerment Facebook event page.
Watch a mix of improv acts
Date: July 20, Saturday
Venue: Opera Haus, 3657 Bautista St., Palanan, Makati City
“Chopsuey” has become shorthand in the Philippines to describe anything as “mixed,” and it’s a combo audiences will get when they go to the Chopsuey Improv Mixer Show on Saturday.
Organized by Chopsuey Improv, it will feature five improv groups that will have experimental performances. This will include Carambola, Duo Oh Wo Woah, La Ronde Project, Wholesome Threesome, and XOXO.
The show will be from 6pm – 9pm but registration starts at 5:30pm.
Tickets are priced at PHP300 (US$5.88); audiences can pay online or at the venue. Those interested better sign up soon because the organizer just announced that the show now has a waitlist.
For more information about the event and how to buy tickets, visit the Chopsuey Improv Mixer Show Facebook event page.
Date: July 20, Saturday
Venue: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Frabella 1, 109 Rada St., Legazpi Village, Makati City
Those who want to exercise their own creativity can do so through writing this Saturday.
Writer, poet, filmmaker, and instructor Wanggo Gallaga will be holding a workshop on the basics of creative non-fiction at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Rada St., Makati City.
There, attendees will learn helpful writing prompts and drafting tools. Perhaps most importantly, they will also learn the basic structure of fiction stories and metaphors used in poetry, which can then be applied to non-fiction work.
The workshop is open to everyone 18 years old and above. It will run from 1pm to 4pm. The free is priced at PHP1,000 (US$19.60).
For more information, visit The Basics of Creative NonFiction: A Workshop w/ Wanggo Gallaga Facebook event page.
Scream for free ice cream
Date: July 21, Sunday
Venue: All The Lost Bread branches including 4/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Apparently, this Sunday is National Ice Cream Day (at least in the United States), and dessert shop The Lost Bread is celebrating by giving away free ice cream. A cone of their Blue Vanilla soft-serve, to be exact.
The promo will be available in all The Lost Bread branches until supplies last. To claim a cone, customers need to follow the store’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Find The Lost Bread branches here.
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