10 Things to Do this Weekend + The Club & Bar Scene

Watch the Cinemalaya Filmfest, watch Usher live, cheer your lungs out at the UAAP, and more.

What’s happening in Manila this weekend? SPOT.ph zeroes in on the events and happenings you shouldn’t miss.

1. GET INDIE PINOY-PROUD AT THE CINEMALAYA FILMFEST.

Instead of the usual American TV series marathons, feast on Pinoy indie films instead. Featuring 24 homegrown flicks, the 6th Cinemalaya Film Festival kicks off on July 10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Check out the synopses and screening schedule.

Trailer of Cinemalaya entry, Halaw

 

2. SCREAM "OMG!" FOR USHER.

Catch Usher live in Manila at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on July 9. It’s his first time in Asia so if you’re a die-hard fan, you shouldn’t miss it. Concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at TicketWorld for P12,471, P9,353, P6,236, P2,079 and P624.

 

3. DELVE INTO THEATRICAL HORSE WORSHIP.

Horses as gods, six pairs of gouged out eyes and one troubled teenager--Equus make for a thought-provoking night at the theater. And, yes, it’s that Broadway play where Harry Potter a.k.a. Daniel Radcliffe whipped out his magic, er, wand. The local production by Repertory Philippines stars Red Concepcion and Marco Mañalac alternately playing the lead role, and Miguel Faustmann, Jaime del Mundo, Dido dela Paz, Roselyn Perez and Tami Monsod. Equus runs from July 9 to 25 at OnStage, Greenbelt 1. Tickets are at P250, P400 and P600.

 

4. SHOW SCHOOL SPIRIT.

It’s another season of college ballers battling it out in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 73. The La Salle Green Archers and University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons are the first ones out to draw blood, immediately after the opening ceremony on July 1, 1 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum. Aside from the Araneta Coliseum, the games will be held at the PhilSports Arena and Fil-oil Flying V Arena. Check out the game schedule.

 

5. PICK YOUR RUNNING ADVENTURE.

It’s time to take on a healthy and active lifestyle--and stick with it. On July 11, three fun runs happening around the metro give you no excuse to stay at home: the 3rd Robinsons Fit and Fun Buddy Run, Run 4 Life, and Nutribar’s Hip 2b Fit Fun Run.

 

6. MOVE TO THE BEAT OF A JAPANESE DRUM.

Watch the Yamato Drummers of Japan deliver high-energy taiko beats on July 9 and 10 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall and SM City North EDSA Sky Dome.

 

7. LISTEN TO LIVE SPANISH FLAMENCO GUITAR FOR FREE.

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Declare Viva España to the flowing music of Andalucia flamenco guitar romancing you on July 9, 7:30 p.m. at Instituto Cervantes. Free for all but on a first-come, first-served basis, the concert features Spanish flamenco guitarist Keko Baldomero and young flamenco cantaor David Palomar.

 

8. UNLEASH YOUR INNER FASHIONISTA.

Three of the seven classes offered by the School of Fashion and the Arts start on July 10: Basic patternmaking and sewing with Loida Hunter, print modeling with Rissa Mananquil, and fashion arts and crafts for kids with Lawrence Antaran. See the complete list of classes and schedule.

 

9. BUY WINE THAT’S CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN.

Raid Wine Depot this month and get 30 percent off for every purchase of 12 bottles or more. No bottle is exempted so go crazy at Wine Depot stores at Alabang, Greenhills, Makati Reposo and Makati Yakal. Promo runs until July 31.

 

10. VIEW HAPPY ART.

Look at happiness from different angles at Sure Sure, Happy Happy, Picture Picture by Maria Jeona. The exhibit runs until July 31 at the Silverlens-Slab 20Square Gallery.

 

THE BAR SCENE THIS WEEK

Friday, July 9

19 East - The Breed Reunion, One Night Only, 10 p.m.

Al’s Bar - December Avenue, Salamin, Ephesus, Enemies of Saturn, Subscapular and Archipelago, 9 p.m.

Bagaberde Grill and Bar - Side A and Kid Camaya, 9 p.m.

M Cafe - Got Soul Fridays featuring DJs Kristian Hernandez and Badkiss, 10 p.m.

Route 196 - Kakoy and Johnoy, 10 pm.

Saturday, July 10

Al’s Bar - Good Morning High Fives, Pitik, Ephesus, Milagro, ATM, Faintlight, Kneel On Nails, 9 pm.

Bagaberde Grill and Bar -Freestyle and Classix, 9 p.m.

Route 196 - The Ronnies, Top Junk, Techy Romantics and more, 10 pm.

Jinky Vidal performs "’Til They Take My Heart Away" at 19 East in 2009.

Sunday, July 11

19 East - Jazz Volunteers featuring Jinky Vidal, 9 p.m.

Monday, July 12

Route 196 - Jumpstart! The Route 196 Auditions [free entrance], 9 pm.

Tuesday, July 13

19 East - Freestyle, 9 p.m.

Bagaberde Grill and Bar - Fat Session and Passage, 9 p.m.

 

Salamin performs "Out of Line" at Al’s Bar in 2009.

 

THE CLUB SCENE THIS WEEK

Friday, July 9

Amber - Finally It’s Friday featuring DJ Rico Arce, 3Mil Angeles, and guest DJs , 10 p.m. Buy one, take one on local beer, and signature and classic cocktails before 10 p.m. Buy two, take one on imported beer before 10 p.m.

LAX -  Blackout Fridays: Usher Fever Edition, 10 p.m.

Manor - Jive Fridays, 10 p.m.

Republiq - Usher: the Official After-Party, 10 pm.

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Saturday, July 10

Republiq - Pure featuring Martin Pulgar and Marc Naval, 9 p.m.

Monday, July 11

Encore - B at Encore, 7:15 p.m.


For more events, check out SPOT.ph’s calendar.

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