10 Things to Do This Buwan ng Wika for P150 or Less

Learn more about the beauty of our language.


(SPOT.ph) It was during Ramon Magsaysay's presidency that a week-long celebration of the country's national language was established. Linggo ng Wika was celebrated from August 13 to 19, the birth anniversary of Manuel Quezon who championed the use of a common national language. In 1997, former President Fidel Ramos extended the festivities to cover the entire month—Buwan ng Wika or Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa.


This year, we're not only enriching and promoting the language of our land but also advocating the use of Filipino at all times. As influential Filipino historian Renato Constantino said, "Kinakailangan nating ituring na makabayang gampanin ang pagtutuwid sa depektong ito ng ating edukasyong kolonyal. Sa pamamagitan ng sariling pag-aaral, makakamtam natin ang kahusayan sa sarili nating wika, dahil ito ang pinakamabisàng paraan ng pag-abot sa madla."


Here are a few events that will let you appreciate the beauty of our language and culture. Best of all? They're mostly free of charge!




Free Admission Tuesdays at the MET

Since 2016, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila has been opening its doors for free every Tuesday to celebrate their 40th founding anniversary. The month of August is a good time to check out artworks from various provinces in the Philippines and get a different perspective on Filipinos in another era through the exhibit Distinct Refinements, which runs until October 28. There's also a permanent exhibition of works by Filipino contemporary artists.


Admission is free of charge. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. For more information, follow Metropolitan Museum of Manila on Facebook.

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LIRAhan: Walang Buwan

Members of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo or LIRA, an organization of poets writing in Filipino and founded by National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario (a.k.a. Rio Alma) invites everyone to a night of poetry and music on August 15, 7 p.m. at Conspiracy Bar and Garden Café. Featured performers are LIRA poets, writing fellows of this year's LIRA Poetry Clinic, and other artists.



Admission is free of charge. Conspiracy Bar and Garden Café is at 59 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, visit LIRAhan: Walang Buwan on Facebook.



Indie Film Screenings at Cinema '76

Your favorite neighborhood cinema is screening acclaimed indie films: Marie Jamora's Ang Nawawala, Jerrold Tarog's Sana Dati and Bliss, Alvin Yapan's Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, Eduardo Roy Jr.'s Pamilya Ordinaryo, JP Habac's I'm Drunk I Love You, Ice Idanan's Sakaling Hindi Makarating, and Prime Cruz's Sleeplesss. This lineup is only until August 15 and we can't wait for other great movies they'll be showing the rest of the month.


Tickets are at P150. Cinema '76 is at 160 Luna Mencias Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City. For more information, follow Cinema ’76 on Facebook.




#BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy Online Contest

Now on its third year, Janus Silang writer Edgar Calabia Samar hosts the online campaign #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy, which aims to fill social media with book covers, movie posters, and song titles of any literary work authored by a Filipino. Participants get a chance to win gift certificates for the upcoming Manila International Book Fair, tickets to Tanghalang Ateneo's adaptation of Janus Silang at ang Labanang Manananggal-Mambabarang, signed copies of Samar's books, and more.


For contest mechanics and more information on #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy, visit Santinakpan's website.



Millennial Pinoy: Sa Tulaan May ForEVER

Spoken word artists Slac Cayamanda, Cheryl Salvador, Mang Pedring, and Sabino Brothers come together in an afternoon of performance poetry on August 16, 12 p.m. What makes it millennial? Well, kids these days seem to have a newfound appreciation for poetry.


Admission is free of charge. Ever Gotesco Manila Plaza is at 1958 C.M. Recto Avenue, Quiapo, Manila. For more information, visit Millennial Pinoy: Sa Tulaan May ForEVER on Facebook.




Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino

We never thought this day would come but it has! Over 700 cinemas nationwide will exclusively screen only Filipino films from August 16 to 22 to celebrate Buwan ng Wika. Twelve independent movies will be screened; some are from previous film festivals while some are newly made.


Tickets for students in Manila are at P150 while tickets for students outside the Metro are at P100. For more information, follow Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino on Facebook.




Kundiman: Kanta at Kwento ng Bayan, Pag-ibig, at Kultura

White Wall Poetry, a collective of spoken word artists, invites everyone to a poetry open mic titled Kundiman at the Warrior Poet Art Café. The kundiman is a genre of traditional Filipino love songs for serenading a woman. Time to whip up a spoken word piece for that special someone.


Admission is free of charge. The Warrior Poet Art Café is at 64C Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Kundiman (Poetry Open Mic) on Facebook.



Cinemalaya 2017

You only have one last weekend for this year's Cinemalaya Film Festival, which runs until August 13. There are a total of nine competing films, 12 short film entries, and a number of others as exhibition movies. There's a lineup of documentaries, a roster of the best films from local film festivals, and even a separate list of award-winning movies from across Asia. Good luck fitting everything into your schedule if you haven't started.



Ticket prices are at P150. (Tickets for students are at P100). Screenings are at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Greenbelt 3, Glorietta 4, Trinoma, and UP Town Center.



Philippine Readers and Writers Festival

Raffles Makati will once again be home to Filipino readers and writers as this year’s Philippine Readers and Writers Festival kicks off on August 25. The three-day event features book-signing sessions, workshops, and lectures by award-winning authors. Did we mention that there's a book fair, too?


Admission is free of charge. Raffles Makati is at 1 Raffles Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit 2017 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival on Facebook.




San Sebastian Basilica Guided Tour

San Sebastian Basilica, the Philippines' only all-metal building, is an architectural marvel that deserves much appreciation. For a good two hours, join a tour that not only shows you the structure's beautiful design, but also over 100 figural paintings made by Filipino student artists at that time. Fees go into the restoration funds of this National Cultural Treasure.


Admission starts at P120, but if you want exclusive access to the attic and belfry, shell out P30 more. San Sebastian Basilica is at Plaza del Carmen, Quiapo, Manila. For more information, follow San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc. on Facebook.


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