10 Independence Day Events and Exhibits in Manila

Celebrate culture and heritage this June


(SPOT.ph) You're all probably set for another long weekend, but why not make it a bit more meaningful with a quick history lesson or two? Whether it's art, film, music, or other cultural pursuits, you'll have plenty of time to brush up on your knowledge and patriotism throughout the month of June. Here are 10 events to get you started. 



Interactive Philippine Flag Art‬: The Fighting Filipinos

In celebration of the Flag Days from May 28 to June 12, see an interactive version of designer Manuel Rey Isip’s 1944 poster, The Fighting Filipinos. The exhibit runs until July 4 at the Lopez Museum and Library. Admission cost is P100 for adults, P80 for high school and college students, and P60 for grade school students.


Lopez Museum and Library is at G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road, Pasig City. Open from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Saturday). For inquiries, call 631-2417.



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Lowland / Upland

Archivo 1984 is holding an exhibit of all-natural Philippine textile by French designer Elodie Brunet in collaboration with Palawan weavers and sculptural art from Cordillera Central. Archival photos and modern artworks are also on display to complement the collection, contemplating human passage, sentiment, and fiber. You can also catch daily screenings of Dream Weavers, a documentary by Fruto Corre about the T'Boli of Lake Sebu. The exhibit runs until June 14.


Archivo 1984 Gallery is at 2/L Warehouse 1, 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Monday to Saturday), and by appointment on Sunday. For more information, call 623-3846, 0917-624-2086, or e-mail gallery@archivo1984.com.




The Past is Another Country

Are Filipinos really forgetful of the past? This is what artist Norberto Roldan tackles in his new exhibit that speaks volumes about the history of the country and the identity of Filipino people. The exhibit runs until July 5.

MO_Space is at 3/F MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For inquiries, contact 856-7915 or 0917-668-3951.


Sa Isip, Sa Salita, at Sa Sapatos

Marikina is still probably best known for its local shoe industry and this current exhibit at the main exhibition area of SM City Marikina celebrates just that. Designer Brian Tenorio puts his creativity on display, together with Marikina shoemakers, for this exhibition that highlights Filipino talent and ingenuity. The exhibit will run for two weeks and entrance is free!


SM City Marikina is at Marcos Highway, Calumpang, Marikina City. 



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117th Independence Day Celebration (Dynamic Augmented Reality Exhibit)

Watch the liberation of the Philippines and other important historical events in dynamic 3D augmented reality as Ayala Museum partners up with The Harish & Johnsen Group to put the ubiquity of smart phones to good use. Basic admission fee costs P150 for Filipino residents and P350 for non-Filipino residents. Senior citizens and students can get in for P75. The museum is free for teachers with valid ID, museum workers, Ayala Museum members, and employees of the Ayala Group of Companies.

Ayala Museum is at  Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati City. Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tuesday to Sunday). For more information, e-mail hello@ayalamuseum.org or contact 759-8288.



K'Na the Dreamweaver Screenings

Watch award-winning film K'Na The Dreamweaver and follow the story of a young T'boli woman who gets the chance to be a dreamweaver and unite her village's warring clans. Screenings will be held at the UP Film Center, Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City, Teatrino Greenhills, and the CCP Dream Theater.



For the complete schedule and reservations, go to K'na the Dreamweaver' s Facebook page.



Free to ROCK

After a day full of shopping, jam to the music of Pinoy alternative rock band Hale along with other guest performers at the Gateway Food Park on June 12, at 5 p.m. Support the local music scene. The best part? Entrance is free!


Gateway Mall is at Araneta Center, Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City.



Kwentong Escolta

On June 20, be inspired by the extraordinary stories of people in Escolta with the most celebrated architects in the Philippines today. Architect Dominic Galicia, Escolta advocate and president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites Philippines (ICOMOS Philippines), and renowned urban planner and architect Paulo Alcazaren will share their personal stories and vision for Manila.


Event starts at 1 p.m. at the 75th Hall, Calvo Building, 266 Calle Escolta, Manila City. Registration is priced at P100. 



Saturday Market X Future Market

Artists, craft makers, designers, and hoarders will be selling their wares, including artwork, limited edition or hand-made clothes, bags, jewelry, accessories, toys, and more. The theme for June 20 is OPM and disco, so music lovers should keep their eyes peeled for vinyl records and other cool stuff. There's no entrance fee but be sure to have enough cash for impulse buys.



Saturday Market X Future Market is located at First United Building, 413 Calle Escolta, Manila City. The market opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. 



Free Guided Tours, Film Screenings, and more at The MET

Do you know that the Metropolitan Museum of Manila gives free guided tours every Saturday? No need to reserve your slots in advance, but they do appreciate if you send a message via their Facebook page. The Free Guided Tour starts at 1 p.m. And because it's Independence Day weekend, there will also be special events like Art Hunt, which starts at 10 a.m. and CineMET at 2 p.m where there will be a screening of Onang and Cycles of Care.


One of the exhibits that runs until the end of June is about Contemporary Transnational Journeys and Liasons, which reflects on the experience of Filipinos living and working in different continents around the world. Admission fee to the museum is P100. 


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. Open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday). For inquiries, call 708-7829 or e-mail info@metmuseum.ph.

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