A bridal fair, film festival, block party + more things to do this weekend

Plus a Japanese design exhibit, food writing workshop, and more.

(SPOT.ph) We know you’re already looking forward to the weekend. We zero in on the events you shouldn’t miss.


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Makati Block Party


Gastronomic delights, a kiddie fun fair, and entertainment await everyone at the Makati Block Party on July 3, 4 p.m., at Paseo de Roxas, Makati City. Salcedo Market will be turned into a culinary street extravaganza with their signature offerings. There will also be musical performances by Vince Lahorra’s Quartet and Johnoy Danao, as well as free yoga sessions and a Vinyasa Music Night Class by Urban Ashram Manila. Admission is free.


For more information, go to Make It Makati's website.


World Premieres Film Festival 2016



Get your tickets to the World Premieres Film Festival 2016, running from June 29 to July 10, at the Cinematheque Centre Manila and the cinemas of Greenbelt 3, Uptown Mall, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and Shangri-La Plaza. The festival showcases the works of critically acclaimed, upcoming film directors from across the globe. With its Main Competition and Cine Verde sections, as well as the films competing in the Parallel Sections and Filipino New Cinema, this year's run hopes to engage the world by featuring the best film narratives that highlight diversity of cultures, current social issues, and present visual discourses on climate change. Some of the films in the line-up include Laut, EDSA, Memory Channel, and many more.


For more information, log on to the World Premieres Film Festival's website.


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Taco Fiesta


Bring out your maracas and banderitas in this cooking class with Kitchen Revolution! In Taco Fiesta, happening on July 3, 2:30 p.m., at Back of the House, learn how to make Mexican dishes for the ultimate vegan party. On the menu are lentil walnut taco meat, Mexican soy chorizo crumbles, and black beans with cilantro; chili-roasted peppers and zucchini, cilantro lime brown rice, and garden fresh veggies; guacamole, pico de gallo, cashew sour cream, and nacho cheese sauce; and homemade corn tortillas (gluten-free) and homemade wholewheat tortillas. Registration is for P2,250 (P1,950 until June 30).



To sign up, click here.


Japanese Design 100


Catch Japanese Design Today 100, a traveling product exhibition which runs from June 30 to August 19 at Metropolitan Museum of Manila. The exhibition was first organized by the Japan Foundation in 2004 and has been touring the world for the past 12 years. Its updated version features 100 of the finest examples of Japanese design with a focus on everyday products that range from furniture and housewares to healthcare; apparel and accessories to transportation. The designs serve as a mirror that reflects the hopes and dreams of the people who use them and the designers and companies who create them. The chief curator, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, is scheduled to hold a design dialogue on July 2 to discuss Japanese product design.


For inquiries, call 811-­6156 to 58.


SOAKED: Hydro Run



Get ready to be refreshed at SOAKED: Hydro Run on July 3, 5 a.m., at the UP Academic Oval. Proceeds of this healthy fun run will go to Project LAAN, which aims to increase healthcare access and utilization for families living in poverty through health advocacy and literacy, including the sponsorship of their PhilHealth memberships. Registration is priced at P450 for 3K, P550 for 5K, and P650 for 10K. 


To sign up, click here.


Virgin Labfest 12


Aptly themed BinyagVirgin Labfest 12 is back at the Cultural Center of the Philippines from June 29 to July 17. Watch new plays by emerging and established Filipino playwrights who will be presenting their unpublished, unstaged, untested, and untried works to the theater-going public. Some of the works in this year's line-up include Loyalist, Ang Mga Bisita ni Jean, and Dalawang Gabi, among others. Tickets are priced at P360 for the plays and P154 for the films.


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.



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Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes


Join bestselling contemporary authors Amy Zhang and Andrea Portes for book signing events on July 3, 2 p.m., at the Grand Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza Mall. This Is Where the World Ends is a novel about best friends on a collision course with the real world from Amy Zhang, the critically acclaimed Indies Introduce and Indie Next author of Falling into Place. Andrea Portes' The Fall of Butterflies brings together We Were Liars and Looking for Alaska in a uniquely funny and heartbreaking teen novel about a passionate-yet-doomed friendship, set against a backdrop of wealth and glamour.


For more information, log on to National Book Store's Facebook page.


Food Writing 101



Take a crash course in Food Writing with Ayala Museum, led by Ginny Mata on all Saturdays of July from July 2 to 23. This workshop aims to teach the important principles of writing about food: passion, precision, and clarity. These will guide the participants in narrating experiences, and describing tastes and textures using clear and concise language. It's open to everyone—from student bloggers who want to go beyond the usual restaurant reviews to sociologists and anthropologists who are thinking about delving into food studies. The workshop fee is P5,500, inclusive of workshop handouts, materials, and a certificate.


For inquiries, call 759-8288 local 25 or 0917-561-2413, or e-mail deasis.ms@ayalafoundation.org.


5th Brides and Beyond


Think Pink Events presents The 5th Brides & Beyond on July 2 and 3, 10 a.m., at The Tent at Enderun, McKinley Hill. The bridal fair gathers photographers, videographers, coordinators, florists, jewelers, and wedding services for couples preparing for their big day. Pick up new ideas from Pat Dy, Jason Magbanua, The Delightful Miss Joyce, and many more.



For inquiries, call 0917-877-8252 or e-mail bridesandbeyondph@gmail.com.


9th Robinsons Supermarket Fit & Fun Buddy Run


Call a friend and sign up together for the 9th Robinsons Supermarket Fit & Fun Buddy Run, happening on July 3 at the Bonifacio Global City. Registration is priced at P1,400 per pair for 5K and P1,700 per pair for 10K. Drop by the following branches of Robinsons Supermarket to get started:

  • Robinsons Forum
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Robinsons Supermarket Eastwood

For more information, log on to Robinsons Supermarket's website.

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