Immerse Yourself in Art at Art in the Park + More Free Things to Do in March

Let's celebrate women's month!

(SPOT.ph) It’s International Women’s Day on March 8, but celebrating girl power doesn’t start and end on that one day: you can do that all-year round. The whole month of March is also National Women’s Month, and there’s a wealth of fun activities to check out. These events are not just for women, of course. They’re all open to the public and free of charge. 

Here are 10 free things you can do in Metro Manila this March:

Immerse yourself in art at Art in the Park 

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Art Fair Philippines may be over, but you can still get your art fix at Art in the Park on March 15. Browse art from galleries, art schools, art spaces, collectives, and individual artists all in one place. You can also listen to blues music by Hoochie Coochie Mikkie. 

Art in the Park is on March 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Art in the Park's website.

Enjoy fun activities with your furbaby 

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Want to give your pet as well as yourself a fun treat this March? Take them to Metro Park’s Pet Day. You can show off your pet by joining activities like a pet race, a tricks exhibition, and even a walk down the runway on their doggy wardrobe. Your pet can win trophies, certificates, and even pet products when they join. 

Metro Park Pet Day is on March 15, 3 p.m. at Blue Bay Walk, Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner EDSA, Pasay City. For more information, follow Metro Park Pet Day’s event’s page

Listen to a live script reading 

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Interested in catching a different kind of theater performance? Why not check out a series of stage readings at the Cultural Center of the Philippines? Along with the Women Playwrights International Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Gender and Development Committee is presenting a live script reading of plays written by women playwrights from the Philippines, Australia, Argentina, and Uganda. Admission is also free for panel discussions. 

The Festival of Plays by Women is from March 6 to 8 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, follow CCP Intertextual Division on Facebook. 

Check out an all-women art fair on climate justice 

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If the environment and its effects on people are important to you, you might enjoy Gandang Ganda sa Sariling Gawa. Now on its fourth year, this all-women art fair focuses on climate justice with the theme “Madre Tierra.” Aside from booths where you can check out female-made zines and artwork, you can also listen to talks on how climate change uniquely affects women in the Philippines. 

Gandang Ganda sa Sariling Gawa is on March 7, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Commission on Human Rights, SAAC Building, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow Gantala Press on Facebook

Learn the basics of photography 

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Our smartphones are equipped with powerful cameras, but if photography is a serious passion or hobby for you, tinkering the settings on your phone’s camera probably isn’t enough for you. If you have an SLR and are interested in learning how to produce photos that no app can replicate, Nikon Philippines is organizing a free photography workshop for beginners. 

Nikon Philippines' A Beginner's Guide to Photography is on March 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Nikon Experience Hub Philippines, 3/F Glorietta 1, Ayala Center, Ayala Avenue, Makati City. This event is free for attendees who bought Nikon cameras from authorized sellers in the last six months. For more information, follow A Beginner's Guide to Photography's event page. 

Attend an empowering talk by female CEOs 

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Are you a girl boss or are you hoping to be one in the future? You can listen to a talk by female CEOs and leaders at “Empowered Women Empower Women.” The speakers will discuss how they juggle business, personal lives, social lives, and living awesome and independent lives.

Empowered Women Empower Women is on March 7, 1 p.m. at Allegro Center, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, follow Empowered Women Empower Women’s event page. 

Watch female entrepreneurs do their thing at a women’s market 

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While shopping from women-owned businesses at the We Make Herstory women’s market is not free, conversing with the female entrepreneurs definitely is. There are also interactive booths where you can learn about women’s rights and performances by artists advocating gender equality, and gender justice. 

We Make Herstory is on March 7, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Liwasang Aurora, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road, Diliman Quezon City. For more information, follow We Make Herstory’s event page

Join a session of  Muay Thai 

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When it comes to workouts, it’s fun to mix it up once in a while. Try your hand at Muay Thai by attending a free trial class at Forge: Martial Fitness in Pioneer. Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand, that is also a comprehensive workout that combines stand-up striking and clinching techniques. 

The free muay thai trial class is on March 9, 7:30 p.m. at Forge: Martial Fitness - Pioneer, 7 Sheridan Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. Register to reserve your slot. For more information, follow Forge: Martial Fitness – Pioneer on Facebook.

Listen to a lecture on a memoir  

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When Turtles Come Home by Victoria Hoffarth is a memoir of a woman who considered herself a ‘cultural refugee’ from the Philippines. Want to learn more about this book?  The author is giving a free lecture at the Ortigas Foundation Library on March 17. 

The lecture is on March 17, 5 p.m. at the Ortigas Foundation Library, 2/F Ortigas Building, Ortigas Avenue corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. For more information, follow Ortigas Foundation Library on Facebook.

Fight for freedom of speech 

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With ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal status constantly in the news these days, it’s natural to be concerned about our freedom of expression and press freedom. To show your solidarity, you can join the gathering of concerned citizens, mass media, and artists at Cine Adarna in a meeting aptly named “Malaya.” 

Malaya is on March 7, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Cine Adarna, University of the Philippines Film Institute, Magsaysay and Osmeña Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow Malaya’s event page.

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