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Metro Weekend Guide: What To Do On The First Weekend of April

It's hard to believe that it's already April, but with summer officially here, there are so many events to look forward to. Here’s a list of some of the goings-on around town this weekend that are worth checking out.


Comme Çi SS19 Collection Trunkshow

April 5-7; 38th Floor, The Loft at Manansala, Rockwell Center, Makati

Visit this curated trunk show featuring some of Manila and Asia’s best designers and shop their latest collections to get you ready for the sunny season. The trunk show will be open from 11am to 7pm all weekend.


Performatura Festival 2019

April 5-7; Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay

The three-day festival celebrates the rich history of Philippine literature, exploring the intersections between the written word and performance literature through performances, talks, and workshops with distinguished creatives. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to each donate a book, which will serve as their ticket to the event.


Midsummer Manila

April 5-7; Mid-Level 2/3 East Atrium, Shangri-La Plaza

The pop-up group presents another artisanal fair, selling everything from clothes to food from a large array of merchants and artisans at this weekend affair.


BAP Film Screening: Dark Skull by Kiro Russo

7pm, April 6; Bellas Artes Outpost, 2/F The Alley at Karravin, 2316 Chino Roces Ave, Makati

Bolivian director, Kiro Russo’s first feature film from 2016 touches on the politics around mining, which relates back to Lucy Raven’s Chinatown exhibit currently on display at the gallery. Register for the screening at Admission is free.


We're inviting you to #BAPFilmScreening Dark Skull by Kiro Russo on Saturday, April 6, 7PM at BAP Outpost. ? A hybrid work set in the uniquely rough world of the Bolivian mines, Dark Skull is a character drama and an idiosyncratic portrait of workers’ daily lives. The narrative unfolds around the troubled and troublesome Elder, sent to live with his grandmother in Huanuni, a small country town in Bolivia. Once there, Elder proves a constant embarrassment to his godfather, Francisco, frequently skipping work to get drunk or high. But his off-the-clock activities eventually lead him to a dark secret about Francisco’s involvement in his father’s death. Shot largely inside the mines, and made in collaboration with the miners’ union, Kiro Russo’s elegant and formally daring film employs an ambitious structure and gorgeous cinematography to express the nuances and codes of the workers. ?? The film brings to light the dark narratives linked to extractivist economies, and the geopolitics around mining which are found in Lucy Raven's Chinatown (2009) currently on view at BAP Outpost. - Special thanks to Socavón Cine and Kiro Russo. - This event is free and open to the public. To register: - #darkskull #kirorusso #filmscreening #viejocalavera #cinemabolivia #cinema #mines #filmscreening #screenings #lucyraven #chinatown

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Summer Spectrum at Rockwell

April 6-7; The Fifth at Rockwell, R5, Power Plant Mall, Makati

Support over 100 local brands offering food, fashion, home, arts & crafts, and lifestyle, and find all your summer essentials at this two-day long shopping fair.


Everywhere, There You Are

4pm, April 7; Ateneo Art Gallery, Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City

See the unveiling of the art installation by Ling Quisumbing Ramilo and Wawi Navarroza, the inaugural project of the Ignacio B Gimenez Outdoor Installation Grant Program. The launch will take place at 4pm on April 7th, and the installation will remain on site until September 8th.


Join us on April 7, Sunday for the launch of “Everywhere, There You Are” by Ling Quisumbing Ramilo and Wawi Navarroza. This installation is the inaugural project of the Ignacio B Gimenez Outdoor Installation Grant Program. Ling and Wawi were invited to re-install this project that they created earlier in two editions for the Malasimbo Art and Music Festival in Mindoro. Composed of fishing nets and strips of fluorescent orange fabric, the panels create segments of kinetic wall interacting with the multi-directional flow of the wind. Visitors are allowed to walk through and experience movement and color. For its iteration in Areté, the installation will be grander in scale, a quality which both artists have always been wanting to explore. Everywhere, There You Are will be on site starting April 7 until September 8, 2019. For more information about the event, please email us at or call us at 426-6488.

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100 Years of Deutscher Werkbund: Architecture & Design Exhibit

Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Malate

Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Deutscher Werkbund, a German association for artists, designers, architects, and industrialists, Goethe-Institut Philippines presents the traveling exhibition by the Architekturmuseum in Munich and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen that celebrates the institution’s works throughout the 20th century. The exhibit opened on April 4th and will run until May 25th.


Unicorn Store

Brie Larson makes her directorial debut and reunites with her Captain Marvel co-star, Samuel L. Jackson to star in this quirky comedy about a failed art school student who receives a mysterious letter inviting her to “The Store,” where she gets the opportunity to fulfill her childhood dream of adopting a unicorn. Available to stream on Netflix on April 5th.


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