The Week Inside Manila: Championing in Sports, Film, and Music

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED August 31, 2018 05:03 pm | UPDATED September 6, 2018 11:12 pm
Art by Dani Elevazo.

Once again, we are transitioning to a new month. Alarming news pieces have flashed before our eyes since this year’s day onesome have caused us to lose faith in our leaders, some have shaken our beliefs, but some have calmed our raging hearts. So we have listed all the good things that happened in the past week under our radar. To help cap-off your week, here are some good news inside Manila:

Pinays are Slaying in Asian Games 2018

Let’s admit it, our country is not particularly outshining in the sports department. So whenever a Filipino becomes victorious in any sport, we can’t help but be #ProudToBePinoy.

With that, here’s the good news: our Pinay bet Margielyn Didal in women’s skateboarding street event in Asian Games 2018 finished with strong valor. She bagged our 4th gold medal in the tourney! The 19-year old skateboarder now joins fellow Pinay gold medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdnganan, and Lois Kaye Go. Didal’s triumph thrust Philippine’s rank to 16th place.

Time and time again we ask: Who run the world? Well, it looks like girls are totally moving fast-paced!

“Never Forget Film Fest” to Kick-off on September 1st

Never not moving on.

This September marks the 46th year since the declaration of Martial Law. So as we remember and resist the dark antiquities of our country, Cinema Centenario, together with the Commission on Human Rights, spearheaded its first ever “Never Forget Film Festival”. This month-long festival starting September 1 to September 30 is a tribute to the heroes of the underground and a celebration of the lives of those who survived.

15 feature-length films including Atom Araullo starrer “Citizen Jake”, four documentaries, and three short films will be featured in the festival to better promote their advocacy - #NeverForget the facts and stories that are on the brink of being forgotten.

Korean Film Festival and International Silent Film Festival Opened

New things to do! Yay!

On August 29, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines officially welcomed this year's inception of “Korean Film Festival” by way of screening “The Pirates” by Lee Seok-hoon, who was also present that night. The festival will run until September 26 and will be stopping by the cities of Baguio, Davao, Iloilo, and Cebu.

Meanwhile, International Silent Film Festival (ISFF)in collaboration with Goethe Institut Philippinen opened last August 30. This festival will feature restored 1920s silent films from Italy, Philippines, France, Germany, Japan, USA, Spain, and Austria.  In relation, eight local musicians including Miles Experience, Kontra-GaPi, Tanikala Tribe, and Brass Munkeys will live-score these films as it plays. For more information, visit ISFF Facebook page here.

The Weeknd Concert Ticket Selling Starts This Week

The “Can’t Feel My Face” act is touring Asia for the first time this year.

After the success of their back-to-back Chance the Rapper and Paramore concerts, we thought concert promoter Music Management International would slow down in bringing our most-anticipated artists. But instead, they fasten their pace and surprised us with The Weeknd’s first ever live show in Manila!

Tickets for the show are already up for sale this week and they are selling fast so you better secure your seats and we gon’ party at Mall of Asia Arena on December 7 like it’s THE WEEKND!

Save up! Pop-Rock icon Maroon 5 is All-Set for their Manila Comeback

Yes, please!

Almost half a decade since their last show in Manila, our thirst for the live performance of our fave pop-rock band Maroon 5 will be quenched early next year! The band announced through their official website that they will be stopping by Manila on March 5, 2019 for their 2019 Red Pill Blues Asia tour! Further deets such as ticket prices and venue about the concert have not been announced yet so keep an eye on this page for updates.

PRO-TIP: Save up as early as now because we’re sure there’ll be a scamper of tickets for this comeback show. Or else, you’ll have to spend all your Sunday Mornings in bed shrouding yourself in your supposed-to-be concert moments with Adam Levine!

Calling All the Cool Folks: Wanderland is Now a Two-Day Fest

We can’t wait for March!

Known as one of the hippest music and arts festival in the country, Karpos Media’s Wanderland Music and Arts Festival is now going to spread their magic for two-days on March 9 and 10 at the Filinvest City Event Grounds, Alabang. That means an entire weekend will be a magical experience for every wanderer as they witness local and international acts come together in one stage. Tickets for the festival are already up for sale in Wanderland’s official website. Pre-lineup Regular Wanderer is at P4,000 while Pre-lineup Star Wanderer is at P7,000.

There are Now P2P Sunday Trips From Malolos to Trinoma

Hey Bulacan lovelies who are still grinding even until Sunday, this good news is for you!

Bus company Precious Grace Transport Services will now be offering Sunday rides through their P2P buses from Malolos, Bulacan to Trinoma, North EDSA. And the even better news is that starting September 2, fare will be under promo at Php 80 for every single-journey ride. Currently, we’ll just have to wait if the bus company will also offer trips going back to Bulacan. We’re crossing our fingers on this one!

Youtube and Instagram Pose New Features for Better Digital Welfare

These two internet giants are on to a thumb-stopping move.

Just this week both Instagram and Youtube rolled out new and exciting features to help maintain their users’ healthy social welfare. Youtube introduced a new feature to track their users’ time online. It minimizes notification pop-ups and reminds users to slow down so that they can be able to manage their time wisely. Nice move, Youtube!

Meanwhile, Instagram announced that any IG user can now apply for account verification. This is to keep IG free from fake users. To start your account authentication process, you just have to: (1) Go to Settings tab and click “Request Verification”, (2) Login your username and password, and (3) Send a clear photo of your government-issued ID. From there, IG will do the rest of the works. You just have to patiently wait for the process to be complete! Ain’t that a sweet move from IG?

What other good news did you encounter this week? Share it with us!



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