Things to Do this Month: August 2017

Ready for August?

Here in the Philippines, August is known as the Buwan ng Wika, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than embracing and being involved in our rich culture and heritage. Check out all the events and happenings for this language month.

Embrace Your Inner Arte

The Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. will be holding their ninth installment of MaArte at The Gallery, The Peninsula Manila from August 11 to 13. Expect to see collections from Manila’s emerging talents as well as established and well-loved brands. The three day event is free and is open to the public. Visit their website for more information.

Attend Your Favorite Indie Band’s Concert

French indie rock darling Phoenix will be heading back to the country this month for their Phoenix on Tour show this August 15 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Get ready to belt out to classic hits such as “1901”, “If I Ever Feel Better” and to new tunes like “J-Boy’ and “Ti Amo”. Visit Ticket Online for ticket prices and information.

Get to Know the Aetas

This month we’re also celebrating World Indigenous Day and for this the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, together with MAD Travel, will be having an immersion program with the indigenous communities in the country, beginning with the Aetas in San Felipe, Zambales. The program will be held on August 11 to 13 and includes the following activities:

Part 1:

  • Trek to the Aeta village
  • Cultural performances
  • Tree planting in the community
  • Archery lessons
  • Games with the Aetas
  • Teaching children how to paint
  • Jamming session in Circle Hostel

Part 2:

  • Workshops with social and environmental entrepreneurs
  • Free time to explore San Felipe

The registration fee for the program is PHP5,000 and will include:

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for August 12
  • Breakfast and lunch for August 13
  • Two (2) nights’ accommodations at Circle Hostel
  • Roundtrip van transfers from Manila to Zambales

For more inquiries and slot reservations, email

Celebrate Local Films

In celebration of the Buwan ng Wika, the Film Development Council of the Philippines will be showing 12 films for its Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, to be screened exclusively on commercial theatres nationwide starting this August 16 to 22. With the festival’s films having different genres, it will surely cater to all audiences. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

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