7 things to do from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

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Films to watch, exhibits to view, and more in this week’s recommendations from the CNN Philippines Life staff. Photo from ACTIVE VISTA/FACEBOOK

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, September 27) This week, watch music videos from young OPM acts, mix things up with vegan-friendly granola, stream martial law films, learn about local heritage preservation, visit an online exhibit, read a clothing brand’s new publication, and sign up for a design experience.

Catch “The Kingmaker,” “Respeto,” “Aswang,” and other films about martial law and EJK at this human rights festival

If you’re still looking for media to paint a more accurate picture of the injustices of the past and present, the Active Vista International Human Rights Festival has got you covered. The festival is meant to bring attention to stories of human rights struggles. While most of the virtual talks took place last week, you can still buy tickets to stream films such as Lauren Greenfield’s “The Kingmaker,” Treb Montreras’s “Respeto,” Alyx Ayn Arumpac’s “Aswang,” Mae Paner’s “Tao Po,” and Benedict Mique’s “ML” on the festival’s website. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Check out new music videos from Zack Tabudlo and Unique Salonga

Over the weekend, two young and influential OPM acts released their latest music videos. 2020 breakout artist Zack Tabudlo’s music video for “Habang Buhay'' stars influential vlogger CongTV and his girlfriend Viy Cortez. Over Tabudlo’s funky guitar riffs and sweet lyrics about loving each other forever and never letting go, the couple is seen watching TV, doing the laundry, grilling isaw, and even breaking out into dance while goofing off at the same time — you know, just long-term relationship things. Watch the video here for your daily dose of serotonin.

READ: Zack Tabudlo and the future sounds of OPM

Unique has finally released the music video for “Mga Katulad Mo,” a song off his 2020 sophomore album “Pangalan:”. Created by artist TRNZ, the animated video interprets the anger and resentment of the song by following a little girl and her shadow. Care to share your own interpretation after watching the video? — GABY GLORIA

"States of Cadence" features work by 19 artists that reflect the way they see the collective energy of today's world. Photo courtesy of GROUNDED

Support emerging artists at this online exhibition

Holistic arts and culture studio Grounded Artists Network is holding its first group exhibition from Sept. 23 to Nov. 15. Entitled “States of Cadence," the first part of the exhibition showcases works by 19 artists that “reflect the way they see the collective energy of today’s world.” Featured works for Exhibit 1 include photographer Archie Geotina’s Pearls, a series of black and white photographs of Filipina surfers surfing in traditional terno and Filipiniana gowns, and artist and florist Melissa Lara’s collages of nostalgia, threads of memory, and pieces of expressio. A portion of the proceeds from the artwork sales will go to coral reef and mangrove conservation and restoration through the Oceanus Conservation organization. To view the exhibit, visit their website. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

The Superfood Grocer’s Coconola Chocolate Crunch Granola Clusters, ₱250. Photo from THE SUPERFOOD GROCER

Mix things up with this vegan-friendly granola

You know a bag of granola is good if you find yourself inhaling the entire thing in one sitting. I have my fair share of granola favorites, but The Superfood Grocer’s Coconola Chocolate Crunch Granola Clusters at ₱250 is my current god tier choice. Made of plant-based ingredients that are sourced from local farmers, these granola clusters give you the same level of satisfaction as a box of chocolate-flavored cereal — so much crunch and flavor in each bite. It also makes use of coconut sugar as a sweetener so it’s a great gift for diabetic loved ones. The fact that it’s a healthy snack alternative at 88 calories per serving is just a bonus. It’s too bad these only come in 200g bags. I need them in bulk. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA

The Coconola Chocolate is available on BeautyMNL or The Superfood Grocer website.

Learn about Philippine heritage preservation at this book launch

Did you know that San Nicolas, Manila, is where some of the oldest houses in Manila are located? Wrongly referred to as “Spanish-style” houses, these antique homes were raised between 1893 to the 1910s. Historian Fernando Zialcita and researcher Erik Akpedonu with economist Victor Venida cover the San Nicolas commercial district of yesteryears and more in their new book, “Endangered Splendor: Manila’s Architectural Heritage 1571-1960 (Volume 1: The Center).” Watch the launch via livestream on Oct. 2 via the Ateneo University Press Facebook and YouTube. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Uniqlo’s new LifeWear magazine straddles the line between a culture publication and a brand catalog. Photo courtesy of UNIQLO

Read Uniqlo’s Lifewear Magazine

There’s always something insincere about brand publications. There’s the dressing up content as editorial in order to sell wares — clothes, furniture, more clothes. But there are more successful (and less dubious ones) like Acne which treats its magazine, Acne Paper, as a different beast entirely. Acne Paper treads the line between an art catalog and a niche interest magazine. There’s also Aesop’s various literary pamphlets that echo the brand’s bookish approach to business while hawking their brand of skin care line and perfumes.

In comes Uniqlo’s new LifeWear magazine, which straddles the line between a culture publication and a brand catalog. The free magazine, now on its fifth issue, is primed to “making everyday lives of people richer and comfortable,” certainly echoing the philosophy of the easywear clothing brand. The magazine benefits from Uniqlo’s glittering roster of collaborators, with features on the likes of Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Anderson, and Tadao Ando. Most of the pages though reminds me of magazines like Popeye and Monocle (whom they’ve actually collaborated with). Spreads on neighborhoods, luscious travel essays, and insights on making cities livable exist in between fashion editorials featuring everyday people dressed in, what else, Uniqlo.

The new issue’s launch also coincides with the third anniversary of the Manila global flagship store this October. The store will feature installations taken from key stories from the LifeWear magazine plus collections such as the UT Collaboration with "Jujutsu Kaisen," the Musee du Louvre 2021 A/W, and Uniqlo x Theory F/W 2021 collection. Visit or the Uniqlo Philippines social media accounts for more details. Copies of the LifeWear magazine are free at Uniqlo stores. — DON JAUCIAN

"Social Problems Are Design Problems 2021 asks: "What is the future of design for a world in crisis?" Photo courtesy of AND A HALF

Sign up for a creative experience that explores how social problems are design problems

“What is the future of design for a world in crisis?

On Oct. 8 to 9, design studio And A Half asks this question as a jump-off point for "Social Problems Are Design Problems 2021." The second iteration of last year’s event will be focusing on "Regeneration through Circular Design Strategies"—a theme they will be unpacking through different lectures and workshops, with guest interaction done through live art, DJ sets, and hangout rooms via Gather Town and Discord. An ₱850 pass gets you tools and resources from the sessions, as well as access to the Zoom lecture series and live Q&A with speakers Carlo Delantar of Altum, Keiji Ashizawa & Kay Concengco of Ishinomaki Lab and Lamana PH, Bert Peeters of the Philippine Permaculture Association and Cabiokid, and Pangasinan 4th District Rep. Christopher De Venecia, as well as one workshop sessio (options include Food Sovereignty with Slow Food Sari-Sari and Designing Better Cities with Anthony Siy).

Get your passes through their official website.