7 things to do this March 21 to 27

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On-ground events to attend and more summer recommendations from the CNN Philippines Life staff. Photo by JL JAVIER

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, March 21) — In-person events are back, featuring this year’s Art Fair Philippines, on-ground screenings of award-winning films, an all-women group exhibition at a well-loved pre-pandemic haunt, and more recommended summer budol, including a K-pop girl group’s ballet-themed album, a running shoe tailored for the female form, an Instagram account to help you with your sunscreen woes, and a refreshing food suggestion for your cool down needs.

Immerse yourself in local art and photography at Art Fair Philippines 2022

There’s plenty to love at this year’s Art Fair Philippines. Admittedly, I’ve missed going to the Link to witness how the annual art event captures — or pushes — the zeitgeist of the Philippine art scene. One particular high point is the ArtFairPH/Projects, with returning curator Norman Crisologo who also did the 2020 ArtFairPH/Projects. A Norman Crisologo show is always interesting. He manages to combine irreverence with sharpness that is always favored by collectors. In this year’s show, which he calls "barok," we see the works of artists like Doktor Karayom and Tyang Karyel converse with senior artists such as Arô Soriano and Nune Alvarado.

A map guide to one section of this year’s ArtFairPH at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Photo courtesy of ART FAIR PHILIPPINES

In the Ayala Triangle Gardens walkway, people will witness the spectacle that is the evolution of Philippine fashion photography. Titled, “Tattoos, Ternos and Couture,” the show is curated by some of the leading names in the field of Philippine fashion and photography: Neal Oshima, Mark Nicdao, Michael Salientes, and Gio Panlilio. Structured like blown up magazine spreads (by designer Miguel Mari who worked with Oshima, Nicdao, and Salientes in Rogue Magazine), the photographs feature works by 26 photographers in an array of themes, from indigenous clothing, couture, to counterculture punks. The exhibit is best viewed at night.

The Ayala Triangle Gardens walkway features the exhibit “Tattoos, Ternos and Couture.” Photo by JL JAVIER

For those who can’t get off their phones, there’s the AR Art Trail curated by Daata, featuring the works “Aparisyon” by artist Leeroy New and “Let Me Hold Your Hand” by prolific fiction writer Eliza Victoria. The stories are encoded into QR codes standing along the trail and can be viewed through the Daata app. New and Victoria might be in two different disciplines but their brand of storytelling share the same speculative strain. New’s is about an extinct creature from a planet facing climate change, while Victoria’s is about an eerie folk superstition.

There’s also the ArtFairPH/Film by Jeremy Couillard (also best viewed at night) by Daata and the showcase of the ArtFairPH/Residencies winners, which features works by emerging artists to watch. Of particular note is Jao San Pedro’s “A Fold on the Horizon,” on the body and transgender identity for Emerging Islands.

There’s more in store for this year’s Art Fair Philippines, which starts on March 23 until April 1. Visit for the online experience. — DON JAUCIAN

Catch in-person screenings of “It’s Raining Frogs Outside” and more films at Cine Salusalo

Maria Estela Paiso’s award-winning short film “It’s Raining Frogs Outside” is part of the lineup of Kwago’s Sine Salusalo event happening this week. As part of the FDCP’s Cinema Rehiyon 14, Sine Salusalo is just one of many pocket screenings of independent films being held around the country.

From March 25 to 27, Kwago will be holding in-person screenings of 13 films centered on women at its new home, Curious Coffee Co. in Parañaque. The screening for “It’s Raining Frogs Outside” (which we have also touted as one of our best Filipino films of 2021) will also include a talkback session with the director. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Check out the full festival schedule via Kwago’s Facebook page.

View a group exhibition by women artists

This Wednesday, Futurist is opening their first group exhibit of the year. "Dwell on Divinities" features works by artists Cru Camara, Kat Tapang, Nicole Aprid, Marita Ganse, Raizel Go and Mags Ocampo. It’ll open to the public on March 23 at Futurist and online via at 7pm. Catch live music sets by Teenage Granny and Tefi from 9 p.m. onwards on opening day. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

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Check out funskincare’s UV camera video series on Instagram

Now that it’s summer again and Alert Level 1 is in full effect around Metro Manila, I’m already anticipating more days out in the sun. With my old routine of haphazardly slathering on a thin layer of SPF 40, drawing the curtains, and hiding in the dark all day no longer being an option, Indonesian skincare blogger and dermatology PhD candidate Claudia Christin’s videos are a godsend.

As a person who’s struggled with finding the sunscreen formula that’s best suited for my face and skin type, there are some questions that I’ve always wondered while browsing through the wide variety of products available in the market: how do I properly apply sunscreen for it to be effective? Does wearing a face mask affect the coverage? And do tinted moisturizers work just as well as regular sunscreens?

Using the fact-based approach to skincare that she’s known for, Christin’s latest content packs a lot of information in just a few seconds of footage through the viewpoint of her UV camera, in which she applies sunscreen while stating her observations. There are quite a lot of videos already up on her profile, so I suggest starting off with this one about how to properly cleanse after a full day of wearing sunscreen (yes, rinsing with water isn’t enough) — GABY GLORIA

The Adidas Ultraboost 22 in the new Flash Orange colorway. Photo courtesy of ADIDAS

Cop the new Adidas Ultraboost22

After spending the bulk of the past two years inside and fighting a mild bout of COVID-19 earlier this year, I’ve found that my stamina’s been shot badly. Short walks outside that used to be easy are now way more tiring than they should be — experiences made more uncomfortable by the fact that my old running shoes now feel smaller and pinch my toes after a few minutes of use.

This month I’ve made it a goal to do a bit of cardio regularly, so it was fitting that my next life choice would be to upgrade my workout wear. According to Adidas, the 2022 version of the Ultraboost for women is marketed as such because it’s meant to increase performance for women runners. Created by an all-women team, the shoe was designed by tapping into specific insights and an online anatomy database of 1.2 million scans of womens’ feet. It’s also environmentally friendly to some extent, with its upper made of yarn containing 50% Parley Ocean Plastic sourced from waste found on remote islands, beaches, coastal communities and shorelines.

Going on a three-kilometer test run with the shoes, I found that the shoe was snug at the ankle and provided ample space in the toe area, while the midsole’s LEP (an acronym for Adidas’s trademark Linear Energy Push system) provided enough cushioning to minimize discomfort and give that extra push forward even while passing several downward slopes and slight inclines. — GABY GLORIA

Heritage chain Max's is offering a selection of halo-halo, mais con yelo, and ice scramble this March 26. Photo by MARGA BUENAVENTURA

Cool down with Max’s Halo Halo

Short of an airconditioner that follows you around, nothing cools you down better than a glass of halo-halo. In celebration of National Halo-Holiday on March 26, heritage restaurant chain Max’s Restaurant is offering a special summer cooler package. On the 26th, every purchase of any summer cooler will get you another one for free. Customers can choose from any of their Samalamig selections: halo-halo, mais con yelo, classic or ube ice scramble, or The Knickerbocker, a fruitier version of their halo-halo with fresh watermelon, mango, buko strings, gulaman, milk, and topped with strawberry ice cream and bits of their house Caramel Bar. Best part is, the promo can be enjoyed dine in, to-go, or even for delivery. You know what that means — you can just cool down wherever you want to. — CNN PHILIPPINES STAFF

Orders can also be made through or 888-79000.

Listen to Red Velvet’s new single “Feel My Rhythm”

K-pop group Red Velvet’s comebacks always feel like a comet sighting: it rarely happens but when it does, it’s always a marvel to experience. The quintet just released their EP “The Reve Festival 2022 - Feel My Rhythm,” their latest since the 2021 mini album “Queendom.” The teaser campaign behind “Feel My Rhythm” has been flawless — nothing new for our high concept queens.

The EP’s visuals leans into a lush balletcore aesthetic: Irene, Wendy, Seulgi, Joy, and Yeri in pearl hair accessories, pink corsets, and pointe shoes. The Orgel version of the album comes in the form of a pink music box, and includes a mini stand where each member in a ballet pose can be propped on top of the box. Balletcore is considered the newest trend among the TikTok-conscious, a hyper-feminine aesthetic inspired by bodycon silhouettes with a mix of athleisure, the film “Black Swan,” and the enduring appeal of the lean muscled ballerina build.

As far as Red Velvet the group is concerned, the application of balletcore in this latest comeback (mixed with some deliciously creepy visuals in the title track’s M/V) feels like the girls’ way of staying true to their tried and tested classics with a flair of the absurd. To no one’s surprise, I’ve also been listening to the B-sides on repeat. The iridescenet ‘80s-esque “Bamboleo” and the heavy, funky “Beg for Me” are some of my personal favorites. (But let’s be real, they’re all so good.) Now that Red Velvet’s comeback season is in full swing, I’m already sad for the long wait till the next one. But if our cake girls guarantee each time, every comeback is worth waiting for. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA

Stream the single and mini album on Spotify.