Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, May 16) — This week, shop for arts and crafts in Ermita, visit a group exhibit in Parañaque, watch a gig in Makati, buy tickets for a K-pop concert in Cubao, and try out some new fashion and beauty picks.
Shop for local arts and crafts at We Art Luneta
From May 21-22, artists and crafters will be showcasing their wares at the Noli Me Tangere Garden at Rizal Park in Manila for the third We Art Luneta market. Following the celebration of National Heritage Month this May, featured artists like Akim, 1372 Design, Gyusepi, and more will be offering prints, shirts, stickers, and other merchandise that showcases heritage spots and historical landmarks in the Philippines. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Puesto Manila Facebook page. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
Visit an exhibit mounted by Kwago
In an effort to combat disinformation and historical distortion, Kwago, a creative community and bookstore, will be hosting an exhibit featuring 15 artists from different disciplines and backgrounds from May 21 to June 30 at their homebase in B.F. Paranaque. Curated by Dom Balmes, the “Guhit Kontra Gahum” exhibit is being mounted to expose the structures of power pervading our lives. Participating artists include Cyrill Acuña, Krishna Ariola, Adam David, Marian Hukom, Marx Fidel, Robert Komiks, Randy Valiente, Andrei Venal, Rai Hamid, Tarantadong Kalbo, Cartoonist Zach, Rob Cham, Printmaking for the People, Bad Komiks, and Tyang Karyel.
Entrance is free. The first 50 people to register will get 50% off the show zine edited by writer Roma Estrada. For more information and updates, visit Kwago’s Instagram and Facebook. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
Watch a gig featuring artists from independent label Offshore Music
With live gigs seemingly back for good, independent record label Offshore Music is hosting Offshore Night at Saguijo this May 21 — one of their first live events in two years. The May 21 lineup includes solo artists Ena Mori and Toni Panagu, bands Suspiria Pink, Sulo, and Pinkmen, and more. Pre-selling tickets are priced at ₱500, with freebies included. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
For more information, visit the Offshore Music Facebook page.
Pick up these loungewear staples from Love, Bonito
When the chances of encountering scorching temperatures, unbearable humidity, and pouring showers in the span of a day are high, it's always good to head out in something that's comfy enough to move in regardless of the weather. On most days, I prefer to throw a light polo, jacket, or cardigan over a tank top and light jeans — that way it's easier to adapt to the changing moods of Philippine weather. Two pieces that I tend to wear a lot these days are from Love, Bonito's Renewed Blooms collection. While the Lennea Lounge Kimono (₱1,738) and Pelicia Elastic Lounge Pants (₱1,788) are meant to be loungewear staples, the classic silhouettes and in-house flower print make them dressy enough to wear outside, too.
Both are made with the same breathable, lightweight rayon fabric, and a print designed in-house (according to the brand, their designers stylistically arranged pressed flowers and digitally drew and colored them in). The Renewed Blooms collection also includes dresses, shorts, and shirts. — GABY GLORIA
Shop the new collection on the Love, Bonito website.
Try out dermo-cosmetic brand Kamedis
Before all things skin became a cultural phenomenon, most dermatological concerns were about addressing specific skin conditions. The thing is, even as we strive for better skin, for many of us, these skin concerns are still there. Many mainstream skincare brands don’t necessarily have the kind of ingredients or formulations to address them. I was interested to learn more about what Kamedis brings to the skincare space, a brand that uses botanical ingredients paired with modern skincare knowledge. Aside from improving acne and general skin concerns, their products are made for relieving issues like eczema, which can really be uncomfortable to deal with. I like that their packaging makes it very clear what conditions each product can address. Their Topic Skin collection is for the relief and prevention of extremely dry, red, itchy, and irritated skin.
I tend to have dry skin on my arms and legs, so I was keen to try the Topic Skin Face and Body Wash (₱1,200, 200mL) as a soap substitute. It’s pretty gentle and it does leave my skin feeling supple even in very hot weather. The Ultra Hydration Gel (₱1,200, 100mL) is pretty pricey, but it has a unique composition of probiotic plants that helps reduce the redness of my face and neck, as I have rosacea. The AC-Clear Face Cream (₱1,100, 100mL) is interesting: it’s a wash-off cream that helps reduce acne, so I tried it on during my premenstrual breakout period. Trying out Kamedis’ gentle, traditionally-inspired products reminded me that sometimes, it’s good to go back to basics. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA
Visit their official store to purchase Kamedis products.
Get tickets for the “Begin Again: K-pop Edition” concert
Get ready NCTzens, Locket, RUi, and BLRIS! Tickets for the “Begin Again: K-pop Edition” concert starts pre-selling this week. The concert, featuring Alice, Shinee’s Key, NCT Dream, and WEi, happens on May 29, Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Prices are as follows (*Prices are subject to ticketing charges):
Patron A ₱10,250
Patron B ₱9,450
General Admission ₱3,250
“Begin Again: K-pop Edition” is the first in-venue K-pop concert we’ll be seeing since the pandemic began so many fans are sure to get their tickets early. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF