Five things to do this Aug. 15 to 21

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The new BL dating show "Hello Searcher" is looking for participants. Photo from BLACK SHEEP/FACEBOOK

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, August 15) — This week, join a BL dating show, shop for local crafts, visit a new art show, attend an awards show, and listen to a podcast about your new favorite television show.

Submit an entry to be part of a Boys' Love dating show

Those looking to try their luck at a different kind of dating experience are in for a treat with “Hello Searcher,” the new boys’ love dating show by Black Sheep Productions. The production outfit, known for such films as “Fan Girl” and “Alone/Together” is looking for participants for the new show. If you’re looking for kilig, then that’s the sign to apply. Interested applicants must be male and over 21 years old. Visit to see the full list of requirements and to send your application. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Listen to “The Sandman” Dreamcast

“The Sandman” proved to be a hit Netflix show, debuting at the top spot of the Netflix Top 10 in the U.S., and claiming the same spot in 89 countries around the world at a certain point during its first week. It remains at the third spot in the Philippines Top 10 as of this writing. Fans and new converts are waiting: will Netflix order a second season? We certainly hope so. I mean, are we getting that leaked footage of “Dream of a Thousand Cats” and “Calliope” (two stories from the third collection “Dream Country”) as a special or are these going to Season 2? While we’re waiting for the announcement — and while we’re all reading or rereading “The Sandman,” here’s something to take us to The Dreaming: “The Sandman: Dreamcast,” an immersive audio experience accompanying the show, featuring beloved characters such as Morpheus, Lucienne, Cain and Abel, and even Desire. We guarantee nothing but good dreams after listening to this one. Author Neil Gaiman himself introduces the series, giving way to Morpheus (Tom Sturridge). Listen to it by chapter or in its entirety. Available here, or on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Podcast, and other platforms. — DON JAUCIAN

Shop for local crafts at MaArte at the Pen

This year’s MaArte fair is heading to The Peninsula Manila. The annual fair is back from Aug. 19 to 21 to showcase traditional Filipino craft and design, with a renewed focus on contemporary Philippine design in the fields of fashion, furniture, and accessories. Highlights for this year are the PHxMaArte collaboration, in which several contemporary fashion designers will transform rooms at the hotel into their own retail spaces for the weekend, and the talks by Mark Lewis Higgins and Nazareno/Lichauco’s Rita Nazareno and Gabby Lichauco. Admission is free. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

For more information, visit the MaArte at the Pen Instagram and Facebook pages.

Visit a new show at Gravity Art Space

Independent platform Nomina Nuda has curated a new show currently on view until Sep. 9 at Gravity Art Space. As an offshoot of The Cabinet, the non-profit platform and exhibition space based in Los Baños, Laguna is dedicated to emerging artists and alternative art practices — a feature that they have brought north to their new show at Gravity Art Space in Quezon City. Called “The Body is a Circle, Which Comes Home in the Hands,” the show focuses on the human figure and various depictions of it. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

For more information, visit the Gravity Art Space Instagram page.

Send a nomination for the Philippine Readers Choice Awards

After a seven year hiatus, the Philippine Readers Choices Awards is finally back, addressing the lack of awards given by readers themselves here in the Philippines.

The first phase of the awards is ongoing until the 24th where the public can send in their nominations for any book that came out from January 2015 to December 2021. A more detailed nomination process can be found here and categories can be found here.

Further guidelines, categories, and criteria can be found in the new Book Development Association of the Philippines webpage on the Book Development Association of the Philippines’ (BDAP) site You can also check out the Facebook page here. — DJ