Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, Sept. 26) — This week, participate in an exercise in remembering at a human rights festival, cop a specially made satin scarf, revisit a beloved food and travel show, and have a Singaporean brunch.
Catch more events from AVX: Visions and Movements festival
The ActiveVista Human Rights Festival is now going on its 10th year. Officially opened last Sept. 21 with a screening of martial law survivor film “11,103,” at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani, this year’s theme is all about reclaiming the story of our nation and looking to the next chapter. This week’s event lineup includes in-person and online screenings of films such as “Moral,” “Brutal,” “Respeto,” “Liway,” “Alunsina,” and more in venues outside Metro Manila, including Dumaguete, Bacolod, and Iloilo. Select in-person screenings will also have talkback sessions. As part of the festival, Gravity Art Space in Quezon City is hosting two events: an artist talk for the ongoing “Politikal ang Komiks” exhibit, which features work from Tarantadong Kalbo, Apol Sta Maria, Cartoonist Zach, Libreng Komiks, Rob Cham, and more; and “Kalas/Aklas: Politikal ang Pagtatanghal," a performance art exhibition featuring Akira Liwanag, Anika Maculangan, and more. Both exhibitions are open to the public. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
Order a scarf inspired by the sampaguita flower
Illustrator and graphic designer Ross Du was the only Filipino artist to exhibit at the Bangkok Illustration Fair early this September. Du is known for the visual narratives that she creates with her work, which are often inspired by color, culture, and history. This week, she’s opening orders for charmeuse satin scarves designed specially by her (see her Instagram post to see the different ways you can style it). “The Sampaguita Room,” is inspired by “the Philippines’ national flower and [Du’s] personal affinity for jasmine tea, the dainty little white flowers, and the jasmine sambac scent.” The scarf retails for ₱3,000. Limited stocks available, so be sure to order through this form on or before Sept. 28. — GABY GLORIA
Watch “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown”
Anthony Bourdain offered quite a handful of thoughts about death. And watching his shows, “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” — both on Discovery+ — knowing how his story would end up is a little chilling. I was watching the Malaysia episode of “No Reservations” where he sums up his unique experience with a sense of listlessness. “I don’t feel like I belong here and I don’t think I belong in New York either,” said the former Les Halles chef. I’ve taken to watching episodes of Bourdain’s show just now, captivated by his unique voice as a storyteller, and the show’s quasi-guerrila style of filming (more specifically in “No Reservations,” “Parts Unknown” can be a little too glossy for me, though it retains much of the spirit of Bourdain’s first show).
Lost in the jungles of Malaysia, the mountains of Laos, or the bustle of Manila (you can tell I’m bingeing the third-world countries first), I often wonder how Bourdain would do his show now, especially in a time when strife — man-made or natural — seems to underscore the human experience. His closing words in the infamous Beirut episode may give a hint: “I’ve begun to believe that the dinner table was the great leveller where people from opposite sides of the world could always sit down and talk and eat and drink and if not solve all the problems of the world, find, for a time, common ground. Now, I’m not so sure, maybe the world’s not like that at all. Maybe in the real world, the one without cameras and happy food and travel shows, everybody the good and the bad together, are all crushed under the same wheel. I hope, I really hope, I’m wrong about that.” — DON JAUCIAN
Attend a screening and talkback session for “Leonor Will Never Die”
Martika Ramirez Escobar’s “Leonor Will Never Die” has enjoyed much critical success since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last January. Described as a psychological comedy-drama, the film earned Escobar a Special Jury Prize for Innovative Spirit at the acclaimed festival. Fresh from their recent win at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, the cast and crew of “Leonor Will Never Die” will be holding a special block screening of the film at Trinoma Cinema 5 at 3 p.m. on Oct. 2. The screening will include a talk back session and Q&A about their film festival wins. Merchandise from the film will also be available at the venue. Tickets are priced at ₱200. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF
Have a Singaporean brunch at The Grid
Asian fusion comfort food restaurant Your Local is closing out this year’s Singapore Food Festival from Sept. 26 to 30 at Power Plant Mall in Makati. The restaurant, whose main outpost stands at Esteban corner VA Rufino street, will be opening a pop-up at Stall 16 of the mall’s The Grid Food Market. Available menu items for that period include bestsellers like their Lamb Rendang and Chili Crab Buns, as well as brunch offerings like their Handpulled Chicken Rice, Pancetta Kaya Toast, and Brown Butter Kaya Toast. All will be available only for dine-in in limited quantities per day. For more information, visit their Instagram page. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF