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Six things to do this March 13 to 19

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Art in the Park is back at the Jaime Velasquez Park this March 19. Photo courtesy of ART IN THE PARK

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, March 13) — This week, get your caffeine fix at a BGC festival, spend a day appreciating art in a park, get tickets to a band’s 20th anniversary repeat show, check out a furniture brand’s new partnership, and try out some new beauty treatments.

The BGC Coffee Festival is happening from March 18 to 19. Photo courtesy of BGC

Head to BGC for a caffeine fix

Launched in 2022, the BGC Coffee Festival was meant to be a space for coffee lovers to gather and share their love for the caffeinated drink. On March 18 to 19, BGC is hosting another event to celebrate local coffee culture. Head to High Street South for a cup from one of the many merchants who will be setting up shop for the event, including local shops like De’ja Brew, Sspace Coffee, Wideye Coffee, Kombi Brew, and Commune Coffee, as well as beloved brands Elephant Grounds, Harlan + Holden Coffee, Single Origin, Pocofino, Paik’s Coffee, and more. For those wanting to learn more about coffee, there will be a talk on coffee culture by Carl Cunan of Calibre Magazine, Rosario Juan of Coffee Commune, and Raymond So of El Kapitan, and an outdoor brewing demo by Alex Aranzanso of Ten-Four Coffee by Overlandkings on Saturday. The festival also spotlights biking culture, welcoming attendees to come and browse equipment from merchants like 2Wheel Nation Cycling, Specialized Philippines, Built Cycles, Blocks, Passe, Everyday Camo, The Breakaway, Team ABC, R.O.X., and Adidas. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Follow the BGC Facebook and Instagram for updates and more information.

The 17th edition of Art in the Park happens on March 19. Photo courtesy of ART IN THE PARK

Spend a day at Art in the Park 2023

After the whirlwind week that was last February’s Art Fair Philippines comes the 17th edition of Art in the Park this March 19. The annual event is back at its original post at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village for one day only. Guests can check out art ranging from paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and new media created by 60 exhibitors, including galleries, art schools, and independent art spaces and collectives from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the day. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

Get tickets to “Sa Wakas The Repeat: 20th Anniversary Celebration”

Following the success of their campus-themed 20th anniversary show last January, Ebe Dancel is staging a repeat performance this March 31. Dancel will be celebrating the enduring legacy of his band Sugarfree’s “Sa Wakas” album by playing an even longer set with the band’s drummer Mitch Singson and more surprise guests. Part of the earnings will be donated to Parokya Ni Edgar guitarist Gab Chee Kee’s medical expenses. Ticket prices start from ₱1,500 and are available now via bit.ly/sawakas20. — CNN PHILIPPINES LIFE STAFF

The Ikea x Marimekko collection is called Bastua, inspired by the coziness of Scandinavian sauna culture. Photo courtesy of IKEA

Check out the Ikea x Marimekko collection, inspired by sauna culture

It’s hard to look at a Marimekko print and not feel the least bit cheerful; complementary color clashes and nature-inspired shapes are trademarks of the Finnish fashion brand. Marimekko recently collaborated with furnishing retailer Ikea, another Scandinavian icon that’s beloved all over. This exclusive collection is called Bastua, inspired by the coziness of Scandinavian sauna culture. Think light birch furniture, cozy lounging robes, and glassware shaped to look like carved wood. It’s the first time Marimekko actually created prints for a collaboration, and the designs are smartly used in various, affordable pieces. Some standouts in the Bastua collection is the shower curtain done up in a leaf design of blue, pink, and green (₱590) and the small shopping bag in pink and orange and a zipper (₱90, sold out online and in store at the moment). There’s even a sauna pail with a ladle (₱1,590) that may not find much use in most Filipino homes, but an Ikea staff member told me, just before the collection was launched to the public last March 9, that she planned on getting one for herself and turning it into a nifty drink bucket for the summer. It’s that spirit that makes good collaborations really effective, when it inspires users to get creative with how to style and use decorative and functional objects. — MARGA BUENAVENTURA

The Bastua collection by Ikea and Marimekko is available in-store and online.

Elevate your sauna experience by trying the Vital Dome

Speaking of saunas, I’m actually a huge fan of using saunas after a workout. Introducing more heat to the body helps with relieving sore muscles and getting rid of toxins through sweat. I was able to try an alternative experience in the form of Vital Dome, a machine that uses infrared technology to evenly warm the body from within. There are a number of clinics around the country that have the Vital Dome machine. The first time I tried it out was at The Farm at San Benito, but there’s also a Quezon City-based Vital Dome machine at Avignon clinic in the Scout area. The session lasted 45 minutes in total, and the body temperature will increase by 1.5-2 degrees celsius. Your head isn’t exposed in the Vital Dome, so it’s ideal for people who’d like to use a sauna but may have claustrophobia concerns. It’s a long time to stay idle, so I suggest bringing earphones and listening to a podcast episode while you’re in there. The Vital Dome promises to help improve blood circulation and can be more effective at weight management. Traditional saunas may make you lose water weight (which can be gained back again upon rehydration), but the Vital Dome’s infrared tech helps burn fat and calories more efficiently. As for me, I enjoyed how well I slept the night after my session. No melatonin needed, just my body enjoying a moment’s peace. — MB

For more information on Vital Dome, visit them on their official Instagram page.

Book a session via Beauty Buddy

The girls that get it, get it — the thing about venturing into other salons or aesthetic clinics is building trust in a stylist you’ve never met. Sometimes, you just need the assurance that you won’t have an “America’s Next Top Model”-inspired meltdown at the salon chair. Booking through online booking platform Beauty Buddy makes that a little easier to do. Through their Bookable Lookbook feature, clients can go through the portfolios of their partner brands to find the style that best suits them. Through the Beauty Buddy website, I booked a session with Liv Medical Aesthetics. First of all, I loved discovering that this is right in my neighborhood, so I can easily head over there for future sessions. I saw that the Carbon Laser Facial is suitable for oily and acne-prone skin, and the Lookbook gave me a better idea on what the procedure would look like. At just ₱1,499 for a session, the facial includes traditional cleaning, a 15-minute carbon facial mask, and Pico laser to seal in all that work. I was really pleased with the results, and have happily kept any breakouts at bay since then. No more trust issues at any salon or clinic in the future, that’s for sure. For first time Beauty Buddy users, use the code BBLOOKBOOK on your booking. The first 100 promo code users will get ₱200 off. — MB

Book a session via the Beauty Buddy website.