The National Museum of Natural History.  PHOTOGRAPHS BY KARL IVAN PRESENTACION

OPENING: The National Museum of Natural History

Located within Rizal Park, the National Museum of Natural History opens its doors to the public today, May 18. A dramatic Neoclassical structure designed by Dominic Galicia Architects with Tina Periquet, the museum showcases the Philippines’ diverse flora and fauna.  Admission is free, and with the museum open from Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you may view six of its galleries this weekend. The rest of the galleries are due to open in coming weeks, but while you’re there, drop by the National Museum, which is also permanently free of admission.

Rizal Park, Manila.

 

COURTESY OF THE MOMENT GROUP

ONE NIGHT ONLY: Bank Bar Takeover

For one night only, two celebrated bartenders from Hong Kong are taking over the speakeasy. Agung Prabowo of The Old Man—ranked fifth on Asia’s 50 Best Bars—and Alex Pun of The Woods will be serving special cocktails from 8 p.m. tonight, May 20, until supplies last.

Bank Bar is located inside RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th and 25th Streets, Bonifacio Global City.

 

COURTESY OF ESCOLTA BLOCK PARTY

The Escolta Block Party

Always offering a fun, vibrant event, The Escolta Block Party presents its first edition for 2018 this weekend. Drinks and street dancing can be expected later in the day (DJ sets by The Other Daddy, Your Dirty One, Red-i, Supermikki, The Diegos, and Abdel Aziz commence at 4 p.m.) until the wee hours of the morning, but those also looking for an educational experience can head to FIRST Coworking Community’s Live By Design, a series of talks on design and living spaces featuring speakers Sudarshan Khadka, Panya Boonsirithum, and Benjee Mendoza. Alternatively, Manila For a Day officially launches its Colors of Manila Tour, for free tomorrow at the Escolta Block Party.

The 6th Escolta Block Party is on May 19, First United Building, Escolta Street, Manila.

 

Feast and Famine II, 1967, from the Hetty and Paulino Que collection. COURTESY OF AYALA MUSEUM

FREE ADMISSION: Ayala Museum

In a delayed celebration of International Museum Day, Ayala Museum waives its admission fee this Sunday, May 20. Take advantage by visiting its current exhibitions, including “Alfonso Ossorio: A Survey 1940-1989,”  which features a stunning 53-piece collection by the late Filipino-American artist whose works have previously been on view at art institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Running through June 17, the show marks the first time Ossorio’s works are shown by a Philippine museum. Also of note at Ayala Museum is an exhibition by Austrian artist and photographer Erwin Wurm co-presented by 1335MABINI, on view through June 10.

Ayala Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays, Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati.

OPENING: Gallery by Chele

After shuttering for renovations earlier this year, VASK Tapas Room is reopening with a new name: Gallery by Chele. Chef Luis “Chele” Gonzalez is offering exciting new dishes on a menu that has landed on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list twice alongside an impressive cocktail selection in a more laid-back—but no less polished—space. The restaurant is accepting renovations ahead of its opening on May 22.

Gallery by Chele is located on 5/F, Clipp Centre, 11th Street corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City.

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