Detail of Locus Amoenus, by Ryan Villamael, at Areté. PHOTOGRAPH BY NIKKI BONUEL

Give back with a fair dedicated to sustainable living, then treat yourself with a couple of film festivals and a jukebox-musical favorite.

Cine Areté


Areté has partnered with Cinemalaya, Pinoy Indie Films Road Show, and the Loyola Film Circle to present a series of film forums and screenings with a focus on local cinema, to celebrate the finest of Filipino filmmaking. Included in the lineup are experimental films from Green Papaya and Los Otros along with Cinemalaya entries. Titles for October include Bagahe, Esoterika: Maynila, Baconaua, and School Service. While there, don’t miss the opportunity to view the latest installation by artist Ryan Villamael.

Cine Areté is open to the public and will run until October 27. Screenings are held at the Doreen Black Box, Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University. For more information on schedules and tickets, visit the Loyola Film Circle’s Facebook page.


The Good Trade: A Zero-Waste + Sustainable Fair


If you’re making a conscious effort to engage in more purpose-driven consumption, this trade fair is for you. Get to know and shop from various socially conscious brands promoting vegan food, skin care, and beauty products, as well as ethical and upcycled fashion and zero-waste tools. There are also donation drop-offs and fundraisers, free talks and demos (topics include periods and taking care of plants), and a photo booth.

The Good Trade Fair will be held on October 13 and 14 at Central Square, located at 5th Avenue cor. 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


Mamma Mia!


Let’s be honest—we’re all pretty much still not over Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again, the long-awaited sequel to the film adaptation of the Abba-inspired jukebox musical. Luckily, we can experience the magic of the original all over again, as it hits the stage on local shores once more. The captivating, summery tale of a young bride’s search for identity and the father she never knew is larger than life on screen, and more so in real life. It’s a can’t-miss musical theater experience.

Mamma Mia! runs until October 21 at The Theater in Solaire Resort & Casino. Tickets are available on TicketWorld.  


Pelicula 2018: The Best of Spanish Cinema


Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the 17th edition of this Spanish film festival will feature more than 20 films to showcase the best of Spanish cinema, covering a wide range of genres, including romance, comedy, documentary, animation, and drama. There will also be Latin American films from Argentina and Cuba, a special section dedicated to the Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, and a short film showcase featuring works by Spanish and Filipino directors.

Pelicula will run from October 4 to 20 at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, UPFI Film Center’s Cine Adarna, and Instituto Cervantes Intramuros. For more information on schedules, visit the Instituto Cervantes Facebook page.


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