Things to Do This Month: May 2018

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by | May 08, 2018

There’s never a shortage of things to do in the city, whether the sun is beating down or it’s raining cats and dogs. In the ever sunny Manila (and neighboring cities) you can shop to your heart’s content, embrace your musical side, or do all kinds of stuff this month. Don’t let the summer heat bring you down!

Summer shopping

Spend a sunny summer in the streets of Escolta at the sixth Escolta Block Party on May 19. Manila’s historic street will once again be filled with life as booths are set up for the famous Block Market where you can buy crafts locally made. Watch out for exhibits, film premieres, and heritage tours, and during the night, a party for you and your friends.

On May 12, drop by Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery at Chino Roces from 1PM to 9PM for Market Day where local artists and crafters will be selling stickers, zines, and handmade products.

If you want to geek out more, Komiket goes to SM Southmall for Komiket South 2018. Meet and greet and buy from your favorite local comic book creators and artists. Catch them on May 19 to 20 at Buku-Buku Kafe for two days of art, stories, and geeking!

Do you want to try art materials for free? Fully Booked High Street and Greenbelt 5 will hold an Art Buffet for every Friday of May starting 3PM. You can experiment and try the different art materials to see what you can create.

Lover of all things vintage? Istorya Vintage Fair will be coming to SM Aura Premier at Taguig on May 19 and 20. Drop by for the nostalgic exhibit and art fair that aims to revitalize Filipino history and culture. Browse through vintage cameras, typewriters, vinyl turntables, and many more! Entrance is free!

Gigs and concerts

Hosted by Red Ninja Production, Common Ground Summer Fest will be held on May 12 at Frank & Dean in Burgos Circle, Taguig. Three stages will be presented: the rock stage, the singer-songwriter stage, and the hip hop stage. Some of the announced performers include The Sun Manager, Lions & Acrobats, and The Tree of Us.

Tagaytay Art Beat 3 on May 19 at Museo Orlina in Tagaytay is the third installation of the art and music exhibition.  A line-up of up and coming artists and performers await guests. Tickets are priced at Php 2000 each.

The Embassy of France to the Philippines will be hosting a French Hip-hop show at SM Aura Premier on May 12 at 6PM. Entrance is absolutely free so don’t miss out on a chance to see French culture!

International acts coming to the Philippines this month include American singer/songwriter/dancer Kehlani who will be gracing the Valkyrie Nightclub in Taguig on May 25. Click here for more information.

Favorite DJ and Grammy Award winning producer Diplo will also perform on May 11, at the Cove Manila in Okada Paranaque. Visit for tickets and table reservations.

Musical theaters to catch

Cinema One Originals feature film Changing Partners is originally a theater musical play before it was given a movie adaptation. If you like the film, then you’ll like the original theater musical more! Catch their shows from May 11 to 20 at the PETA Theater Center in Quezon City.

Heart wrenching but at the same time humorous, you will fall in love with Sa Wakas, A Pinoy Rock Musical. It’s a story about love told through the songs of Sugarfree and successfully mixes nostalgia with emotion. The performance will only be until May 27 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight.

Another nostalgia inducing 90s band will be the soundtrack to another theater musical. Resorts World Manila will be staging an all-original theater production entitled Ang Huling El Bimbo telling the story of friendship through Eraserheads songs. Ang Huling El Bimbo starts on July 20 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

All the food

Since summer and food go well together, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig is hosting a Summer Food Fair. Join them on May 26 and 27 for a fiesta in the form of a summer block party. Find the best of Manila’s local food and retail brands in the heart of BGC.

Summer sweat it out!

On May 26, nobody’s too old for bouncy castles and inflatable slides. Join Runflatable at CCP Complex and exercise while having fun at the fun run. Go through different challenging obstacles and run, slip, and slide to your heart’s content!

Ball Pit Manila is moving out and they’re holding a moving out sale. Book your tickets until May 29 to avail of discounts or free passes!


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Kyzia spends most of her time capturing the world around her through photos, paragraphs, and playlists. She is constantly on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, and a great paperback thriller to pair with it.

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