Metro Manila · Cultural & Major Events
With its rich cultural background, the Philippines is proud to host plenty of events, revolving around art, movies, music, or religious and traditional holidays. Those events always bring together mixed crowds and are usually enjoyed by a large number of people. So if you plan to visit an event, plan ahead!
The U.S. Independence Day on July 4 is always commemorated as the Day of Filipino American Friendship in the Philippines. American expat organizations invite Americans, Filipinos, and all other nationalities to celebrate together on the weekend.
This July the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) celebrate the Philippines-Japan Friendship month and 40 years of ASEAN-Japan cooperation. The tight schedule of cultural activities includes the Japanese Film Festival Eiga Sei, an origami exhibit, and a mini cosplay contest.
Shangri-la Plaza mall hosts the much awaited Moviemov Italian Film Festival from July 23 to 27, 2014. To be shown are the classic work of Italian filmmaker Ettore Scola, La Grande Belleza (The Great Beauty), an Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, and other critically acclaimed contemporary films from Italy.
Cinemalaya is the big independent film festival of the Philippines. 25 films will be on display from August 1 to 10, 2014. Venues are the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Ayala cinemas of Greenbelt 3, TriNoMa, Alabang Town Center, and Fairview Terraces.
The International Silent Film Festival features six movies from six different countries, accompanied by outstanding Filipino live bands and musicians. It takes place from August 23 to 25, 2013, in Shang Cineplex.
The International Silent Film Festival will once again show how pictures and music are enough to tell great stories in film. The festival at Shang Cineplex features seven silent movies from three continents, most of them from the early decades of film making. Philippine and international musicians are taking care of the live soundtrack.
Bookworms of all ages and backgrounds are flocking to the SMX Convention Center this week for the 34th Manila International Book Fair.
For the 16th time, the EU Delegation to the Philippines presents Cine Europa, a film festival featuring movies from all over Europe.
"Family" in all possible forms is the big issue of this year's Cine Europa, the annual film festival organized by the EU Delegation to the Philippines. The annual event takes cinephiles on an artistic and poetic tour all over the continent, and all for free!
Noli Me Tangere is arguably the most important novel of the Philippines. The much-praised operatic adaption is now coming to Manila, telling a story of forbidden love and colonial repression with passionate songs in Tagalog.
The Cine Europe is an annual festival featuring movies from all over Europe in the Megacity.
Potted Potter will be shown in Manila for the third time from Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City. New performers will be reliving the roles popularized by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner.
The 2014 Spanish Film Festival Pelicula presents the best and brightest of contemporary Spanish cinema.
As much as 30 galleries are showcasing their art at SMX Aura Convention Center this week to support new talents, celebrate icons, establish networks, and advance art appreciation into the cultural mainstream.
'Since its inception in 1999, the Cinemanila International Film Festival (CIFF) has endeavored to revive the Philippines as the center of Southeast Asian cinema and encourage the creation of international caliber, yet uniquely Filipino films.'
Every Christmas season, Metro Manila's cinemas kick the usual Hollywood blockbusters out of their programme for two weeks to make space exclusively for Philippine cinema. The Metro Manila Film Festival shows MMFF entries from December 25, 2015, to January 7, 2015.
The annual Miss Earth contest is one of the three big international beauty pageants, along with Miss World and Miss Universe. Usually held in Manila, the event does not only celebrate beauty but wants to raise environmental awareness as well. Miss Earth 2013 will be crowned on December 7.