This Week in Metro Manila (September 18 to 24, 2017)

A protest, film festival, safety expo, and more fill this week’s calendar.

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | September 18, 2017
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It is more than halfway through September, and days are marked by an ever-changing weather; however, the rain should not stop the public from enjoying the free movies at the 20th Cine Europa that’s going to happen at Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong. In other news, traffic could be expected in Manila on September 21 during the anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’s implementation of martial law, as protesters are set to gather in Luneta.

Traffic build-up on Roxas Boulevard to be expected because of protests

Metro Manila events Septmber 2017

The poster for the protest bears a strong call to action.

Those coming to areas near Luneta Park could face traffic along Roxas Boulevard on September 21 as several activist groups such as Movement Against Tyranny and Temperamental Brats will conduct a protest against the killings under President Duterte’s war on drugs.

The protest falls on the 45th anniversary of the implementation of martial law by then-president Ferdinand Marcos. According to the group’s Facebook page, the rally will happen at 4:00 PM in the afternoon until 8:00 PM in the evening. Commuters are advised to expect traffic or avoid the area and find an alternate route to their destinations.

20th Cine Europa Film Festival

Metro Manila events Septmber 2017

This year is the 20th celebration of European values through films.

It is possible to watch European films without booking a single flight to any European country. Instead, one can go to Shangri-La’s Cineplex to enjoy socially-relevant and insightful European films for free at the Cine Europa Film Festival, one of the longest and largest film festivals in the country. It runs from September 17 to 26

The delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines, along with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), will bring 24 contemporary and classic movies from 16 EU countries. Some of these countries are Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, France, Denmark, Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Norway.

The film festival will continue beyond the Cineplex and travel to eight other cities and municipalities such as Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, and Puerto Princesa.

Francesco’s Kitchen

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Francesco’s Kitchen has authentic Italian food cooked by an Italian chef.

After watching culturally-rich movies at the 20th Cine Europa, one can fully indulge in the European spirit by munching on food from one of the European countries. Francisco’s Kitchen at Addition Hills, San Juan City offers authentic Italian dishes cooked by Chef Francesco Rizzo who came from Racale, Italy.

Francesco’s Kitchen just opened last July 2 and the restaurant’s menu boasts of Italian food staples such as ravioli, fettuccine, pizza, carbonara, soup, risotto, and gelato. A wide range of fine wine coming from Italy, California, Australia, Chile, and France is also available to complete the Italian dining experience.

World of Safety and Security Expo

Metro Manila events Septmber 2017

Safety and security experts will also be conducting trainings and consultations at the venue.

Another expo that will happen this week is the World of Safety and Security Expo (WOSAS). This free event will happen at the World Trade Center from September 21 to 24. The exhibit will showcase 110 brands that will demonstrate various safety and security gear, which consumers can purchase for their homes.

Besides attending the demonstration of products, visitors can engage in talks about road safety, fire protection, emergency rescue, and health safety. The expo will also have four themed areas dedicated to security and surveillance, fire and safety, smart home and building, and energy saving and electronic automation.

Those who are interested can register for free at WOSAS’ official website.

Taeyang’s White Night World Tour Live in Manila

Metro Manila events Septmber 2017

Taeyang is famous for his soulful RnB sound

Those who did not get the opportunity to catch the concert of G-dragon last September 1 can catch another Big Bang member perform at the country as Taeyang brings his White Night tour in Manila on September 22 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Taeyang is a member of the famous South Korean boyband Big Bang which is currently on hiatus as several of its members are focusing on their solo careers. Taeyang is known for his songs “Wedding Dress,” “I Need A Girl,” and “Eyes, Nose, Lips.”

General admission is worth PhP3,150; CAT 3 is PhP5,775; CAT2 is PhP7,785; CAT 1 is PhP9,975; and VIP is PhP12,600. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketnet outlets and at the Ticketnet website.

Occasional rainfalls and thunderstorms to affect Manila

Metro Manila events Septmber 2017

Rain or shine, be prepared by bringing an umbrella everywhere.

The month of September has been rainy so far and the Metro will continue to experience occasional rainfalls and thunderstorms for the whole week. The sun will continue to be covered by clouds, and cloudy skies may be accompanied by thunderstorms in some parts of the city. The lowest temperate for this week is 24 °C while the highest is 26 °C.
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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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