We’re painting the town red this February as we celebrate Art Month! Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, we’ve got a wide range of activities lined up, like our Art Buffet every Friday of February, and the upcoming Art Battle this February 24th. Thanks to Fringe Manila, here are a few more things you can add to your art festival bucket list! Visit us our Bonifacio High Street branch to catch any of these events.
Manuel Domes (Germany)
Screening and Talk
Feb 10 | 8pm–10pm | U-View
Traces explores themes of memory, spirituality, public health and safety among urban poor in the Philippines through a dialogue between two documentary short films, shot three years apart.
In 2013, Makati City’s South Cemetery was home to dozens of families until, following a recent crime series, authorities evicted the entire living population of the cemetery. Julie and Primo and their three children, cemetery-dwellers, tried to make ends meet as parking assistants at a local church. Living on the streets, they faced the constant struggle of keeping their young family intact and healthy. Three years later, I found Julie and Primo again.
Traces puts excerpts from Crowded Healing in opposition with footage shot three years later, and explores a tragedy that Julie and Primo have since been confronted with in an intimate and personal way.
THAT THING CALLED TAWANAN
One and a Half Men
Improv Comedy, Show & Pop-up Bar
Feb 14 | 8pm | Top Shelf
Buti pa ang bookstore, may romance! Ikaw ba? Wala? Edi manood nalang kayo ng improv comedy show namin, and let’s laugh at love together. Wala naman ibang gawin this February 14, diba?
Documentary Film and Pop-Up Exhibit
Arctic Fox Productions and Fringe Manila
Feb 16 | 8pm and 9pm | U-View (film screening) and Forum (pop-up exhibit)
Hugô, is a 50-minute documentary about the bul-ul, a traditional and iconic Ifugao wood carving, and the various claims about its origin, use, and function. The documentary was born upon witnessing a traditional thanksgiving ritual in the Cordillera Region, where the bul-ul is used by Ifugao tribes as a conduit to invoke the presence of ancestral spirits to grace their ceremonies.
Most Filipinos and foreign enthusiasts have been taught that the figurine was a Rice God and have seen it on display mostly as an antique and/or art object. An informal chat with a young mombaki (an Ifugao spiritual leader) prompted the team to go on a quest to learn more about the cultural artifact. This endeavour led them to Ifugao Province, Benguet, and Metro Manila, where they met with and interviewed resource persons on Ifugao culture. Along the way, the many faces of the bul-ul were revealed, inadvertently unmasking, among others, issues about the commodification of culture, as well as the tension between the need for heritage preservation and the inherently evolving nature of cultural transmission.
A Comedy Cartel Uncensored Show
18th anniversary celebration
Feb 17 | 8:30pm–10pm and 10:30pm–12mn | U-View
Unsafe Space: Off the Fringes The Comedy Cartel’s Uncensored comedy brand delivers its hilarious points of view on politics, religion, adulting and a host of other things we’re not supposed to talk about. The show will be headlined by Chip Balbuena (2014 Jack TV Komikazee Best Comedy Act Champion Laugh and Stack Open Mic Competition Winner, Rene Cruz Jr. (GMA 7 Bubble Gang’s writer) and the Comedy Cartel’s Co-Founder and International Stand-Up Comedian – Mr. Tim Tayag. It will also feature some of the funniest and most unapologetic members of the Comedy Cartel like Kulay Consul, Jai Garcia, Joseph Montecillo (2015 Laugh and Stack Winner) and will be hosted by the Comedy Cartel’s resident Hype Man – Mr. Abe Barreda. Choose to be entertained and not offended by this provocative, irreverent and mind-whacking comedy show.
Readings and Sneak Peaks of Filipino Independent Comics Creators
Komiks Cum Laude Book Launch
Feb 26 | 1pm–9pm | U-View
Listen and learn from superstar comics creators like Arnold Arre, Manix Abrera, Carlo Vergara, Eugene Madayag (Libreng Komiks) as they talk back with readers at the Komiket Artist Talks on February 26, Sunday, 1PM-9PM at Fully Booked BGC (U-View). Only limited seats are available for the talks, and tickets will be sold at the venue.
The winners of the Komiket Awards will also be announced. The Best Komiks, Best Komiks Writer, Best Komiks Artist and Best Student Komiks will win komikstarter prizes—a P5,000 reimbursable fund to help kickstart their next komiks.