1. The Manila Major
What to expect: The world’s best players of the online game Defense of The Ancients (DoTA) gather in Manila to battle it out for the $3,000,000 grand prize.
Must do: Cheer for team Mineski, who will be representing the Philippines in the tournament!
Head over to: Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, from June 7 to 12, 10AM to 10PM. (Ticket prices start at P50 per day on weekdays, and P100 per day on weekends. More details here).
2. From Corporate to Entrepreneurship
What to expect: CrossBow Communication Services owner Camille Basa, Yogaplus Inc. managing director Dina Salonga, and Computer Professionals, Inc. cofounder Ito Gruet will be sharing their career stories on how they have successfully transitioned from working in the corporate world to being full-fledged entrepeneurs.
Must do: Ask all the questions you have been raring to ask regarding being an entrepreneur to Basa, Salonga, and Gruet.
Head over to: A Space, 110 Legaspi Street, Makati City, on June 8, 6PM (P200 ticket charge).
3. 21st French Film Festival
What to expect: This year, there will be 18 French films that will be shown, which includes Mon Roi, for which Emmanuelle Bercot won the Best Actress Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Must do: Head over to Central Square, Bonifacio High Street on June 8, as the cast and crew of Ma’ Rosa, which participated in this year’s Cannes Film Festival and for which Jaclyn Jose won the Best Actress Award, will be honored at the red carpet event.
Head over to: Greenbelt 3 Cinemas, Makati City; Bonifacio High Street cinemas; and Cinematheque Center Manila, from June 8 to 14, 1PM to 11PM (P100 ticket price. Purchase them at the cinema lobby or through sureseats.com).
4. Hidden Cravings
What to expect: Artist Kaloy Pangilinan will be showcasing through his works how people’s secrets reveal a bigger truth about one’s personality.
Must do: Talk to Pangilinan himself during opening night and share ideas about society.
Head over to: Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City, on June 8, 6PM (Free admission).
5. Field of Milk and Honey
What to expect: Photographer Paolo Ruiz will be holding his first solo exhibition of his works at Altro Mondo.
Must do: Find an artwork for your dream home.
Head over to: Altro Mondo, 3/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 LP Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, on June 9, 6PM to 10PM (Free admission).
6. I’m Never Over You
What to expect: Fans of John Mayer will gather for one night to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Mayer’s debut album Room for Squares. Artists like Reese Lansangan, Kai Honasan, and Clara Benin will be participating.
Must do: Brush up on the lyrics of the hit songs in this album, which include “No Such Thing,” “Why Georgia,” and “Your Body is a Wonderland.”
Head over to: 12 Monkeys Music Hall and Pub, 5th Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City, on June 10, 7PM (P300 ticket price).
7. Ingrosso Live in Manila
What to expect: Swedish DJ Sebastian Ingrosso, best known as 1/3 of Swedish House Mafia, will be performing for one night at the Palace Pool Club
Must do: Be in your swimming attire and dance along to Ingrosso’s beats all night!
Head over to: The Palace Pool Club, 9th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City, on June 10, 10PM (P2,500 ticket price. Purchase tickets here).
8. ToyCon 2016
What to expect: Celebrating its 15th year, ToyCon Philippines will be treating fellow fans and geeks to three days of everything pop culture, from toys, comics, movies, to cosplays.
Must do: Have a photo taken with (or get an autograph from Kristian Nairn, best known as Game of Thrones’ Hodor, and New Adventures of Superman Dean Cain. This is a rare chance, so grab it!
Head over to: SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, from June 10-12, 10AM to 8PM (Ticket prices start at P500 for a 1-day pass. Purchase tickets here).
9. Go Play! Game Show-Inspired Playground
What to expect: Remember TV game shows Takeshi’s Castle or Wipeout? Get the chance to try them out for real at The Sandbox in Pampanga! Choose from among 15 regular activities, which include human foosball, escape room games, and a sumo relay, and two high reward activities.
Must do: Bring along the entire barkada and get your game faces on!
Head over to: Sandbox at Alviera, Porac, Pampanga, on June 11, 8AM to 10PM (Tickets start at P800 for Regular Go players. More details here).
10. Designing Terrariums
What to expect: The hands-on workshop will be teaching participants how to create their own succulent and cacti terrariums, along with lectures on the characteristics of a terrarium’s ecosystem
Must do: Come home with your own masterpiece, which will surely serve as a great addition to your home décor.
Head over to: The Office Project Coworking Studio, Unit 1C, Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, on June 11, 9:30AM-1PM (P3,000 workshop fee. Purchase here).
11. Rave of Thrones
What to expect: Kristian Nairn, best known as Game of Thrones’ Hodor, will be showcasing his DJ-ing prowess!
Must do: Prepare those Hodor jokes. Who knows, you might get Nairn’s attention!
Head over to: The Palace Pool Club, 9th Avenue corner 32nd Street, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig, on June 11, 10PM (P1,500 ticket price. Purchase tickets here).
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Banner photograph from Kristian Nairn's Facebook page