The month of September is special to Filipinos because the last three letters, “BER”, mark the start of the Filipino Christmas countdown which is considered as the longest holiday celebration in the world.
While Christmas Day may actually be four months away, there are several events already happening this month that we could check out as they may inspire us to be more creative, refresh our faith, boost our appreciation of the arts, heritage, and culture, and help us deepen our sense of being Filipino.
Good News Pilipinas came up with a list including an exhibit, a book fair, a film festival, a new local TV series, and a religious celebration that we can look forward to, attend, and enjoy this month of September.
1. “IN BETWEEN MANILA” ART EXHIBIT
Filipino visual artist Vincent Quilop showcases his sketches and artwork in an exhibit called “In Between Manila” featuring the iconic spots and slice of Filipino life from the Philippines’ capital, Manila.
The 25-year-old Pinoy watercolorist had his first art show in April 2019 in Canada after he was invited to the country’s largest art fair, the Art Vancouver, alongside hundreds of artists from all over the world.
The art collection is now back in Manila and Vincent Quilop wishes to share to the Filipino audience his artworks depicting his perspective and love for what makes Manila what it is – an iconic capital city.
Vincent Quilop’s art show “In Between Manila” opened on September 6 and will run until November 10 at the Altro Mondo Gallery at The Picasso Hotel, Leviste st., Salcedo Village, Makati.
2. 40TH MANILA INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
Bookworms are the happiest this month as the biggest and longest-running book fair in the country – the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) – is back on the second week of September.
Be sure to catch the 5-day book fair for discounted books authored by local and foreign writers, meet-and-greet and book signings, art collections, educational materials, school supplies, and children’s workshops and competitions.
The 40th MIBF will run from September 11 to 15, from 10 AM to 8 PM at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
For the list of this year’s participating exhibitors, check this link:
3. PISTA NG PELIKULANG PILIPINO 2019
After the success of 2019 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival held in August, here comes another film fest for Pinoy movie enthusiasts – the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino (PPP).
PPP will run from September 13 to 19 with this year’s theme “Pamilya. Pagkakaibigan. Pag-ibig. (Family. Friendship. Love.)”, providing yet another week-long celebration dedicated to high-quality Filipino films.
Check this link for the list of participating films.
The Film Development Council of the Philippines is also conducting the Film Industry Conference and Workshop Series @ PPP 3 from September 13 to 15 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center, Quezon City as part of the celebration of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema.
4. PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2019
The month of September for Bicolanos is the time for intense religious and civic celebration of the Peñafrancia Festival devoted to the region’s patron, Our Lady of Peñafrancia, or Ina (Mother) as referred to by the locals.
Celebrations at the feast center in Naga City started on September 1 and will run until the 22nd.
Dubbed as the biggest celebration in Bicol region and the largest annual Marian pilgrimage in Asia, the Peñafrancia 2019 promises to be filled with colors and festivities such as religious translacion, mass celebrations, military parade, beauty pageant, band competitions, float parade,. and more.
Watch or join the religious festival’s unique tradition of the fluvial procession, where the pilgrims and devotees parade the miraculous image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia on Naga River via pagoda or a shrine barge with band, music, and prayers happening on September 21.
Be one with the locals chanting, “Viva La Virgen!”
Check the schedule of activities of this year’s Peñafrancia Festival
5. ALDEN RICHARDS’ THE GIFT
After breaking box office records with the highest-grossing movie of all time “Hello, Love Goodbye” – Alden Richards’ movie with Kathryn Bernardo – and receiving an Asian Star Prize award in South Korea, Richards is now back on Philippine primetime TV.
Asia’s Multimedia Star will portray the role of a porter in Divisoria, Manila for his TV series on GMA Network, The Gift, which will have its worldwide premiere on September 16.
The TV show promises to give inspiration to its audience as Alden’s character will lose his eyesight, but with his good heart he will be blessed with a special gift – the ability to see other people’s past and future.
The award-winning Kapuso actor will be paired with Cebuana beauty Cynthia Thomalla, the Miss Eco International 2018 beauty queen
WATCH the teaser of Alden Richard’s upcoming TV series on GMA-7, The Gift, here:
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