Metro Manila (CNN Philippines Life, February 22) — This week: a week-long affordable art fair, two lectures about important points in Philippine history, an online concert of French love songs, and a conversation about spaces in the post-pandemic world.

Art in the Park 2021

What used to be a weekend of affordable art is now an eight-day “treasure hunt” for works priced under ₱50,000.

New pieces will be uploaded every day on until Feb. 28. This year’s fair has 60 exhibitors and 6,000 pieces that await both experienced and new collectors of Philippine art.

To complement the fair, there are also educational programs online such as features on the practice of Henrielle Pagkaliwangan and Yvonne Quisumbing.

For the complete lineup and the rundown of participating galleries and institutions, check out the details on

“Magellan: A Tragic Hero”

The National Quincentennial Committee has a series of activities leading up to the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan on 27 April 2021. On Feb. 24, noted historian Dr. Danilo Gerona will deliver a lecture “Magellan: A Tragic Hero.” The event is free.

Check the National Quincentennial Committee page for the full program details.

Saan Ka Lulugar? | Conversations on Spaces in a Post-Pandemic World

Saan Ka Lulugar is a four-part series on the role of architecture in our post-pandemic reality. The event is composed of webinars, live stream interactions, and a design competition.

The first part, “Espasyo at Urbanidad: Agile Cities, Urbanism, and a Reevaluation of Philippine Living Spaces” is on Friday, Feb. 26, 2-4 p.m. Interested parties can register here.

Je t’aime: A Concert of French Love Songs

The Embassy of France to the Philippines and Micronesia, Alliance française de Manille and French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Philippines are celebrating Love Month with “Je t’aime: An Online Concert of French Love Songs” on Feb. 25, featuring the Project 201 Jazz Quartet and jazz singer Faye Yupano.

The event will be live streamed on the French Embassy Facebook page starting at 8 p.m.

Check the event page for the registration link and more event details.

Intramuros Learning Sessions: 1945 Battle of Manila: Humanity Amidst the Carnage

The Battle of Manila in 1945 has been called the worst urban battle in the Pacific War. It spanned 29 days and saw the deaths of 100,000 non-combatant civilians in the hands of Japanese forces.

To commemorate the Battle of Manila, Intramuros will be hosting a learning session on Feb. 27 with guest speakers Desiree Benipayo and Ricardo Jose. The event is free.

For more details and registration, check the Facebook event page. Only the first 500 registrants will be accommodated.

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Aquilino Managbanag EXPERIENCE: Four years at The Asian Pacific Post, a weekly Canadian newspaper founded in 1993 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The newspaper specialized in reporting Asian issues, and has a readership of 160,000. It has a sister publication in The South Asian Post. EDUCATION: University of Santo Tomas – Manila -- The private Roman Catholic research university is Asia’s oldest existing university. The university takes pride in keeping the Catholic faith and beliefs prominent while holding true to its centuries-old tradition of academic excellence.