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LIST: Celebrate womanhood, gender inclusion in these events happening this month

By Melanie Uson Published Mar 15, 2023 3:37 pm

March is all about highlighting the awesomeness of women as seen in their world-changing achievements to the simple ways they bring joy and glamour to our daily lives

It is also the month to amplify social causes concerning inclusivity and upholding women's rights.

As we march our way to a socially progressive society, it's about time to celebrate this special month treating your beloved women or yourself to events that will allow you to unwind and escape the bustling streets in Metro even for a moment. 

From inspirational talks, bazaars, concerts, and film streaming, there are plenty of ways to join the movement for women empowerment and gender equality. PhilSTAR L!fe has listed some that you would probably want to check out in the coming days.

She Slays FestiGAL 2023 

Looking for ways to end the special month? Head on to SM Aura to meet inspiring women from different generations at She Slays FestiGAL 2023: Future Makers.

The event, organized by The Philippine STAR and PhilSTAR L!fe, will be held on March 28, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Samsung Hall, SM Aura.  

As we embark on a progressive society, participants in this fun-filled event will get to learn how to initiate change to provide a better world for future generations, anchoring on the idea of making efficient change through committed action. 

The event is free of charge, you just need to register here.  

Celebrate women and #EmbraceEquity at Araneta City 

Treat the special women in your lives and bring them to Pop QC’s Bazaar. Apart from scoring neat finds from its bazaar, the event will allow you to support local and empowered Filipina entrepreneurs in their craft. The bazaar will be open from March 17 to 19 on the Ground Floor of Gateway Mall. 

“We know that women can do and achieve great and wonderful things. They have proven this time and time again. At Araneta City, we are proud to do our part to make our society more just for all women so that they can have the tools and knowledge they need to progress and build a better future for them and their families,” said Marjorie Go, AVP for Marketing of Araneta City. 

Be inspired by empowered women in Animahenasyon's featured films

Celebrating womanhood can also be done in the simplest ways or at the comforts of your own home. Make the most of this special month by binge-watching animated shows featuring different women in locally made animated films.

Animahenasyon: The Philippine Animation Festival is streaming some of that on Saturday, March 18 at 7 p.m. via Facebook live. It will feature animated films Inday Wanda, Sorcerace, Sentinel, Sierra Madre, and Bebot, among others.

Celebrate the month in style with Philharmonic Orchestra 

Escape the city noise and be serenaded in a powerful performance of Dr. Beverly Shangkuan-Cheng and The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at Metamorphosis, which will be held on March 17, 8 p.m. at The Metropolitan Theater.  

Dr. Beverly is the President of the Philippines Choral Directors Association, Artistic Director of the Las Piñas International Bamboo Organ Festival, and Associate Professor of Music at the University of the Philippines. 

Get your tickets here. 

Have a creative weekend at BGC’s Coffee Fest

Coffee lovers, rejoice! At the Bonifacio Global City's Coffee Fest, you get to enjoy and celebrate your love with art and coffee at the same time. Choose your aspired blends from participating coffee shops Coffee Lab, Pocofino, Luntian by Luna, Figaro, Paik’s Coffee, Supersam, Caravan Black, and others.

Add the fun and learn more about your loved hobby by watching live art by Archie Oclos, Tsarlyboy, Apok, Epi, and Bato Manila among others. Upgrading the vibe is the music by the local bands and musicians Pedicab, Party Pace, The Espasouls, The Buzzer Beaters, The Diegos, and DJ Honey.

For cycling enthusiasts, make your build and support participating merchants R.O.X., Adidas, Team ABC, 2Wheel Nation Cycling, The Breakaway, Specialized Philippines, Built Cycles, Blocks, and Passe. 

Bonifacio Global City's Coffee Fest will be held on March 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Taguig.

Celebrate empowerment and inclusivity with FDCP's LGBTQIA+ film screenings

'Just Johnny' by Terry Loane

'Eating Papaw on the Seashore' by Rae Wiltshire and Nickose Layne

'Buffer Zone' by Savvas Stavrou

'Butch Up!' by Yu-jin Lee

'All I Know' by Obinna Robert Onyer

'Just Johnny' by Terry Loane

'Eating Papaw on the Seashore' by Rae Wiltshire and Nickose Layne

'Buffer Zone' by Savvas Stavrou

'Butch Up!' by Yu-jin Lee

'All I Know' by Obinna Robert Onyer


Other than celebrating women's empowerment, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) brings you heartwarming LGBTQIA+-themed movies that tackle stories about violence and security, love across borders, and shifting identities for you to enjoy and learn from.

Local moviegoers can get to watch five LGBTQIA+ films for free on March 21 and 22 at the Cinematheque Centres in the country. This is part of FDCP's global digital campaign Five Films for Freedom in partnership with the British Council in the Philippines.

“Five Films for Freedom promotes rarely heard LGBTQIA+ stories from around the world, and makes them accessible to a global audience, particularly for people living in cultures where they cannot live or love as they would like," says Briony Hanson, the British Council Director of Film.

For moviegoers who will visit FDCP Cinematheque Centre in Manila, the screenings will be held on March 22 at 6:30 p.m. For moviegoers from Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga, Nabunturan, and Negros, screenings will be held on March 21 at 4 p.m. and on March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

For those who will not be able to attend the event in person, they can still stream the movies online via British Council Arts' YouTube channel, available starting March 15 to 26.

Films that are featured are the Nigerian film, All I Know by Obinna Robert Onyeri, the South Korean film, Butch Up! by Yu-jin Lee, Eating Papaw on the Seashore by Rae Wiltshire and Nickose Layne, Just Johnny by Terry Loane, and Buffer Zone by Savvas Stavrou.