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Koji Arsua (The Philippine Star) - January 11, 2014 - 12:00am

What to see: The Forgotten 10

What was supposed to run last August was pushed to this month, but we’re glad to know that it hasn’t been, er, forgotten. “The Forgotten 10,” a series of photographs by Jacob Maentz, features what’s left of indigenous Filipino culture, as modernization ravages the traditions of the Badjao, Agta, Mangyan, Tagbanua, Manobo, Kalinga, Applai, with the Pala’wan tribes. The American-born Maentz, and his long-term outreach campaign Katutubong Filipino Project, spent over two years documenting the indigenous communities, and what will be displayed is an intimate look into the vibrant culture and everyday lives of our tribal brothers. The photos were launched yesterday at the Waterdragon Gallery at the Yuchengco Museum, and will be on display until Jan. 23.

Where to chill: Attraction! Reaction! Great Expectations

Everyone’s favorite chill hangout will celebrate its sixth anniversary tonight at Route 196. To celebrate, they have invited The Diegos, Sandwich, Ang Bandang Shirley, Musical O, Outerhope and Ciudad to perform and show everyone a good time. In its history, Attraction! Reaction! — or A!R! as its affectionately known to regulars — has become a monthly ritual to hang out, veg out, and meet some of the creative industry’s most interesting people. Tonight will be no different, and if the poster Rob Cham made for the party is any indication, it’s a night to fall in love and rediscover why people keep coming back every month.

What to listen to: Capital Cities

Capital Cities is ushering in 2014 by being the first indie band to perform in the country. Capital Cities is known for their singles Safe and Sound and Kangaroo Court, fun songs that channel a beach vibe perfect for any time of the year in Manila. Their music videos are surreal, earning them nominations at the Grammys and the VMAs, but it is their catchy tunes and danceable hooks that stand out. The band will have a series of shows across Ayala Malls; today they will be at Glorietta 4 and Alabang Town Center, and tomorrow at TriNoma and Marquee Mall.

Who to follow: The Menswear Syndicate

It’s a great thing that Filipino men are becoming more stylish. Gone are the days when moms, sisters, and girlfriends had to shop for their special man. These days, the tables have turned and it’s now the dad, brother, and boyfriend who styles the ladies (We’re looking at you, Kanye). Blogger Kevin Yapjoco is strengthening this trend by holding the Menswear Syndicate Meetup, a regular gathering of menswear enthusiasts to discuss trends, styles, and thoughts on the world of menswear. Yapjoco may look like your typical dandy but he encourages men of all stripes, checks, and prints to come and share their thoughts on an increasing interest. The latest meetup will be on Tuesday at Torch (63 Connecticut St., Greenhills), and will focus on shoes. Just like his previous meetups, he has invited notables like Raymond Villanueva of Sapatero Manila to discuss shoemaking, lost + found to showcase their latest collection from Tricker’s, plus there will be a shoe shining demonstration to achieve a “mirror shine.” One need only to register at the blog ( and come in his own personal style.

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