Free online events in July 2020

Early on in 2020, we probably filled our planners with all the exciting activities, travels, and conferences we were looking forward to attending. Fast forward now to the middle of the year, here we are, stuck at home due to the pandemic. 

But we don’t have to sulk over the lack of physical gathering we can do outside. Fortunately, the world has very much adjusted to doing things virtually – and for July 2020, free online events abound from local plays to webinars on emergency fund tips and content creating. Here are 10 of these free online events we Filipinos are welcome to attend. 

1. Pantawid ng Tanghalan – 6 local productions for theater and culture buffs to catch

A scene from Lam-ang
A scene from Lam-ang
Image credit: @j.c.santos

The theater industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, so it’s uncertain when we can go back to our favorite theater houses again. But we can do our part to help our local productions during these times. Watch the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Tanghalang Pilipino collaborate for an online performance called Pantawid ng Tanghalan, a showcasing of 6 local theater productions from June 12 to July 12 on iWant. 

The productions include Lam-ang, a reimagining of the epic from the Ilocos region, Mabining Mandirigma, a depiction of Apolinario Mabini’s heroism, Coriolano, a Shakespearean play about a soldier who turned into a tyrant, Pangarap sa Isang Gabi ng Gitnang Tag-Araw, an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Der Kaufmann, an adaptation of The Merchant of Venice, and Sandosenang Sapatos, a short story about a father’s love for his disabled daughter. 

While tickets are free, you can also opt to donate by purchasing Kapamilya tickets or depositing to their BPI and GCash accounts. 

Date: June 12 – July 12, 2020

2. Makeup Forever’s Elevated Smokey Eye class – master the makeup technique once and for all

It’s probably been forever since those of us working from home have put on a full face of makeup due to the months-long quarantine. Don’t let your skills go stale, though – learn a thing or two about those make-up techniques you’ve always wanted to learn, such as doing an
elevated smokey eye

There’ll be an upcoming advanced level class about this technique – so you can finally rock those smokey champagne look during your Zoom date nights – hosted by one of Makeup Forever’s makeup artists, Dannica Lamoureux. Take note that she’s based in Canada, though – so adjust EDT to Philippine time accordingly. 

Date: Thursday, 2nd July 2020
Time: 7PM EDT (7AM Philippine time)

3. Eskwelabs’s Data For Good – learn how data scientists make sense of society

Eskwelabs Data for GoodImage credit: Eskwelabs

If you’ve always been excited with data or you’re an enthusiast yourself, now’s the time when you can invest more into the promising field of data science by attending online events such as Eskwelab’s Data For Good. 

Learn about how data can be used to solve societal problems – especially now that we we rely on numbers to make sense of the world more than ever – from the discussion among company partners, data enthusiasts, and curious learners. You’ll also be able to catch a showcase of capstone projects by 19 Eskwelab fellows. 

Date: Saturday, 11 July 2020
Time: 6PM-8PM

4. Moneymax’s Smart Steps To Building An Emergency Fund – tips on saving up those pesos

emergency fund

The extent of COVID-19 saw us scrambling through uncertain times. Those of us who are worried about having to dip our hands into our emergency funds, or for those of us who have yet to create one, might want to learn a thing or two about how to start building up a safety nest soon. 

As you navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 world, learn how to save up for your future through Moneymax’s Smart Steps to Building An Emergency Fund webinar with Marketing Associate Raymart Asi. 

Date: Friday, 3 July 2020
Time: 4PM-5PM

5. Smart x YouTube’s Creator Camp – online workshops for content creators

Alodia Gosiengfiao
Image adapted from: @alodia

Putting yourself out there as a content creator isn’t always the easiest job, as you also have to build your following, edit your content, and establish your niche. Popular content creators like Alodia Gosiengfiao and Erwan Heussaff have been there and done that, so they’ll be guesting in Creator Camp, hosted by YouTube & Smart, to encourage budding content creators how they can be the best vloggers they can be. 

Erwan HeussaffImage credit: @erwan

Will Dasovich’s online workshop on the “Power of Community” wrapped up last 25th June. In the next workshop on July 10, gamer Alodia Gosiengfiao will discuss how we can build stronger brands, while food & travel vlogger Erwan Heussaff will end the series on July 24 talking about the relevance of content creators. 

Date: Friday, 10 July & 24 July 2020
Time: 3PM-4PM

6. Tech Time with Fujifilm – one-on-one chat with Fujifilm experts

fujifilm cameraImage credit: @jeffncoshop

For photographers out there figuring out their Fujifilm cameras, there’s actually an event where you can talk to a Fujifilm expert yourself to ask specific questions about your cameras and lenses that Google cannot answer.

In Tech Time with Fujifilm, you can have a one-on-one chat with one of the brand’s expert techs to discuss your product needs. Just choose a time on their website that works best for you. Take note that these experts, though, are in the Western part of the world, so you might have to adjust your schedule for this morning session. 

Date: Saturday, 11 July 2020
Time: 7PM-10PM PDT (10AM-1PM Philippine time)

7. Zoom Webinar: Green Building & Sustainable Design – for architecture and engineering students to update their knowledge

Jewel ChangiArchitecture and engineering students, heads up: if you’ve always been passionate about building more eco-friendly, sustainable cities with green spaces, y’all might want to check out Upswing Learning Center’s free Zoom webinar on green building and sustainable design.  

The learning center is Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)-accredited for those who need the professional development points. Upswing’s Instructors have also been conducting webinars on other design topics such as structural defects, hydraulic analysis, and construction project management case studies. Certificates of attendance are available for a small fee.

Date: Thursday, 2 July 2020
Time: 7PM-10PM

8. ArtSpeak Online with Agnes Arellano – meet the artist who’s exhibited at Ateneo Art Gallery

Agnes Arellano's Flying DakiniArellano’s Flying Dakini
Image credit: Agnes Arellano

Museums aren’t going to open any time soon, so virtual tours are now the hype among art lovers. Or if you want to indulge in a culture fix by meeting and listening to artists themselves talk about their works, you can still do that  virtually. 

For instance, Ateneo Art Gallery will be hosting the first of their ArtSpeak Online Series with Agnes Arellano, a Filipina sculptor of dramatic pieces that mix the magical and the mundane. She’s best known for her surrealist and expressionist sculptures in plaster, bronze, and marble. 

Date: Thursday, 9 July 2020
Time: 2PM-4PM

9. Amarela Talks: The Accessibility of Reproductive Healthcare Amidst the COVID-19 – get updates on reproductive rights in the PH

Amarela Talks: The Accessibility of Reproductive Healthcare Amidst COVID-19Image credit: Senator Risa Hontiveros

Those interested in gender and healthcare rights can catch up on reproductive healthcare updates in the country by attending Amarela Talks: The Accessibility of Reproductive Healthcare Amidst COVID-19. This online webinar is organized by Amarela, a youth-led Philippine non-profit organization advocating for accessible reproductive health care among Filipinas. 

The webinar’s guest speakers will include three feminist advocates you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to learn from in an online event – Senator Risa Hontiveros, Ms. Samira Gutoc, and Mr. Iori Kato. 

Date: Saturday, 4 July 2020
Time: 3PM-4:30PM

10. Travel to Iceland, Virtually! – experience Iceland through the eyes of the locals

IcelandImage adapted from: @selaretreat

We have two seasons in the PH: hot and hotter, making many a sweaty resident dream of packing their bags and heading off for a snowy country. But during this pandemic, the next best thing we can do is to attend virtual tours online. And fortunately, there are virtual tours that can lead us to a country 10,000km away from the Philippines. 

Traverse Journey, a travel agency based in the US organizing small group trips, will be holding a virtual tour to Iceland alongside a chat with Icelanders. You’ll learn how the pandemic has reached Iceland, how travel will be in this distant part of the world post-COVID, and experience a virtual tour of Traverse Journeys’s Magic of Iceland. Like other international events we listed above, the hosts will be in a different time zone so be sure to adjust your schedule accordingly. 

Date: Saturday, 18 July 2020
Time: 11AM-12PM CDT (12AM-1AM Philippine time)

Free online events for Filipinos this July

It’s weird that time flies fast even under quarantine – we’re now approaching the 7th month of the year, just like that. But it also means yet another blank slate to start anew, learn a new thing or two, and brush up on our skills with these accessible and free online events. 

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Cover image adapted from: @erwan, @j.c.santos, @selaretreat

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