We all know how talented Filipino artists are, but those who excel in science aren’t as visible. I’m sure that we have many gifted innovators and scientists in the Philippines, they’re just silently working, letting their breakthroughs speak for themselves. This weekend, Manila will see just how talented Filipinos are in the field of science with the Manila Mini Maker Faire at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City (BGC)!
The Manila Mini Maker Faire is the local leg of the Maker Faire, an independently-produced celebration of local maker culture. It began in 2006 in California by the editors of Make: magazine, then it branched worldwide, with fairs in New York, Tokyo, Shenzhen, Oslo, Rome, and more. Just last year, 190 Maker Faires were organized in 38 countries around the world.
This weekend’s Manila Mini Maker Faire will be the first of its kind and will run simultaneously with the second BGC Arts Center Festival, held at the BGC Arts Center. Both events are organized by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI).
For the first Manila Mini Maker Faire (it’s quite the tongue twister) will feature 50 innovators, hobbyists, and technologists from around the country to do the “greatest show and tell and make on earth.” There will be makers of drones, eco-friendly technologies, robots, 3D printers, virtual reality, and many more. And the best part? It’s completely free!
Here are some of the things I’m excited to see and do at the Faire:
- Be a DJ for a day at the Thud Rumble turntable sessions
- Tech-infused musical performances by local bands, followed by a session on how they make their music, led by Raimund Marasigan of the Eraserheads
- Micro and mini drone races by Skyeye
- Whole day crafting sessions at the Maped booth!
- Science shows by Scienkidfic Xplorers
- Brushbot making at the Makerspace Pilipinas booth
- Learn how to innovate ice cream flavors courtesy of Sebastian’s Ice Cream
What’s exciting about the Manila Mini Maker Faire is how it encourages crossovers in the fields of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft to create breakthroughs and innovations. In my line of work, I know how exhilarating it is to collaborate with people, not necessarily in my field, to discover something new, so this is something I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing.
The Manila Mini Maker Faire will be held on June 10 and 11 at the Mind Museum in BGC. The Mind Museum is at JY Campos Park, 3rd Avenue, BGC. For more information about the museum, visit its website and its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. For more information about the Faire, visit its website.