Memphis in May's annual salute to another country is the most educational part of our month-long civic party, but it's the least widely celebrated. That's why assignment #131 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to participate in one of this year's International Week activities.
This year, Memphis in May is honoring the Southeastern island nation of the Philippines. Think of it as a cultural exchange – Filipino dignitaries, musicians and cultural groups are in town all month long, sharing their food, customs and traditions.
Here are a few of the things you can do to celebrate the Philippines:
- Eat a five course dinner prepared by Filipino chef Claude Tayag or eat dinner at VGM, Memphis' Filipino restaurant.
- See "Emir" or "Halaw", two modern Filipino films at the Brooks and Studio on the Square.
- Play chess against Filipino chess master Angelo Young. He's promised to take on any player regardless of age or skill level.
- Check out one of the five Filipino art exhibits that are going on all month long. The Brooks has textiles on display, the Botanic Garden has prints of island flora and the Civil Rights Museum has a photography exhibit that focuses on the revolution that ended the Marcos regime.
For more information about the Memphis in May International festival, go here.