Weekender Guide: July 6, 7, and 8, 2018

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Still don't know where to go for the weekend? Here are the events and places to check out in the coming days. 

Virgin Labfest 14: Silip
June 27 to July 15 (CCP Little Theater)

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, in partnership with its resident theater company Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writer's Bloc Inc., hosts the  Virgin Labfest, an annual theater festival dedicated to the staging of untried, untested and unstaged works, from June 27 to July 15, 2018 at various venues of the CCP.

Taking "Silip" as its catchphrase, the festival offers a chance for writers to see their creative skills taken from page to stage. Now on its 14th year, the annual theater festival picked 12 new featured one-act works, out of more than 150 manuscripts submitted.  Each expresses the complexity of human experience and create dialogues on social issues. 

Binondo: A Tsinoy Musical
June 29 to July 8 (The Theatre at Solaire)

BINONDO, A Tsinoy Musical’ tells the story of how LILY, a Filipina nightclub singer in pre-Martial Law Manila, and AH TIONG, a mainland Chinese scholar returning to Cultural Revolution-era Beijing, embark on a journey of great love and heartbreak that begins one fated, moon-lit night during the Mid-Autumn Festival of 1972 in the heart of Manila’s Chinatown.

LILY, a hopeless romantic, finally finds her unlikely great love in AH TIONG, a cynic about destiny, during this night of one of the fullest moons ever recorded and on the birthdate of Ge Lao, the Old Man Under the Moon or the Chinese Deity of Love. Vying for LILY’s heart as well is CARLOS, a local Chinese childhood friend of hers who is finally pushed to confront his feelings for her with the arrival of this stranger set on stealing her heart. A triangle centered on different ways of loving and receiving love forms the crux of this story.

The 33rd Before I Do Wedding & Debut Fair
July 6, 7, and 8 (Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall)

Wedding planning has indeed gone full throttle in 2018. Case in point: there's a bridal fair almost every week, and it's a simple matter for any soon-to-wed couple to just pop right in and shop for wedding vendors.

Even with the prevalence of wedding fairs, it's still very easy for engaged couples to be overwhelmed and stressed out. Putting together a dream wedding is surely no easy feat for anyone; most couples usually worry about having enough time to prepare, not having explored enough vendor options, or not being able to maximize their wedding budget.

Happening in a few weeks' time is the Before I Do Wedding and Debut Fair. It is the longest-running intimate bridal fair of its kind, with over 70 vendors, each with special promotional offers exclusively for soon-to-weds.  

EIGASAI 2018: The 21st Japanese Film Festival
July 4 to August 26

The Japan Foundation, Manila is pleased to announce the full lineup of films, guests and special talks for this year’s Japanese Film Festival, more popularly known as EIGASAI.

In honor of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Month, EIGASAI’s 21st edition runs from July 4 to August 26, 2018 ï¹£with fifteen full-feature films of diverse genres selected for more than 100 screenings across five major cities nationwide. This year’s film festival is set to be unique as it collaborates with other Japan Foundation arts, cultural and dialogue projects.

Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis, except screenings at Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2 (PHP100 per screening) where tickets are available online https://www.sureseats.com or at the cinema ticket booth starting June 27.

Ballet Manila presents ‘American Stars Gala’
July 7 (Aliw Theater)

Ballet Manila presents today’s brightest and fastest-rising Asian and American dance artists in American Stars Gala, scheduled on July 7, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex.

The one-night-only concert will be headlined by Boston Ballet principal dancers Lia Cirio and Junxiong Zhao, with soloist Hannah Bettes; Houston Ballet principal dancers Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews; and Ballet Manila resident guest principal artists Katherine Barkman and Joseph Phillips.

Tickets for Ballet Manila’s American Stars Gala are now available at all TicketWorld outlets, online atwww.ticketworld.com.ph, or through +632-891-9999.




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