Still don't know where to go for the weekend? Here are the events and places to check out in the coming days.
November 30 (Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines)
Manila Notes, a Philippine-Japan theater collaboration is an adaptation of Tokyo Notes, written by internationally acclaimed Japanese playwright and director Oriza Hirata.
Tokyo Notes has been translated into 13 languages for productions in many cities around the world, including at Festival d’Avignon in France. One of the most critically acclaimed works of Hirata, the play has also created artistic collaborations and cultural exchange through adaptations such as Seoul Notes (2004), Taipei Notes, and Bangkok Notes (2017).
In Manila Notes, the renowned playwright Rody Vera and 20 leading Filipino actors have been involved in the process of the Filipino adaptation, through meaningful discussions, workshops and rehearsals.
The set design is also a collaboration by Japanese set designer Itaru Sugiyama and select theater practitioners and students in the Philippines.
Paglaot, Pagdaong: UP Diliman Christmas Celebration
December 14 (UP Diliman)
This Christmas, UP Diliman pays homage to its graduates, academics and personnel pursuing scholarly and advocacy works in the country in the festivities “Paglaot, Pagdaong.”
The Christmas theme also celebrates the forthcoming 70th anniversary of the transfer of the Oblation from the UP Manila campus to its new home in Diliman.
Closing the year is the Lantern Parade, to be staged on December 14 at 5 p.m. around the Academic Oval and the University Amphitheater.
At stake in the competition for the best lanterns are three major prizes and two runners up with cash incentives of up to P50,000. Entries will be judged according to compliance with the theme, materials used, presentation and visual effects and eco-friendliness.
A mini concert by The CompanY, dubbed as Asia’s premier vocal harmony act, will usher in the announcement of winners.
Cine Europa 2018 presents 100 Years of PH Cinema
December 6 to 16(Shangri-La Plaza Mall)
Every year, the European Delegation to the Philippines presents Cine Europa, which is considered as the country’s foremost festival exclusively devoted to showcasing the best motion pictures from the European continent.
Now, on its 21st year, Cine Europa will be held in Manila from December 6-16. Films and documentaries from the Philippines that have European connections or content complement the screenings with educational forums and lectures.
All the Cine Europa events will be held at the newly renovated Red Carpet Cinema of the Shangri-La Plaza Cineplex in Mandaluyong City. Admission to Cine Europa movies and talks is free; availability of seating is on a first come, first served, basis. Gates will open at 10:30am.
Boyz II Men with Divas: Back to Back Live in Concert
December 15 (Smart Araneta Coliseum)
The Back-to-Back Concert of the Year. The best-selling R&B group of all time, Boyz II Men, is coming back to Manila for a one-night concert on Saturday, December 15th at the Araneta Coliseum, together with the DIVAS – comprised of KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Kyla, and Angeline Quinto.
BOYZ II MEN with DIVAS: Live in Concert is presented by Wilbros Live and Cornerstone Concerts. Tickets go on-sale on September 15 via TicketNet.com.ph or call 911-5555 for more details. For more information, follow Wilbros Live and Cornerstone Concerts on social media.
Simple: Zero Waste Holiday Pop Up Market
December 15 and 16 (SM Aura)
Simple: Zero Waste Holiday Pop Up Market is a gathering of natural and eco-friendly brands, zero waste warriors, healthy food products, speakers and makers to help you in your pursuit to a sustainable lifestyle!
Find package-free Christmas gifts for your family and friends such as personal care products such as shampoo bars, handcrafted soaps body oils and lotions. Shop reusable utensil kits, glass straws and tumblers. Buy grains, cookies and granola in bulk, as well as local weaves. There will also be a lineup of workshops on having a zero-waste holiday, sustainable holiday traveling and make your own Christmas gifts in DIYclasses!
So ready your eco bags, utensils and reusable containers, take your family and friends to discover new ways to live, shop and eat more sustainably this Christmas season!
See you all on December 15 (10am-10pm) and December 16 (10am-12mn) at Sky Park 5F, SM Aura, BGC!
Holiday Minkle Bazaar
December 7 to 9 and 15 to 16(Santolan Town Plaza; The Grove by Rockwell)
The Minkle Bazaar is a unique weekend market you don’t want to miss! With a variety of goods to whet your shopping appetite, and plenty of local finds, the Minkle Bazaars in 2018 promises to double down on fun for the whole family!
Happening on December 7-9 at Santolan Town Plaza, and December 15-16 at The Grove by Rockwell. Entrance is Free and parking is available.
Frontrow Cares: The Biggest Charity Music Festival of the Year
December 16 (SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds)
Inspiring a new breed of entrepreneurs in taking a step towards financial freedom, Frontrow has long been in the business of changing lives. But this year, the multi-level marketing company seeks to draw from its humble beginnings to bring larger-than-life changes to Filipino families.
In the previous years, Frontrow has been actively reaching out to different charities and organizations who need support in various aspects, but it wasn’t until this 2018 that the marketing firm decided to go full throttle with their initiatives through the establishment of Frontrow Cares.
Experience the biggest charity music festival of the year at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds on December 16, 2018 at 4:30PM. Tickers are priced at 1,500 (Gen Ad) and 5,000 (VIP).
For tickets, go to www.smtickets.com. For more details, follow Frontrow Philippines on Facebook.
Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
September 15, 2018 to January 27, 2019 (OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1)
Visit an enchanted fairy tale land with dragons, a handsome prince, an evil would-be Queen, a really great hair stylist, and that famous princess with the long, long, long hair!
Hold on to your hair and prepare for a brand new magical musical re-telling of the classic fairy tale! On the edge of glory, the evil Lady Za Za determines to rule the kingdom by keeping the beautiful Princess Rapunzel – with the long, long, long hair – trapped in a tower in the deep, dark, dank, dismal, dreary forest.
It’ll be up to Sir Roderick and his hair stylist friend Edgar (who is on a quest to find the perfect head of hair) to rescue Princess Rapunzel and restore the kingdom – with the help of a slightly neurotic Gypsy Woman – isn’t there one in every fairy tale? and a tired, yet witty, old dragon named Socrates – who has lost his poof!