MANILA – The year 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for the art and culture scene in the Philippines.
1. LION KING IN MANILA
Nala and Simba in a scene from “The Lion King” musical. Handout photo
Six actors from the Philippines are joining the international tour of Disney’s “The Lion King” musical, which will make its first stop in Manila this year.
The musical will run starting March 18 at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City. Shows will also be held in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and South Africa, among others.
2. NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
A look inside the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of Natural History in Manila. Rei Gill Medestomas, Mabuhay Magazine
The first museum in the Philippines dedicated to natural history will formally open its doors this year.
Hosted inside the former Department of Tourism building within Rizal Park in Manila, the National Museum of Natural History includes more than 10 galleries on plants, animals, and fungi unique to the country.
3. HIMALA: ISANG MUSIKAL
Aicelle Santos stars in The Sandbox Collective’s “Himala.” Facebook.com/TheSandboxCollective
Thirty-five years after the film and 15 years after the premiere of the original musical, The Sandbox Collective brings “Himala: Isang Musikal” starring Aicelle Santos.
A re-imagination of the Ricky Lee and Ishmael Bernal masterpiece, “Himala: Isang Musikal” opens in February 2018 at Power Mac Center Spotlight in Makati City.
4. MANILA BIENNALE 2018
“Open City” is the theme of the first-ever Manila Biennale. Facebook.com/ManilaBiennale
Manila is set to have its own biennale from February 3 to March 5 this year, just in time for National Arts Month.
Set inside the walled city of Intramuros, the month-long event will feature local artists in visual arts, theater, performance art, music, fashion, design and architecture.
5. NIGHT, MOTHER
Eugene Domingo stars in PETA’s “Night, Mother.” Facebook.com/PETATHEATER
Eugene Domingo is back to the theater years after starring in the stage adaptation of the 1980 Lino Brocka Classic “Bona.”
She leads the cast of “Night, Mother,” which is based on Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. It will open at the PETA Theater in Quezon City in February 2018.
6. GOYO: ANG BATANG HENERAL
Paulo Avelino stars in “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.” Facebook.com/GoyoAngBatangHeneral
The much-anticipated sequel to the historical film “Heneral Luna” centering on Gregorio del Pilar will hit cinemas this 2018.
“Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral” stars Kapamilya actor Paulo Avelino as Gregorio del Pilar, one of the youngest generals of the revolutionary forces during the Philippine-American war.
7. SIDE SHOW
“Side Show” is Atlantis Theatrical’s second musical for 2018. Facebook.com/ATEGAsia
Atlantis Theatrical is bringing the critically acclaimed “Side Show,” which features music by “Dreamgirls” composer Henry Krieger, to Manila.
Details about the cast and show dates have yet to be announced.
8. DAWN LANUZA'S BOOK COMING TO MANILA
Copies of “The Last Time I’ll Write About You.” Facebook.com/AuthorDawnLanuza
“The Last Time I’ll Write About You” by Dawn Lanuza will be available in the Philippines starting February 2018 via National Book Store.
Lanuza is a popular Filipino romance writer whose work has been picked up by Andrews McMeel Publishing, joining the likes of Lang Leav.