MANILA - Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.
1. Michael Bolton’s ‘Asian Dream Tour’
Where: Marriott Grand Ballroom
When: November 3
Multiple Grammy winner Michael Bolton is returning to Manila.
The concert is part of his “Asian Dream Tour,” which also features Lance Busa, the winner of the talent search “Bolt of Talent,” who battled it out with contestants from Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan; as well as guest appearances from Morisette Amon and Sandra Riley Tang.
Bolton has sold more than 65 million albums and singles globally, including the hit songs “How AM I Supposed to Live Without You,” “When a Man Loves a Woman,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Go the Distance” among others.
2. TLC festival returns with Buddy Valastro
Where: Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
When: November 4, starting at 10 a.m.
This year’s edition of TLC Festival has the theme “Go Lokal” and celebrates all things Filipino. Comedian Eri Neeman once again hosts the event, which will be headlined by some of TLC’s most popular celebrities led by “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro and celebrity chef Luke Nguyen. Also at this year’s festival are Patty Lee and Sharon Huang of “Fun Taiwan,” Ramon Bautista, RA Rivera, Jun Sabayton, Lourd De Veyra and Angel Rivero from Discovery Channel’s “You Have Been Warned Asia,” and Troy Montero from “Worst Vacation Ever.”
The festival will have three zones: Kanto Kultura features local music; Byaheng Bayan is night market-inspired area featuring products crafted by local merchants and creative entrepreneurs; and Street Sarap, where foodies will be treated to specially made dishes and treats.
And to complete the local experience, Ely Buendia will be at the main stage in the evening.
3. Gloc-9 album launch
Where: Eastwood Central Plaza
When: November 4, 7 p.m.
Gloc-9 will launch his ninth studio album “Rotonda” with a live performance this weekend.
“Yung Rotonda is an EP na sobrang natuwa ako sa bawat kanta, kasi dumating sa’kin paisa-isa, and parang nung nabuo ko ‘yung lima, sakto siya do’n sa gusto kong i-discuss na mga bagay na hindi ko pa napagusapan sa ibang album,” he said.
Get a free Gloc-9 Rotonda T-Shirt for every CD purchase.
4. ASEAN Invitational Philatelic Exhibit 2017
Where: SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
When: November 4-6
In support and celebration of the Philippine chairmanship on the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will be hosting the ASEAN Invitational Philatelic Exhibit (ASEANPEx) 2017, a showcase of stamps and other philatelic products from the 10 ASEAN countries featuring current issuances, as well as rare and collector’s item stamps.
ASEANPEx 2017 will showcase a 200-frame display of rare and winning stamp collections from member countries. It will also have lectures on philately.
5. The Best of ASEAN Performing Arts
Where: CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater)
When: November 4, 7 p.m.
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is proud to host the “Roots and Rhythms: The Best of ASEAN Performing Arts” in celebration of the ASEAN's 50th anniversary.
Each ASEAN member state will present a 10-minute performance, featuring one musician and one dancer or two dancer-musicians - all of whom are culture-bearers, and whose works are rooted in tradition but reflective of the contemporary times and appreciated by the contemporary audience.
A second performance will be held on November 5, 5 p.m., at the Luneta Open Air Auditorium.
6. PHLPost Cosplay Competition
Where: Hall 1, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
When: November 5
The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) is inviting Cosplay enthusiasts to join its cosplay competition, which will be one of the highlights of the ASEAN Philatelic Exhibition (ASEANPEx) 2017.
There will be several categories for the cosplay: Anime, Mecha/Armor, Game, Pinoy Hero, Comics/Movies and Child (11 years old and below).
To qualify, interested participants must purchase P100 worth of stamps from the Philippine booth at the exhibition hall on November 4 or 5.
To register, the participant must provide a picture of their cosplay with their name and character information printed on a short bond paper, and should register on November 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Each participant will be given one minute and 30 seconds to perform onstage. For participants who want background music, they can submit it in mp3 format saved in a flash drive.
Fan service, lewd and revealing costumes, and dangerous stunts and props are strictly prohibited.
7. Adult autism group benefit dinner
Where: Manila Polo Club
When: November 3, 6 p.m.
The Association for Adults with Autism Philippines (AAAP) will hold a benefit dinner dubbed A Special Evening for Special People.
Enjoy world-class entertainment, art auctions, and stories of hope while giving to a good cause, as proceeds from the benefit will go towards the development and construction for Phase One of A Special Place, the first multi-purpose, integrated residential and working community for adults with autism and other special needs in Alfonso, Cavite.
The program starts with an exhibit of works by autistic artists from featuring works of Vico Cham, lead artist and owner of Vico’s Autism Gallery in Pasig; decorative craft by Joy Jesena Barcelon; a book signing of “Growing Up with Autism: Journeys of Love, Devotion, and Hope,” an anthology of narratives written by parents on their lives raising children with autism.
Dinner is at 7 p.m. A program will follow, headlined by the popular singer Radha, herself a niece of a special person, with performances by internationally known singers and persons with autism Vell Baria and Thara Santiago; a family musical ensemble led by Kevin Bautista, also a special person; and a first-time performance by the Young AAAP Trio of Ian Borleo, Andrea Alviso and Macky Palomares.