MANILA - Music fans will have plenty to do this weekend -- from watching an internationally renowned guitarist perform in Manila, to listening to a couple's love story told through songs.
This weekend's choice of activities will have plenty to satisfy the ears of Filipino music lovers who happen to be in the metro.
1. Aiza and Liza recount love story
Where: Music Museum, San Juan City
When: August 22, 8 p.m.
Cost: Ticket prices start at P800
Singer Aiza Seguerra and his fiancee, actress Liza Dino, are staging a one-night only concert that recounts their love story -- from their first meeting 13 years ago, to preparations leading up to their upcoming wedding.
Dubbed "High in Love," the concert seeks to advance the couple's advocacy in promoting awareness about the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community.
Proceeds of the concert will go to the production of an untitled film about the said advocacy.
2. Orianthi in Manila
Where: Chef & Brewer, Ortigas City
When: August 25, 9 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are priced at P1,250.
Award-winning Australian guitarist Orianthi is performing a series of concerts in Manila, which will kick off this weekend.
Best known for being handpicked by the late Michael Jackson for his ill-fated concert tour "This Is It," Orianthi has played with Carlos Santana, Alice Cooper, and John Mayer, among others.
3. Talent search winners on one stage
Where: Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall
When: August 23, 7 p.m.
Actor-singer Sam Concepcion, along with "The Voice Philippines" finalists Morissette Amon and Radha, will headline a free concert on Saturday as part of the Philippine Digital Lifestyle Expo.
In partnership with Globe, those going will also get a chance to see and the latest digital trends, gadgets, and mobile apps.
4. Kuya Manzano thanks Manila
Where: Rizal Park Auditorium, Manila
When: August 22, 5:30 p.m.
Veteran performer and Spanish singer Kuya Manzano is holding a free concert in Manila, which will celebrate some of the most memorable songs from various Broadway musicals.
Expect familiar showtunes such as "Sandy" from Grease, "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, and "This is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde The Musical, among others.
5. Ballet Manila takes on OPM
Where: Aliw Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
When: August 22 - 24, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Tickets are priced at P350
Ballet Manila is combining pop radio, ballet, and original Pilipino music (OPM) for its season opener dubbed "Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika: An OPM Festival."
The 4-part performance, which is based on the local advice radio show "TLC" (True Love Confessions) hosted by Papa Jack, will feature original pieces from local company dancers.
Papa Jack, whose real name is John Gemperle, will also make an appearance onstage, giving advice – as he does on his program – for each story presented in dance.
6. Opera to benefit disaster victims
Where: Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
When: August 22, 7 p.m.; August 24, 3 p.m .
Cost: Ticket prices range from P300 - P2,000
A trio of award-winning performers are in Manila to headline a stage adaptation of "Rigoletto," a full length opera written by famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.
Directed by Jae Joon Lee and Floy Quintos, the ensemble will be led by Daesan No, Yun Kyoung Yi and Jae Wook Lee from South Korea.
Noted Filipino vocalists Ronan Ferrer, Nenen Espina, Thea Perez, Jun Francis Jaranilla, Noel Azcona and the male members of the Coro Tomasino will also feature in the performance.
Proceeds from the show will go to the rehabilitation of the heritage sites in Bohol destroyed by the recent earthquake and typhoon Yolanda through the Bohol Restoration Group.