MANILA, Philippines – Got no plans this weekend? Here are some events and activities that you may want to check out.
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‘Walang Hanggan’ at the Big Dome
After almost a year since it aired on Philippine TV, ABS-CBN’s top-rating drama series “Walang Hanggan” is all set to treat its loyal fans with a grand concert titled "Walang Hanggang Pasasalamat," which will be staged on October 21 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Leading the thanksgiving celebration are Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Helen Gamboa, Susan Roces, Melissa Ricks, Paulo Avelino, Julia Montes and Coco Martin.
Aside from the show’s cast, also joining the event are special guests including Kris Aquino, Gary Valenciano, Vice Ganda, Boy Abunda, Toni Gonzaga, Richard Yap, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos, Jed Madela, Juris, Aiza Seguerra, Bryan Termulo, Bugoy Drilon, Liezel Garcia, and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra to be conducted by Maestro Gerard Salonga.
The delayed telecast of the special concert will be shown on the same day, October 21, after “Sarah G. Live!”
Meanwhile, for the nationwide thanksgiving of “Walang Hanggan,” the love team of Gomez and Zulueta will head to Davao on October 20, while Martin, Montes, Avelino, Ricks and Joem Bascon will attend the Masskara Festival in Bacolod.
Kurt Muroki guests with PPO
Double bass soloist Kurt Muroki performs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine on October 19, 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater. Muroki will perform Bottesini’s Concert No 2.
The PPO program also includes Prokofieff’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite and Hohvaness’ Mysterious Mountain Symphony.
Ticket prices: P1,000, P800, P500, P350 and P200, with discounts available to students, senior citizens and groups. Subscription packages are also available.
SM Megamall sale
The mall's Mega 3-Day Sale starts on October 19 and runs until October 21. There will be a two-hour special on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., where SM Advantage Card and BDO Rewards Card Holders can enjoy an extra 10% off on brands such as Forever 21, SM Department Store, Our Home, Toy Kingdom, Watsons, and more.
Forever 21 Mastercard holders can get in as early as 8:30 a.m. for first dibs.
‘The Woman in Black’ gala premiere
Dulaang Kulay and Word of Mouth Theater Philippines present the gala premiere of "The Woman in Black" on October 19, 8 p.m. at Teatrino in Greenhills Promenade, San Juan City. Additional performances are on October 20 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Lauded as “one of the best horror stories you will ever see on the stage,” ‘The Woman in Black’ is based on Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name. It was recently made into a movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps.
Dulaang Kulay, a student organization, produced and presented an advanced engagement under the direction of William Elvin Manzano last August 31. Due to numerous requests to restage the play, actors Jeremy Domingo and Reb Atadero shall reprise the roles of older Arthur Kipps and the young theater actor, respectively.
‘Ang Bagong Harana’ re-run
With all the warm response generated by “Ang Bagong Harana,” the Philippine Opera Company (POC) is having the third re-run of the show starting this weekend at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
The critically-acclaimed Filipino musical production will run from October 18-28 at 8 p.m. with matinees at 3:30 p.m. on October 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Originally conceived and directed by writer/director Floy Quintos, “ Ang Bagong Harana ” will still carry the original repertoire which showcases the best works of noted Filipino composers from different music genres from Nicanor Abelardo to Ryan Cayabyab.
For the October show, audiences will be treated to a brand new suite in the repertoire -- An Ode to Mother Nature. Two OPM compositions will be interpreted with a fresher mood and tone. Both songs shall also symbolize Philippine Opera Company’s advocacy to help preserve our Mother Nature.
The POC is made up of theater actors and singers Karla Gutierrez, Aizel Prietos, Charley Magalit, Janine Santos, Marian Santiago, Arlynne Tecson, Lawrence Jatayna, Noel Rayos, Nazer Salcedo, Marvin Gayramon and Al Gatmaitan, with the special participation of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.
Lisa Macuja's 'Swan Song Series'
Prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde continues the second year of her “Swan Song Series” with her last full-length performances of two contrasting ballet roles.
First, she dances as the willowy lead character in Giselle on October 19, 7:30 p.m., and October 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Aliw Theater, as partnered by David Makhateli, formerly of The Royal Ballet. Also featured are Ballet Manila and the Manila Symphony Orchestra with Alexander Vikulov of the Marinsky Theater as guest conductor.
Next, she portrays the sexy temptress in Carmen on October 26 and 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Star Theater, as partnered by Ballet Manila principal dancer Rudy De Dios.
Macuja-Elizalde danced her first full-length Giselle with the Kirov Ballet in 1986. “Giselle is one of the most dramatic ballets that a ballerina can be privileged enough to dance in, and also one of the most exhausting,” she says.
“Swan Song Series” is the ballerina's three-year “retirement plan.” She began the series last year with Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.
For tickets, contact Ballet Manila through the website www.balletmanila.com.ph or Ticketworld at ticketworld.com.ph.
Halsema AX(i)S art project
Anyone who has traveled from Baguio to Sagada would be familiar with the old Dangwa bus. Up to about a few years ago, the rickety non-airconditioned buses, some with wooden high-backed seats regularly plied the Halsema Highway. Often crammed with passengers and cargo, it departs from the equally old-style Dangwa terminal in downtown Baguio early in the morning and arrives in Sagada around seven hours after, depending on weather and road conditions.
In Kawayan de Guia’s latest installation, the old Dangwa bus is re-purposed as the vehicle for AX(i)S, a collective force, which he initiated with other young artists in Baguio last year. AX(i)S is a convergence of artists from different fields who seek to re-activate art in the public sphere.
For the exhibition at MO_space, which opens on October 20 at 6 p.m., documentation of the works and happenings at last year’s AX(i)S festival will be projected inside a bus made from the festival tent, which had been patched together using “ukay-ukay”clothes. Scattered around on the floor are smaller assemblages of found objects that form roadside shrines.
The exhibition is a prelude to another AX(i)S project this coming November wherein artists will be creating various works along the stretch of Halsema Highway.
The exhibition will run until November 18. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Two exhibits at Manila Contemporary
Clairelynn Uy’s latest exhibition, "For Goodness’ Sake" at the Manila Contemporary gallery, exposes the role of pop culture within subjects of war and violence in contemporary times.
Deviating from discussions of its usual causes, comics, television shows, movies and video games are now put under new light. Instead of these being seen as entertaining distractions to more relevant happenings, they are re-introduced as vehicles through which one’s perceptions and ethics are shaped.
The exhibit will open on October 20 at 6 p.m. It coincides with "Chasing Mountains: Photography" by Bengy Toda that is concurrently on view in the Main Gallery.
HEALTH & FITNESS
Free Bikram yoga for a cause
In celebration of Bikram Yoga Alabang’s second anniversary this month, the studio will host the country’s first free Bikram yoga for a cause entitled “BYA Shares the Love.” The special event will take place October 20 at Molito in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, for the benefit of Ayala Alabang Hospice Care Foundation, Inc.
Interested participants are encouraged to bring infant cereal, canned goods, instant noodles and bottled water to support the needs of patients under the care of the Ayala Alabang Hospice Care Foundation, Inc. The foundation offers free hospice and palliative care for terminally-ill patients in the cities of Muntinlupa, Las Piñas and Parañaque.
“This event is a great venue to share our blessings and let others also make an impact for others. We’re not just celebrating our second anniversary, we’re celebrating life itself,” said Ginger Diaz, BYA studio director.
Bikram yoga is composed of 26 postures and two breathing exercises performed in a heated room. The exercise runs for 90 minutes and its benefits include improved body strength, flexibility and concentration. It also helps reduce stress.
To participate, simply pre-register at BYA’s Facebook page. Participants need to bring a yoga mat, towel and water. The postures will require plenty of stretching so they are advised to be in comfortable clothes. Children and the elderly can join as well.
BYA, the hottest Bikram-certified studio in the Metro South, is also offering Open House Weekends on October 27 and 28 at 9:30 am and 3:00 pm. “Last year, so many people enthusiastically joined our free weekend classes, eager to learn what Bikram yoga is all about,” said Diaz. “Bikram yoga is actually a beginner’s yoga. No matter what body type or lifestyle you have, a 90-minute session will help you get started on a journey to wellness.”
Livestrong Day 2012
Livestrong Day 2012 is set to mark its third run in the Philippines, with the event slated October 21 at Circulo Verde, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. The run and ride event aims to raise funds for cancer awareness and prevention.
Livestrong Day commemorates cyclist Lance Armstrong’s induction to cancer and the start of his foundation’s efforts to address the issue via programs—taking aim at the gap between what is known and what is done for cancer prevention, providing access to screening and care, and research.
This year’s theme is “Unity is Strength, Believe in life.” The running event would have three categories: a 5-kilometer run for individuals, 5-kilometers for families with at least three members and an accompanying parent, and 16-kilometers. The riding event on the other hand would have two categories: a 16-kilometer fun ride and the 21-kilometer challenge, which would take riders to the steep Ultra, Canley, and St. Paul roads.
Registration is at P900 with onsite registration ongoing until the day of the event at Circulo Verde, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. For more information, visit the site or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.