MANILA -- Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.
1. NIGHT, MOTHER
When: February 2 to March 18
Where: PETA-Phinma Theater, Quezon City
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.
2. MANILA BIENNALE
When: February 3 to March 5
Where: Intramuros, Manila
Nearly 100 artists from the Philippines and overseas will exhibit their works for the first Manila Biennale, heralded as the “first art experience festival in the history of the city.”
“It’s time to put the city on show. Intramuros is the origin of our city’s identity. The walled city was Manila’s first depository and laboratory for art and science. Unfortunately, since it’s destruction back in 1945, the walled city’s relevance and history has been all but forgotten. I’m hoping that the biennale will re- establish Intramuros’ role in the development of our capital’s culture and identity,” said Carlos Celdran, artist, activist, and executive director of the event.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Open City,” which references December 26, 1945, a vulnerable period in Manila’s history during World War II.
3. PASINAYA 2018
When: February 3-4
Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will once again open its doors and offer unique artistic experiences with a see-all-you-can-and-pay-what-you-can scheme at the Pasinaya Open House Festival, happening this weekend in all the center's performance and rehearsal venues, as well as partner museums in Manila and Pasay City.
Now on its 14th year, the Pasinaya Open House Festival features performances of the CCP resident companies and other guest artists, film screenings, mini-workshops, visual arts exhibitions, artists' market, museum hopping, among others.
The festival continues its two-part program, dubbed Palihan at Palabas. In Palihan, happening on the first day of the festival, the guests can "workshop all they can” from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. for a suggested donation price of P50. Participants may go in and out of the different CCP venues to attend the 30-minute workshops for visual arts, literature, dance, theater and music.
In Palabas, on the second day of the festival, audiences can watch films, see exhibits and watch performances by the Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Ballet Theater, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino, the UST Symphony Orchestra, and the National Music Competitions for Young Artists, among others.
4. DZMM GLOBAL PINOY SINGING IDOL
When: February 2
Where: Robinsons Novaliches Trade Hall
DZMM’s Global Pinoy Singing Idol will kick off its final round, featuring aspiring Filipino performers from around the world who are hoping to be discovered.
Among those who will vie for the championship title are Filipino representatives from Malaysia, Vienna in Austria and Toronto in Canada.
Included in the panel of judges are Annie Quintos of The Company, singer-songwriter Rey Valera and soul singer Jaya.
Aside from the competition proper, the grand finals will also feature performances from several Kapamilya artists including Iñigo Pascual, Michael Pangilinan, Morisette Amon, KZ Tandingan, Kyla and Jake Zyrus. Onscreen partners Elmo Magalona and Janella Salvador will also take the stage just in time for the beginning of love month.
5. HEART2HEART VALENTINE EVENT
When: February 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Robinsons Place Manila.
Ocampo’s Fine Jewellery opens its newest branch in Robinson’s Place Manila with a special Valentine event featuring Jodi Sta. Maria. The event includes jewelry exhibition sale, fashion show, a meet and greet with the Kapamilya actress, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Get VIP passes and a chance to take a photo with Sta. Maria if you buy P20,000 up worth of jewelry.
6. ALTERED CARBON
When: Starting February 2
Based on the classic cyberpunk noir novel by Richard K. Morgan, "Altered Carbon" is an intriguing story of murder, love, sex, and betrayal, set more than 300 years in the future where society has been transformed by new technology: consciousness can be digitized; human bodies are interchangeable; death is no longer permanent.
From creator and executive producer Laeta Kalogridis, "Altered Carbon" stars Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee, and Dichen Lachman.
7. VALENTINE"S DAY EVENTS
When: February 1-14
Where: Robinsons Novaliches
The mall has lined up several activities for the season of hearts including a booth-making competition on February 2. Mall-goers can also join the Snap & Date Online Photo Contest by sharing their best couple photo captioned with the sweetest message on Facebook from February 1-11. They can win a Valentine package inclusive of a full-body massage, pampering service, makeover service and dinner for two.
Kids can also join the Search for Little Cupid Costume Contest on February 11, which is open to kids aged 3 to 8 years old.
On Valentine's Day itself, there will be open mic, love roulette and other activities in the mall.