MANILA - Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.
1. Revolution: The JaDine Concert
When: February 9
Where: Araneta Coliseum
Celebrity couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre will hold their second major concert, two years after their first major concert "JaDine in Love" in 2016, where the two Kapamilya stars confirmed their relationship.
Joining them in "Revolution" as special concert guests are Sarah Geronimo, Sam Concepcion, Kiana Valenciano and Bret Jackson, among others.
2. PTAA Travel Tour Expo
When: February 9-11
Where: SMX Convention Center
The much-awaited travel fair returns this weekend, just in time for the upcoming holidays from next week's Chinese New Year long weekend to next month's Holy Week and, of course, summer.
Among the discounts available are:
* Coast Boracay offers expo attendees a 50% discount on all published room rates. For only P6,100 nett, guests can luxuriate in beautifully appointed rooms with free Wifi and Netflix.
A bonus offer is also available for those planning to book their vacation at Coast in September. Guests who book the De Luxe room accommodation rate of P6,100 nett will get a free upgrade to a Premier suite, subject to availability.
* From June to October, stay at the junior suite at Discovery Shores Boracay for as low as P13,420 nett or at the 1-bedroom loft-type suite with balcony for as low as P19,276 nett. This is inclusive of overnight accommodations for two (minimum of 2 nights stay), buffet breakfast at Sands Restaurant, roundtrip Caticlan airport transfers, plus P5,000 worth of Food & Beverage Credit per stay.
* Go deep and delight in Coron’s astonishing marine life at Club Paradise Palawan. From February to May and November to December, book a Garden Suite for only P15,006 nett, a Standard Sunset Villa for P16,470 nett, or a Deluxe Sunset Villa for P17,690 nett, inclusive of overnight accommodations for two (minimum of 2 nights stay), buffet breakfast at Firefish Restaurant, and roundtrip airport transfers. As a bonus treat, enjoy P5,000 worth of food & beverage credit per stay.
3. Ballet & Ballads
When: February 10 and 17 (6 p.m.), February 11 and 18 (3 p.m.)
Where: Aliw Theater
Ballet Manila ends its 22nd season on a high note with a special 2018 edition of "Ballet & Ballads" where classical ballet, opera, pop, and OPM come together.
Balladeer Christian Bautista, baritone Andrew Fernando, and artists of the Klassikal Music Foundation Jade Riccio, Stephanie Aguilar, Krisann Manikan Tan, Leo Angela Lanuza lend their voices to the show with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Joshua Dos Santos providing live accompaniment.
4. Himala: Isang Musikal
When: February 10 to March 4
Where: Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati Makati City.
Thirty-five years after the film and 15 years after the premiere of the original musical, The Sandbox Collective brings “Himala: Isang Musikal,” a re-imagination of the Ricky Lee and Ishmael Bernal masterpiece, starring Aicelle Santos.
5. Playback Music Festival
When: February 10
Where: Circuit Makati Event Grounds
This music event will definitely be a trip down memory lane for those who grew up in the ‘90s.
Four international artists and three local bands are set to perform their greatest hits. Headlining are BLUE, Vertical Horizon, Stephen Speaks, and Leigh Nash of Sixpence None the Richer. Joining them are local favorites Rivermaya, Moonstar88 and MYMP.
In addition to throwback music, the festival will also feature the most iconic retro video games, movie and TV series screenings, fashion styles, among others.
6. Don Quixote
When: February 9-18
Where: CCP Main Theater
Ending the season with a flourish, Ballet Philippines stages this lively classic taken from an episode of Miguel de Cervantes’ tale.
Don Quixote is the perfect show for those watching ballet for the first time. A light and fun story, it is ballet’s rom-com. But it is also perfect for die-hard balletomanes, who will surely look out for Don Q’s signature leaps, dizzying turns and death-defying lifts.
A special treat that audiences will delight in is international guest artist Joseph Gatti, former principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet and Corella Ballet, who will perform on special gala nights. He will partner BP’s resident guest artist Candice Adea while the Manila Symphony Orchestra will play live, conducted by Jeffrey Solares.
The principal roles of Kitri and Basilio will be portrayed by BP company members Jemima Reyes, Monica Gana, Victor Maguad and Ian Ocampo.
7. 22nd Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
When: February 8-11
Where: Omni Aviation Complex in Clark, Pampanga
This year’s festivities will showcase 26 colorful hot air balloons from all over the world, featuring a big number of new special-shaped balloons: Happy Heart, Matryoshka Russian Doll, Queen’s Guard, Giant Strawberry, Buddy Balloon, Captain Jack, Princess Nellie, Vostok Balloon, Master Yoda, Morris the Donkey, Bruno the Clown and Pepe the Hedgehog.
Early morning balloon flights are followed by non-stop flying activities – including paragliding, skydiving, aerobatic exhibitions, formation flights, balloon bursting competitions and kite flying.
A special sight to watch out for this year is the exhilarating performance of the world-renowned Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers, who consider themselves “the world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team,” performing for the first time in the Philippines.
In the evenings, musical artists from different countries will perform side-by-side with local talents at the One World Music Cultural Exchange Concert. ABS-CBN artists will also stage performances throughout the weekend, with a fireworks display and balloon nightglow that will illuminate the last night of the fiesta.
8. UNIMA Chinese Puppetry Groups
When: February 8-9
Where: CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will showcase the magnificent and mystical tradition of Chinese puppetry performance art featuring three Chinese groups namely the Yangzhou Puppet Art Research Institute, Sichuan Puppet Theater and the Pingyang Puppetry Protection.
The Yangzhou Puppetry Troupe is famous for its “forcefulness and softness, delicateness and expressiveness,” while Pingyang Puppetry focuses on string puppetry and together with hand puppetry, rod puppetry and actor-puppet show.
The Sichuan Huge Puppet Theatre (in photo) is the only inheritance unit for the North Sichuan Huge puppet, the national intangible cultural heritage. The giant puppet bodies are in exquisite production with vivid expressions on their faces, unity of form and spirit and strong resemblance to real people. The skillful manipulation and elegant figure make them undistinguishable from real life.
Local puppeteers and performing artists are invited to participate in a special workshop on February 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the CCP.