MANILA -- Festive music and jaw-dropping performances kicked off the much-awaited comeback of multi-arts festival Fringe Manila at Pineapple Lab in Makati City's hip Poblacion district on Wednesday.
Various artists, performers, and arts and culture enthusiasts joined Fringe Manila's launch, which featured various performances and the exhibit "After Eve."
Featuring the works of Jodinand Aguillon, Christine Mangosing, and Caroline Mangosing, "After Eve" puts the spotlight on the artistic expressions of Filipino immigrants "who remain rooted in their culture and represent contemporary Filipino experiences through their unique lenses and narratives."
Aguillon and Christine Mangosing's collaboration "Kalendaryo" drew inspiration from pinup portraiture, calendar girls, and vintage Philippine portraits, re-imagining these with members of the Filipino-Canadian dance troupe Hataw.
"Kalendaryo" aims to challenge the concept of femininity as well as our perceptions of the Filipina.
Caroline Mangosing, meanwhile, gives Filipiniana a modern twist in "Vinta." She believes that traditional Filipino dress can be transformed into fashion-forward creations that will bring Pinoy fashion to the international scene.
Apart from these exhibits, the launch also gave a glimpse of the must-see performances at this year's Fringe Manila arts festival.
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Ehrlich Ocampo, who is also known as Firechill, gave a glimpse of his awe-inspiring levitation wand dancing. The colorful performance was followed by a heart-wrenching piece from Canada-based spoken word artist Patrick de Belen.
Meanwhile, drag queens from Burlesque PH also staged hilarious performances to the beat of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" and Celeste Legaspi's timeless "Mamang Sorbetero."
The performance area was transformed into a dance floor when traditional drum-beaters from the Adinkra Lumads Djembe Community took the stage with their unique music.
This year, spectators can also expect the comeback of Fringe favorites Daloy Dance Company, Deus Sex Machina, ADHD Productions, FEU Theater Guild, Airdance, and Egg Theater Company.
Also watch out for Maylee Todd's "The Virtual Womb," giving audiences a multimedia experience that involves sound, music, and projection mapping inside a "larger than life vagina."
These, and many other must-see performances are all lined up until February 26. So if you still have no idea where to bring your date on Valentine's Day, click here.
Tickets are available at TicketWorld: 891-9999 and www.ticketworld.com.ph.