MANILA -- Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this long weekend.
1. OA: OGIE ALCASID 30TH ANNIVERSARY
When: August 24
Where: Araneta Coliseum
OPM hitmaker Ogie Alcasid marks his 30th anniversary in the industry with a special concert with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
“We will have a big fiesta atmosphere during the opening number, with 80 to 100 people [performing] on stage,” shared the singer-songwriter. “We wanted to celebrate everything that’s Filipino.”
Joining him are Vice Ganda, Rey Valera, Michael V, Janno Gibbs, Yeng Constantino, Moira dela Torre, Leila Alcasid, Sarah Alcasid, Nate Alcasid, and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. It will be directed by Paolo Valenciano, under the music direction of Gerard Salonga.
2. BOYZONE: THE FAREWELL TOUR
When: August 25
Where: Mall of Asia Arena
This is the final chance for their millions of Filipino fans to watch one of the most successful '90s boybands perform together. Boyzone is going on its 25th anniversary tour, after which, the Irish group will split for good.
Boyzone’s most loved hits include "Love Me For A Reason," "Father and Son," "Words," "Picture of You," "Baby Can I Hold You," "I Love the Way You Love Me," "No Matter What," "Everyday I Love You," and "What Becomes Of the Broken Hearted," among many others.
The band is also releaseing its final album, "Thank You & Goodnight," this year.
3. WHY DON'T WE: 'THE INVITATION TOUR' IN MANILA
When: August 26
Where: Samsung Hall, SM Aura
Young music group Why Don't We are bringing their headline tour to Manila for the first time. “The Invitation Tour” celebrates Why Don’t We’s latest EP, “Inivation” and the hit single, “Trust Fund Baby,” which was written by superstar Ed Sheeran.
Catch Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, and Jack Avery up close and person in Manila.
The prolific young group – the quintet ranges in age from 16-19 years old - has put out four EPs in under 12 months, starting with its debut EP “Only the Beginning.”
4. WIFIBODY.PH 2018
When: August 25
Where: Tanghalang Huseng Batute, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Curated by Myra Beltran, WifiBody.ph dedicates itself to discovering new choreographic talent and features emerging choreographers. The first tier of the three-part platform CCP Choreographers’ Series, the competition is for the solo-duet form.
For Competition Set 1, the finalists are: “Dama” by Elijah Erick D. Mendoza; “Bali” by Mario Niel Villarias; “Walk Without Pain” by Jovie Ann D. Domingo; “Transacting Comfort” by Raul "Buboy" Raquitico Jr; “Namoka” by Sasa Cabalquinto; and “Gummy Bears” by Jodel T. Cimagala.
Competing for Competition Set 2 are: “Ang Pinakamagandang Treasurer sa Balat ng Lupa” by Joshua Bajado; “Mata” by Ghealyn Undang; “Muffled Headlines” by John Michael Acol; “DangawKoLa (CatchYou)” by Louise Biong; “Category is: Pretty wo/man (un)Realness” by Jared Jonathan Luna; and “Solitaryo” by Harry Monteagudo.
The competition will culminate at 7:30 pm, with a retrospective of the Wifibody.ph 2016 winning pieces, and the awarding ceremony.
5. SEASON OF GFRIEND IN MANILA
When: August 26
Where: Kia Theatre, Cubao, Quezon City
After concert was postponed when a Chinese passenger plane that slid off the main runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport disrupted flight operations, South Korean girl group Gfriend's Manila is pushing through with their concert this weekend.
The concert was originally set last August 19.
GFriend is a six-piece girl group that debuted in 2015, known for the hit songs "Me Gustas Tu" and "Navillera."
6. BRASILPINAS 2018
When: August 25
Where: Santolan Town Plaza
Get ready to put on your most festive garb for Brasilipinas, the annual celebration that brings together the best of Brazilian and Filipino cultures to the metro.
Hosting Brasilipinas 2018 is Nykó Macá, a 15-year veteran who is coming back to perform at Brasilipinas with some of the most passionate artists. Sharing the stage with her are Brigada, SalSamba Fusion, Brazilian-born DJ Luane and Guarana, the longest-running Brazilian music band in the Philippines.
Party-goers can also learn the Brazilian “samba no pé” and how to wear elaborate feather boas and bejeweled wings with Escola de Samba de Manila and Imperatriz Philippinense Samba School.
Plus, get to feast all night long with South American-inspired offerings from The Stockpile and other dishes from Sunrise Buckets, Hugo Grillery, Charlie’s Grind and Grill, Banh Mi Kitchen, and SIP Drinks.
Brasilipinas also has capoeira workshops from Mestre Fantasma and his team of capoeira masters from Escola Brasileira de Capoeira Philippines.
7. FIELDS OF GOLD
When: August 26, 5 p.m.
Where: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines
After the success of "From Bach to Jukebox," the Philippine Madrigal Singers presents this special concert, which marks the 50th birthday celebration of choirmaster Mark Anthony A. Carpio.
Joining him in this momentous event are The Nightingales, bass-baritone Jonathan Zaens and Lani Misalucha, plus other special guests.
8. SIGNS OF LIFE
When: Ongoing until September 9
Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines
Froilan Calayag’s exhibit "Signs of Life" at the Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino of the CCP, supported by West Gallery, is the artist's 12th solo exhibition in 11 years.
Calayag is but one of many painters that first made a mark in the student art competition circuit, and then in commercial galleries in the first two decades of the millennium. "Signs of Life" offers a threefold manifest.
The first is the fictional account of a boy who finds a large rock. The second is the narrative of the man who pursued the field of art, but has been decidedly missing from the center of it. He persists, same as before, and yet does not often come out to the surface.
The third is the idea of painting within the confusing and multifaceted context of Philippine contemporary art.
9. SABRINA CARPENTER IN MANILA
When: August 24-26
Where: Megaworld Lifestyle Malls
American singer-songwriter and Disney teen star Sabrina Carpenter performs her pop hits live and acoustic this weekend at the following Megaworld Lifestyle Malls:
• Uptown Bonifacio Mall – August 24, Friday, at 7 p.m.
• Eastwood Mall Open Park – August 25, Saturday, at 7 p.m.
• Venice Grand Canal – August 26, Sunday, 6 p.m.
The 19-year-old Carpenter is behind the hits "Alien," "Why," and "Almost Love."
10. IV OF SPADES LIVE AT THE SHANG
When: August 25, 7 p.m.
Where: Shangri-La Plaza
Get into the groove with breakout indie band IV of Spades as Zild Benitez, Badjao de Castro, and Blaster Silonga bring their signature sound to the mall's Grand Atrium.
Recently hailed as Myx Music Awards’ New Artist of the Year for 2018, IV of Spades gained massive popularity with their catchy, refreshing retro-inspired tunes like “Hey Barbara” and “Mundo”—as well as for their slick, ‘70s-inspired outfits.
11. MAJA SALVADOR GOES TO PAMPANGA
When: August 27
Where: Robinsons Starmills Pampanga
Enjoy the company of Kapamilya actress Maja Salvador, when you shop at the Pampanga mall this coming August 27.
Fifty lucky winners of 2 free passes will get the chance to meet the dance princess up close and personal at the event’s meet & greet session.
Also set to entertain the crowd is the band, Northdrive, one of the rising names in the local music industry. The band’s genre is a mix of 90’s style pop-rock with a twist of modern instrumentation reminiscent of OPM’s '90s rock movement.