MANILA -- Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.
1. ALL OUT OF LOVE
When: October 18-28
Where: Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila
The original musical based on the songs of iconic rock band Air Supply stars MiG Ayesa, Rachel Alejandro, Tanya Manalang, Raymund Concepcion and Jamie Wilson.
The story of the musical happens over the course of one evening, as music mogul Tommy King tries to convince struggling rock star Jamie Crimson to embark on a world tour to save King’s record company. But Jamie is struggling having left behind his songwriting partner and love of his life Rayne.
The production boasts an Australian creative team and an all-Filipino cast working together to recreate the high powered, crazy recording industry of the ‘80s. The musical features an original script by Canadian playwright Jim Millan, with the classic songs of Air Supply woven together to create a timeless love story.
The show will feature 17 Air Supply songs including "Lost in Love," "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love," "You are the Reason," and many others.
2. PANIC! AT THE DISCO: PRAY FOR THE WICKED TOUR
When: October 20
Where: Mall of Asia Arena
Panic! at the Disco returns to Manila, which is one of the stops of the band’s “Pray for the Wicked” tour, along with Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The band was among the artists who performed at the In the Mix Music Festival in Manila back in 2016. They also had a concert at the Araneta Coliseum in 2008.
The band is known for the songs “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Hallelujah,” and “Nine in the Afternoon,” to name a few.
Its latest album "Pray For The Wicked" includes the single "Say Amen (Saturday Night)."
3. A1 LIVE IN MANILA
When: October 21
Where: Kia Theater, Quezon City
The British-Norwegian boy band A1 is returning to the Philippines for its 20th anniversary reunion tour.
Composed of Ben Adams, Mark Read, Christian Ingebrigtsen, and Paul Marazzi, A1 was formed in 1998. It is known for hits such as "Like a Rose," "Everytime," "Caught in the Middle," "Same Old Brand New You," and "Heaven by Your Side."
A1 last performed in the Philippines in 2016 where they staged concerts in Manila and in Cebu.
4. MANILA FAME
When: October 19-21
Where: World Trade Center, Pasay City
Manila FAME gathers exporters, designers and retail brands from all over the country under one roof to highlight Filipino artistry in the global marketplace. It showcases the best products from homegrown MSMEs in the home, furniture, lighting, holiday and gifts, fashion, visual arts and “food as gifts” sectors.
For its October 2018 edition, Manila FAME will anchor on the shades of off white and ivory, the palest pinks and skin-toned hues.
Organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Mission, the export promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, Manila FAME aims to strengthen the country’s position as a viable source of high-quality, and design-forward home décor and houseware products.
5. AKAPELA OPEN INTERNATIONAL
When: October 20, 7 p.m.
Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines Main Theater
The Cultural Center of the Philippines in cooperation with the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab presents the finals night of the Akapela Open International, a competition for contemporary a cappella ensemble singing.
The finalists are Astrafellas from Baguio, Calafellas from Pangasinan, ConChords from Quezon City, KNKTD from Manila, Mvibe from Quezon Province, PhiSix from Makati City, PSquare from Davao, Sayil from Bulacan, Syncofellas (Bulacan), and Vocalmyx from Cagayan de Oro.
There will also be a performance by Acapellago, a Filipino contemporary a cappella group originating from Bulacan which won the 2015 A Cappella Championships International Category and the 2016 AKA A Cappella VIII Asia Pacific Championship League.
Prizes at stake for the winning groups are P250,000 (grand prize), P150,000 (first runner-up), P100,000 (second runner-up) and P50,000 (best arrangement).
6. BAKA NAMAN HINDI
When: October 18-21
Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines Little Theater
A CCP presentation, “Baka Naman Hindi” is the Filipino adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s classic farce “A Flea in Her Ear” and features a stellar cast led by Ricky Davao and Rina Reyes.
Set in 1907, "Baka Naman Hindi" is a classic farce filled with innuendo, physical comedy and snappy dialogue. Dealing with jealousy, love and lust between long time couples and new friends, it is a humorous tale set amidst the belle epoque.
7. INKFEST 2018
When: October 20
Where: Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig
Children’s illustrators group Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK) holds a one-day event featuring talks, artist merchandise, live art demo, the annual INK exhibit, portrait sessions and portfolio reviews.
In Mentor Minutes, artists can present their work to three of the country’s best children’s book illustrators: Robert Alejandro, Liza Flores and Beth Parrocha-Doctolero. The mentors can give professional feedback and career advice, as well as pointers on technique, materials, process, and many more. Fee is P500 per panelist slot, limited slots only.
Scheduled to give talks are illustrators Bru Sim Nada of Electrolychee and Tippy Pelayo Go of TheGooglyGooeys, writers Russell Molina and MJ Tumamac, and comic creator Mervin Malonzo, among others.
The event will also have live demos on printmaking and stamp making.
The INKie Pop-up Fair, which features merch selling and activity booths, runs all day, while at 6 p.m. Ang INK opens its annual exhibit, "RiddINKulus: Poking Fun at Fear," which showcases the work of INK members depicting fears in many forms: monsters and other terrors, phobias, and even creative fears.
8. SABORES DE ESPAÑA
When: October 18-21
Where: Central Square, Bonifacio Global City
The third edition of the trade fair series, Philippine Harvest features Philippine-Spanish food influences while highlighting the century-long culinary tradition shared by the two nations.
The four-day food and travel fair will feature select DOT-accredited travel and tour operators; an array of food and artisanal products from different Philippine culinary destinations, as well as fresh produce from some of the country’s emerging farm sites.
Ilocos, MIMAROPA, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, CARAGA, and the NCR are among the regions that will be highlighted, showcasing diverse products such as artisanal tuyo, gourmet dulong, organic vegetables, microgreens, potted live herbs, edible flowers, mushroom chicharon, local coffee from across the country, local and Spanish spirits, artisan cheese, Spanish chorizo, botanic gin, olive oils, and farm tourism packages, to mention a few.
When: October 20
Where: Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center
Following its successful first hosting a few months back, 22 Prime, Discovery Suites’ flagship restaurant, once again presents its lunch and dinner buffet for a cause.
For only P1,800 net, steak lovers can indulge in unlimited premium USDA prime rib as well as unlimited sides and dessert, plus a complimentary glass of wine.
A portion of the proceeds will be used to purchase water filters for Discovery Suites’ selected CSR beneficiary, the Aeta community residing in Sitio Yangka, Capas, Tarlac, in an effort to provide them with clean and potable water.
Early reservations are requested.
10. GRAND PET GALA
When: October 20
Where: Robinsons Novaliches
Pet services will be offered free at the mall, including anti-rabies vaccination, pet check up, and pet blessing, as well as seminars and trainings.
My Pet One Club members, meanwhile, may avail of grooming services when the buy products worth P250; for Happy Pets Club members, just buy food products worth P300; while for non-members, buying food products worth P350 are enough to have your pets groomed.
Aspiring pet-parents have the chance to adopt a furry companion as invited speakers from animal shelters give lectures and assist mallgoers on their queries at the Pet Adoption Fair.
There is also a a pet costume contest and a Pets of the Year exhibit.