MANILA - Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.
1. 'Hair' by Repertory Philippines
When: November 17 to December 17
Where: Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City
Repertory Philippines ends the year with a production of the Broadway musical "Hair."
Set in New York in the tumultuous 1960s, "Hair" is about Oklahoma farm boy Claude, who meets a tribe of hippies on his way to enlist in the US Army. This free-spirited tribe inspires him to rebel against the war, his parents, and society, and to assert love, peace and freedom. It boasts an amazing score with classic hits like "Let the Sun Shine In," "Aquarius," and "Good Morning Starshine."
In Rep's version, Markki Stroem alternates with Topper Fabregas as Claude with George Schulze as Berger, Caisa Borromeo as Sheila, and a cast of young performers. Chris Millado directs, with Ejay Yatco as musical director.
2. Marvel's 'The Punisher'
When: November 17
Starting Friday, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) will embark on an action-packed journey to discover the truth about the injustices that affect more than his family as the Netflix Original Series "The Punisher" starts streaming at 3:01 p.m. in the Philippines.
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Castle, now known throughout the city as The Punisher, uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld.
The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R Moore, Daniel Webber, and Paul Schulze.
3. An Evening with Pilita
When: November 17, 8 p.m.
Where: The Theatre at Solaire
OPM legend Pilita Corrales headlines this one-night-only concert that brings back the big band sound of the 50s and 60s, plus a taste of the classics with the AMP Band and the string section of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra with Mel Villena as musical director.
The show, which will also look back on Corrales' life and career, will also feature her daughter Jackie Lou Blanco, son Ramon Christopher Gutierrez, granddaughter Janine Gutierrez, and her old friends Nikki Ross and Angie de la Cruz, better known as the Wing Duo.
"We want to show a side of Pilita that a lot of the young people have not seen. She is the first Filipino singer to actually showcase the Filipino talent internationally. She is both an icon and a legend," said the show's director, Carlo Orosa.
4. Prima Jona
When: November 18
Where: The Theatre at Solaire
Jona Viray is set to belt out beautiful music live with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra.
Joining the Birit Queen is one of her idols, Regine Velasquez, for a vocal showdown like no other.
Her sold-out "Queen of the Night" concert, held in November last year at Kia Theater, paved the way for the singer to have another major show this year, in a grander stage and complemented by a full orchestra.
5. Tots Tolentino, Gerard Salonga in PPO concert
When: November 17
Where: Main Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Saxophonist Tots Tolentino performs with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) under the baton of conductor Gerard Salonga this weekend.
The program features George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess," John Williams' "Catch Me If You Can Escapades," and Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9 in E minor."
Salonga is currently the music director of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila, and is in his second season as assistant conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. This season includes his subscription debut with the PPO, as well as return visits to the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony.
6. Art Battle Manila
When: November 18
Where: Pineapple Lab, Poblacion, Makati
Art Battle Manila holds the third of a series of live painting competitions this weekend. Over 150 applications have been received, but only 12 painters were selected for this battle of the brush. Next year, winners of the previous Art Battles will compete with each other to be the country's representative in international competitions.
In Art Battle, painters create the best work they can in 20 minutes. The medium is acrylic paint and the tools allowed are brushes, palette knives, or any non-mechanical implements. At the end of the round, the audience votes for their favorite painting and bids in silent auction to take the work home.
7. Nasaan Si Hesus?
When: November 19
Where: Little Theater, Cultural Center of the Philippines
The religious musical "Nasaan Si Hesus?" will be staged again in Metro Manila, with a special invitational performance this weekend.
"Nasaan Si Hesus?" is composed and produced by Lourdes "Bing" Pimentel, wife of former senator Nene Pimentel and mother of Senate President Koko Pimentel.
Written and directed by Nestor Torre, the musical dramatizes the pressing problems that Christians face in today's complicated world like teenage pregnancy, unjust working conditions for factory workers, men with two families, electoral reforms, hypocrisy in the parish, legal injustice, and loss of faith even among some members of the clergy.
The 2017 restaging of "Nasaan si Hesus?" is topbilled by Bimbo Cerrudo.
8. 11th Animahenasyon Festival
When: November 17 to 18
Where: Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino and Tanghalang Manuel Conde, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Animahenasyon is an annual Filipino animation festival that features the different animation works of both aspiring and professional animators in the country through a competition.
This year’s festival will have screenings of the Japanese animated film "Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name)," "My Mummy Is In America & She Met Buffalo Bill," "Aya Of Yop City," and "The Girl Without Hands."
The festival will culminate with an awarding ceremony on November 18 at 4:30 p.m.
9. Rated AP: G9 Series
When: November 18 to 19 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Where: Arts Above, 112 West Avenue, Quezon City
The Artist Playground's first arts festival continues this weekend with "G9 Series" featuring nine plays adapted from Gloc-9 songs.
The festival is created to provide a platform for young and budding artists to showcase their talent and artistry. Students of participating colleges and educational institutions are given the opportunity to showcase their works to legitimate audiences to be subjected for appreciation and appraisal.