8 things to do this weekend: November 24-26


Posted at Nov 24 2017 01:24 PM

MANILA - Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.

1. Passionfest/BGC Arts Center Festival

When: November 24 to 26
Where: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Join the annual city fiesta Passionfest, which runs alongside the BGC Arts Center Festival's "Champions of Passion" this weekend. 

Don't miss Quest's free concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, and the community parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Bonifacio High Street.

Love arts and crafts? Drop by the BGC Art Mart at the Alveo Central Plaza and support the products of local artists.

2. Cebu's 'Gugmang Giatay' musical in Manila

When: November 26, 4 p.m., and November 28 to 30, 8 p.m.
Where: Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performance Theater, BGC Arts Center

Cebu's runaway theatrical hit, the original Bisrock jukebox musical, "Gugmang Giatay," will be holding limited shows in Manila as part of BGC Passionfest.

Written by songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and Internet sensation Rowell "Medyo Maldito" Ucat, "Gugmang Gitay" is a romantic comedy with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor. The musical features landmark Bisaya hit songs, both contemporary and classic, written by iconic talents such as Max Surban, Cattski Espina, Insoy Niñal, Jude Gitamondoc, Medyo Maldito, and Junior Kilat.

The Manila staging will feature award-winning actor Bong Cabrera. Other cast members include Von Saw, Lourdes May Maglinte, Shiella Pestaño-Gemperoa, Shane Reseroni, Joer Gallur, Paola Pia San Diego, Jeyve Daño, Jan Echevarria, Davelyn Cuenco, Heidi Pogoy, Alem Garcia, Malaya Macaraeg, Kristian Ray Malintad, Dion Cecilio, Lauire Tul-id, and Dustin Tagalog.

3. 'Para Kay B' the play

When: November 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performance Theater, BGC Arts Center

Theater group Tabsing Kolektib will stage an adaptation of Ricky Lee's critically acclaimed novel, "Para Kay B."

Adapted for the stage by Palanca Award-winning writer Eljay Castro Deldoc, who is also the director, "Para Kay B" revolves around a set of five stories written by the character of Lucas, in the belief that only one gets to have a happy ending. 

It stars Drew Espenocilla, Eunize Milante, Chase Salazar, Tracy Quila, Pat Tandoc, Michael Ona, Krystle Faith Campos, Kristen Gayle Catapang, Iggy Zuñiga, Ivan Malaluan, Phi Palmos, Joe Garcia, and Czarina Macatingrao.

For more information about the production and about Tabsing Kolektib, visit the group’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TKolektib/).

4. Ballet Manila's 'Snow White'

When: November 25 and December 2 at 6 p.m., and November 26 and December 3 at 3 p.m.
Where: Aliw Theater, Pasay City

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde's original ballet "Snow White" makes its world premiere this weekend performed by her company, Ballet Manila.

Leading the cast as Snow White and the Prince are principals Katherine Barkman and Joseph Phillips, alternating with Joan Emery Sia and Elpidio Magat, and Heewon Cho and Romeo Peralta. Soloist Abigail Oliveiro plays The Queen with Godwin Merano as her alter ego, The Witch. Alfren Salgado and Mark Sumaylo alternate as The Huntsman.

Composer and arranger Von de Guzman combined original music with the classical score of Jules Massenet, and memorable tunes from Disney’s animated film. Set design is by Mio Infante, while costume design by Michael Miguel.

5. 'La Luna Roja'

When: November 25 at 8 p.m. and November 26 at 3 p.m.
Where: Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza

"La Luna Roja (The Red Moon)," directed by Leo Riald and written and choreographed by Emma Estrada, features Grupo Nuevo Flamenco and other students of Centro Flamenco.

It also includes theater actress Tami Monsod in the role of the sorceress as well as artists from Spain, led by acclaimed flamenco dancer Javier Martos who plays the male lead. Spanish flamenco musicians will provide the live music. 

6. 'The Weight of the Words: An Alphabet of Human Rights'

When: November 24 to January 21, 2018
Where: Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino and Pasilyo Victorio Edades galleries, CCP

"The Weight of Words" is part of Canvas' Looking for Juan Program, which explores art as a platform for social change. For the past 10 years, Canvas has been promoting art, culture and literature through exhibitions and publication of children's books. 

For this exhibit, participating artists and designers Keith Dador, John Ed de Vera, June Digan, Electrolychee, Lala Gallardo, Gerilya, Meneer Marcelo, Jom Masolabe, Dan Matutina, Kevin Roque, Palma Tayona, and Wesley Valenzuela contemplate on the meaning and value of human rights using the alphabet. Each participating artist chose a letter or two and connected it with the concept of human rights. 

The various works in the exhibition will be included in a book to be launched on the National Day of Human Rights on December 10. The book will be distributed for free to disadvantaged communities in the Philippines as part Canvas' 1 Million Books for 1 Million Filipino Children Campaign. 

7. 'Under the Tree: The Wish List' auction

When: November 25, 1 p.m.
Where: Three Salcedo Place, Makati

Salcedo Auctions rings in its final sale of 2017 featuring a collection of close to 300 lots expertly curated by its specialists that includes important Philippine art, fine jewelry and timepieces, rare books and maps, objets d’art, and handcrafted antique Philippine furniture. 

Among the Philippine art highlights are works by National Artists Ang Kiukok, BenCab, H.R. Ocampo, and Arturo Luz, as well as by modernist Danilo Dalena.

Beyond Philippine art, over 30 carefully selected timepieces will also be auctioned off. Among these are a never-before-worn tourbillon from the house of Graff and vintage Rolex watches.

View the catalogue at www.salcedoauctions.com.

8. Viddsee Juree Awards 

When: November 24 to 25
Where: De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Cinematheque Centre Manila

Online entertainment platform Viddsee holds a screening of the ten short film finalists for its Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines competition.

The initiative kicked off three months ago and received encouraging response from the creative community through an online campaign and offline roadshows in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Viddsee will be holding a series of workshops, forums, and finalist film screenings at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde on November 24, and at the Cinematheque Centre Manila on November 25.

The events will also be graced by veteran filmmakers like Antoinette Jadaone (Philippines), Marcus Manh Cuong Vu (Vietnam), and Loïc Valeschini (Switzerland).