Your Weekend Guide (February 16, 2018)

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PPO concert

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra presents the 6th concert of its 35th season, Romancing the Classics, on Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). The evening’s repertoire includes Bedrich Smetana’s “Die Moldau (Vltava) No. 2” from Má vlast (My Country), Manuel De Falla’s “Interlude” and “Spanish Dance” from La Vida Breve, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Op. 47 under the baton of Spanish guest conductor David Gómez Ramírez. For inquires and subscription, call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 loc. 1806, CCP Box Office at 832-3704, or Ticketworld (, 891-9999).

FringeMNL 2018 festival

BULACAN State University’s Theater Arts unit, in partnership with FringeMNL presents Layetta Bucoy’s May Isang Alamat on Feb. 17, 4 p.m., at the Pineapple Lab in Poblacion, Makati City. The play centers on environmental issues and hope for humanity. For information, visit For tickets, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

The Platters

THE GOLDEN Sound of the Platters will be held on Feb. 16, 8 p.m., at the Kia Theater, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. For tickets, visit TicketNet (

Incubus live

THE band behind songs like “Drive,” “Wish you Were Here,” “Nice to Know You,” and “Megalomaniac,” and which has sold over 23 million albums worldwide, is set to perform live in Manila on Feb. 17, 8 p.m., at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. For tickets, visit TicketNet (

Childrens’ theater

BASED on Nick Joaquin’s book Pop Stories for Groovy Kids (1979), Tanghalang Pilipino presents a stage adaptation of Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad from Feb. 16 to March 11 at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It was adapted by Rody Vera and directed by Jonathan Tadioan. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Manila Biennale 2018

IT IS a busy weekend at the Manila Biennale. There is the “Sensing the Site-Specific” art writing workshop, a two-day event from Feb. 17 to 18, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Teatro in Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila. The workshop includes “A Roundtable Discussion on Art Criticism” with panelists National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose and Katya Guerrero, co-moderated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez and Odel Paras. Workshop fee is P1,350. For reservations, e-mail with the subject: CRITIC ONE. Lost Frames, which features video and film from artists whose works occupy the margins of moving images, will be held on Feb. 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the 3rd Floor, Mission House, Museo de Intramuros, Intramuros, Manila. It will include a screening, talk, and open forum with Manila Biennale’s featured moving image artists Vic Balanon, Gary-Ross Pastrana, and John Torres. Admission is free. For reservations, e-mail with the subject: LOST FRAMES.

Free Valentine concert

CELEBRATE the season of love with Ensemble, a free Valentine concert by Globe LIVE, featuring Ebe Dancel, Clara Benin, Johnoy Danao, Bullet Dumas, and Reese Lansangan, accompanied by the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra Quartet, to be held on Feb. 17 at the Globe Iconic Amphitheater in BGC. Globe customers who purchase P2,000 worth of gadget accessories or 0917 apparel from Globe Iconic Store will get tickets for VIP seating. BGC customers can also get VIP seating tickets when they shop from any Bonifacio High Street Shop amounting to P2,000. For more information, call the Globe hot line at 730-1010, or visit Globe Iconic Store.

BGC holiday weekend

BONIFACIO Global City (BGC) has a jam-packed weekend celebrating both Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year. Rising in the middle of Bonifacio High Street is a giant fairy-tale book for selfies (take a photo and get a chance to win a dinner date from BGC). Meanwhile, BGC welcomes the Year of the Dog on Feb. 16 to 18 with a showcase of Chinese food, music, and art. Savor traditional Chinese fare, dance for good fortune, see cultural performances, and try your hand at guzheng (zither)-playing, calligraphy, and paper-cutting. Take a peek at your future by joining the palm reading, tarot reading, and fortune telling events. For more information, visit BGC’s official Facebook pages at and

A Comedy of Tenors

REPERTORY PHILIPPINES presents a Ken Ludwig comedy, A Comedy of Tenors, until Feb. 18 at Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati. Directed by Miguel Faustmann, it is set in 1930s Paris where opera stars, singing waiters, lovers, wives, and children converge in a tale of chaos, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks. Starring Loy Martinez, Jeremy Domingo, Noel Rayos, Issa Litton, Mica Pineda, Arman Ferrer, and Sheila Martinez. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Don Quixote

BALLET PHILIPPINES presents Don Quixote, featuring international guest artist Joseph Gatti, with performances on Feb. 17, 7 p.m., and Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

’Night, Mother

PETA closes its 50th theater season with a Filipino adaptation of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer-prize winning drama ’Night, Mother, featuring Eugene Domingo and Sherry Lara. On an otherwise normal evening, Jessie announces to her mother that she plans to kill herself before the night ends. The show runs until March 18 at the PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Himala: Isang Musikal

AICELLE SANTOS stars as a young woman who is looked upon as a bucolic town’s savior in Himala: Isang Musikal. The show runs until March 4 at the PowerMac Center Spotlight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. The musical is based on the 1982 Ishmael Bernal film starring Nora Aunor. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Ballet & Ballads

THE LATEST edition of Ballet Manila’s Ballet & Ballads series closes the ballet company’s current season with a mix of dance and song. The star-studded affair features Ballet Manila CEO and Artistic Director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, crooner Christian Bautista, the Klassikal Musical Foundation, and the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. There will be performances on Feb. 17, 6 p.m., and Feb. 18, 3 p.m., at the Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).