MADE 2018 exhibits
THE Metrobank Foundation, Inc. (MBFI) launches the 2018 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) through a series of art exhibits, workshops, and lectures dubbed as Art MADE Public. This year’s exhibits will showcase diverse influences among the artists as well as various themes and styles which have emerged among their works over time. The exhibit series will run from Jan. 25 to March 21 in various cultural and academic institutions nationwide as well as in commercial spaces at the SM Supermalls. They will feature past MADE winning artworks include that of Roberto Feleo (1984 1st place winner) as well as the works of a group of artists-activists in the 1980s called Salingpusa, with members who are now renowned names in Philippine art such as Elmer Borlongan, Manny Garibay, Mark Justiniani, and Ferdinand Montemayor. The exhibits will be shown at SM Aura Premier (Jan. 25-28); SM City Bacolod (Feb. 1-3); SM Seaside Cebu (Feb. 7-10); SM Lanang Premiere, Davao City (March 1-3); SM Dasmariñas (March 8-12), and The Block SM City North EDSA (March 14-21).
Children’s educational fair
ASIA’S largest educational children’s fair, Smart Kids Asia Philippines (Smart Kids), returns for its fourth year on Jan. 27 and 28 at Halls 3 and 4 of the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. With the theme “Around the World in Two Days,” Smart Kids will showcase over 100 child- and family-friendly brands that promise two days filled with fun, entertainment, and activities. Interested parents can visit www.smartkidsasia.com.ph/ to pre-register.
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and Theater Company Rinkogun present Retire-men, a comedy about the trials and errors of Thai, Filipino, and Japanese people who share their countries with one another. Performances will be at the CCP Little Theater on Jan. 27, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Jan. 28, 3 p.m. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
IT will be a night of laughs as Teatrino and Comedy Manila present Funny Fridays: Can’t Stop Laughing on Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m., at the Teatrino, Greenhills Promenade, San Juan. Tickets are P500 and are available at TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999) or Teatrino (722-8310 local 116 or 721-2949).
Christian Bautista in concert
CATCH romantic balladeer Christian Bautista at Megaworld’s Southwoods Mall on Jan. 27, 5 p.m. as he performs his hits and new songs. For seats to the show, fans can buy a copy of his latest album at the venue. They can also meet the singer and have their albums signed. For more information, call Southwoods Mall Concierge at 0917-856-0140. or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.
A Comedy of Tenors
REPERTORY Philippines opens its 2018 season with A Comedy of Tenors from Jan. 26 to Feb. 18 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City. This hilarious operatic farce is set in a hotel suite in 1930s Paris where a harassed producer, his frazzled assistant, an aging temperamental opera star and his hot-blooded wife, their daughter and her lover, an opera diva, and a singing waiter, converge before an important concert. The play is directed by Miguel Faustmann, and stars Lorenz Martinez, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Noel Rayos, Jeremy Domingo, Issa Litton, Arman Ferrer, and Mica Pineda. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
Fund raising for reading
TO BUILD a quiet literary respite at La Fuerza compound, Warehouse Eight and Kwago have organized a fiction-inspired fund-raising gathering — Book Bar at the Warehouse — to be held on Jan. 27 and 28 at Warehouse Eight. The event’s program is purposely intimate and is designed to let the guests experience literature using all their senses — sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. The bar will serve cocktails and beers inspired by local and international literature, such as Dark Hours by Conchitina Cruz, Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and Para Kay B by Ricky Lee. One can also give the bartender Matthew Carpio a quote from your favorite book and he can personalize a drink for you. Food start-up Birch Five will serve dishes inspired by comics and children’s stories including red velvet cupcakes named “Poison Ivy” and a sisig meal called “Ang Unang Baboy sa Langit.” Hundred percent bootstrapped and independent, all the performers and event staff are not paid and just given books as honorarium. Highlights include an open mic Drunken Poetry Night on Jan. 27 with featured poets Crystal Claire, Franchesca Casauay, Miguel Espiritu, Obie Obias, Peep Warren, Paolo Rodriguez, Sofia Paderes, and Vyxz Vasquez among others; and Echoes at the Warehouse — Musicians as Storytellers on Jan. 28 with skymarines, Jorge Juan Bautista Wieneke V, Ian Penn, Mariah Yonic, and Small Town Press/Erick Calilan. For details, follow Bit.ly/BookbarFundraising.
Dinagyang at Robinsons malls
ROBINSONS MALLS in Iloilo celebrate the Dinagyang with a series of star-studded mall shows. Robinsons Place Jaro hosts a Hala Bira, Zumba! Party on Jan. 26 with former PBB Housemate Saicy Aguila. Another PBB alumnus, PBB Teen Marco Gallo, will perform on Jan. 27, and the regional search for Robinsons Singing Star with guest Jem Cubil of The Voice Philippines will see finalists from Roxas, Iloilo, and Antique competing to become this season’s champion. Meanwhile, Robinsons Place Iloilo will see Ruru Madrid leading the Kapuso Mall Show on Jan. 26 with Janine Gutierrez, Matt Evans, and Andre Paras. Meanwhile, the cast of ABS-CBN’s upcoming teleserye, Blood Sisters, Erich Gonzales, Enchong Dee, Ejay Falcon, and AJ Dee will take part in the Kapamilya Caravan on Jan. 27.