MANILA -- Here are some of the events, shows, and activities you can check out this weekend.
1. CARMINA BURANA
When: September 7-9
Where: Cultural Center of the Philippines
Ballet Philippines opens its 49th season with "Carmina Burana" by National Artist Alice Reyes which the company first staged in 1975.
For this staging, Ballet Philippines is collaborating with the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philippine Madrigal Singers to present one of the most popular choral works of all time.
Ballet Philippines (BP) is the distinguished professional classical and contemporary dance company in the country, founded in 1969 by National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes and Eddie Elejar. Ballet Philippines has choreographed and performed full-length classical ballet, Filipino folklore ballet, and contemporary dances that weaves together uniquely and distinctly Filipino productions.
2. DEKADA '70
When: September 7-11
Where: Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Black Box Productions' stage musical adaptation of Lualhati Bautista’s “Dekada ’70” will have a limited run starting this weekend.
Adapted and directed by Pat Valera, with music and lyrics by Valera and Matthew Chang, “Dekada ’70” is about a middle-class family in the 1970s as they struggled against the oppression of the Marcos government.
The musical was first staged under U.P. Dulaang Laboratoryo last June.
3. ANG PAGLILITIS KAY MANG SERAPIO
When: September 7-9, 14-16
Where: The Ruins at Poblacion, Makati City
Theatre Titas and Duende Theatre are teaming up to commemorate the golden anniversary of Dr. Paul Dumol’s 1968 masterpiece.
Although it came out 50 years ago, Dumol’s dark play has remained revelant. Set in a courtroom, it centers on the titular character, an old beggar who is accused of harboring a child, which affects their federacion’s shared income. As the trial progresses, the flaws of the judicial system are exposed.
The new staging promises "an immersive theatrical experience." Director Juan Ekis will place the audience in the courtroom, along with the other characters in the play.
4. SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR
When: September 5-30
Where: Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, Palma Hall, UP Diliman
To open its 43rd year, Dulaang UP will be staging "Six Characters in Search of an Author" by Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello, in both English and Filipino versions, the latter translated by acclaimed playwright Rody Vera.
"Six Characters in Search of an Author" will be directed by theater luminary and DUP founder Tony Mabesa, with an all-student cast and ensemble.
It revolves around six characters in need of an author to finish writing their tragic family story. This meta-drama takes the audience into a rumination on the distinction between illusion and reality.
5. TOWER OF POWER LIVE IN MANILA
When: September 7
Where: Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City
Tower of Power, the horn-driven R&B and jazz group from California that emerged in the late 1960s, is finally coming to the Philippines.
This will be the classic band's first performance in Manila and it will be part of their tour promoting their new album, "Soul Side of Town," which was released to mark their 50th anniversary.
Tower of Power is best known for their hits "So Very Hard To Go," "Time Will Tell," and "What Is Hip."
Their concert in Manila will also feature performances from Hawaiian group Kalapana and American musician Dennis Lambert.
6. TINY MOVING PARTS LIVE IN MANILA
When: September 7
Where: Skydome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City
Manila will be the final stop of Tiny Moving Parts’ six-stop Asia tour.
This has been a busy year for the Minnesota trio, who kicked off 2018 with the release of its new album, "Swell," and went on a headlining tour across the US.
The band composed of brothers Matthew (bass, vocals) and Billy Chevalier (drums), along with their cousin Dylan Mattheisen (guitar, vocals) started back when they were in junior high.
"Swell" has been dubbed the band's best work, with tracks like “Caution,” “Applause,” “Warm Hand Splash,” and more.
When: September 7-9
Where: Bonifacio High Street and Grand Hyatt Manila, Taguig City
StyleFest PH aims to create a full fashion experience for Filipinos as it gathers both established and young fashion designers, as well as fashion and beauty influencers.
Apart from fashion shows, StyleFest PH will also have design expositions, talks with local and international speakers, and mentorship sessions with a style council, composed of fashion veterans, who selected eight designers who will present their works at the event's finale fashion show.
8. MANILA WRESTLING FEDERATION’S 'ROAD TO FATE'
When: September 8
Where: Bahay ng Alumni, University of the Philippines Diliman
Manila Wrestling Federation continues its “aksyoNovela” brand of professional wrestling with MWF co-pioneer Mr. Lucha scheduled to go one-on-one against his mentor, Singapore Pro Wrestling Southeast Asian tag team champion The Eurasian Dragon.
Eight Pinoy competitors will also fight to advance in the inaugural MWF championship tournament, including the high-flying Robin Sane, fan favorite Aldrin Richards, the enigmatic Ninja Ryujin and the street bully Fabio Makisig.
9. GRANDPARENTS’ DAY AT ROBINSONS MALLS
When: September 9
Where: Various Robinsons Malls
Robinsons Malls celebrates Grandparents’ Day with a series of shows featuring the pop and disco harmonies of The Boyfriends at Robinsons Metro East; the sweet and heartwarming melodies from award-winning singer-songwriter Jose Mari Chan at Robinsons Magnolia; and the most-loved theme songs from multi-talented musician and television host Rey Valera at Robinsons Place Manila.
Grandparents also get to score exclusive food and fashion deals; free services from various beauty and wellness centers in Robinsons Galleria-Ortigas and free souvenir photos at Robinsons Metro East.
10. GRANDPARENTS’ DAY AT ARANETA CENTER
When: September 9
Where: Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
Araneta Center fetes the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren at the Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza.
For just a minimum single receipt purchase worth P500 from any Araneta Center establishment, a grandparent and his/her grandchild will get the chance to participate in the activities and avail of services and souvenirs in the three malls.
At Gateway Mall, elders will get the chance to be “modelolos” and “modelolas” as they walk in the fashion competition “Look Young, Feel Young Outfit Contest.”
Seniors who still love to sweat out can join the Zumba sessions at the Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza.
Health and wellness are definitely important for the grandparents, and this is why medical checkups and wellness talks will also be conducted in the three malls.
Grandparents and their grandchildren may also participate in various games.
11. KABATAANG GITARISTA
When: September 7
Where: F. G. Calderon High School, Tondo, Manila
The Kabataang Gitarista will give a lecture-performance on classical guitar for Grade 8 students at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
This is part of Kabataang Gitarista’s regular projects to promote appreciation for and interest in classical music through the classical guitar among public high school students in Manila, Pasay and Parañaque.
The Kabataang Gitarista is a group of talented public high schools students currently being trained in classical guitar every Saturday morning through the support of sponsors.
The pieces the group will play include Brahms’ Hungarian Dance, Mozart’s Turkish March, Kasilag’s Prelude Etnika, Spanish pieces El Vito and El Relicario and Cuenco’s Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal.