Your Weekend Guide (February 23, 2018)

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Philippine Madrigal Singers in concert

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents a concert by the Philippine Madrigal Singers called 5-in 1: Mas Pinalasa, Mas Pinasarap ang Timpla! on Feb. 24, 8 p.m., and Feb. 25, 5 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

A Scene from PETA’s ’Nite, Mother.

PETA’s season ender ’Night, Mother

PETA closes its 50th theater season with 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 returns onstage

AICELLE SANTOS stars as Elsa, a young woman who is looked upon as a desperate 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).

Nang Dalawin ng Pag-ibig si Juan Tamad

BASED on a short story in 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 until March 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater. The play was adapted by Rody Vera and directed by Jonathan Tadioan. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Araneta Center holds art exhibit for a cause

Fourteen employees from the Araneta Center show off their artistic talents in Beginnings: Art for Hope, a charity exhibit that will benefit the key programs of the J. Amado Araneta Foundation. Beginnings is an open theme exhibit that gathers the diverse artworks created by the employees who belong to different departments of the company such as Archives, Business Development, Marketing, Clinic, Property Administration, Architectural & Engineering. Over 40 artworks are on display that use a variety of media including oil, acrylic, yarn, ballpoint, pencil and charcoal. Beginnings is on view at the Gateway Gallery in Araneta Center, Quezon City until Feb. 28.

Museum Foundation’s lecture on cone snails

The Museum Foundation will host a lecture on cone shells.

The first of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines’ Sabado sa Museo Lecture Series will be held on Feb. 24, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the National Museum Auditorium, National Museum of Fine Arts, P. Burgos St., Manila. The lecture is “Cone Snails: From Natural History Treasures to A Pharmacological Cornucopia for Novel Non-Opioid Drugs for Pain” by Dr. Baldomero “Toto” M. Olivera. The shells of cone snails were among the most highly prized Natural History objects in the 17th to 19th centuries, and today, their venoms are a source of drug leads for pain providing new alternatives to opioids. Dr. Olivera will describe how from his start collecting cone shells as a child, he has become a scientist developing the rich biodiversity of cone shells as an exciting source of potential new drugs. He has published over 300 research papers and described over 30 new species of venomous marine snails from the Philippines. Admission to the lecture is free but participants must pre-register. For details, call 404-2685, text 0915-4688-912, or e-mail

YouTube sensation Alex Aiono at the mall

Alex Aiono

Angeles-based musician and YouTube sensation Alex Aiono will be performing at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls this weekend. He will be at the Uptown Mall on Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Eastwood City on Feb. 24, 6 p.m., and Venice Grand Canal on Feb. 25, 5 p.m. He gained a following after posting his video of a successful mashup attempt of Drake’s “One Dance” and Nicky Jam’s “Hasta el Amanecer” on YouTube. His other tracks include “Thinking About You,” “Work The Middle,” “Does It Feel Like Falling feat. Trinidad Cardona,” among others. For details, contact the Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at 709-9888, 709-0888 or 0917-8380111 or visit