Virtual concert to promote cultural heritage sites
A FREE virtual concert, Hinahanap-Hanap Kita Manila, bannering the music of iconic band Hotdogs as performed by various OPM artists, will be released on Dec. 13. The concert, a project of the Department of Tourism’s Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), The Manila Heritage Trail, and Manila Heritage Alliance, is meant to promote the city’s various heritage sites. The concert will be headlined by Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas with Raymund Marasigan, Ebe Dancel, Armi Millare, Yeng Constantino, Blaster Silonga, Nicole Laurel Asensio, Bing Austria, Bea Lorenzo, Rubber Inc., and Gary Valenciano. Boyet Sison will host the event. “Annie Batungbakal,” “Bongga ka Day,” “Beh Buti Nga,” “Ikaw ang Miss Universe,” and “Manila” are some of the songs in the concert. The virtual concert is a continuation of the long-running Concert at the Park and Paco Park Presents concert series of the National Parks and Development Committee (NPDC). Among the sites to be featured are Manila City Hall, the Luneta, Paco Park, Intramuros, Museo Pambata, the National Planetarium, and Jones Bridge. The concert — co-presented by the City of Manila, Juancare Foundation Inc., and Viva Music Publishing, Inc. — will be available for streaming on the Facebook pages of the department of Tourism, the TPB, the Intramuros Administration, Nayong Pilipino, and NPDC.
Changing Partners screening
DAN Villegas’s 2017 musical drama film Changing Partners has been made available for streaming on the Cinema One YouTube page from Dec. 7 to Dec. 27. The film, based on the Palanca-winning play by Vincent de Jesus, tells the story of Alex and Cris, their love relationship and their breaking up. It stars Agot Isidro, Jojit Lorenzo, Sandino Martin, and Anna Luna.
Shopee and Lazada 12.12
THOSE who aren’t finished with Christmas shopping can score great deals at the year-end sales of e-commerce platforms Shopee and Lazada. On Shopee, users can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, ₱1 deals, and can get discounts of up to 50% from leading brands on Shopee Mall, including L’Oreal Paris, P&G Beauty, Abbott, Unilever Home and Food, Havaianas, Nestle, Huawei, Vivo, Pampers, RB Enfagrow, and Infinix. Shopee’s sale is ongoing and ends on Dec. 12. Meanwhile, the Lazada Christmas Sale runs from Dec. 12 to 14 and will have daily flash sales with P120 million worth of vouchers given away.
Globe Holiday programs
GLOBE is ushering the holiday season with #ChristmasWeLove, a series of live digital pop-ups featuring activities for families and friends so they can still celebrate the holidays even when they’re apart. Globe has already held Carol-oke Night, an evening of carols with Morissette, Darren Espanto, Gabbi Garcia, and Khalil Ramos, then a Holi-Game Showcase. A Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Quiz Night will be held on Dec. 11, while the MMFF Night with the Stars will be held on Dec. 18. The live pop-ups will culminate with a K-Pop Kristmas on Dec. 21. All the events will be held on Globe’s Facebook page.
Pandemic travel tackled in Discovery webinar
THIS Sunday, Dec. 13 at 4 p.m., the World of Discovery (WOD) webinar series by Discovery Hospitality (DHC) dives back into all things travel in the new normal. Discover Coron is the second episode of the special miniseries Discover Now, with the webcast streaming via Facebook Live from Club Paradise Palawan’s exclusive island resort. Kelly Misa and Our Awesome Planet’s Juanico Fernandez are set to take viewers through every step of their travel experience to the island, just in time to help those making plans for the holidays. The webinar, hosted in partnership with Cebu Pacific airlines and Philippine Airport Diagnostic Laboratory (PADLAB), will also cover the process of gathering LGU (local government unit) requirements, undergoing the at-home swab test, and the flight to Busuanga Airport. Michelle de Guzman, Cebu Pacific’s Director for Marketing, and Councilor Rica Reyes Gaw of Sanguniang Bayan, Municipality of Coron, will likewise join the discussion. Get a look at the wonders of Coron — the vibrant underwater life, the crystal-clear ocean, and the lush greenery that has flourished over the past several months. As in the recently aired Discover Boracay webcast, Chris Tiu once again hosts the episode, alongside Discovery Resorts’ Director of Sales and Marketing Claire del Rosario-Bernabe. All the webinar guests will be joining the webcast from different areas of Club Paradise to highlight the experience across the resort, and of course, to maintain safe social distancing. The webinar this Saturday can be seen on bit.ly/DHC-LIVE, or on any of the Discovery family’s Facebook pages.
Old Baguio Market at Forum Robinsons
REDISCOVER Baguio’s most interesting products like ube jam, peanut brittle, walis tambo, and many more as Robinsons Malls presents its Old Baguio Market, a retail concept by Old Baguio Cafe located at the Upper Ground Atrium of Forum Robinsons. Old Baguio Market will run until March 1, 2021. Get to see and purchase familiar pasalubong products from top Baguio City brands: Nardas, Easter Weaving Room, Kinwa Etnika Handicrafts, Mayat-an Handicrafts, Accents and Petals, Mondiguing Furniture, Vizcos Cakes, Teahouse Restaurant & Bakeshop, Good Shepherd, Tantamco’s Fine Products, Chocolate de Batirol, Victoria Bakery, Ibay’s Silversmith, Tam-awan Village, Baguio Country Club, Baguio Family, Dulche, Baguio Vegetables, Everything is Pine Manufacturing, Adeti’s Enterprise, Mommy La Food Products, Natural Metaphors Body Products, Highland Women’s Multipurpose Coop, Everything is Pure Manufacturing, ZTR Garlic Products, Ellebanna Aklang Handicrafts, and Carol Lines Ethnic and Fashion Accessories.
Cebu Pacific Seat Fest
Local low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific is holding a Piso sale from Dec. 10 to 12 on all its destinations, no promo code needed via bit.ly/fb12102020 You may also use your Travel Fund. Travel dates are from Aug. 1 to Nov. 30, 2021.
Kisapmata remastered released
THE RESTORED version of director Mike de Leon’s film Kisapmata (1981) will have its online premiere on Dec. 19, Saturday. Viewers worldwide can access and watch it from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Philippine time) over the Vimeo video platform. The link to the restored film will be posted on the Casa Grande Vintage Filipino Cinema Facebook page. The film is based on National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin’s true crime story “The House on Zapote Street.” It stars Charito Solis, Jay Ilagan, Charo Santos, Ruben Rustia, and Vic Silayan in a story about a couple trying to break free from her controlling father. The restoration was done at L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy, and Wildsound Studios in Manila. It was co-funded by UnionBank and Mike De Leon. The restored version had its theatrical premiere last August at Il Cinema Ritrovato (Rediscovered Cinema) in Bologna, Italy.
BYE2020 Concert goes online
BECAUSE we can’t wait to say goodbye to 2020, Philippine record labels and artists are coming together for the biggest online concert event of the year, BYE2020. Twenty-eight artists will be performing in the six-hour Dec. 31 concert to be streamed via the BYE2020 Facebook, YouTube, and Tiktok channels. The lineup includes some of the biggest acts here and abroad, including Ben&Ben, Darren Espanto, Moira, SB19, Matthaios, The Itchyworms, Leanne & Naara, Maximillian (DK), Peach Tree Rascals (US), Tate Mcrae (CA), Glaiza de Castro, Kean Cipriano, Lala Vizon, Zack Tabudlo, Keiko Necessario, Fern., Elha Nympha, Autotelic, Sud, Miguel Odron, VVS Collective, Ace Banzuelo, Paolo Sandejas, Earl Generao, FANA, TALA, J-Nine and Dia Mate. While the concert itself is free, exclusive concert privileges such as access to zoom pits, backstage content with the artists, and limited-edition merch can be purchased. Visit ticket2me.net to get tickets to these privileges.
YouTube Super Stream holiday
YOUTUBE, in collaboration with media partners and creators, extends Super Stream this holiday season to give free access to some of the country’s favorite video content across a variety of genres for a limited time. Every week until Dec. 27, YouTube fans can watch hours and hours of holiday content, including local blockbuster movies, hit shows, romance flicks, and more from media partners such as ABS-CBN, GMA, TBA Studios, and Regal Entertainment. Among the films and series streaming are Ina, Kapatid, Anak (all three films), the Mano Po film series, and I’m Drunk, I Love You. The titles are available on the Super Stream channel on YouTube.
Korean Cultural Center film screening
THE KOREAN Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) offers four highly rated films about family and fantasy for the Filipinos to enjoy for free during the holidays. Dream: A Family Fantasy Special is KCC’s final offering for 2020. Similar to the previous film events, the screening will stream for free for viewers in the Philippines via the KCC website http://phil.korean-culture.org/ from Dec. 19 to 25. Movie fans can watch the following Korean films as many times as they like during the screening period: Luck Key, Wonderful Nightmare, Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, and Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days. Stay updated about KCC’s other events and activities by following its social media sites Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/KoreanCulturalCenterPH) and on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube via KCCPhil.