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Barbie Almalbis launches 4th album with show
SINGER-songwriter Barbie Almalbis releases her fourth studio album, Scenes from Inside, today, July 16, via 12 Stone Records and Sony Music Philippines. The album will be launched with an online live performance featuring Almalbis and her bandmates: Karel Honasan on bass, Jonard Bolor on drums, and Nikko Rivera on keyboards. The virtual album launch will be streamed live on the singer’s official Facebook page tonight at 7 p.m. Featuring intricately produced pop-rock songs, the nine-track release is a testament to Almalbis’ consistency as an artist. “Recording is truly one of my favorite parts about being a musician, but working on everything in one go also often made me feel burned out, and it would take some time to get recharged,” Ms. Almalbis said in a statement. “For Scenes from Inside, we got to focus on just a couple of songs at time, releasing singles instead of an album, allowing us to work at a more relaxed pace, and before we knew it, the album was done! This new process has made this album the easiest one to finish.” Scenes from Inside is considered to be Almalbis’ most collaborative, bringing in a pool of co-songwriters including partner Martin Honasan, journalist Alya Honasan, and Michelle Rivera.
Robinsons Place Manila Bike Tour
TO SEE Manila in a different light, the National Bicycle Organization (NBO) has organized a ride for beginners around the city with the starting point at Robinsons Place Manila. The Robinsons Place Manila Bike Tour starts on July 17. To register, visit the NBO’s website. Assembly area is at Robinsons Place Manila’s Bike Repair Station near the main entrance along Pedro Gil St. Participants are asked to be at the assembly area at 3:30 p.m., but if they want to do some last-minute bike checks at the Bike Repair Station, they can come at 3 p.m. Ride out is at 4 p.m. After completing about 7.4 kilometers around Manila City’s historical and cultural destinations, the pack is scheduled to be back at Robinsons Place Manila at 6 p.m. The tour is part of NBO’s advocacy to teach people how to ride a bike safely on the streets. It is also part of Robinsons Malls’ response to the increasing number of bikers, especially after public transportation was suspended at the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Other efforts include providing venues for NBO Bike Lessons at Robinsons Place Manila and Robinsons Metro East; opening free and self-service Bike Repair Stations at Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Otis, Robinsons Place Las Piñas, Robinsons Novaliches, Robinsons Place Lipa, and other Robinsons Malls; and well-lit and secure Bike Parking areas. To date, there are 49 Bike Repair Stations in Robinsons Malls nationwide with a total capacity of 2,565 bikes.
Bazaars, sales at Shangri-La Plaza
BAZAARS, sales, and more await mall guests this month at Shangri-La Plaza. The Proud PinoyPreneur Fair, ongoing until July 18 at the Main Wing’s Lower Ground Level Food Forum, showcases local treats and eats, home décor, and gadget accessories. True Value mounts its Stay Red, White and True sale from July 20 to 25. There will be deals on hardware and items for the kitchen, dining, bedroom, garden, and everything in between. The Red, White & True Sale at the Grand Atrium features a selection with discounts of up to 50%. At the mall’s Chapel of Saint Padre Pio on Thursdays, the first-class relic of Saint Padre Pio, authenticated by Fr. Florius Alexander Tessari, will be on view. The mall will have longer hours (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays) and a free parking promo on weekends.