Stuff to do at home (05/15/20)

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Classic Spanish films

THE Instituto Cervantes de Manila and the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain will be showing Spanish film classics with “Clásicos contigo / Classics with You,” a cycle that will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform, for free. “Classics with you” presents 11 movies that today are considered reference works of Spanish cinema. The selected titles, presented by Spanish actors, directors, or screenwriters, belong to the AECID Film Library catalog and will be screened with English subtitles. They will be shown over 11 weekends — one film per weekend, available only for 48 hours. The film cycle, which started last May 9 with Death of a Cyclist, will continue this weekend with Welcome, Mr. Marshall!, a comedy directed by Luis García Berlanga that bagged the International Prize at the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. The film will be available for the Filipino audience on May 16 and 17. The link and password to the movie are available at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila’s website: Other films to be shown during the series are Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (1961); Luis García Berlanga’s El verdugo (1963); Luis García Berlanga’sh La vaquilla (1985); Víctor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) and The South (1983); Ricardo Franco’s The good star (1997); Mario Camus’ The Holy Innocents (1984); Montxo Armendáriz’ Tasio (1984); and, Imanol Uribe’s Carol’s Journey (2002). For further information and updates on this film series, check out or Instituto Cervantes’ Facebook page:

‘Portrait for a Cause’

THE Gateway Gallery brings back ArtHeals Portrait for a Cause to support Araneta City’s #TogetherWeHeal campaign and help families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Get a free portrait in digital format upon donating a minimum amount of P1,050 to the #TogetherWeHeal donation drive from May 15 to 22. Gateway Gallery’s artist friends Cee Cadid, Raks Molata, Naning Molata-Gavin, Joem Chua, Ronald Lopez, Dave Temperamente, Joseph Espino, and Adrian Karl Gutierrez will render the donor’s portraits in gratitude for the support. To join: 1.) Donate through; 2.) Send proof of donation and a clear photo reference to; 3.) Portraits in digital format will be sent through e-mail. The #TogetherWeHeal campaign was launched by Araneta City on March 31 in partnership with J. Amado Araneta Foundation, Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc., and TicketNet. It aims to help indigent Filipino families who have difficult access to basic food needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For as low as P350, a donor may be able to provide one food pack that contains two kilos of rice, canned goods, packs of noodles, and vegetable seed packets provided by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industries. Interested donors may donate to the #TogetherWeHeal campaign until June 150.

Mabining Mandirigma songs

Musical numbers from Tanghalang Pilipino’s Mabining Mandirigma, a Steampunk Musical are available for listening on the YouTube channel:

Documentaries on iWant

American filmmaker Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker, a documentary about former first lady Imelda Marcos, her family’s rise and downfall, and recent rise again, and Babyruth Villarama’s documentary Sunday Beauty Queen, which follows the lives of OFWs in Hong Kong, will stream online for free on iWant on May 15. Watch at

The National Theatre’s Anthony & Cleopatra

The National Theatre streams Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra, directed by Simon Godwin and starring Ralph Fiennes as Antony and Sophie Okonedo as Cleopatra. It will be available until May 14. Meanwhile, Inua Ellams’ Barber Shop Chronicles premieres on May 14 (7 p.m.). To watch, visit

Repeat Attenders

Mark Dooley’s Repeat Attenders, a documentary on musical fanatics, will stream online on May 16. The documentary, which took over six years to film on Broadway and the West End, features musicals including Cats, Starlight Express, Les Miserables. To subscribe and watch, visit

Razorback holds charity auction

The rock band Razorback, together with Kevin Roy and Basti Artadi, will have a special online performance on May 15, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., for the benefit of Rise Against Hunger Philippines. The concert — presented by Jam88.3, Red Horse Beer, PouchNation, and clique — will be streamed via Facebook Live @razorbackmusic and Google Play’s

Andrew Llyod Webber’s Cats

Andrew Llyod Webber’s Cats will be streamed for free online on his YouTube page The Show Must Go On, from May 15 (7 p.m. BST). It will be available for 48 hours. The stage production stars Elaine Paige, John Partridge, Jacob Brent, Jason Gardiner and Sir John Mills. To watch, visit

Jerrold Tarog’s Senior Year

Written, directed, edited and scored by Jerrold Tarog, the film Senior Year (2010) is now streaming on Vimeo ( Set in a Catholic school the story follows the struggles and anxieties of students during their final year in high school.

Dulaan UP’s Adarna

Dulaang UP’s play Adarna (2013) is now streaming online. Adapted by Vlad Gonzales and directed by José Estrella, the story is based on the narrative poem about three princes’ quest to save their ailing father by capturing the Adarna bird which is believed to have curative powers. To watch, visit

Mir-I-Nisa on CCP Online

Catch Philippine Ballet Theater’s Mir-I-Nisa starting on May 16 (3 p.m.) on CCP Online. Based on the story by National Artist for Literature Jose Garcia Villa, revolves around a Muslim princess who follows the Muslim betrothal custom. Watch the ballet for free at

PETA’s Rated: PG

Liza Magtoto’s Rated: PG, a play on positive discipline which was directed by Mae Quesada-Medina, is now available for streaming on PETA’s YouTube channel (

National Library of the Philippines

The National Library of the Philippines offers free scholarly eResources including research related to COVID-19. The list of resources come from the National Emergency Library, Cochrane Library (Medical & Health Science), De Gruyter — Journals (Multidisciplinary), and more. To view access links to eResources, visit

Jenkins at Royal Albert Hall

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins performed alone at The Royal Albert Hall. The online show is the first in a series of performances of the London Together initiative as a tribute to the COVID-19 frontliners. Watch the concert at The Royal Albert Hall’s YouTube channel at

The Royal Opera House online

As part of its #OurHousetoYourHouse, the Royal Opera is now streaming Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata at its official Facebook page at ( The show stars Renée Fleming as Violetta and Joseph Calleja as Alfredo.

PBT’s Darangen ni Bantugen

Philippine Ballet Theater’s 2016 production of Darangen ni Bantugen is currently streaming on its YouTube channel ( Depicting the story of the Maranao hero Bantugen, the show is choreographed by Gener Caringal and Ronilo Jaynario, with music by Jesse Lucas. It is available until May 15.

Guggenheim artbooks

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers downloadable items from its archives for free. Titles include modern and contemporary art books about Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt and more. The archive is searchable by artist, year, medium and artistic style or movement. Visit the archives,

Silverlens Galleries’ At Home With series

To keep in touch with art lovers, Silverlens presents Art Boost, an online drive to maintain engagement with art through social media, exhibition catalogues, and videos. The current At Home With series features Bernardo Pacquing, Hanna Pettyjohn, and Chati Coronel. Revisit contemporary artist Gary-Ross Pastrana’s notes on collage making; and Mit Jai Inn’s use of light, color, and structure in his Actantis exhibit. Visit Silverlens’ official social media accounts and its website ( to view the exhibitions.

BenCab Museum online

Azor Pazcoguin’s solo exhibition, TAYP. RAYT. ER, which features oil paintings of items such as typewriters, phones, cameras, is now online from the BenCab Museum’s Facebook page at

BioBalance Wellness consultation

The BioBalance Wellness Institute offers the following services and features: free online consultation with its clinical nutritionist and nurse practitioners, wellness expert psychologist; online health and immunity risk assessment; and more payment options for availed services and products. For more information, contact 0917-521-4860 or

IkotMNL tour from home

The Museo de Intramuros, Ayala Museum, and Presidential Museum and Library in Malacañang Palace have partnered with Google to put their works online. Learn new things at home and visit the museums through a virtual tour:;; and

CAST recordings on Spotify

CAST PH offers CAST Recording, a collection of one act plays, recorded online and released as radio/audio drama. The first recordings are A Matter of Husbands by Ferenc Molnár, featuring Pinky Amador and Giannina Ocampo-Van Hoven; and Enemies by Neith Boyce and Hutchins Hapgood, featuring David Bianco and Jennifer Blair-Bianco. Listen at

National Bookstore delivery

National Book Store has reopened its branch in Cubao, Quezon City and now offers delivery services for its supplies to selected areas around Metro Manila. For orders from Marikina, San Juan, and Quezon City, contact 0917-631-1374; Mandaluyong, Pasig, Pateros, and Taguig contact 0917-834-3224; Caloocan, Manila, Navotas, and Valenzuela, contact 0917-302-7475; Makati, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, and Las Piñas, contact 0917-791-0916. Orders are accepted on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Film masterclasses

Learn film concepts through interviews and film retrospectives from more than 60 directors, producers, writers, and actors including Bong Joon-Ho, Abbas Kiarostami, Agnès Varda, Spike Lee, Werner Herzog (with Roger Ebert), Jane Campion, Jodie Foster, Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Jessica Lange, and Clint Eastwood. To watch, visit

Fully Booked delivery

FULLY BOOKED is back in business for book orders ( In a Facebook post, Fully Book stated: “[O]ur Lazada and Shopee stores will be back online, too. Please do expect some delays and changes in our processes.” For advisories, visit

English National Ballet shows online

ENGLISH National Ballet launched ENB at Home, releasing one show weekly for its Wednesday Watch Parties. The first in the lineup is Broken Wings, a Frida Kahlo-inspired production starring lead principal and ENB artistic director Tamara Rojo as Frida. It is available to stream for free for 48 hours. Watch at or

The Royal Opera House shows online

THE Royal Opera House in London launched its #OurHouseToYourHouse series where shows can be streamed through its official Facebook page Watch Arthur Pita’s dance-theater adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis at

Radiohead Concerts

BRITISH rock band Radiohead has been uploading some of its concerts via its official YouTube page ( Fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, known for songs like “Creep” (1992) and “Fake Plastic Trees” (1995), can watch the concerts Live from a Tent in Dublin (2000) and Live in Berlin (2006).

David Guetta: United at Home

FRENCH DJ David Guetta, the man behind the song “Titanium” (2011) featuring singer SIA, held a live concert fundraiser inside his Miami home benefitting the World Health Organization and other charities. The two-hour concert is currently available on his YouTube page (

Josh Groban concerts

JOSH Groban brings his concerts to your home via online, streaming every Thursday on YouTube ( The second concert in the series, Stages: Live (2016), premiered on April 30. The singer has also includes commentary throughout each film. For more information, visit

Worldwide Concert for Our Culture

JAZZ at Lincoln Center’s annual Spring Gala: Worldwide Concert for Our Culture is now available to stream online. The honorees of the event are Clarence Otis and Jacqueline L. Bradley (Ed Bradley Award for Leadership in Jazz) and Phil Schaap (Jazz at Lincoln Center Award for Artistic Excellence). Performers at the gala include: Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner, Chucho Valdes, Nduduzo Makhathini, and Baqir Abbas. For more information, visit Watch on YouTube:

Dior’s Designer of Dreams exhibition

DIOR’S exhibition titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams is now available to view online. Originally held at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs from 2017 to 2018, the exhibition traces the evolution of the house of Dior from post-war Paris to the present through a behind-the-scenes in-the-making of the exhibition, plus a virtual tour of its rooms. Visit Dior’s YouTube channel to watch the documentary (

Frank Lloyd Wright virtual tours

THE Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation is offering #WrightVirtualVisits every Thursdays (1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific time) in participating sites. Check the participating sites at

Color Tolkien characters

THE official Facebook page of the late author J.R.R. Tolkien has uploaded an illustration of Smaug the Magnificent from The Hobbit Movie Trilogy Colouring Book. Download the coloring sheet at

MoMA free courses online

After offering virtual tours, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is now offering free online courses. The courses include a series of five free classes for contemporary art, fashion, and photography. It includes readings and exercises which can be completed within 12 to 38 hours. For details, visit

Print & Play activities for kids

Keep kids entertained with new curated Print & Play activities from HP. The activities from craft making, mazes, dot-to-dot drawing and puzzles are suitable for ages 2 to 12. With HP Print & Play, parents can choose from a range of activities that are best suited to their children’s needs to achieve the best possible learning outcomes. To try the activities, visit

Harry Potter exhibit online

The British Library’s Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition is available online through Google Arts and Culture. Its features include video clips and sketches, a Q&A with exhibit curator Julian Harrison. To view, visit

The Nanny’s Pandemic Table Read

The cast of the ‘90s comedy sitcom The Nanny reunites for The Pandemic Table Read of the show’s pilot episode. It stars Fran Drescher as Fran Fine who finds a job as a nanny to the three children of wealthy widower and theater producer Maxwell Sheffield (played by Charles Shaughnessy). To watch, visit Sony Pictures Entertainment’s YouTube channel at

Science experiments at home

Enjoy 44 science experiments with the kids at home with the James Dyson Foundation Challenge cards. To download the challenge cards, visit

Hogwarts online

Hogwarts Is Here, an online version of the Harry Potter series’ magical school by Harry Potter fans that allows visitors to take courses like the characters from J.K. Rowling’s book series. Various courses include Astronomy, Herbology, History of Magic, and Transfiguration. The website also includes a forum, groups, and library feature. Visit

Color Manolo Blahnik designs

Manolo Blahnik shares a selection of his original sketches for coloring. The shoe designs are downloadable at

Podcasts on Philippine crime

Stories After Dark features podcasts on Philippine true crime and mystery stories. It currently has 14 episodes including The Maguindanao Massacre (2009), The Ozone Disco Fire (1996), and Pepsi Paloma: Rape or Publicity Stunt? Suicide or Murder? (1982/1985). To listen, visit

Palacio de Memoria virtual tour

Art and history enthusiasts can now go on a virtual tour of Palacio de Memoria, the resplendent Colonial Revival mansion, and marvel at its luxurious facilities and hundreds of Euro-Filipino paintings, sculptures, art displays, and historical pieces online. It features the showroom of Palacio de Memoria’s auction house, Casa de Memoria or the Casa, which houses the Lhuilliers’ unrivalled collection of antiques, the Mosphil Lounge, and a passenger plane that was refitted to be a lounge for special occasions. To view the complete Palacio de Memoria’s virtual tour, visit For more updates, follow @thepalaciodememoria on Facebook and on Instagram.

E-coloring books

The Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles offers the Color Our Collections edition for 2020. To view, visit