Día del Libro
INSTITUTO CERVANTES celebrates the Día del Libro (International Book Day) at Makati’s Ayala Triangle on April 27. Top bookstores and publishing houses will be selling a wide array of books at a 20% discount. Following the tradition in Spain, everyone who buys a book will also be given a rose. Spanish cuisine from different Spanish restaurants will be available, while children can enjoy a number of activities including storytelling, games and coloring. The festivities will be capped in the evening with Posporos, a concert which brings together Vulk, a Basque punk band from Bilbao, and The Late Isabel, an art rock band from the Philippines. Other activities include a number of book signing sessions including one with writer Jessica Zafra and the launching of the new volume of the famous Filipino comic saga Trese. Admission is free. Activities are on first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit http://manila.cervantes.es or www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.
Baka Naman Hindi
THE Embassy of France and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) present Baka Naman Hindi, a Filipino theater adaptation of French playwright Georges Feydeau’s La Puce à l’oreille (A Flea in Her Ear) from April 25 to 29, at the CCP’s Little Theater. Adapted to Filipino by Virgilio “Beer” Flores and starring Ricky Davao, Randy Villarama, and Lou Veloso, the play is a classic farce filled with innuendo, physical comedy, and snappy dialogue. Dealing with jealousy, love, and lust between long time couples and new friends, it is a humorous tale set amidst the French belle époque of the early 1900s. Tickets are priced at P1,000 and P1,200 (with a 50% student discount and a 20% senior citizen, PWD, and government employee discount). Tickets are available at the CCP Box Office or through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
Wim Wenders retrospective
THE Goethe-Institut presents the works of acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders who among Herzog and Fassbinder was a principal member of the New German Cinema of the 1970s. Nine award-winning Wim Wenders feature films and a documentary will be screened for free every weekend at 4 p.m. starting April 27 to May 26 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. Admission to the screenings are free on a first come, first served basis. There will also be subsequent screenings in the Cinematheque Centre in Davao from June 3 to June 30. For more information about the Wim Wenders Retrospective, visit www.goethe.de/manila.
MNL Beer Fest
GREENFIELD District is hosting the MNL Beer Fest, the Philippines’ largest gathering of breweries and microbreweries, on April 26 to 28 at Greenfield District’s Central Park located at Mayflower St. in Mandaluyong City. The three-day festival will feature over 250 local and imported beers, both artisanal craft and commercial beers from different parts of the country and abroad. Forty local beer brands will be showcased including 63 North Brewing Company, Amigos de la Playa Brewery, Boracay, Bulul Brewery, Cerveza Sagada, Desert Fathers Brewing Co., Engkanto, Flat Foot Brewing Co., Ibalon Craft Brew, Joe’s Brew, and Juan Brew, to name just a few. International beer brands include Lindemans Brewery, Lefebvre Brewery, C Brewery, Dubuisson, Holgate Brewhouse, Moosehead, Lion, Estrella Galicia, Velkopopovický Kozel, Pilsner Urquell, and Corona Extra.
Clara Benin live
SHANGRI-LA Plaza presents indie singer Clara Benin in a concert on April 27, 7 p.m., at the mall’s Grand Atrium. She will be performing her hits including “Parallel Universe” and “Tila.” For inquiries, call 370-2597 or 98 or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficial.
Summer at BGC
BONIFACIO Global City has packed all weekends of summer with activities. On April 27 to 28, Bite Me Manila is back with more food and surprise performances. It will be held at the C1 Park. Jim Beam will also be introducing its new drinks at the Amphitheater.
THE ANNUAL celebration of the best fiestas from around the country will be held from April 25 to 27 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City. There is a shoppers bazaar running throughout the event, while the Reyna ng Aliwan Pageant will be on April 26, 6 p.m. The much awaited Float Parade and Streedance Competition will start at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila and make its way down Roxas Blvd. to the CCP Complex on April 27 from 4-9 p.m., and capped by awarding ceremonies at 9 p.m. Now on its 17th year, the Aliwan Fiesta is mounted each summer by the Manila Broadcasting Co., Star City, and the CCP, in cooperation with the cities of Manila and Pasay.
Park Bo Gum fan meet rescheduled
BLOSSOM Entertainment, ABS-CBN, and Ovation Productions have announced that the Park Bo Gum “May your everyday be a good day” Fan Meeting which was scheduled for April 27 has been postponed because of the earthquake that struck Zambales on April 22. The fan meeting has been rescheduled to June 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena upon the request of Blossom Entertainment which offered its “deepest condolences to those who suffered damage and to the families involved in this earthquake.” ABS-CBN and Ovation Productions “apologize for the inconvenience cause by this decision,” and said in a statement that “the safety of the fans, the staff, and the artist is our top priority.” Tickets to the original date will be honored at the rescheduled fan meet. For details, call SM Tickets at 470-2222 or e-mail email@example.com.