Your Weekend Guide (August 16, 2019)

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Dancing Lessons

TWIN Bill Theater presents Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons on Aug. 16 to 24 at Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati. Directed by Francis G. Matheu, the play follows Ever Montgomery, a young science professor with special needs who decides to take dancing lessons to get through an upcoming awards dinner he will host. However, his instructor, Senga, is recovering from an injury that may prevent her from dancing permanently. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Mabining Mandirigma, A Steampunk Musical

TANGHALANG Pilipino restages Mabining Mandirigma, A Steampunk Musical about the life of hero and “sublime paralytic” Apolinario Mabini at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines until Sept. 1. The 2019 run stars Monique Wilson as Mabini. Arman Ferrer will be reprising his role as Emilio Aguinaldo, alternating with David Ezra. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Dani Girl

THE Sandbox Collective restages Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond’s Dani Girl at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City until Sept. 1. Directed by Toff de Venecia, the musical centers on nine-year-old Dani who sets off on a quest to find her hair and figure out the answer to the question, “Why is cancer?” She journeys with fellow warrior and best friend Marty, through lightsaber duels, game shows, and blasting off to outer space. The play stars Rebecca Coates as Dani alternating with Kyle Napuli. Luigi Quesada returns as Marty, alternating with Daniel Drilon. For inquiries, call 0956-200-4909, 586-7105 or

Rak of Aegis

THE hit Pinoy jukebox musical Rak of Aegis returns to the PETA Theater Center, with ongoing performances until Sept. 29. The show uses the songs of the Aegis band such as “Halik,” “Sinta,” and “Basang-Basa sa Ulan,” to tell the tale of a perennially flooded barangay. This latest production features a mix of original cast members including Aicelle Santos and Kim Molina, Isay Alvarez-Seña and Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Robert Seña and Renz Verano, and Kakai Bautista and Neomi Gonzales. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

MaArte oPen House

THERE will be fashion and food finds at the MaArte oPen House bazaar this weekend.

FROM Aug. 16 to 18, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the spirit of the Syquia apartments’ open house parties lives again in the Peninsula Manila with MaArte oPen House. The MaArte fair will see 41 guest rooms of the hotel closed off for about 60 exhibitors, recalling the parties of the past. Among the items one will find there are Aranaz bags, ceramics by Bangay, jewelry by DSV Studio, watches by Ibarra, jewelry by Natalya Lagdameo, and scents by Oscar Mejia. New fashion brands that are participating include FDCP members Joel Escober, Lally Dizon, Maco Custodio for Pinoy ManCave, Coco and Tres, Pika Pika + Pinta, Vesti, and Evangeline Austria. This year’s fair will also feature food items by Auro Chocolates, Green Babes, and Felicisimo Gourmet Homecooking. Alongside its annual fundraiser, the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. will also hold MaArte Talks, conversations with Joey de Castro (Aug. 16), Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez of TdLG (Aug. 17), and Nico Moreno of Ibarra Watches (Aug. 18), at 2:30 p.m., at The Peninsula Lounge Area, 2F Ayala Wing. launch


RUSTAN’S will hold an online shopping party on Aug. 17, 6 p.m. to midnight, to launch The upscale department store’s new online store features a curated selection of Rustan’s brands and products. To demonstrate how easy it is to shop at, the online store is having a digital party hosted by lifestyle and travel blogger Nicole Andersson, style purveyor Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Rica de Jesus of Heart2Heart, and Jaja Chiongbian-Rama. The Live Shopping Party will also feature discounts and drops throughout the night which shoppers can follow on @rustansph Facebook and Instagram accounts. They can also sign-up for the event newsletter at ahead of the event. Special offers and discounts of up to 60% will be available for one night only. Over 140 brands are now available online.

Cine Argentino

CINE ARGENTINO returns to Shangri-La Plaza mall at the Red Carpet from Aug. 14 to 18, for its fifth year with a lineup of diverse films. In partnership with the Embassy of Argentina and the Film Development Institute of the Philippines, the Shang is screening five feature films produced by Argentinian filmmakers that showcase different perspectives of their country’s culture. The five films are: biographical crime film El Clan (The Clan) starring Guillermo Francella and Peter Lanzani, and directed by Pablo Trapero; Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-nominated Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales), written and directed by Damián Szifron; Dos Mas Dos (Two Plus Two), directed by Diego Caplan; Ariel Winograd’s Mamá Se Fue De Viaje (10 Days Without Mom); and, La Luz Incidente (Incident Light) directed by Ariel Rotter.

OPPO Reno Sunset Rose X M·A·C workshop

OPPO is collaborating with cosmetics brand M·A·C for a beauty workshop to be integrated into the Reno Collective Pop-Up Art Exhibit on Aug. 17-18 at SM Mega Fashion Hall. This will be the third leg of the pop-up exhibit featuring immersive art installations, with activities and interactive spaces especially dedicated to the Reno Sunset Rose colorway. Celebrity makeup artists RB Chanco and Sylvina Lopez will doll up several girls from the Reno Collective with M·A·C, creating looks inspired by the limited edition OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose. This interactive workshop will allow participants to learn the creative process behind applying makeup from professional artists and use the same techniques to recreate the OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose look using M·A·C products. The workshop — on Aug. 17 and 19, 2 p.m., at the SM Mega Fashion Hall — will be open to the public with a limit of 20 slots on a first come, first served basis. Exclusive special treats also await the first five in line. Interested parties may proceed to the dedicated OPPO X M·A·C booth as soon as the exhibit opens. Workshop participants will also experience a magazine-quality portrait shoot with Miguel Alomajan. The limited edition OPPO Reno in Sunset Rose retails at P26,990 and is available in 55 select OPPO concept stores nationwide.

National Book Store’s Thank You Sale

NATIONAL Book Store is holding a Thank You Sale with discounts of up to 50% on books, school and office supplies, imported brands, and more in all 240 branches across the country. Colored stickers highlight the discounts — blue for 10% off, white for 20% off, yellow for 30% off, and orange for 50% off. The sale runs from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1.