Your Weekend Guide (August 2, 2019)

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EIGASAI x Cinemalaya

IN celebration of the 22nd Japanese Film Festival or EIGASAI, The Japan Foundation Manila, together with the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is bringing the Japanese independent film, Lying to Mom, to Manila on Aug. 3, 6:15 p.m., at the CCP Little Theater. Lying to Mom is a drama mixed with humor depicting a family attempting to recover from sorrow. The screening will be followed by a Director’s Talk and Q&A session.

This year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, will be held on Aug. 2 to 11 at various venues within the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex, and on Aug. 7 to 13 at selected Ayala Malls and Vista Malls.

Ebe Dancel live at Shangri-La Plaza


EBE Dancel kicks off performances at Shangri-La Plaza this month on Aug. 3, 7 p.m., at the mall’s Grand Atrium. The former Sugarfree frontman is well-known for the band’s hit songs like “Mariposa,” “Prom,” and “Wag Ka Nang Umiyak.” Dancel has also released two successful solo albums: Dalawang Mukha ng Pag-ibig and Bawat Daan.

Ang Huling El Bimbo

FULL HOUSE Theater Company returns with the final run of Ang Huling El Bimbo, a musical featuring the songs of the Eraserheads, until Aug. 15 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. The musical tells a story of friends who reunite after 20 years and look back on the things that brought them together and kept them apart. For tickets and schedules, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Rak of Aegis returns

THE hit Pinoy jukebox musical Rak of Aegis returns to the PETA Theater Center, with ongoing performances until Sept. 29. The show brings 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).

PHL film history exhibit at CCP


THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presents an extensive exhibit on Philippine film history that will open on Aug. 3, 3:30 p.m., at the CCP Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). Titled Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15, the exhibit traces the historical participation of CCP in the development of Philippine cinema across its first 50 years of service, culminating in its establishment of the first nationwide independent film festival, Cinemalaya, currently also celebrating its 15th anniversary. The exhibit includes artworks, artifacts, photos, and videos representing crucial moments and issues throughout the history of the Philippine film in the context of the CCP. It is on view until Sept. 24.

Happy Hallyu Day 3 this weekend

IT WILL be an all Korean pop culture day on Aug. 4 with Happy Hallyu Day 3 at Skydome, SM North EDSA, Quezon City. Several K-Pop fanclubs will be participating, with booth activities and fan made/official merchandises. CNA Philippines will provide top Korean beauty, culture, and K-Pop needs. The Asianovela Channel will have a special activity booth featuring GIF photos and a dubbing contest. FanLive will be giving away Noir Meet & Live Tour 2019 “The Ninth” passes for some lucky attendees. There will be tips on learning Korean, and tips on how to make the most out of a Korea trip. There will also be performances from Mykee, Bright, Kaiju X , Ken DG, PHP, and SB19.