Your Weekend Guide (December 14, 2018)

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Concerts at Festival Mall

CAROLS will complete the festive spirit at Alabang’s Festival Mall thanks to “The Christmas Factory,” a month-long Christmas performance series, on all the weekends of December. On Dec. 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 6 p.m., the Festival of Carols will be held at the malls Expansion Wing and/or Water Garden, with choirs from a variety of schools and communities entertaining mall visitors with their harmonies.

Party at Cove Manila

COVE Manila, Southeast Asia’s largest indoor beach club and night club, celebrates its first anniversary with Crescendome: The All-Star Anniversary, featuring a lineup of world-renowned DJs. Afrojack is wrapping up the three-night celebration on Dec. 15. For more details, visit

Christmas at Vertis Norte

VERTIS Norte on welcomes the holidays with Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights, a lights and sound spectacle set to Disney songs and Filipino Christmas Carols that runs until Jan. 15. On Sundays, listen to Christmas Symphonies with presentations from the Schola Cantorum Scholars on Dec. 16. Vertis Norte keeps the Simbang Gabi tradition alive with nightly masses at 7 p.m. from Dec. 15 to 23 at Level 2 of the mall. Side by side these holiday events are activities at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent such as the Urban Sale of the Vans Group from Dec. 16 to 19.

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Pampanga’s Giant Lantern Festival kicks off this weekend at Starmills mall.

Pampanga lantern festival

TOAST Filipino craftsmanship at this year’s Giant Lantern Festival in San Fernando City, Pampanga. The annual festival coincides with the celebration of the city’s 110th year of Giant Lantern making. Dubbed as “Ligligan Parul” (lantern showdown) in the Capampangan dialect, the Giant Lantern Festival is a showcase of the city’s rich and colorful lantern-making tradition, culminating in a competition among manually operated Giant Lanterns. Eleven barangays are vying for top honors in the Giant Lantern Festival, which features 20-foot-high lanterns containing as many as 10,000 light bulbs each. The contest finals will be held on Dec. 15 with the program starting at 6 p.m. The Lantern Exhibition will run from Dec. 16-21 at 7 p.m.; from Dec. 25 to 30, at 7 p.m.; and Jan. 1 and 2, at 7 p.m., at Robinsons Starmills, Pampanga.

Morissette and MPO

ENJOY a series of musical performances featuring a certified birit queen and one of the country’s leading orchestras. Award-winning vocalist Morissette will be sharing the stage with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra at Robinsons Magnolia on Dec. 15, 6 p.m.

Rep’s Rapunzel

REPERTORY’s Theater for Young Audiences presents Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairy Tale until Jan. 27 at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati. For tickets and schedules, contact TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

OPM at Globe Live

CATCH live performances from OPM artists on Dec. 14-15 at BGC. Globe Live, Bonifacio High Street, and Huawei create a white Christmas at the Live Street: Make Snow Possible! Drop by the Globe Iconic Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater on Dec. 14, 7 P.M., with performances from IV of Spades, Karencitta, Pinopela, Rouge, and Manila String Machine. On Dec. 15, 5 p.m., Globe and Spotify present Sundown Sessions at Bonifacio High Street Activity Center with performances from BP Valenzuela, She’s Only Sixteen, Oh Flamingo, Bea Lorenzo, and UNIQUE. Special treats are in store for Globe Postpaid customers on Spotify Premium as they get front-row seats and perks when they register. Plus, select Postpaid customers on Spotify Premium get a chance to win a meet and greet with their favorite artists during the event.

Kidiyam 3D projection Capitol Building
Kidiyam 3D projection on the Pangasinan Capitol Building

Pangasinan Capitol

PANGASINAN’S Provincial Capitol in Lingayen, declared by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as among the eight Architectural Treasures of the Philippines, marks the centennial of completion this year. With the theme “Stronger Heritage, Stronger Pangasinan,” commemorative rites are set on Dec. 15 with a Thanksgiving Mass and an anticipated Simbang Gabi, a concert and variety show, followed by a Kidiyam 3D projection of the Capitol Building History, and a fireworks display. Other key events are a concert by the Kundirana all-male choir of La Salle Greenhills on Dec. 16, and the launch of the centennial commemorative stamp by the Philippine Postal Corp. and opening of a photo exhibit on Dec. 17. Celebrations continue with the observance of the 74th Lingayen Gulf Landings on Jan. 9 and the centennial of its inauguration on Feb. 11.