Your Weekend Guide (December 7, 2018)

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Human rights celebration

IN celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Cultural Center of the Philippines presents AHRT!: Artists for Human Rights on Dec. 8, 3-10 p.m., starting with the artist talk The Memory Project 01: The Thirteen Artists in a Time of Dictatorship from 3-6 p.m., Bulwagang Juan, with Jaime de Guzman, Danilo Dalena, Brenda Fajardo, Cian Dayrit, Carlo Gabuco, Eisa Jocson, Archie Oclos, and moderated by Karen Ocampo Flores. Rampa! Red Carpet Walk Signing of Artists’ Manifesto for Human Rights Performances and Solidarity Night follows at 6-10 p.m., at the CCP South Parking Lot (Pasay side).

A Festival of Arts and Ideas

THE Julia Buencamino Project presents WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME? A Festival of Arts & Ideas at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Dec. 8 and 9, with the intention of to spreading awareness on suicide prevention by engaging participants in mindfulness art activities that will deepen their understanding and appreciation of the many mental and emotional health issues plaguing society today. There will be performances, poetry reading, exhibits, forums and workshops. For details visit

Poetry seminar

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines partners with Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas, Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo, and Merck Inc. for a national poetry seminar on Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Silangan Hall, CCP, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City. The lecturers are UMPIL Chairperson Dr. Michael M. Coroza on the art of Filipino rhyme and meter, and Ateneo de Manila University professor Dr. Louie Jon A. Sánchez on figurative language and poetic sensibility. Following the seminar, at 6 p.m., is a special poetry night. For details, call Kim or Marjorie of CCP Intertextual Division at 551-5959 or e-mail

Active Vista Human Rights Festival

CALL HER GANDA, an award-winning documentary about Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman who was murdered by a US marine, is among the films in the ongoing Active Vista Human Rights Festival which runs until Dec. 9. The documentary will be screened on Dec. 8, 5 p.m., at Cinema 76 San Juan and Cinema 76 Anonas; Dec. 9, 1 p.m. at the FDCP Cinematheque in Davao and at 6 p.m. at the FDCP Cinematheque in Iloilo. The two-week Active Vista Human Rights Festival is composed of film screenings, exhibits, forums, workshops and a concert.

Dance at Benilde

A THESIS production by dance majors of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) which juxtaposes technology and culture Kigginawan: The Hidden Island, will have performances on Dec. 6 and 7, 1 and 7 p.m., at the SDA Theater at the School of Design and Arts (SDA) Campus. Tickets are P200, students pay P150. For inquires, call 0939-215-5594 or 0905-559-7648. The SDA Theater is located at 5/F DLS-CSB SDA Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.

Christmas at Vertis North

VERTIS North 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 will run until Jan. 15, 2019. The Christmas Symphonies will feature a performance by Lighter Side Movement on Dec. 9. Over at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent a series of events will be held this month including the Manila 2018 Throwdown Team Edition Finals on Dec. 9 and the Urban Sale of the Vans Group from Dec. 16 to 19.

Discovery Festival at BGC

THE FOOD and lifestyle festival returns to Bonifacio High Street on Dec. 8. This year’s festival will have an expanded portfolio of food, travel, lifestyle, culture, and adventure options. There will be an exhibit of classic vintage cars, pets can get a complimentary massage and check-up at the Animal Planet booth, and pick up latte art or try making a watercolor Christmas card at the TLC zone. Admission is free. For details, visit

Morissette and MPO

THE “birit” queen Morissette will be sharing the stage with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra on Dec. 8 at Robinsons Galleria; and Dec. 15 at Robinsons Magnolia. All shows are at 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).

Carols and chorales

WESTGATE in Alabang, Muntinlupa City hosts stop chorale groups for three weekends of December at the Activity Park at 7 p.m. String quartet SJT Strings performs on Dec. 8, followed by Awiting kay GLEEng: Harana grand champion National University Chorale on Dec. 9. Dec. 15 will again feature SJT Strings, while Dec. 16 will have the award-winning Don Bosco Technical Institute Boscorale. The 2016 recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Ani ng Dangal award Kammerchor Manila will take the stage on Dec. 22 and on Dec. 23, the De La Salle University Dasmariñas Chorale will close the series. For details visit

Jenner clothing launch

KENDALL + KYLIE, the clothing line of social media moguls and reality TV stars, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, is dropping initially at Case Study at Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig on Dec. 7 and 8. It will be available at the The Rail stores on Dec. 10. Prices start at P899. The collection is limited.

Cove Manila party

COVE MANILA, Southeast Asia’s largest indoor beach club and night club, which is marking its first anniversary, features DJ Snake on Dec. 7 and Afrojac on Dec. 15.

Holiday concert series

FESTIVAL Mall Alabang marks the season with the Christmas Factory, a month-long performance series on all the weekends of December. Singer Erik Santos and indie band December Avenue perform at the Upper Ground Floor Expansion Hall on Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. There will also be the Festival of Carols at the Expansion Wing and/or Water Garden of the mall at 6 p.m. on Dec. 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 featuring school and community choirs.

Grand Christmas Parade

THE Venice Grand Canal’s Grand Christmas Parade will take off on Dec. 8, with giant character balloons, floats, marching bands, street dancers, musical performances and appearances by some of the biggest stars in Philippine entertainment including Jessy Mendiola and Jericho Rosales. There will be celebrity appearances, mascot meet and greet, Holiday-themed live performances at the Venice Piazza, and a fireworks display to cap off the celebrations. For details, call the Concierge at 624-1971, 0917-512-9934 or visit

Christmas at Shangri-La Plaza

FOR THE holidays, Shangri-La Plaza has a line-up of musical performances, including the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra with the Ateneo Chamber Singers, indie folk band Ben&Ben, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, songstress Karylle, and various choirs. For inquiries, call 370-2597/98 or visit