Ortigas Art Festival
THE 3rd Ortigas Art Festival will run from Feb. 28 to March 8 at the newly opened East Wing of Estancia at Capitol Commons, Pasig. Festival curator and artist Renato Habulan of Eskinita Gallery has put together works by contemporary artists from three galleries: Eskinita Art Gallery, Kaida Contemporary Gallery, and vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery. Papelismo Boceto will also showcase 300 works from over 100 artists. Seven workshops await artists of all skill levels. On Feb. 29, there will be a mixed media demonstration by artists Gala Cali, Sahid Kazi, and Katrinn Haman. On March 1, visitors can learn about multimedia from Michelle Dawson, Made Palguna, and Rey dela Cruz. Admission is free. For details, follow Estancia at Capitol Commons on Facebook or visit ortigasmalls.com.
UNDER the direction of Mark Anthony Carpio, the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz) will perform classical music, Filipino and international folk songs, and popular music in a concert called MMMM…More! which will have performances on Feb. 29 to March 1 at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 8891-9999).
And the Story Begins
CCC Productions and Resorts World Manila to gather three iconic local artists in And the Story Begins on Feb. 28 and 29 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. Directed by Marvin Caldito, the show brings together Basil Valdez, Lani Misalucha, and Ryan Cayabyab with the Manila Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 8891-9999).
Joseph the Dreamer
TRUMPETS returns with its longest running musical Joseph the Dreamer, starring Sam Concepcion in the title role. Written by Freddie Santos, the musical tells the Biblical story of Joseph and presents themes of love, forgiveness, and unwavering faith in God. It is directed by Paolo Valenciano with Myke Salomon as musical director. The show runs at the Maybank Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig from Feb. 21 to March 7. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 8891-9999).
TANGHALANG Pilipino presents Malou Jacob’s play Batang Mujahideen from Feb. 21 to March 7 at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The story follows a seven-year-old Yakan girl, Fatima, who witnessed the March 2000 Abu Sayyaf kidnapping of a priest, teachers, and students in Basilan. She goes on to take a vow of silence and joins the ranks of mujahideen, disguising herself as a boy. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 8891-9999).
REPERTORY Philippines’ 83rd season opens with Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss, which is running until March 1 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Directed by Carlitos Siguion-Reyna, it stars Missy Maramara and Tarek El Tayech in a story of the dynamics between actors on- and off-stage. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 8891-9999).
Under My Skin
PETA closes its 52nd season with Under My Skin which is running until March 22. Written by Rody Vera and directed by Melvin Lee, it is an anthology of stories about Filipinos living with HIV. The play stars Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, Eko Baquial, Miguel Almendras, Mike Liwag, Gio Gahol, Anthony Falcon, and Gold Villar-Lim. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 8891-9999).
FOR its second offering this year, Europelikula, a monthly showcase of festival films from European Union member countries jointly curated by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the EU Delegation, will screen Diamantino by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt on Feb. 29, 5 p.m., at the CCP’s Tanghalang Manuel Conde. The film is about the world’s premiere soccer star, Diamantino, who loses his special touch and ends his career in disgrace. Searching for a new purpose, he goes on an odyssey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, genetic modification, and the hunt for the source of genius. CCP Film Society cardholders must RVSP to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrive earlier than 2:45 p.m., or their slots will be given to walk-in audience. For walk-ins, registration is in front of the theater, and starts 30 minutes before screening. For more information, call the CCP Film, Broadcast and New Media Division at 8832-1125, local 1702 and 1705. Or visit the CCP Facebook accounts and website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph)
In The Now release
UPCOMING Singapore-based electro-R&B/pop group, In The Now will be releasing its debut single “Fool” on various streaming and digital platforms today via independent record label, Umami Records SG. A music video directed and produced by Singapore creative collective YungTauFoo and Homies accompanies the release of this single. Access “Fool” via https://ffm.to/in-the-now-fool.
NCT Dream performs in Quezon City
PULP Live World presents the NCT Dream tour The Dream Show, on Feb. 29, 3 p.m., at the New Frontier Theater, Cubao, Quezon City. NCT Dream started out in 2016 as the third sub-unit of the K-Pop Group NCT. The group has a unique concept that follows an age-based graduation system where members graduate upon reaching the age of 20. Currently, NCT Dream has six members: Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Chen Le, Jisung, and Jaemin. The group’s debut track “Chewing Gum” shot to No. 2 of the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart. This was later followed by its album, The First, which debuted at No. 1 on the Gaon Music Chart. In August 2017, the group’s first EP, We Young, was released followed by a second EP, We Go Up, in September 2018. We Go Up entered Billboard’s World Albums Chart and Heatseekers Album Chart at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. NCT Dream is also the only K-Pop Group to be part of Billboard’s “21 Under 21 2018: Music’s Next Generation” list. Tickets are available at TicketNet outlets nationwide and online via www.ticketnet.com.ph. Ticket prices range from P5,000 to P10,000.