Your Weekend Guide (May 24, 2019)

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NBS’ Back to School Fair

NATIONAL Book Store will be holding its Grand Back to School Fair on May 24 to 26, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Glorietta Palm Drive Activity Center in Makati City. For every P300 single-receipt transaction with any participating item, get a backpack for an additional P100, or a lunch bag for P75. Receive a P100 NBS Gift Card with every P3,000 single-receipt transaction. There will be six winners of P5,000 NBS gift cards and 30 winners of P1,000 worth of school supplies. On sale will be Grab & Go packs and there are big savings with the Budget Bundles. Get the Backpack to School for Grades 1 to 3 (P345) and Grades 4 to 6 (P445).

Ang Huling El Bimbo

FULL HOUSE Theater Company revisits its musical theater hit, Ang Huling El Bimbo, about a group of young people whose lives are changed one night in the 1990s. Set to the music of the Eraserheads, this reworked version of the musical is directed by Dexter Santos. Performances are ongoing until May 25 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Pasay City. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph).

The Dresser

REPERTORY Philippines presents The Dresser, a Ronald Harwood play set during the bombing of London in World War II as a touring theater company prepares for production of King Lear. Sir, a brilliant thespian, arrives on set in a delusional state. Norman, his loyal dresser, does all he can to ensure that the show goes on. The play, directed by Loy Arcenas, stars Audie Gemora, and Teroy Guzman. There are performances on weekends from May 3 to 26, with 3:30 and 8 p.m. performances at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt Mall 1, Paseo de Roxas St., Makati. Tickets — P1,200 and P1,500 — are available through TicketWorld (891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph) and at the gate.

Wim Wenders films

THE Goethe-Institut presents the works of the acclaimed German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Nine of his award-winning feature films and one documentary are being screened for free every weekend at 4 p.m. until May 26 at the Cinematheque Centre Manila. To be screened this weekend are A Trick of the Light on May 25 and Don’t Come Knocking on May 26. Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the Wim Wenders Retrospective, visit www.goethe.de/manila.

Game of Drones

ORTIGAS Malls’ annual Game of Drones is now on its 3rd Flight. On May 25, the drone competition will take place at Industria at Circulo Verde in Quezon City at 9 a.m. The event will provide FPV (First-Person View) pilots and drone enthusiasts an opportunity to show off their flying skills. Meanwhile, the Industria Celebrity Trunk Bazaar will also be held. For details, register for free through this link: http://bit.do/GameofDrones.

Aladdin exhibit

TOGETHER with The Walt Disney Company Philippines, SM Cinema opens the streets of Agrabah to mall-goers and movie fans with The Magic of Aladdin at the SM City North EDSA. Go on a magic carpet ride, ride Aladdin’s camel as you enter the colorful streets of Agrabah, enter the Cave of Wonders and try to get a hold of the Magic Lamp, and sit on Jasmine’s throne. The exhibit runs until May 31 at The Block Atrium.

MSO concerts




THE Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) brings back its concert Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue on May 25, 7 p.m., and Video Game Symphonic on May 26, 7 p.m., both at the ground floor of the Ayala Museum in Makati. Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue will feature guitarist Noli Aurillo who, together with the MSO, will perform music by Dvorak, Gershwin, and Freddie Mercury and Queen. Video Game Symphonic will showcase music from several anime and video games like Final Fantasy, Monster Hunter, Pokémon, Super Mario, and Angry Birds. Tickets to both concerts are available through TicketWorld (891-9999, www.ticketworld.com.ph) and from the Ayala Museum.

German Werkbund lecture

CATCH the last day of the exhibit 100 Years of German Werkbund on May 25, as Prof. Jose Danilo Silvestre shares his insights on design and architecture while taking guests through the exhibit at 2 p.m. The lecture fee is P150. 100 Years of German Werkbund marks the 100th anniversary of the Deutscher Werkbund, a German association of artists, architects, designers, and industrialists, born out of a desire for greater efficiency in the crafts industry, better design for industry, and a more modern approach to architecture. For inquiries e-mail info@metmuseum.ph or call 708-78-28 or 29.

DreamPlay Sing Off

THE grand finals of the 3rd Annual DreamPlay Sing Off will be held on May 26, 2 p.m., at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque. The contest is a platform to discover promising young performers from around the country. Ten finalists will be competing with each other for the title.

Musica Feuropa Choral tilt

MUSICA FEUROPA, Far Eastern University’s annual choral competition and festival with the European Union in the Philippines as its partner, will be held on May 25 and 26 in the Auditorium of Far Eastern University, Manila. Each choir has to perform one song of their choice written in an official European Union language, and one piece written in any Filipino Language. The competition has two categories: Teen Category and Open including but not limited to university, church, company, government and other ensembles. This year, 10 choirs from the Open Category and five from the Teen Category will compete. Free tickets may be downloaded from Ticket2Me, a ticketing app available at the App Store and Google Play.

Cry of the Dead Whale


A TWO-day performance by Russ Ligtas on May 25 and 26 will serve as a closing event for Biboy Royong’s installation entitled The Cry of the Dead Whale which is part of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 2019 Earth Day celebration. To be held on both evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cultural Center’s Front Lawn, the performance seeks forgiveness, and offers the whale well wishes on its journey beyond the void. Take part by attending and giving the whale a name.

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