Your Weekend Guide (November 15, 2019)

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Manila Pop Culture Convention

TABLETOP games are one of the attractions at the ManiPopCon this weekend at the Solaire Tent.

THE Manila Pop Culture Convention, or ManiPopCon, hosts different geekdoms under one convention on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Solaire Tent, Solaire Resort and Casino, Pasay City. There will be tabletop games, collectible card games, Dungeons and Dragons (D&D), miniature wargames, geek sundries, toys, Funko Pops, adult collectibles, comic books, science fiction, eSports, VR games, midway games, cosplay, mascots, tabletop ’70s and ’80s displays and memorabilia, and celebrities one didn’t know were geeks. There will be also an after-party called “ManiPopCon After Dark” at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, at the Waterside restaurant, featuring stand-up comic Mike Unson, disco music by DJ Boyet Sison, and spoken word by the artists of Collaboratory Ph. ManiPopCon’s doors open at 10 a.m. Tickets (P400 for adults, P250 for teens with student IDs, children below 10 get in for free) are available at the entrance or through

TLC Festival at Boni High Street

ANGIE KING, Pam Pastor, Anton Amoncio, Rico Blanco, and IV of Spades join TLC’s international talents for a day of fun at TLC Festival on Nov. 16 at Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig. Attending are Janet Hsieh, host of TLC’s Fun Taiwan, and Rikki-An Quiapon, eSports shoutcaster. The festival will have music, food, and art. Hosts from TLC and Asian Food Channel Sarah Huang Benjamin, Anton Amoncio, Matthias Rhoads, and May Yacoubi will hold cooking demos. There will be live basic culinary technique and food styling lessons at C1 park and live creative arts and crafts activities at One Bonifacio High. Rock out with funk rock band IV of Spades and rock icon Rico Blanco as they round off the night at the main stage. Admission is free.

Caroling at The Peninsula

AS PART of The Peninsula Manila’s Christmas celebration, there will be Caroling at The Lobby every Friday from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Performing today is the Far Eastern University Bamboo Band. Upcoming performers are the Jose Rizal University Ukelele Band (Nov. 22), St. Theresa’s College Sinag Primary Chorale (Nov. 29), 92AD (Dec. 6 and 13), and St. Theresa’s College Sinag Intermediate Chorale (Dec. 20). There is minimum consumption at The Lobby during the show of P1,200 for adults and P600 for children under 12.

Neocolours’ reunion concert

THE 1980s vocal group Neocolours will be holding a reunion concert, Tuloy Pa Rin Ang Banda, at the Music Museum, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan, on Nov. 16, 8 p.m. They will perform old favorites: “Tuloy Pa Rin,” “Maybe,” “Kasalanan Ko Ba,” and “Hold On,” and more. Directed by Frank Lloyd Mamaril, the show includes special guests Nicole Asensio, Jett Pangan, and Jamie Rivera. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999,

Christmas Animated Display

ARANETA CENTER’s Christmas Animated Display at the Times Square Food Park is centered around the stories of five important figures of the Yuletide season. The Christmas Animated Display will have 15-minute shows from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Fridays to Saturdays until Jan. 5. Admission is free to the public.

MSO Pas De Deux

CONDUCTOR Darrel Ang teams up with MSO’s Concertmaster, Juillard-trained violinist Diomedes Saraza, Jr., and Korean cellist Kim Yeinjin for MSO Pas De Deux on Nov. 16, 4 p.m., at the Meralco Theater, Ortigas Ave., QC. The concert features Brahm’s Double Concerto as well as well-loved ballet scores from Tchaikovsky. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999,

Cats the Musical

THE latest international tour of the award-winning Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is running until Dec. 1 at The Theater at Solaire. The show stars Joanna Ampil as Grizabella. For more information, visit Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999,

Van Gogh Alive

A MULTI-SENSORY exhibition about the Dutch painter’s life told through his works and letters is ongoing at the 4F of One Bonifacio High Street in BGC, Taguig City until Dec. 8. For information, visit the official website at Tickets are priced at P750 (adult) and P450 (student) and are available onsite and at The Mind Museum ticket booth.

The Quest for the Adarna

REPERTORY Philippines’ Theater for Young Audiences presents a musical retelling of the Philippine folk tale “Ibong Adarna.” The Quest for the Adarna has performances until Jan. 26, 2020 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, in Makati. In the kingdom of Berbania, the king falls mysteriously ill and can only be healed by the song of the mythical bird, Adarna, which can be found in its mountain home. His three sons take turns attempting the dangerous journey to help their father. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

SF9 in Manila

SF9 is returning to Manila for a concert on Nov. 16, 7 p.m., called 2019 SF9 Live Fantasy #2 Unixerse in Manila, at the New Frontier Theater, Araneta City, Cubao, QC. Tickets range in price from P3,000 to P8,000 and are available at
Ticket Prices/Categories: WWW.TICKETNET.COM.PH and all Ticketnet outlets. Depending on the ticket prices, fans may get guaranteed Hi-Touch, photo op (20 pax per group), VIP passes with official tour lanyard, a raffle for signed posters and signed Polaroid.

First Jan Ki Yong fan meet in Manila

K-DRAMA fans will have a chance to meet Korean actor and international model Jang Ki Yong who is coming to Manila for the first time on Nov. 17 at the Samsung Hall of SM Aura, BGC, as part of his 2019 Jang Ki Yong 1st Fan Meeting [Filmogtaphy] Tour. On-site activities and up-close interactions await his fans said concert and live events promoter Wilbros Live. Jang Ki Yong is known for his supporting role in “Go Back Couple”, a hit Korean drama series that aired on ABS-CBN last year. Tickets are still available via and all SM Tickets outlets nationwide. Call SM Tickets at 470-2222 for more information.