Weekends at the mall
SHANGRI-LA Plaza kicks off the holiday season with exclusive events, performances, and bazaars this month. During November weekends, fairs and bazaars will be held at the East Atrium and Food Forum at the Main Wing: The Grand Christmas Fair by The Weekend Showroom and food finds at A Taste of Christmas by Silk Events until Nov. 18; and Make Your Own Havaianas event at Grand Atrium from Nov. 17 to 20. The Havaianas Origine pairs will also be exclusively sold at Rustan’s at the Shang. For inquiries, call 370-2597/98 or visit www.facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficial.
ATLANTIS Theatrical Entertainment Group presents Waitress, a musical about a waitress at a diner who decides to join a pie baking contest which she hopes would give her a chance to live a new life. There are performances until Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Directed by Bobby Garcia, it stars Joanna Ampil, Bituin Escalante, and Maronne Cruz. For tickets and schedules, contact TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
JERUSALEM TO BGC — The Kolben Dance takes the High Street on Nov. 18, 3-5 p.m., at the Covered Canopy, West Block, Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig.
COMEDY MANILA presents Funny Fridays: Endless Laughter on Nov. 16, 8:30 p.m., at the Teatrino at Promenade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan. For tickets (P500) visit TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
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 (www.ticketworld.com.ph, 891-9999).
Mula Sa Buwan restaged
MULA Sa Buwan, the original Filipino musical written by director Pat Valera (concept, book, and lyrics) and William Manzano (lyrics and music), returns for a limited 16-show run until Nov. 26 at the Hyundai Hall, Arete Bldg., in Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan, Quezon City. The show will include a roster of returning and new cast. For more information visit www.mulasabuwan.ph.
Christmas tree lighting
CHRISTMAS at the Araneta Center gets brighter tonight when the giant Christmas tree is lit up the Times Square Food Park for the 37th year. A number of celebrities will headline the event including Sarah Geronimo, Vice Ganda, Darren Espanto, McCoy de Leon, the TNT Boys, Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 2 grand champion Janine Berdin, Vivoree Esclito and CK Kieron, The Kids’ Choice jurors Xia Vigor, Chunsa Jung, Onyok Pineda, Carlo Mendoza and Jayden Villegas, and OPM band Mojofly. Also gracing the event are beauty queens Catriona Gray, Jehza Huelar, Eva Patalinjug, and Michele Gumabao. The show, which will start at 4 p.m., will be hosted by volleyball player-turned-anchor Gretchen Ho, theater actor Benj Manalo and comedian MC. Admission is free. Aside from the giant Christmas tree, the Times Square Food Park will also feature Christmas on Display, which will have its own festive and ceremonial launch on Nov. 23.
CIRCUIT MAKATI will be holding a three-day sale called A Circuit Holiday Night Market from Nov. 16 to 18, 5 p.m. to midnight, at the Globe Circuit Event Grounds. The night market will be divided into six distinct districts: the Celebrity District which will see local celebrities selling their second-hand possessions and home cooked and baked goods, alongside charities like the Purple Centers Foundation, Hineleban Foundation, and Glenn’s Cookies; the Lifestyle District which will see brands like High Sierra, Cache Cache, Oka-B, Joe Fresh, Marks & Spencer’s, and the Gap, and where Mastercard holders can join a raffle when they use their cards there; the Student District which will have booths offering one-of-a-kind homemade items and crafts from young entrepreneurs led by The UP Organization of Business Economics Majors; the Artisan District organized by The Common Good Market; the Cuisine District of 50 booths organized by Mercato Centraale and Zomato; and the Green District which is a plants fair. During the event, Circuit Manakti will light the tallest Christmas Tree in the city. Entrance to the Night Market is P100, with a discounted rate of P50 for students, senior citizens, PWDs, and pregnant women. Mastercard users can enter for free.