Your Weekend Guide (November 30, 2018)

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Morissette and MPO

MORISSETTE will be performing with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra at various Robinsons malls in December.

ENJOY a series of musical performances featuring a certified birit queen and one of the country’s leading orchestras. Award-winning vocalist Morissette will be sharing the stage with the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra on Dec. 1 at Robinsons Place Manila; Dec. 8 at Robinsons Galleria; and Dec. 15 at Robinsons Magnolia. All shows are at 6 p.m.

McDonald’s Stripes Run 2018

MCDONALD’s will be holding its annual Stripes Run on Dec. 2 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Each registration for this year’s Stripes Run will help in donating reading kits to Grades 1 and 2 public school children through Ronald McDonald Read to Learn, a beginning reading program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). RMHC’s Read to Learn program, which started in 2002, is a partnership with the Department of Education that aims to improve the literacy skills of Filipino students while they are at the early stage of learning. Game booths and activities await the entire family and barkada at McDonald’s Stripes Run 2018. For more information and to view the list of McDonald’s stores for registration, visit or follow McDonald’s Philippines’ Facebook page,

Nick Joaquin parody

THE Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster’s Theater Arts Program presents Larawan ng Pilipino Bilang Artist(a), a parody of Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, done in celebration of the centenary of National Artist Nick Joaquin. Written and directed by Nonon Padilla, it features Alan Bautista, Sherry Lara, Stella Cañete-Mendoza, Mosang, Bembol Roco, and Jaime Yambao plus the Theater Arts Batch 2015. Performances are on Nov. 28, 29, and Dec. 1, at 1 and 7 p.m., at the SDA Theater, DLS-CSB, 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila.


BALLET MANILA restages Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s first full-length choreographic work, Cinderella, at the Aliw Theater in the CCP Complex on Dec. 1 and 2. For details visit


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, with performances until Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City. Directed by Bobby Garcia, it stars Joanna Ampil, Bituin Escalante, and Maronne Cruz. For tickets and schedules, contact TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

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).

Santinatornkul in Manila

INTERNATIONAL Thai actor Chanon Santinatornkul — star of Bad Genius — is set to visit Manila for his first solo fan meeting entitled Breaktime! on Nov. 30 at the SM Sky Dome at SM North EDSA. There will be singing, dancing, and a chance to get to know more about the actor at the fan meet. Discounted rates are available on ( with ticket prices and fan perks ranging from General Admission (inclusive of hi-touch, school kit, official poster, and ID card) for P2,120.00 instead of P2,500 to MVP (inclusive of fan sign, group photo by 20s, hi-touch, school kit, official poster, and ID card) for P5,088 instead of P6,000.

Exhibit on escapism

BALLET MANILA’s Cinderella goes onstage this weekend.

THE Photography Program students from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde open their four-day exhibition entitled Stranger Worlds on Nov. 30, at the Nova Gallery Manila in Makati City. The student-artists aimed to interpret escapism through their photographic abilities, personal styles, and art processes. The exhibit is on view until Dec. 3, at the Nova Gallery Manila, La Fuerza Plaza II, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.

Christmas at Pixar Playtown

BONIFACIO Global City (BGC) and The Walt Disney Company Philippines have come together to bring the magic of Pixar’s timeless stories and characters to Filipinos this Christmas season with “Pixar Playtown,” featuring installations of Pixar characters from Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, and Toy Story. Gateway signage, lamp-posts, select office entrances, and even traffic lights along major roads are also dressed up Pixar-style this Christmas. BGC’s jam-packed holiday calendar includes Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights, a lights show with a Disney soundtracks that comes on every 30 minutes from 6-10 p.m. until January 6 at Bonifacio High Street Park. Meanwhile, BGC Passionfest: Festivals of the World will be held on Dec. 1 and 2, with food, games, art, culture, and live music. Polar Express: Christmas Rush is a Holiday Fair at Bonifacio High Street Central that will be held on Dec. 15 and 16. Dec. 15 is also when the Disney Quiz Night will be held. The Anticipated Community Simbang Gabi will be held from Dec. 16 to 25, 6:30 p.m., at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater. Meanwhile, Meet & Greet Santa every Sunday, 4 p.m. at One Bonifacio High Street beginning Dec. 8. BGC welcomes the new year with BGC X TAGUIG PULSE 2019, a year-end countdown, in partnership with Think Big Taguig, on Dec. 31, at 5th Ave., Bonifacio High Street. There will be food, games, a fireworks display, and live performances from KZ Tandingan, Jessica Sanchez and more.

PPO outreach in Antique

THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will hold outreach concerts in Antique province, performing at the Tario Lim Campus of University of Antique in the Capitol of Tibiao on Nov. 30, 6 p.m., and at the People’s Plaza in Capitolyo, San Jose on Dec. 1, at 6 p.m. The concerts are free to the public. The PPO will perform familiar classic music such as all-time favorite Filipino pieces and well-known pop songs including “Usahay” and a Beyonce medley.

Reel to Real at SM Cinema

THE SM Cinema Blockbuster Weekend will be held at the SM Mall of Asia from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. Movies such as Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse and Pokemon: The Power of Us will be featured at the three-day interactive exhibit, giving guests the opportunity to experience the featured movies. There will be Wreck-It-Ralph inspired exhibits such as Vanellope’s Sugar Rush World, Mr. Litwak’s Arcade and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it-Ralph 2 360° Photobooth; visitors can also experience the world of Spider-Man at the Upside Down Room and become a real-life Pokemon trainer through the mini-Pokemon Center. There will be a Wreck-It-Ralph quiz night on Nov. 30. Spider-Man is the focus on Dec. 1, with a demonstration of the hit Playstation 4 game, Marvel’s Spider-Man; Spider-Man cosplayers; and the screening of an exclusive clip for the upcoming Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Pokemon is the focus on Dec. 2 with a Pokemon hunting game and a special meet and greet with Pikachu.