Your Weekend Guide (November 8, 2019)

Font Size

Cats the Musical at Solaire

THE latest international tour of the Olivier and Tony award-winning musical, directed by Dane Quixall and presented by David Ian Productions, opens this weekend at The Theatre at Solaire. The show stars Joanna Ampil as Grizabella. Cats runs until Dec. 1. For details visit Tickets are available at TicketWorld (891-9999,

Die Zauberflöte at St. Scholastica’s

ST. SCHOLASTICA’s College Manila School of Music and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation Inc., in cooperation with Guang Ming College, present a production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) at St. Cecilia’s Hall in St. Scholastica’s College Manila. Juan Luis Muñoz will conduct the SSC Orchestra. Performances are scheduled on Nov. 8 and 12, 4 p.m., and Nov. 10, 3 p.m. For tickets call 8567-7686 loc. 2288.

Faith Gospel Singer’s Obra ng Maestro

THE Faith Gospel Singers present their 9th anniversary concert titled Obra ng Maestro featuring the Ellinwood Chamber Orchestra on Nov. 9, 6 p.m., at the Central United Methodist Church, T.M. Kalaw Ave, Ermita, Manila. Divided into four segments, the concert is a unique blend of Gospel songs, Original Pilipino Music, Broadway and movie themes, and inspirational music. Admission is free. For inquiries and ticket reservations, visit Faith Gospel Singers Facebook page or contact 0917-849-1409.

I Belong to the Zoo at Shangri-La mall

THE solo project of musician Argee Guerrero, I Belong to the Zoo takes over Shangri-La Plaza on Nov. 10, 7 p.m., at the mall’s Grand Atrium. Guerrero is known for writing sentimental, semi-autobiographical songs about love and heartbreak. For inquiries, call 8370-2597 or 98 or visit

Okko’s Inn film screening, Director’s Talk

THE Japan Foundation, Manila is partnering with Animahenasyon PH: The Philippine Animation Festival once again with a film screening of director Kitaro Kosaka’s Okko’s Inn on Nov. 8, 3:30 p.m., to be followed by a Director’s Talk at 5 p.m. at Samsung Hall, SM Aura, BGC, Taguig City. Admission is free. A second screening of Okko’s Inn will be held on Nov. 11, 6:50 p.m., at SM Megamall.

German Film Week

THE Goethe-Institut Philippinen opens the fourth German Film Week in Manila, ongoing until Nov. 11 at SM City Manila Cinema 6. It features a diverse lineup of 12 feature-length German films: 25km/h (directed by Markus Goller), 100 Things (Florian David Fitz), A Regular Woman (Sherry Hormann), All about Me (Caroline Link), Balloon (Michael Bully Herbig), Barbara (Christian Petzold), Berlin Blues (Oskar Roehler), Cold Feet (Wolfgang Groos); Good Bye, Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker), Gundermann (Andreas Dresen), The Keeper (David Kross), and, The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck). Regular tickets are P100 while students pay P50. Tickets are available via or the SM Cinema App. Slots are on first-come first-served basis.

Ortigas Christmas Light Tunnel

ORTIGAS & Company opened the Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel to usher in the holiday season. In addition to the lights and musical display, a mural to be designed in collaboration with students from MINT College will be unveiled in front of the Silver City 1A building during the holiday season. Titled Everything Counts, the mural aims to inspire environmental awareness among the whole community and invite them to come together to take action towards environmental conservation and preservation. There will also be a StrEAT Food night market every night from 6 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 5. The Ortigas East Christmas Street Musical Light Tunnel will be open to the public every night from 6 to 10 p.m. until Jan. 5.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Araneta City

THE Araneta City (formerly the Araneta Center) will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 8 at the Times Square Food Park. Activities begin at 5 p.m. Registration at 4 p.m. (location to be announced). With the theme “Christmas and the City,” the program will feature guests such as Anne Curtis, Edward Barbers, AC Bonifacio, Zephanie Dimaranan, Lucas Garcia, Lou Yanong, Andre Broulette, Yamyam Gucong, and Fumiya Sankai. It will be hosted by DJ Chacha and Fifth Solomon.

Christmas at Robinsons Malls

ROBINSONS Malls have a number of Christmas-themed activities in the coming weeks. The Giant Lantern Caravan makes its way around select Robinsons Malls until Nov. 24. A grand Christmas Holiday Village if the highlight as Robinsons Manila lights up its Christmas Tree on Nov. 7. Robinsons Galleria South’s Pokémon Holiday display opens on Nov. 9, while Robinsons Magnolia’s Candyland Chic display opens on Nov. 10.

Van Gogh Alive

EXPERIENCE THE multi-sensory exhibition on the Dutch painter’s life through his works and letters at the 4F of One Bonifacio High Street in BGC, Taguig City. The exhibition runs until Dec. 8. For information, visit the official website at Tickets are priced at P750 (adult) and P450 (student) and are also available onsite and at The Mind Museum ticket booth. Senior citizen and PWD discounts are not available on online purchases.

The Quest for the Adarna

REPERTORY Philippines’s 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 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).