Your Weekend Guide (September 20, 2019)

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Black and White zine fair

INDEPENDENT bookstore Kwago and co-working and event space Warehouse Eight, Komura are organizing the first Black and White zine fair on Sept. 21, 2019, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Warehouse Eight, Makati. The fair, with over 40 zine makers, strips the zine down to its most basic format: several pages, printed in black and white, loosely folded, and stapled together. The fair also includes talks — with Adjani Arumpac of RESBAK who will discuss political zine making, Hulyen for democratizing creation through zines, Matanglawin Ateneo about mosquito press and how campus press is an instrument to freedom, and Gladys Regalado on how algorithm and new technology manufactures truth — and a screening of the film Portraits of Mosquito Press by JL Burgos about press freedom and independent writing. There will also be zine swapping, an exhibit, and more. Kwago is at Warehouse Eight, La Fuerza Compound, Chino Roces, Makati.

CCP 50th Anniversary Gala

THE HISTORY of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will be presented in BULAWAN: The CCP 50th Anniversary Gala on Sept. 20 and 21, 8 p.m., with a showcase of the best of Philippine art, from folk rituals and dances to modern visual arts; from literature to music. Featured guest performers include renowned artists Celeste Legaspi, Raul Sunico, Joanna Ampil, Audie Gemora, Monique Wilson, with special participation of the West Australian Ballet, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ligaya Amilbangsa, CCP resident companies, and more. For tickets, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

K-Pop Music Festival

THE FIRST Rainbow in Asia Music Festival will be held on Sept. 21 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan City. The show will feature some of the best Korean pop groups and will be hosted by 2NE1 member and host Sandara Park and actor-host Ryan Bang. The performers are girl group Mamamoo, Oh My Girl, Winner and AB6ix, and solo artists Park Bom and Kriesha Chu. Tickets range in price from P500 to P13,000 at TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Band of Hope

THE FORMER frontmen of bands 6Cyclemind, Moonstar88, and Rivermaya will take the stage on Sept. 20, 5 p.m. at the Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor Government Center, for a one-night concert to raise funds to buy medical supplies for people with hemophilia and those who are undergoing dialysis. The Band of Hope concert brings together Ney Dimaculangan, who was the lead vocalist and writer of 6Cyclemind until 2011; Acel Bisa, who was the lead singer of Moonstar 88 until 2004; and Jason Fernandez who was the lead vocalist of Rivermaya until 2011. Also performing are electro-pop duo Beat per Machine, the band The Pub Forties, and Fliptop rapper Rapido. For tickets and reservations, call 0926-734-9429 or 0961-326-3722. Ticket prices are P350 and P450.

Concert honors Cayabyab

NATIONAL ARTIST for Music Ryan Cayabyab will be honored with a tribute concert on Sept. 21, 7 p.m., at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). Ang SOAP Opera ng Buhay Ko 2: Musika ni Ryan, Medisina ng Ating Bayan (Isang Pagpupugay ng Iskolar ng Bayan sa Pambansang Alagad ng Sining), spearheaded by the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Foundation (UPMAF), features Lea Salonga, Jed Madela, Jaya, Rachel Alejandro, Pinky Marquez, Cris Villonco, Armand Ferrer, Baihana, Ryan Cayabyab Singers, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and more for an night of all Cayabyab music. The show that aims to raise funds for the construction of the 11-storey UP Medical Sciences Building in UP Manila. Tickets are available at TicketWorld (, 8919999), the UPMAS Office at 525-3852, or through Dr. Melfred Hernandez at 0917-815-2029, Dr. Lilibeth Genuino at 0917-536-2630 or Dr. June Dumlao at 0928-502-2804.

Cine Europa 22

THE 22nd Cine Europa will run from Sept. 20 to 24 at Cinema 1, Greenbelt 3 in Makati City. This year, the festival showcases 12 films from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. For more information and screening schedules, visit or the official Facebook page of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

Himala: Isang Musikal

BASED on the 1982 film directed by Ismael Bernal, Himala: Isang Musikal centers on Elsa, a young woman who is looked upon as a desperate town’s savior. The show runs until Oct. 20 at the PowerMac Center Spotlight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, Makati City. For tickets, visit TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

World Wellness Weekend

EDSA Shangri-La, Manila, together with all Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts around the globe, will celebrate World Wellness Weekend on Sept. 21 to 22 at CHI, The Spa. On Sept. 21, gather insights and tips about Sleep Wellness from Dr. Michael Alexius Sarte, M.D. of The Medical City Sleep Lab. Attendees may also enjoy a lineup of pocket events such as cookie baking and decorating for kids by Edsa Shangri-La’s executive pastry chef Martin Frowd; STRONG by Zumba; meditation by Rajni Daulatram of Brahma Kumaris; and lots of wellness giveaways. On Sept. 22, guests can join a Run for Wellness by Coach Rio around the Ortigas area, which will start and end at the Garden Way by the hotel’s main entrance. The race features 3k, 6k and 9k race categories. Attendees will be given a race pack and wellness giveaways during the event. Prior registration is required. For inquiries and event registration, call 633-8888 ext. 7777 or 2906 or e-mail Visit


PHILIPPINE Opera Company opens its 20th anniversary with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning musical Passion at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, in Makati City until Sept. 29. Set in war-torn Italy in 1863, Passion tells the story of a love affair between a young soldier, a beautiful married woman, and a sickly spinster. Directed by Robbie Guevara, it stars Jasmin Fitzgerald as Clara, Vien King as Giorgio, and Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Fosca. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

Company: A Musical

UPSTART Productions presents Stephen Sondheim’s Company: A Musical Comedy until Sept. 22 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig City. Directed by Topper Fabregas, the musical follows 35-year-old Bobby who struggles to commit to a relationship or marriage. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999). For inquiries, contact Upstart Productions at 0917-811-6156 or

Rak of Aegis

THE hit Pinoy jukebox musical Rak of Aegis returns to the PETA Theater Center, with ongoing performances until Sept. 29. The show uses the songs of the Aegis band to tell the tale of a perennially flooded barangay. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).

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, 2020 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, in Makati. In the kingdom of Berbania, the happy life of king, queen, and their three sons is shattered when the king falls mysteriously ill. He can only be healed by the song of the mythical bird, Adarna, which can be found in its mountain home. The three brothers take turns attempting the dangerous journey to help their father. Tickets are available through TicketWorld (, 891-9999).