The OK Bikol Association Inc., and the regional offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Tourism, hold the annual Orgullo Kan Bikol-Gayon Bicol Trade and Tourism Fair at the SM Megamall Megatrade Hall, from Oct. 8 to 11. Now on its 19th year, it is the longest running regional trade and travel fair which brings to the fore the distinct products and tourist spots from the six provinces of Bicol. Among the products for sale are abaca products, furniture, home furnishings, cutlery, pottery, gold craft, fashion accessories, processed food and beverages, health and wellness concoctions, pili-based candies and delicacies, and a wide assortment of novelty items. Spicing up the four-day fair are performances by Bicolano artists and provincial cultural cultural groups. The expo will also highlight Bicol’s popular and emerging travel destinations and attractions. For details, log on to www.okbikol.wordpress.com.
Avon Philippines’ Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer 2015 Walk and Run will be held on Oct. 10, with the run starting at 5 a.m. and the walk beginning at 6 a.m. It will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Open Grounds, Block 12. The event is open to the general public. It is part of Avon’s long-running crusade against breast cancer through its Kiss Goodbye to Breast Cancer (KGBC) campaign. Those who are not participating in the races can still come.
The Robinsons Malls Giant Sale offers discounts of up to 70% in all Robinsons malls nationwide from Oct. 15 to 18. Different malls will also have their own special activities: get a load of shopping from Oct. 30-31 at Robinsons Place Santiago; a Zumba Giant Party at Robinsons Place Pangasinan on Oct. 16; the ABS CBN Audition Caravan on Oct. 17-18 in Robinsons Place Palawan; performances by Jay-Ar on Oct. 15 in Robinsons Place Pangasinan, Zsa Zsa Padilla on Oct. 16 in Robinsons Place Las Piñas, MYMP on Oct. 18 in Robinsons Forum, Hale on Oct. 17 in Robinsons Place Dasmariñas, and the Voice Kids Season 2 finalists in Robinsons Place Imus, Robinson Place Antipolo and Robinsons Place Lipa. The sale will be extend to Nov. 8 for Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia and Robinsons Place Manila in support of the Philippine Shopping Festival (ShopFest 2015) organized by the Philippine Retailers Association and the Department of Tourism – Tourism Promotions Board. For details on the events and promos, visit www.robinsonsmalls.com.
Ayala Museum, in partnership with Tuldok Animation Studios and Faber-Castell, presents ST’ART: Si Pagong at Matsing Halloween activity for Kids on Oct. 17, 3 p.m., a Halloween-themed arts and crafts activity for kids. The workshop fee includes art materials, snacks, and film screening of the animated short, Si Pagong at Matsing, produced by Tuldok Animation Studios. Kids are encouraged to come in their most creative costumes, with prizes to be given to the creepiest, cutest, and/or most unique little creature to attend. The fee is P650 (P585 Ayala Museum members and AGC employees). For details, call 759-8288 local 35, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ayala Museum is at Makati Ave. corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
The Goethe-Institut Philippinen presents the Science Film Festival 2015 from Oct. 19 to Dec. 9, presenting 44 science films from around the world. This year the festival showcases the theme “Light” in accordance with the celebration of United Nation’s International Year of Light 2015, focusing on the importance of light and how it helps revolutionize society. The free screenings and activities in schools, museums and other educational centers in Manila, Luzon, Mindanao and Visayas start at Oct. 19. For more information contact email@example.com
From Oct. 8 to 18, PELÍCULA-PELIKULA, the Spanish Film Festival, will be featuring the best of contemporary Spanish cinema at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas. Presented by Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain-AECID, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) and Intramuros Administration, the 2015 edition of the Spanish Film Festival will screen around 30 films. The Festival has traditionally been graced by the presence of foreign filmmakers. On Oct. 12, at 9:30 p.m., Spanish journalist Ramón Vilaró will present his film, De aliados a masacrados (2014), a documentary about how the Filipino-Spanish population of Manila was decimated during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during the Second World War. On Oct. 13, the Czech filmmaker Lenka Kny will present his comedy Milagro en Praga (2013), and followed by an open forum. The romantic comedy film is about two families, Mexican and Czech, who cross paths in Prague over the Christmas holidays. The films to be shown range from romance and comedy (Ocho apellidos vascos, Tres bodas de más, Gente en sitios) to documentary (Paco de Lucía, La plaga), suspense (Relatos salvajes) and drama (Hermosa juventud, Artico). The Festival will have a second leg in Intramuros, from Oct. 19 to 25, which will include an exhibit, Spanish Cinema in 20 Posters, at the NCCA Building where the film screenings will be held. A selection of films will travel to other cities in the Philippines, namely Baguio, Ilo-ilo, Zamboanga and Davao. For the schedule, line-up of films and further information visit www.manila.cervantes.es or log on to www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.
Ayala Museum presents Advanced Writing Workshop with Jessica Zafra on Oct. 15, 22, 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop fee is P6,800. Participants are required to submit a short story, essay, biography or novel excerpt by Oct. 8. For details, call 759-8288, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ayala Museum is located at Makati Ave. corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati City.
The Proud Pinoy Stitchers (PPS) in cooperation with Christ the King Parish Church, Greenmeadows, Libis, QC, will be staging an exhibit/sale entitled Karayom Masterpieces II: Relihiyon at Amorsolo featuring religious images and paintings of Fernando Amorsolo done in cross stitch on Nov. 21-22 and 28-29 at the CTK Formation Center in the parish church. The event is slated to raise funds for the parish’s various community services.
Finale Art File presents Line Between Gestures & Color: Five Artists on Abstraction, a group show of abstract painters until Oct 24. Finale Art File is located at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. For details e-mail email@example.com, or www.finaleartfile.com.
Samsung Electronics Philippines and the Yuchengco Museum present a tribute exhibition to National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera who is is marking 50 years as an artist. The interactive exhibit, dubbed BenCab in Two Movements, is on view at the museum until Jan. 16. The exhibition highlights handpicked works he created to capture the dance movements of London-based Chinese dancer San Lee, and Polish dancer and choreographer Paulina Wycichowska. Through Samsung’s SUHD and UHD TV technologies, BenCab in Two Movements hopes to provide museum visitors immersive experiences at the same time curatorial information on shared art experiences between a painter and a dancer. Yuchengco Museum is located at the RCBC Plaza, Corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avess, Makati City. For details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://yuchengcomuseum.org.
Ritche Yee’s solo exhibition, Erosion, is on view at the Cultural Center of the Philippines until Oct. 11 at the Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery). Working in series, the artist produces what he calls “painting-sculptures.” For details, call 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, 832-3702, 0920-470-0690, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.
Ayala Museum presents Giyera: War in the Eyes of Maestro Amorsolo until Oct. 11. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Manila, the museum is showing Amorsolo paintings from the war years, on loan from several public and private collections. For details call 759-8288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Ayala Museum is located at Makati Ave. corner De La Rosa St., Greenbelt Park, Makati.
1335Mabini presents Carlos Celdran’s Postcards from Manila, Ian Jaucian’s emit no evil, and Alee Garibay’s Under Observation. All exhibits run until Oct. 16. The gallery is at 1335 A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila. For details visit www.1335mabini.com. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Sundays by appointment.
Silverlens Galleries presents a solo exhibition of Renato Orara’s more recent incarnations from the series Ten Thousand Things That Breathe, begun in 1989. The series is a growing body of work comprised of drawings of objects that happen to be in the artist’s habitat or that he happens to encounter beyond his home. The exhibition is ongoing until Oct. 24. Also showing at Silverlens is These Are Happening Without Your Permission, a solo exhibition by Mariano Ching. Silverlens is located at 2F YMC Bldg 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City.
Until Nov. 21, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) presents The Vexed Contemporary featuring 16 Filipino artists whose practices lend themselves to a global compass. They are: Pio Abad, Poklong Anading, Victor Balanon, Yason Banal, Lena Cobangbang, Louie Cordero, Kiri Dalena, Leslie De Chavez, Kawayan De Guia, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Cocoy Lumbao, Gina Osterloh, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Ikoy Ricio, Maria Taniguchi, and The Weather Bureau. MCAD is at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts Campus, Vito Crruz, Malate, Manila. For details, e-mail email@example.com, call 230-5100 loc 3897, or visit www.mcadmanila.org.ph.
The Mind Museum presents A Glass of the Sea, an immersive, interactive and constantly updated exhibition on the discoveries from the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines, also dubbed as the “center of the center of marine biodiversity.” The exhibit runs until the end of the year, then will go on tour around the country. The Mind Museum is at JY Campos Park, 3rd Ave., Bonifacio Global City. For details, call 909-6463.
Galleria Duemila in partnership Greenbelt presents New Life, a public sculpture exhibition by Impy Pilapil. The exhibit runs until Feb. 28, 2016 at Greenbelt Park, Makati. For details, call 831-9990, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.galleriaduemila.com.
GERMAN conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on Oct. 9, 8 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo. This is the second concert of the PPO’s 2015-2016 concert season. Program includes the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op. 46, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3. For inquires and subscription, call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld (891-9999).
The University of Santo Tomas Singers, under the baton of its conductor Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., will stage A Joyful Noise! A Thanksgiving Concert on Oct. 10, 8 p.m., at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The UST Singers recently arrived from their successful 28th International Concert Tour of Europe, where they performed in key cities in Germany and Italy. Highlighting this trip was their win at the 4th Florence International Choir Festival in Florence, Italy, where they were proclaimed the Grand Prize Winner, bagging a total of eight awards, including four First Prizes, the Best Male Soloist Award, and two special awards for Prof. Calalang. This concert will also serve as a send-off for the 32-member ensemble as they embark the next day on another concert tour of South Korea. Tickets to A Joyful Noise! are available at the CCP Box Office (832-1125, 832-32704) and TicketWorld (891-9999). For inquiries, call the UST Singers at 0915-129-3129 or 0915-101-3275.
Gloc 9 – Ang Kwento ng Makata will be presented on Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, 8 p.m., at the Music Museum Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City. For every Saturday performance the rapper will be joined by different guests including Bamboo, Kylie Padilla, Aiza Seguerra. Rico Blanco, Janno Gibbs, Ebe Dancel, Yeng Constantino, Jolina Magdangal, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, and Jay Durias, among many others. Tickets range in price from P953.60 to P2,980. For details, call TicketWorld 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Actor’s Actors Inc. and The Necessary Theatre present The Normal Heart, the 2011 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Play about the early days of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City. The play runs until Oct. 11, at the Carlos P. Romulo auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City. Written by playwright and activist Larry Kramer, the play is directed by Bart Guingona who also essays the lead role. Tickets range in price from P500 to P1,500. For details, call 215-0788 or 0917-537-8313, or TicketWorld at 891-9999.
Manila Symphony Orchestra presents Season Concert No. 3: Music Inspired by Romeo and Juliet on Oct. 17, 8 p.m., at the Meralco Theater in Pasig City. The orchestra will perform under the baton of Thanos Adamopoulos, guest conductor from Belgium. The first half of the concert will be back to back Tchaikovsky, with Romeo and Juliet Overture – Fantasy. For tickets go to www.ticketworld.com.ph.
No Filter 2.0: Let’s talk about ME has performances until Oct. 25 at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati A.P. Reyes Ave., Brgy. Carmona, Makati. Presented by The Sand Box Collective, it is an updated version of the original series of monologues focussing the lives and interests of Millenials. It stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Sam Concepcion, Lauren Young, Saab Magalona-Bacarro, Carla Humphries, Cai Cortez, Sarah Facuri, Mikael Daez, Micah Muñoz, Paolo Valenciano, and Khalil Kaimo, under the direction of Toff de Venecia. Tickets range in price from P836 to P1,567. For details, call TicketWorld 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Repertory Philippines presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a staging of Michael Valenti and Elsa Rael’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Directed by Joy Virata, the play stars Christine Flores, Alana Vicente, Becca Coates alternating as Snow White; Bituin Escalante, Ring Antonio, and Pam G alternating as the queen; and Hans Eckstein, Jos Jalbuena, Jeff Flores alternating as the prince/woodsman. The play is being staged until Dec. 10 at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Makati City. Ticket prices range from P400 to P600. For details, call 843-3570, TicketWorld at 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Andreas Henkel, one of Germany’s foremost pianists, will have a solo concert on Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Ayala Museum in Makati City. He will also give a special masterclass on “performing the music of Beethoven” on Oct. 16, 10 a.m., at the Steinway Boutique, 6750 Retail Arcade, Ayala Ave., Makati. Described by critics as “a well-tempered pianist” who is “sensitive, delicate, vast range of tonal color and True on the style of the work,” Henkel is considered among the finest Beethoven specialist and interpreters today. For tickets, call Cultural Arts Events Organizer at 515-3041, 782-7164, 0920-954-0053 or 0918-347-3027, TicketWorld at 891-9999 or www.events.ph.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Production Design Program Batch 112 presents a reinterpretation of the 1998 Philippine Centennial Literary Composition award-winning play, Palasyo Ni Valentin. Written by Mario O’Hara and directed by Nonon Padilla, the sarswela is about self-reflection in time and history. Palasyo Ni Valentin will have performacnes from Oct. 15 to 17 (1 and 7 p.m.) at the SDA Theater, School of Design and Arts Campus, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, P. Ocampo St., Malate, Manila. The play stars Ricky Davao, Thea Gloria, Sherry Lara, and Juliene Mendoza. Ticket are P200, P300 and P400. For inquiries, contact Kimberly Villanueva (0917-627-5288) or message facebook.com/PalasyoNiValentin. Follow us on twitter @palasyovalentin and instagram @palasyonivalentin.
Kuh celebrates 35 years-plus in the music biz with major concert, 35+ The Kuhl Event, on Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at the Christ’s Commission Fellowship Center Main Auditorium at Tiendesitas, C5, Pasig. She will be joined by friends and contemporaries including Gary Valenciano, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Jaya, and Tirso Cruz III. Also joining the show is Kuh’s daughter Isabella, Migo of StarStruck, the Perkins Twins Jesse and Christian, and Fernando Carillo (Marimar). Tickets to the show are priced at P3,000, P2,500, P2,000 and P750. For inquiries and reservations, call 531-0688 or 0917-813-9065.
Toyota Classics — Music that Moves Lives will be held on Oct. 16, 8 p.m., at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, Entertainment City, Parañaque. It will feature the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre performing a selection of enduring classics from Phantom of the Opera and West Side Story, with special guest performances by Menchu Lauchengo Yulo and Robert Seña. Tickets range in price from P418 to P3,344. For details, call TicketWorld 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.
Ballet Philippines presents Sarong Banggi: Filipino Classics Reimagined by Maestro Ryan Cayabyab, featuring new works by six Filipino choreographers — Carissa Adea, Ronelson Yadao, Cyril Aran Fallar, Paul Alexander Morales, Nonoy Froilan, and Carlo Pacis — set to popular Filipino folk songs as arranged and orchestrated by Mr. Cayabyab. Sarong Banggi’s opening night on Oct. 16 is a Filipiniana Gala featuring ae live performance of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Cayabyab. There will be more performances on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. For details, visit www.ballet.ph, e-mail to email@example.com, or call 551-1003. For tickets and reservations, call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704, or TicketWorld at 891-9999.
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, the Philippine Opera Company (POC) is bringing back Ang Bagong Harana, an eclectic show featuring everything from children’s songs to tribal chants, from planting songs to courtship ditties, from stirring kundiman to the delightful showstoppers by Sylvia la Torre. It is a showcase of the best of Filipino composers from different music genres — Nicanor Abelardo, Ryan Cayabyab, Willy Cruz, Francisco Santiago, Antonio Molina, Resti Umali, George Canseco, Ernani Cuenco, Levi Celerio, Jose Estrella, Constancio De Guzman and Felipe de Leon, to name a few. Ang Bagong Harana features Karla Gutierrez, Cris Go, Lorraine Lisen, Melissa Camba, KL Dizon, Cristiani Rebada, Michael Odoemene, Noel Rayos, Lawrence Jatayna and Nazer Salcedo with the special participation of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group. Directed by Floy Quintos with music arrangements by Von de Guzman, Jessie Lasaten, Jesse Lucas and Paulo Zarate, it will run at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. cor. Buendia, Makati, on Oct. 17 and 24 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 18, 23 and 25 at 3 p.m. For tickets, call POC at 822-9609 or 0917-5272880 or TicketWorld at 891-9999.
One Night of QUEEN, featuring Queen tribute band Gary Mullen and the Works, will be held on Oct. 24 and 25, 8 p.m., at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort & Casino, Entertainment City, Parañaque. They will be performing Queen hits like “Radio Gaga,” “Under Pressure,” “We Are The Champions, and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Tickets range in price from P2,084 to P8,336. For details, call TicketWorld 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.
All 4 One & Diana King in Manila will be held on Oct. 28, 8 p.m., at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila, Newport City, Pasay City. Tickets range in price from P2,752.50 to P8,808.
Harana: A Weekend at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar with Lani Misalucha, Mel Villena and the AMP Band, will be held on Oct. 31. Guests will enjoy great music and a four-course dinner in the midst of a picturesque hall featuring outstanding Filipino crafts and artworks in the newly opened Hotel de Oriente Convention Centre, a replica of the first ever luxurious hotel in Manila. This will be the first big musical event at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, as it opens grounds for meetings, exhibits and shows with Hotel de Oriente Convention Centre whose two halls can each accommodate up to 1,000 guests. Tickets for two are available for P20,000 with overnight room accommodation for Oct. 31-Nov. 1, dinner, set breakfast, guided heritage tour, and pool and beach access. A group of four will get the same perks for P35,000. Also available are tickets for the dinner and show for P10,000 per person. Book tickets via Ticketworld at www.ticketworld.com.ph or 891-9999, 0917-550-6997 and 999-954-5922. Limited seats available. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located in Bagac, Bataan, easily accessible via NLEX and SCTEX.
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus Manila present Cookin’ Nanta, a non-verbal performance that guarantees plenty of laughs in the kitchen, on Nov. 10 to 15 at The Theatre at Solaire. For details, call TicketWorld 891-9999 or visit www.ticketworld.com.ph.