Irresistible events in October 2019

Irresistible events in October 2019

We’ve got a vengeful barber going around for the best travel deals to a certain island for a fruit festival before seeing a celebrated artist’s works of art. Confused? Scroll down to understand.

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

October 11 to 27

A musical that’s not for the faint-of-heart visits Manila as the unjustly exiled barber Sweeney Todd (Jett Pangan) makes his way into The Theatre at Solaire for revenge on a judge who was very much into his wife. He “operates” out of his old apartment with the help of Mrs. Lovette (Lea Salonga), who has taken a liking to the now-vengeful barber.
The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Entertainment City, Paranaque City;

Travel Sale Fair

October 11 to 13

You can run on the beach after you’ve made a run at the Travel Sale Fair this October. Photo by Harvey Tapan

There’s nothing like scoring a travel deal that seems impossible to get, which is why people flock to travel expos. Get a headstart on your travel plans for 2020 and block off October 11 to 13 for Travel Sale Fair 2019, happening at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. Find the best travel deals at amazing prices to destinations you used to only dream of being able to go or want to revisit.
World Trade Center, Pasay Extension cor. Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Pasay City;

Lanzones Festival

October 20 to 27

It only happens once a year: a week-long celebration of Camiguin’s top export. The annual thanksgiving festival, which happens every third week of October, gives you a taste of Camiguin’s culture with events like Street Dancing, presentations, an agro-industrial-tourism trade fair, various sporting events, and their search for the Mutya sa Buahanan. The lanzones may not come as often as they used to, but this festival reminds the people of Camiguin to always be thankful for their annual harvest.

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience

October 26 to December 8

A tease of the experience from their exhibition in Zurich. Video from Showhouse.

See works of celebrated artist Vincent Van Gogh come to life at Level 4, One Bonifacio High Street this October as the Bonifacio Arts Foundation, Inc. brings you Van Gogh Alive – The Experience. The touring exhibition from Grande Exhibitions has delighted audiences in 50 cities worldwide and promises a different way of seeing Van Gogh’s most celebrated works of art, like the Starry Night and the Potato Eaters.
Level 4, One Bonifacio High Street, One Bonifacio High Street Park, 5th Ave, BGC, Metro Manila, Tickets: Php750 for adults, Php450 for children,

Featured photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

Wizards, costumes, and heated rivalries

Wizards, costumes, and heated rivalries

September, the first official month of the Philippine Christmas season, has come! And here are events on this merry month to mark on your calendars.

Christmas has officially started in the Philippines! Preparations are well underway, but that doesn’t mean it should be your focus. We still have other events to look at and attend for the month of September. Here’s five that we feel should be on your wish list:

Manila International Book Fair

September 11-15, 2019
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

40 years on and the country’s largest book fair is still chugging gleefully along! The 40th Manila International Book Fair brings together all of the country’s top publishers, distributors, authors, and talents under one roof. The five-day event comes packed with seminars, workshops, and book signings from some of the country’s up-and-coming authors, as well as massive discounts on your favorite titles! Get to cleaning your bookshelves, ASAP!

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert

September 14-15, 2019
The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, 1 Aseana Ave., Parañaque City

Experience the music from the first installment of this widely popular film series as the ABS-CBN Philharmonic, under the baton of Gerard Salonga, give you a deeper sense of John William’s musical score for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Watch the movie in high definition at The Theatre at Solaire in Parañaque City on September 14 and 15 and hear the orchestra perform the musical score live!

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Cosplay Mania 2019

September 28-29, 2019
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

The country’s largest and premier Japanese pop culture event is back for its 11th year! Cosplay Mania, happening on September 28 to 29 at the SMX Convention Center, gives you a taste of Japanese pop culture by bringing in world-class cosplayers alongside popular actors, voice actors, and anime musicians from the Land of the Rising Sun! Experience Japanese pop culture on a scale you’ve never seen with merch, games, fan meets, and a concert at the end of each day! for more info; buy tickets on

UAAP Season 82 Men’s Basketball

All Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays of September

Season 82 of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has just begun, and no sport will be as watched in the Philippines as men’s basketball. This year’s tournament will feature some of the biggest names in collegiate basketball, with reigning champions The Ateneo looking to defend their crown against a field of re-tooled teams, including rivals De La Salle (September 8, Araneta Coliseum) and The University of the Philippines Diliman (September 29, Araneta Coliseum). Will The Ateneo get their three-peat, or will their impending dynasty be stopped in its tracks?

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Peñafrancia Festival

Peñafrancia Festival - Fluvial Procession
The Fluvial Procession in 2010. Photo by Edgar Allan Zeta-Yap via flickr

September 22, 2019
Naga City, Camarines Sur

It’s one of the most anticipated events in the Bicol Region: the annual Peñafrancia Festival, commemorated every third Sunday of September, with events lined up throughout the weeks leading up to the mass. The spotlight is on the Fluvial Procession, which happens on the Saturday before the big mass. Expect colorful barges and boats carrying an image of the Virgin, a copy of the Madonna in Peñafrancia, Spain, to make its trip from the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine to the Naga Cathedral by way of the Naga River.

Featured photo by Wendy Wei from Pexels

Must-see events in July and August 2019

Must-see events in July and August 2019

The events just keep pouring in even during the wettest months.

Don’t let the rain stop you from going out this July and August. It may be pouring most days but it does bring in something you can take advantage of— the chance to binge on movies, stage plays, and planning future trips.

Here are some of our must-see events for July and August 2019.

The Lion King

July 17

Video from Disney Philippines

The reviews are pouring in! Aren’t you psyched for Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of a classic?

See the citizens of fictional African savanna Pride Rock in The Lion King. Catch Simba (Donald Glover), with the help of his trusty friends Timon (Billy Eichner), Pumbaa (Seth Rogen), and his childhood friend Nala (Beyonce), deal with all the pressures that come with being the son of King Mufasa (James Earl Jones) and of his scheming uncle Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Now showing in all cinemas

Cinemalaya 2019

August 2 – 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and select Ayala Malls Cinemas

Video from Cinemalaya Foundation

Get your emotions ready as we go for another roller coaster of a year at the country’s largest independent film festival, Cinemalaya, which brings together some of the most promising filmmakers both big and small, tackling socially relevant topics and showcasing them in brand new ways. This year’s competition films will touch on topics as simple as preparing for a job interview in Pandanggo Sa Hukay (by Sheryl Rose M. Andes, starring Iza Calzado) to a cautionary tale on how social media can change a person’s life in John Denver Trending (by Arden Rod Condez).

Call the CCP Box Office at 02-832-1125 loc. 1409 from 9 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Saturday or visit to purchase tickets and festival passes.

Philippine Travel Mart

August 30 to September 1 at the SMX Convention Center Manila

Video from Philippine Tour Operators Association

The country’s longest-running travel expo is back for its 30th year and is looking as fun as ever. Tour companies and operators from all over the country will once again gather in the gigantic halls of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City to bring you the latest and best travel deals to the country’s tourist destinations. Start those travel plans now and make sure you block off the last days of August for this one!

Featured Photo by Krists Luhaers on Unsplash

Awaited music fest invades Makati on June 22

Awaited music fest invades Makati on June 22

Finally headed for your first Fête de la Musique in the Philippines? Here’s a guide from Giselle Tomimbang of B Side Productions, the team that’s been working their magic for Fête de la Musique since 2011.

A tease of what’s to come for #FetePH25. Video courtesy of B Side Productions and Alliance Francaise de Manille, posted on Art Plus Magazine YouTube Channel

A yearly music festival that’s kinda more of music madness, what with its range of music, artists, venues in hip places around Manila and outside, is here this June, and it’s just snowballing into an even bigger and better music fest by the year.

With over 50 stages spread across 7 locations (Makati, Manila, Baguio, Batangas, Laguna, Palawan, and Pampanga) and three nights (June 22, 28, and 29, 2019), this year’s Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) promises to be the biggest one yet. The main event, which takes place in Makati on the 22nd of June, is always one that drives people nuts because of the sheer number of stages.

B Side Productions President Giselle Tomimbang gives us her must-visit pocket stages. Photo by Andronico Del Rosario

Luckily, we got to talk to Giselle Tomimbang from B-Side Productions, the team organizing this midyear musical madness, and asked for her pick among the 50+ pocket stages for #FêtePH25. Here are the pocket stages she would personally go to if she didn’t have organizer duties for the night:

Hip Hop and Street Dance Stage

by Philippine Allstars and Beyond Passion Entertainment
Power Mac Spotlight, Circuit Makati

Hip hop culture is alive and well in the Philippines, and Giselle is a fan. “I may not look like it, but I’m a fan of hip hop culture. The four pillars of hip hop are usually there: music, breaking, emceeing, and graffiti. It’s a multi-sensory experience.”

Must-watch acts: Medmessiah, Butta B, Philippine Allstars

Jazz Stage

by The Philippine International Jazz Festival Foundation
St. Giles Hotel, Makati Ave. cor. Kalayaan Ave.

The local jazz scene has always been good, but it’s never been given the amount of attention it deserves. For Giselle, “I’m looking forward to seeing Richard Merk as well as the other stalwarts of the local jazz scene.”

Acts: Bea Lorenzo, Flames, Miss Ramonne, Maffy Soler, Henry Katindig Trio feat Cheryl Santaromana, Jeannie Tiongco, Megan Herrera, Michelle, Richard Merk

World Music Stage

Imagine being one of the people in this crowd. Photo from B Side Productions, Fete de la Musique 2018

by TAPAT Production
Element Boutique Hotel, Poblacion

What better way is there to experience music from the rest of the world than at the World Music Stage? Giselle says “(there’s) So many drummers to watch out for, as well as the people from the Flow Arts community.”

Acts: Talahib People’s Music, Anima Tierra, Manila Sky, kadara capoeira, Kenneth Balajadia (Bunga Arts Link), DRUMMERS journey, Meldy Hernandez (African Dance), Matthew Servado (Flow Arts Philippines), Taipan Lucero (Live Art Painting), Jamela Perez Flamenco Filipinas, Hohanna (Installation Art)

Zodiac Stage

by GIG Productions
Gallery in the Gutter, Legazpi Village

Not that many acts at the Zodiac Stage, but the afternoon activities are a big hit for Giselle. “It’s kind of like a Hippie stage. In the afternoon, they’ll have reiki (sessions), crystal healing, and tarot reading.”

Visit for: afternoon session with V432 Wellness

Bebop Jazz & Blues Stage

by The Philippine International Jazz Festival Foundation
La Collina, Poblacion

If you’re a fan of rapid jazz pieces and artists alike, then this stage is for you. Listen to the rhythms of the Rey Infante Trio and Doc Ted and Friends at La Collina for your dose of what most people refer to as modern jazz.

Blues Soul & Funk Stage

One of the must-watch acts for this stage: Kat Agarrado. Photo from B Side Productions

by Mambo Rat Productions and Funkybeat Entertainment
H&J Sports Bar & Restaurant, Poblacion

The Blues Soul and Funk Stage gives you a huge hit of soothing music in bunches with performances from Bras Pas Pas Pas Pas, Kat Agarrado, and Cooky Chua (former lead vocals of Color It Red).

Other acts: Banna Harbera, Conscious & the Goodness, Bleu Rascals, Kosmikskala, Ian Lofamia Blues Band, Malana, Holmes, Hidden Jem, Hit The Road Kat, The Espasouls, Manila Milkshake

Boom Bap Stage

by Boogie
Boogie, Poblacion

Fans of East Coast hip hop (Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Depp) will be familiar with the beats at the Boom Bap Stage, especially when its played at Boogie along Kalaan Avenue in Poblacion. Also, two words from Giselle: “Skratchmark, YES!”

Other acts: Supermikki, Bassrelief, Pope Fiction, Alexandra, NixDamnP, JayRu, XIII, Butta B, Chase (Live Art)

Femme Fatale Stage

by Bigtimeado Production and ChixxxMnla
Handlebar Bar and Grill, Poblacion

The Femme Fatale Stage is all about women, headlined by one of the rising stars of the local rock scene: Even. Various musical genres come together on this stage that will show how women have a place in the country’s music scene. Giselle said it best: “I definitely want to check out this stage.”

Other acts: May, Project Yazz, Leidulataja, The Soledads, Al Louis, Crab and Corn, Buttercream, Lady I, We Are Imaginary, MNR MJRTY

Click on this map to see where each of the pocket stages will be on June 22, 2019. Image from B Side Productions

These stages will be up there in terms of being lively and upping your taste in the genre they represent. However, for the certified titos/titas of Manila, Giselle recommends the Salsa Stage by Salsa Manila at Makati Shangri-La’s Sage Bar.

“I’m going to sound so tita, but I want to visit this pocket stage.” Salsa Manila hasn’t announced their Salsa Stage acts, but if the location is any indication, it’s going to be a fancy night for the Titas of manila.

One thing that was recently added to Fête de la Musique is the Pre-Fête Stage. This started out in 2018 at the Rizal Open Air Auditorium in Manila and was such a hit that they’ve decided to do three this year in Manila (Rizal Open Air Auditorium), BGC (Sunset Collective Stage at KMC Skydeck), and Giselle’s pick: the Rockeoke Stage at The Peninsula Hotel’s Salon de Ning (It’s a VERY COMFY place.)

Fête de la Musique Survival Kit

You’re going to be doing a lot of this during #FetePH25. You’ll definitely need something in your bag to survive. Photo from B Side Productions, Fete de la Musique 2018

If you’re planning to go this route or are planning your own route with the help of the FêtePH app (available on the App Store and Google Play), here’s what Giselle suggests you arm yourself with:

  • A pair of comfy sneakers. You’re going to do a lot of walking.
  • A change of clothes. You’re going to sweat a lot because of that walking, or you might spill food/drink on yourself.
  • An umbrella/raincoat/poncho. In case it pours.
  • Water bottle. It’s sustainable and much less expensive than buying a drink at every pocket stage.
  • Powerbank. You’re going to run out of juice at Fête for sure.
  • A good attitude!

With this, you’ll have no problems navigating the many stages a la Giselle at this year’s Fête de la Musique. The best part? It’s all for FREE!

What are your plans for #FêtePH25? Let us know in the comments section!

Festivals, jumps, and travel: your guide to April 2019

Festivals, jumps, and travel: your guide to April 2019

There’s a solemn week ahead for most Filipinos, but there’s also something for everyone else looking to have a good time or learn something new.

Summer is in full swing this April, and it’s only starting to reach its peak. While most people will try and get past the many pranks pulled during April Fools, most of us will want to settle down and rest. After all, April also signals the end of another school year.

April is known for its summer events and festivals, but it’s also known for workshops. Here are a couple of things you can’t miss this April:

World Travel Expo Lifestyle Edition 2019

Scenes from last year’s World Travel Expo 3, held at the SMX Convention Center – MOA in Pasay City. Photo from Ad Asia Events

It may be midway through summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the best travel deals for the upcoming seasons! On its first year, the World Travel Lifestyle Expo will become the first of two travel expos held every year by Ad Asia Events and features some of the biggest travel deals you’ve ever seen. Head on over to the SMX Convention Center from April 5 to 7 to score some fantastic deals for the rest of the year, be it local or international travel!

April 5 – 7, 2019
SMX Convention Center – MOA, Pasay City

Parkour Workshop @ Ninja Academy Powered by Milo

There are a lot of skills that can be learned online, but some are better acquired in person, usually through a workshop. One such skill is the ability to move over, under, through, and around obstacles with ease like modern day ninjas or Jackie Chan. From April onwards, Ninja Academy, the country’s first gym dedicated to the practice of parkour, will hold workshops for six straight weekends where you’ll learn all the basics of this fast-growing sport.

April and May 2019
Ninja Academy – PH, Circulo Verde, Pasig City

Siquijor Healing Festival

Healing Festival 2014 - Siquijor Island
A Japanese lady experiences folk healing in Siquijor last 2014. Photo by Soichi Yokoyama

Whenever you hear about the province of Siquijor, two things come to mind: an unspoiled island with spectacular vistas in Central Visayas… and witchcraft, though nowadays is on folk healing. The island now prides itself on its folk healers or mananambal and celebrate them via a Healing festival held during Holy Week. Festivities start on Holy Thursday and last until Black Saturday, and is mainly held in the town of San Antonio.

April 18 – 20, 2019
San Antonio, Siquijor

Centurion Festival in General Luna, Quezon

Centurion Masks
A mask maker from San Narciso, Quezon holds one of the many wooden masks they make for the annual Centurion Festival. Photo by Allan Barredo

Said to be the predecessor to the widely popular Moriones Festival, the Centurion Festival in the province of Quezon recounts the conversion of Longinus, a Roman centurion said to have stabbed the side of Jesus Christ, had His blood go into his blind eye and restored his vision. It’s just as colorful as Moriones and is even celebrated in other places like Pinamalayan, Mindoro.

April 15 – 21, 2019
Quezon Province and Pinamalayan, Mindoro

Capiztahan in Roxas City, Capiz

It’s a seafood spread for the ages, and it only happens in Roxas City, Capiz. Photo from the Capiz Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office

Roxas City is known across the country as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, and you’d be hard-pressed to not give us a reason why we should change it to a different city. You can enjoy the freshest catch every single day from the waters surrounding Roxas City, and there’s no better time to do so than during Capiztahan. The festival is a seafood lover’s dream come true: streets lined with all kinds of seafood caught and cooked the same day!

April 12 – 15, 2019
Roxas City, Capiz

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