WEEKEND GUIDE | Sept. 20 to Oct. 1: Negros Trade Fair, ‘Maynila Sa Kuko ng Liwanag,’ Cosplay Mania

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Own the next few days and keep it relaxed. Here’s our select list of metro’s topnotch theater presentations, including the much awaited Manila run of ‘Sound of Music,’ for checking out now.

Friday, September 29
The Sound of Music
Through October 22
The Theatre at Solaire
Pasay City

One of the world’s well-loved musicals, ‘The Sound of Music,’ is now in Manila!. Image sourced from Solaire’s Facebook page.

This critically-acclaimed production follows the story of Maria and the Von Trapp family set in Austria just before World War II. The musical features most-loved songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Something Good,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Every Mountain.” Ticket price starts at Php 1, 500. For more information, call TicketWorld at (+632) 891-9999.

Ibong Adarna by Gantimpala Theater Foundation
Through October 13
AFP Theater
Quezon City

Playwright Ed Maranan reimagines the classic epic poem of ‘Ibong Adarna’ in this play that is now on its eighth year of staging. Image sourced from Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s Facebook page.

The play follows the story of three brothers, Don Pedro, Don Diego and Don Juan who were sent by their mother Reyna Valeriana to capture Ibong Adarna, whose magical songs can cure Haring Fernando’s illness. For more information, call Gantimpala Marketing Office at (+632) 998-5622 or (+632) 872-0261.

32nd Negros Trade Fair
Through October
Glorietta Activity Center
Makati City

Do your early Christmas shopping, and buy the best of Negros products and services at this weekend fair. Image sourced from The Negros Trade Fair’s Facebook page.

With the theme “Food for Thought,” the fair features natural and organic food, garments, fashion accessories, furniture, décor, house ware, agriculture, and tourism-related products and services. For more information, visit The Negros Trade Fair’s Facebook page.

A Game of Trolls: A Martial Law Musical
Through September 30
PETA Theater Center
Quezon City

Revisit history and learn from its lessons through this protest play. Image sourced from PETA’s Facebook page.

This protest play follows the story of Heck, an internet troll working for an online pro-martial law campaign. As ghosts of Martial Law haunt him, he was forced to reflect on his actions. For more information, visit PETA’s Facebook page.

Repertory Philippines’ Beauty and the Beast
Through December 14
Onstage, Greenbelt 1
Makati City

Watch the spellbinding classic tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ as it unfolds on Repertory Philippines’ stage. Photo courtesy of Repertory Philippines.

A production of REP Theater for Young Audiences as it celebrates its 25th anniversary, Beauty and the Beast is a magical tale about true love. For more information, calling REP Theater at (+63 2) 843-3570 or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999.

Saturday, September 30
Cosplay Mania 2017
Through October 1
SMX Convention Center
Pasay City

Cosplay funs unite in this event filled with vairous fan activities. Image sourced from Cosplay Mania’s Facebook page.

Featured at the event are celebrity cosplayers including Angie from Malaysia; Kong and Eki from South Korea; Siutao from Hong Kong; Knitemaya from Australia; Hikarin from Canada. Also featured are directors, voice actors, and producers of most-loved animes such as Yuri!!! On Ice, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, and Fairy Tale. Ticket price starts at Php 399. For more information, visit cosplaymania.com.

Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag The Musical
Through October 6
Kia Theatre
Quezon City

Watch this musical about love and loss of innocence as directed by Joel Lamangan. Image sourced from Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag The Musical’s Facebook page.

From film adaptation by National Artist for Film Lino Brocka, Maynila Sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag based on the Edgardo Reyes timeless novel, goes on the stage as a musical starring Arman Ferrer as Julio Madiaga, and Shiela Valderrama-Martinez and Lara Maigue as Ligaya Paraiso. For more information, call (+632) 897-7142 or (+632) 890-0853.

Pop Up Night: Bangon MarawE, a Benefit Concert
5 p.m.
Manhattan Row, Araneta Center
Quezon City

Watch this concert and help the Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc. raise funds for the victims of Marawi. Image sourced from Araneta Center’s Facebook page.

The concert is featuring music from Truefaith, Oh, Flamingo, Moonstar88, Imago, Gracenote, Color It Red, Halina, Top Suzara, Tevanny, AvayaDown, and Brownskil. For more information, visit Araneta Center’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AranetaCenter/)

Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Manila
Through October 1
Power Mac Spotlight Auditorium, Circuit Makati
Makati City

A festival consisting of 10-minute plays, Short+Sweet Theatre promises viewers an engaging presentation. Image sourced from Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Manila’s Facebook page.

This weekend’s shows are about the spice and slice of life–ranging from comedy, tragedy, romance, and even hardcore drama.For more information, visit Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Manila’s Facebook page.

Sunday, October 1
Eastwood City’s Pet Blessing 2017
3 p.m.
Eastwood Mall Open Park
Quezon City


Celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi with the mall’s yearly pet blessing ceremony. . Image sourced from Eastwood City’s Facebook page.

Apart from the pet blessing, pet owners can have their furry friends avail of free vet consultations, and be treated at grooming stations. Moreover, the event is featuring a pet fair, a pet buffet, a costume contest, games, and more. For more information, call Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Concierge at (+632) 709-9888, (+632) 709-0888, or visit the Megaworld Lifestyle Mall website.