Guitarras del mundo online concert
TO MARK the Quincentennial anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world, the Spanish Embassy has organized Guitarras del mundo (World Guitars), an online concert on May 7, 5 p.m., through the Facebook accounts of Embassy of Spain and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Guitarras del Mundo will be performed by guitarists Francisco Bernier and Antonio Duro of the Seville Guitar Duo, and Filipino classical guitarist Adrik Cristobal. The concert will start with music from Spain, with two Spanish composers, Granados and Rodrigo, then travel musically to the Americas with tunes by Milonga and Tango, then on to the Philippines where the journey ends with some kundiman.
2021 Korean Film Festival
THIS month, the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) will hold its signature film event, 2021 Korean Film Festival: Full House, Fun for All, with seven films. The festival will be available for viewing in the Philippines for free via the KCC’s official website http://phil.korean-culture.org/en from May 7 to 27. Viewers also have the chance to win prizes by joining the 2021 KFF Online Film Reaction Essay Contest and the KFF Survey. Stay updated about KCC’s other events and activities through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KoreanCulturalCenterPH and on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube via KCCPhil.
Silverlens at Art Fair Philippines 2021
SILVERLENS joins the 9th edition of Art Fair Philippines online, ongoing until May 15, with eight capsule exhibitions curated by the gallery’s co-directors Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo. View the gallery’s complete presentation through https://bit.ly/AFPatSLG. Visit the galley on site until May 10 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. Book an appointment at https://calendly.com/silverlensgalleries/appointments?month=2021-05. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0917-587-4011.
Strange Fruit at Art Fair Philippines 2021
STRANGE Fruit is an artist collective composed of Jes Aznar, ESL Chen, Jason Quibilan, Veejay Villafranca, Francisco Guerrero, and Raena Abella that continuously explores the photographic medium to present images illustrating the socio-cultural landscape. View their exhibit until May 15 at https://artfairphilippines.com/gallery/strange-fruit/. It is possible to visit the physical gallery of their Art Fair Philippines 2021 showcase by appointment at the 3rd floor, Shutterspace Studios, 175 Citigold Plaza Brgy Bayanihan, Quezon City. For guest appointments, contact 09171271502, or e-mail email@example.com. Call For more information, visit https://www.strangefruitph.com/.
Instituto Cervantes presents documentary series
THIS May, Instituto Cervantes de Manila is presenting the online film cycle “Zonazine,” a showcase of Spanish and Latin American documentaries. The films will be shown through the Instituto Cervantes channel on the Vimeo platform vimeo.com/institutocervantes and will be freely accessible for 48 hours from their start date and time. The series of four films will kick off on May 8, with the online screening of El cuarto reino (The Fourth Kingdom), available for 48 hours through the following link: https://vimeo.com/536445310. Directed by Adán Aliaga and Àlex Lora in 2019, this documentary portrays the daily life of a can collection and recycling center in a New York neighborhood, focusing on an illegal worker from Mexico, and the relationships he establishes with his peers. The film cycle will continue on May 15 with Para la guerra (Francisco Marise, 2018), about a Cuban ex-combatant, Mandarria, who is looking for the comrades who survived their last mission 30 years ago in Nicaragua during the Sandinista revolution. The film will be available only on May 15 & 16 through this link: https://vimeo.com/536463619. On May 22 and 23, Baracoa (2019) by Argentinean filmmaker Pablo Briones will be shown. This documentary portrays the daily life of two children on the outskirts of Havana, and will be available through this link: https://vimeo.com/536453084. The series will close on May 29 and 30 with the Mexican documentary Una corriente salvaje (Nuria Ibáñez, 2018), a story of friendship and distrust between two fishermen who live isolated between the desert and the sea, in a nameless and apparently unpopulated place on the Mexican Pacific coast. Catch the movie at this link: https://vimeo.com/536452168. All the documentaries, presented by Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with the Malaga Film Festival and the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. For further information check out Instituto Cervantes’ website https://cultura.cervantes.es/manila/en/zonazine-documental-en-español/142806 or its Facebook site www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.
PPO stages virtual performance on May 7
THE PHILIPPINE Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) stages its next performance in the series of online concerts billed as The PPO Spotlight: Virtual Pocket Performances on May 7, 8 p.m., through the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Website. The program for the May 7 concert focuses on the Star Wars film universe, featuring pieces such as “The Mandalorian” by Ludwig Göransson orch. Jose Carlo Tuazon to be played the PPO; “Princess Leia’s Theme” by John Williams to be performed by Dino Akira Decena, Christian Tan, Jose Carlo Tuazon, and Berny Dulce Payte (violin), Joy Allan Dela Cruz and Rey Casey Concepcion (viola), Gerry Graham Gonzales (cello), and Ariston Payte III (double bass); “Cantina” Band by John Williams arr. Hernan Manalastas to be rendered by Glober Calambro and Edwin Matias (trumpet), Adolfo Mendoza (bassoon), Hernan Manalastas (clarinet), Arnel Jacinto (double bass), Jay-Ar Mesa (French horn), Ricson Poonin (trombone), Aimee Dela Cruz (mallets), Ederic Sampedro (drums), and Jascha Obieta Decena (piano); and the “Star Wars Medley” by John Williams arr. James H. Burden to be interpreted by the PPO. The PPO Online Pocket Performance Series, which runs from February to July, is a program of the PPO that can be viewed from the PPO FB page and the CCP YouTube as platforms.
Mother’s Day celebration at Ayala Malls
AYALA Malls are offering special shopping and dining experiences for Mother’s Day. Shop for Mother’s Day gifts at marked down prices in Ayala Malls’ Off the Rack Fair. With categories ranging from appliances, fashion, and beauty brands including salon services, there are many options that customers can find for different kinds of moms. Moreover, outdoor dining is made more refreshing at the al fresco spaces stylized by partner local interior designers. Adding to the occasion is Ayala Malls’ Raffle and Instant Grat promo in partnership with BPI, which rewards patrons with prizes from Jewelmer and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The Ayala Malls’ Off the Rack bazaar will be held in the Circuit and MarQuee Mall from May 1 to 9; Harbor Point from May 1 to 16; Fairview Terraces from May 7 to 9; as well as Glorietta, TriNoma, and Vertis North from May 7 to 16. The Philippine Fashion Coalition also returns with favorite local brands and designer pieces at the Alabang Town Center on May 7 to 9 and Glorietta on June 10 to 13. Fairview Terraces’ Off the Rack sale offers items from Western Appliances: washing machines, air conditioners, wall fans, HD TVs, subwoofers, and such that are up to 25% off from brands like Sharp, Panasonic, Samsung, Hanabishi, and more. Also check out more finds at True Value, which offers a variety of selections including kitchenware up to 50% off from Metro Home and Gibson. Other participating brands at the bazaar include Toys R Us, Optiview Clinic, Red Ribbon, Panapton, and Mhy Hype. Glorietta’s Off the Rack sale offers items up to 20-30% off from Dr. Martens, Birkenstock, Native Shoes, Chris Sports, and The North Face; vitamins and supplements from GNC Live Well which offers 25% off for two product purchases and 33% off from three product purchases. Other participating brands include Urbanize, Keds, Sperry, Rockport, Sneakpeak, Sunglass Haven, and Serenitea. Marquee Mall’s Off the Rack sale includes hair treatments like Keratin Treatments, Hair Color, and more from David’s Salon and Studio M Salon at 20% off; skincare items from Nature Republic including multiple mask sheets at 10 + 10 promo and matching hand creams at Buy 1 Take 1; and a celebratory meal at Blackbeard Seafood Island, which offers Filipino favorites at 18% off. Other participating brands at the bazaar include footwear and lifestyle concepts such as Bratpack, World Balance, Blued, Suki Shoes, Reva, and Manjaru. Alabang Town Center’s Philippine Fashion Coalition bazaar featuring apparel, bags, footwear, and accessories by Ann Casas Designs, Earl Gariando, Alchemista, Ai-she Fashion, Adante Leyesa, and Beatriz. For those who need more time finding the perfect item for mom because of busy schedules, shoppers can also buy belated gifts at Glorietta’s Philippine Fashion Coalition fair in June with more designers lined up for the event. Meanwhile, local interior designers were tapped to put together stylized open-air eating spaces through Dining by Design, an initiative to provide beautiful al fresco seating for dine-in customers of various restaurants in Ayala Malls. Launching on Mother’s Day, the design concept revolves around the beauty and healing attributes of nature. Partner restaurants include Bigoli, Pound, Outback Steakhouse, and Bar Pintxos. Patrons get a chance to win prizes from Jewelmer and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf when they shop at the participating Ayala Malls — Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Manila Bay, Glorietta, Greenbelt, and TriNoma. The Raffle is open to all Ayala Malls shoppers. For every P1,000 single or accumulated receipt dated from May 1 to 31 at any Ayala Malls store, patrons are qualified to join the raffle. One raffle winner will be drawn per participating mall. Transactions made through BPI entitle customers to more entries.
Mother’s Day at Ortigas Malls
ORTIGAS Malls has made it easier to make this year’s Mother’s Day celebrations extra special with a number of special treats. Take her out for a special meal al fresco style at any Ortigas Malls or order food and have it delivered from the restaurants through My Home Dashers — just call, text, or Viber 0917-815-6640 for Greenhills or 0917-851-9262 for Tiendesitas and Estancia. There will be a Home Styling workshop offered by Ortigas Malls on May 9. 2 p.m., via Facebook page, with stylist Zenas Pineda offering valuable tips. Give Mom a pamper package, and pick up a special gift for her when you accumulate P2,000 worth of receipts from any Ortigas Malls on May 9. Because music is the balm of the soul, Ortigas Malls is holding a special Serenade for Moms on May 9, 11 a.m. via its Facebook page. Visit the photo nooks located at Greenhills, Tiendesitas, and Estancia from May 4 to 9 and take that IG-worthy photo to share online.