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Events and Performances That You Should See This August 2019

Events and Performances That You Should See This August 2019
By Philippine Tatler
August 01, 2019
Ready your rain gear and brave the storms this month as a torrent of live performances and art conventions surge to the metro

MaArte Fair | August 16 to 18

The Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI) is set to host its highly anticipated annual fundraiser, MaArte Fair, which runs from 16 to 18 August at The Peninsula Manila. This prestigious fair is best known as a platform for a wide array of limited-edition items crafted by local artisans, ranging from food to fashion to home décor.

While staying true to its purpose of showcasing the finest in Filipino craftsmanship, MFPI promises a fresh experience as it revamps the set-up of the fair. Taking inspiration from the open-door parties at The Syquia Apartments in the early 2000s Malate, exhibitors will be spread out across 29 guest rooms, offering a more intimate space to converse with shoppers and sell their pieces.

The event will feature more than 60 exhibitors including fair regulars Mich Araullo, Randy Ortiz, Aranaz, Haute Home Manila, Natalya Lagdameo, Filip+Inna, and Balay ni Atong; upcoming brands Pinoy ManCave, Pika Pika + Pinta, and Vesti; and food concessionaires Auro Chocolates, Green Babes, and Felicisimo Gourmet Homecooking.

In addition to the yearly fair, MFPI will also conduct a series of MaArte Talks featuring vetted entrepreneurs. For more information, visit

Ballet Philippines' Swan Lake | August 30 to September 1

Ballet Philippines will be opening its 50th season with a rendition of this timeless classic. A staple in the company’s repertoire since 1978, this month’s staging of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece brings together their finest talents alongside Mariiksky Theatre’s Kirov Ballet. The show will run from 30 August to 1 September and 7 to 8 September at the CCP Main Theatre. For more information, visit

Cinemalaya | August 2 to 13

Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary as well as the centennial year of Philippine cinema with a nationwide release of featured films until 13 August.

The 2019 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival | August 2 to 4

National Book Store is hosting the sixth year of their grand literary celebration. The three-day festival will showcase book signings and panel discussions featuring local and international authors. At Raffles Makati.

Rico Blanco x IV of Spades Concert | August 3

Filipino funk rock band IV of Spades (popular for the chart-topping track “Mundo”) and musical legend Rico Blanco (former Rivermaya frontman) are collaborating for a back-to-back concert. At the Metrotent Convention Centre.

Chvrches: Love Is Dead Tour | August 13

Scottish indie “synth-pop” band Chvrches returns to Manila for a one-night concert. Performing hits from their 2018 release, Love is Dead, this will be the band’s third performance in the country. At the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Mabining Mandirigma | August 16

Tanghalang Pilipino will be restaging the “steampunk” Mabining Mangdirigma, which will run until 18 August, with a follow-up staging from 30 August to 1 September. At the CCP Little Theatre.

Moira dela Torre: Braver | August 17

After dominating local charts last year, the Filipina singer-songwriter is slated to hold her first-ever solo concert. At the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Ang Huling El Bimbo | August 18

The date marks the final performance of the beloved original Filipino musical. Produced by Resorts World Manila and Full House Theatre Company under the direction of Dingdong Novenario, the musical is based on the songs penned and performed by the iconic ’90s Pinoy rock band Eraserheads. At the Newport Performing Arts Theater.

Asiansil 7th Biennal Conference | August 22

The Asian Society of International Law (AsianSIL) will be hosting its seventh biennial conference, which carries the theme “Rethinking International Law” and is set to run until 23 August. At Novotel Hotel, Quezon City.

Aurelio Sedisyoso | August 23

Tanghalang Pilipino will be offering one more rerun of a well-received original this month. Set for a three-day show, Aurelio Sedisyoso is a historical rock sarswela based on the lift of revolutionary playwright Aurelio Tolentino. At the CCP Little Theatre.

Go Go GFriend | August 25

South Korean girl group GFriend is coming to the country as part of their Asia tour. The six member group had their first-ever solo concert in Manila last year. At the New Frontier Theatre.


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