Hot Ticket: Must-See Events This February 2018
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG | February 22
Having toured across the UK in 2017, the beloved stage adaptation of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is driving into Manila. While based on James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car, the theatrical script by Jeremy Sams deviates a little from that of the film. However, the original score by Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman in the cinematic version was retained.
More than just a story of a car with the ability to fly, it is laced with serious tones that add dimension to the storyline. Since the play first ran in London, it has garnered praise from critics.
The show in Manila runs from 22 through 25 February at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre in Resorts World Manila. For more information and ticket prices, visit rwmanila.com.
Pasinaya | February 1
Celebrating its 14th year on 1 February, the Pasinaya at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines is still the largest arts festival in the country. This year, the annual showcase for local talent features world-class performances and thought-provoking exhibitions that aim to astonish visitors. Likewise, the public can also broaden their creative horizons through a series of concurrent workshops. For more details, visit culturalcenter.gov.ph.
Don Quixote | February 24 - 26
Miguel Cervantes de Saavedra’s tragic hero is back as Ballet Philippines stages a new production of Don Quixote. The timeless tale of chivalry and perseverance is part of Quintessence, the company’s 48th season. Tickets are available at ticketworld.com.ph.
FINALE ART EXHIBIT | February 2
This exhibition’s curator has an eye for state-of-the-art inventive pieces. The gallery highlights the work of Gerardo Tan, Isabel Santos, and Ivi Cosio, in their Tall Gallery, Upstairs Gallery, and Video Room respectively. Runs until 26 February at the Finale Art File Gallery. finaleartfile.com
NIGHT MOTHER | February 2 - March 1
PETA presents Marsha Norman’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize winner. This strong drama stars Eugene Domingo and Sherry Lars. Adapted for stage by an Lomogo and directed by Melvin Lee. ticketworld.com.ph
MANILA BIENNALE OPEN CITY | February 3
This collaboration of various artist groups presents the Manila Biennale 201 OPEN CITY, a commemoration of the Battle of Manila. Runs through 5 March at Intramuros, Manila City. manilabiennale.ph
I SEE YOU | February 7
The XX returns to Manila with their third studio album I See You. The band, which identifies its style as experimental, shares the trials of growing up. At the World Trade Centre. ticketnet.com.ph
SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE | February 9
The Anthology Architecture and Design Festival soars to new heights from through 11 February. This year’s theme is, which encourages interaction between the participants and the different panellists. Anthologyfest.org
BALLET AND BALLADS | February 10
Ballet Philippines’ Ballet and Ballads series continues with Christian Bautista from 10-18 February. This features original dance interpretations to various romantic songs. Ticketworld.com.ph
TIMELESS OPM | February 14
Rico J Puno, Imelda Papin, Rey Valera, and Claire Dela Fuente, with the special participation of Rita Daniela and LA Santos, winning the hearts of young and youthful souls of today’s generation. At the Newport Performing Arts Theatre. ticketworld.com.ph
LOVE BASIL | February 15
Miriam College Alumni Association sets the vibe on Valentine’s Day by bringing back timeless Filipino Classics. Music industry icon Basil Valdez is performing on stage once again with his concert Love, Basil at the Music Museum. ticketworld.com.ph
INCUBUS | February 17
The iconic Grammy- nominated five-man band returns to Manila for one night only. At the Smart Araneta Coliseum. ticketnet.com.ph
EXHIBITING AT ITS FINEST | February 24
An exhibition featuring works of Louie Cordero, Kawayan de Guia, and Rocky Cajigan. Runs from 22 to 25 February. At MO Space mo-space.net
COLLABRO | February 26
The renowned British musical theatre group Collabro sings a symphony for the Philippines. At the Newport Performing Arts Theatre. collabroglobal.com