True blue Manileños, recent transplants, and visitors to our city all know — there is never a lack of things to do in Manila. This is Coconuts Manila’s guide to all things good and great happening over the coming weekend. Peruse it, take note of everything that interests you, and hit us up on our Facebook page or on Twitter @CoconutsManila to sound off on what you think.
See a Pulitzer-winning play that’s kinda like Anna Karenina, but set in Florida
Date: March 13, Friday to April 5, Sunday
Venue: Greenbelt Onstage, Greenbelt 1, Paseo De Roxas St., Makati City
Repertory Philippines is doing a local staging of Nilo Cruz’s acclaimed play Anna in the Tropics at Greenbelt Onstage, which kicks off this weekend.
The 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama set in Florida (where it’s hot and humid — so, kinda like the Philippines, right?) has plenty of scandal to go around: there’s some marital unfaithfulness, problematic gambling debt, and a touch of revolutionary foment at the prohibition-era cigar factory where much of the action takes place. The title, meanwhile, refers to the classic Russian novel Anna Karenina, which is being read aloud to entertain the factory employees as they work.
Intrigued? Then you’re in luck, because Repertory Philippines explicitly said in a statement today that it’s taking all necessary COVID-19 precautions and pushing through with the scheduled shows. Small caveat: cocktails at opening reception will be canceled, but besides that, the show will go on. Tickets run from PHP1,000 (US$20) to PHP2,000 (US$40), and can be bought on site or at Ticketworld.
Prove you’re smarter than a 5th grader at this Poblacion quiz night
Date: March 13, Friday
Venue: Cinko Rooftop Bar, 5th Floor, Artina Suites Hotel, E. Zobel St., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City
Well, how about it? Do you think you’re smarter than fifth grader? This trivia night riffs on the popular TV game show, and quizzes you through seven rounds of grammar, astronomy, math, science, geography, history, and science, among other “surprise” categories.
And bring your brainiac friends, because 10 competing tables/teams with between two and six members will be vying for a bottle of booze and a trophy. Joining fee is PHP200 (US$4) per person, and the event runs from 9pm to 11pm. For details, text (+63977 375 2039) or visit Trivia Down Tuesday’s Facebook page.
Ogle at crystal sculptures at this Cultural Center exhibit
Date: March 13, Friday to March 22, Sunday
Venue: Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery) and 4F Atrium, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
Still running this weekend through the 22nd is Samantha Feleo’s “Horizons of Expectations,” which features hybrid sculptures made out of fired stoneware and artificially grown crystals. Feleo’s work attempts to translate the grandness of nature through the crystal sculptures, which she describes as pieces that “inspire awe but their hostile shapes also trigger fear.”
Exhibit viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Hours are extended until 10pm on days with evening performances at the CCP Main Theater. For more details, visit Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Facebook page.
See Avril Lavigne and Billie Eilish in concert! …well, sorta
Date: March 14, Saturday
Venue: Tomato Kick, 3F POS Building, Scout Mandriñan St. corner Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Bummed that Avril Lavigne canceled her Manila tour? Can’t wait for Billie Eilish to stop by our little archipelago this fall? Well, you can pour all that respective frustration and anticipation into Tomato Kick’s Avril Lavigne x Billie Eilish cover night this Saturday. Expect a slew of local bands to cover the two pop icons’ hits. Round up the gang and show up hungry, because there’s also decent veg-friendly food and cold beers to knock back at this casual bar and dining joint.
Door charge is free. For more details, visit Tomato Kick’s Facebook page.
See this lecture and workshop demo on paper art
Date: March 14, Saturday
Venue: National Museum of Anthropology, Ayala Hall, Padre Burgos Ave, Ermita, Manila
Come join National Museum’s ongoing Women’s Month activities, which include “Paper Art Borlas de Pastillas: Lecture, Demonstrations, and Workshop” at the Anthropology Wing. The workshop features the paper art of borlas de pastillas, or the beautifully embellished paper wrappers used for sweet carabao’s milk candies. The program highlights the significant contributions of women borlas makers in Malolos, Bulacan, who are preserving the art of making the intricate, cut-out tassels, which has been passed down through generations in the province.
You’ll need to register, but the activity is free and open to the public. For inquiries and reservations, call the Museum Services Division at (+632) 8-298-1100 local 2008, or visit National Museum’s Facebook page.