What’s on in theaters and galleries this week

Lamon: Marc Cosico

Children in the Global Village, Museo Pambata, Manila Ongoing until October 31

Nowadays, the youth is bombarded with foreign images and icons through mass media. Visual arts teacher Marc Cosico tries to identify the icons and images that represent the foreign influences in our culture through an exhibit featuring a collection of works that reflects his experiences as a child, adolescent, young adult, and now as a father.  

By borrowing concepts from politics, religion and popular culture, Lamon recognizes their role in shaping us as a person, beginning as a child. He also depicts how we’re able to resist these external threats from within. For an instance, he cites how Pong Pagong of the television show Batibot challenged and ended the decades-reign of Sesame Street here in the Philippines. 

Lamon facilitates Museo Pambata’s Summer Art’s Cool and part of the proceeds from the sale of the art pieces will go to Museo Pambata’s art programs for underserved children. For more information, email [email protected]



Sarong Banggi

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila

October 16 to 18

Inspired by the 1910 love ballad by Bicolano Potenciano Gregorio about an enchanted evening encounter between a love-struck man and a lovely rural lass, Ballet Philippines relives the folk song “Sarong Banggi” as a production about the Filipino family.

 Arranged and orchestrated by Ryan Cayabyab, the show opens with a Filipiniana Gala featuring the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Libretto is penned by Dennis Marasigan while costume is designed by Rajo Laurel. The production features choreography by Carissa Adea, Ronelson Yadao, Cyril Aran Fallar, Paul Alexander Morales, Nonoy Froilan, and Carlo Pacis, each of whom brings to the stage his/her unique impression of the Filipino family in a contemporary ballet.

For more details about the show, visit or call Ballet Philippines at 551-1003.

MMCO: The Amazing Brahms

Meralco Theater, Pasig City

October 21

For the second show of Metro Manila Concert Orchestra 15 Crystal Anniversary Concert Season, the great music of Johannes Brahms as performed by New York-based pianist Jose Artemio Panganiban III is presented. 

Led by conductor Josefino Chino Toledo, the concert features Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 which has been described as “grand, tempestuous, dark, devastating, extremely wonderful, emotional, heartbreaking and haunting.”

For inquiries, call MMCO at (02) 216-6487 or (639) 175335747 or (639) 067777958.



Advanced Writing Workshop (with Jessica Zafra)

Ayala Museum, Makati City

October 15, 22, and 29


For writers who are ready to showcase their short story, essay, biography or novel, here’s a workshop that will help them be ready. Experienced in creating a work of prose, Jessica Zafra facilitates this workshop series. 

This workshop serves as the sneak preview for writers before they present their work to the public. Their creations, which are required to be submitted upon registration, will be read, discussed, and dissected by other writers; in turn they will read, discuss, and dissect the others’ work. 

Registration fee costs P6,800. For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 759-8288 or email [email protected]


Si Pagong at Matsing

Ayala Museum, Makati City

October 17

Halloween comes early as Ayala Museum, in partnership with Tuldok Animation Studios and Faber-Castell, presents this Halloween-themed arts and crafts activity for kids. 

Workshop fee, which range from P585 to P650, includes art materials, snacks, and film screening of the animated short, Si Pagong at Matsing. Kids are encouraged to come in their most creative costumes. Prizes await the creepiest, cutest, and/or most unique little creature to attend.

For more inquiries and reservations, call (02) 759-8288 local 35 or email [email protected]



Palasyo ni Valentin

SDA Theater, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Manila

October 15 to 17

A decade after PETA produced the award-winning play “Palasyo ni Valentin,” the students of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s Production Design Program present their reinterpretation of Mario O’Hara’s sarsuela. 

“Palasyo Ni Valentin” is a memory play that follows the story of Valentin, an old caretaker and film operator living in an antiquated theater who, through alcohol, revives his eventful past reflecting the development of the theater in the Philippines during the Spanish to American era. Directing the restaging is Nonon Padilla, who also led the PETA production in 1998. Valentin will be played by Ricky Davao, while Thea Gloria brings life to Diding. 

Ticket prices range from P200 to P400. Contact Kimberly Villanueva at (639) 176275288 for inquiries. 

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