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Metro Weekend Guide: February 7–9

Love Month kicks off with pre-Valentine’s events and more!

Welcome to Love Month, everyone! For the first week of February, we’ve lined up some of the best events to participate in and the best shows (both on TV and on the stage) and films to watch. 


EVENTS

Heart Beats Glow

SM City Bicutan, Parañaque

February 8



Celebrate love and music through this Pre-Valentine’s Day concert happening on February 8! Get ready to witness the biggest concert in the South, in which local artists like Fern, Leanne and Naara, Thor, Silent Sanctuary, and IV of Spades are all scheduled to perform. Gather all your loved ones, and together, make the most out of the stationary food concessionaires, which will be found within the concert grounds! Purchase tickets now via SM Tickets. —Zia Barretto


COCO Unity Run 2020

Liwasang Ulalim, CCP Complex, Pasay

February 9, 2020



Calling all early birds! Kickstart your morning with this run-for-a-cause event happening on February 9. Take part in promoting health and wellness as you race to raise funds for worthwhile causes. The event offers different race categories that ranges from 1KM to 10KM. Purchase tickets now via platinumlist.com. —ZB


Opening Reception: Cue from Life Itself Exhibit

Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Roxas Boulevard, Manila

February 7, 2020



As Brandon Boyd once said, “Art is everywhere (and everywhere is art).” Get to understand what this really means through the ‘Cue from Life Itself’ exhibit that is happening on February 7. Revel in the display of different everyday forms, which are transformed into meaningful and insightful art by local artists, including Poklong Anading, Brenda Fajardo, Alma Quinto, and so much more. Confirm your attendance here. —ZB


Ortigas Art Festival Workshops and Demonstration

Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Ortigas Center, Pasig

February 8 and 9




This award-winning art festival is back at it again on its third-year! This year, the exhibition will be designed by Mr. Renato Habulan, a very well-respected figure in social realism. To prepare for this festival, seven free workshops will be offered at the Estancia mall, in which two of these workshops are scheduled for this weekend. On February 8, a decorative painting class, while on February 9, a stencilling class. Both workshops are set to be led by Maria Carmen Prieto. Don’t miss out on this breathtaking showcase of artworks from known galleries, and international artists. Register now via Eventbrite. —ZB


The Really Really Fringe Market!

6053, R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati (Pineapple Lab)

February 9, 2020




‘Everything is free. No money. No swapping. No trades.’


Take part in one of the fewest free markets in the Philippines! All you have to do is haul in your preloved items in this unconventional fair on February 9. You can bring in goodies, which must all be in good condition, such as housewares, clothing, toys, electronics, toiletries, and more! Feel free to wander around the market, and take whatever you like! For more information, check out the RRFM Facebook page! —ZB


Sustainability Summit Philippines 2020 

AIM Conference Center Manila, Makati

February 7, 2020




It’s the decade of cleaning up! Take part in the crusade to help minimize the appalling environmental issues happening on a global scale by attending the Sustainability Summit on February 7. This summit, hosted by LIFO Method Philippines, aims to upraise the awareness of the Filipinos on how one can help in recreating the balance in our Eco-system. Keep in mind that to damage the earth is to damage future generations. Purchase tickets here. —ZB




ART

Peter Zimmermann's "Cross/Linked"

Modeka Space

February 6-29


If you're in the mood for some contemplation, abstract art will give you the jump off point for expanding your horizons. Our suggestion? Head out to Modeka Creative Space to see German artist Peter Zimmerman. In Cross/Linked, he explores the "visual effects of form and material through multi-layered compositions of colors and shapes" through his use of pigmented epoxy resin and acrylic on canvas. His method is quite complex—he first digitally manipulates book covers and found images, then enlarges them, blends, and transforms them into un-recognizable objects. This, according to his artist statement, brings about tones of Modernist Color Field painters, where emotions, meanings, and intentions are conveyed in plain sight. 


His art has been displayed in venues such as Galerie Michael Janssen in Germany and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris; while some of his pieces may be found in numerous collections, including the MoMA in New York, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, the Neue Galerie Graz in Austria, the Museum of Fine Arts in Bost, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art. 


THEATRE

Stage Kiss

Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City

February 7–March 1




Welcome this weekend with Repertory Philippines’ production of Stage Kiss. Awarded as the Critic’s Pick in 2014 by the New York Times, the protagonist, who took a long hiatus, goes back to acting and finds out that her onstage lover is actually her real life ex-lover. Catch the production of this interesting plot at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City beginning this February 7, 2020 until March 1, 2020. Buy your tickets at Ticketworld. —Jill Bognot


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Under My Skin

PETA Theater Center, New Manila, Quezon City

February 7–March 22





Written by Rody Vera and directed by Melvin Lee, Under My Skin will be beginning its run this in PETA Theater Center, New Manila, Quezon City as their 52nd season finale. The very relevant issue of HIV/AIDS is creatively presented in this theater production by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) starring Cherry Pie Picache, Roselyn Perez, and more. For tickets, contact PETA at [email protected] / 725-6244, or TicketWorld / 891-9999. —JB


Somewhere Else Instead

Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City

February 8–9




If you’re looking for a new form of theater arts for this weekend, this show is for you! Langgam Performance Troupe presents Somewhere Else Instead as a movement piece directed and conceptualized by Jenny Logico-Cruz. This piece revolves around the image, utility, and metaphorical significance of the staircase. With a unique topic and a unique way to present it, this show is truly not one to miss! Entrance fee is pay-what-you-can at the Yuchengco Museum. —JB




MUSIC

Limitless, Richard Marx

February 7






To all the Richard Marx fans out there, Limitless is just right here waiting for you. Tune in and jam out to this album that will be released this February 7. Reignite your love for your favorite love songs as this is Marx’s first album in six years! Stream this upcoming album on Spotify/Apple Music. —JB


Birds of Prey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists

February 7






While Harley Quinn finds a new squad in the new Birds of Prey movie, you can also find new music to listen to. The original motion picture soundtrack of Birds of Prey will be released this February 7 and you will hear the songs used in the movie to get you in the mood before watching it in the cinema. Stream this upcoming movie soundtrack on Spotify/Apple Music. —JB






DINING


Mamou Prime

Podium, Mandaluyong City







Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the newest addition to the Mamou family: Mamou Prime! They’ve just opened their newest branch in Podium, and we’re extremely excited about this one. Not only will they be featuring Mamou classics, such as their juicy ribeye steak and delicious truffle cream pasta, but they will also be presenting a new wine program, as well as introducing new dishes available only in Prime. As opposed to the interior design of other branches of Mamou, Prime is sporting a new look with a sleeker and more modern aesthetic. Stop by and get to experience Mamou in a whole new way. Book your reservations now via +63917 506 2668. —Margarita L. Bautista


Ice Cream Basics I

Heny Sison Culinary School, Quezon City

February 8








Hear us out—why eat Ben & Jerry’s, when you can become Ben & Jerry’s? Take the first step in your culinary arts career, and join this unique ice cream making class happening this Saturday. For only P3,500, learn to make delicious frozen delights such as, Black Forest Bonbons, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookies, and Banana Cream Pie. To book a slot, email  [email protected] or call 8726 5316 / 3412 7792. —MLB

Italian Pizza Workshop II

Heny Sison Culinary School, Quezon City

February 8







Live out your Italian dreams this Saturday with a pizza making workshop in the Heny Sison Culinary School. Learn how to make Chicago Deep Dish pizza, Torta Salata, Panzerotti, and so much more from Chef Giorgio Bucciarelli. For a class fee of P3,500, see if you’ve got what it takes to become the next Shakey’s. To book a slot, email [email protected] or call 8726 5316 / 3412 7792. —MLB



WINE Appreciation Singles Event

Galileo Enoteca Deli, Mandaluyong City

February 8






All the single ladies (and gentlemen), put your hands up! For the wine lovers without lovers, Galileo Enoteca Deli is hosting a single’s wine event this Saturday at 7 p.m. Included in the P2,500 entrance fee, are six Italian wines to taste and a three course meal to enjoy—so, mark your calendars, and register by texting 0917-592-11-28 or messaging their Facebook page. —MLB




WHAT TO STREAM

The Pursuit of Happyness


Based on a true story, Will Smith plays Chris Gardner in this tearjerker of a film about a single father beating the odds, and coming out of the other side stronger than ever. The protagonist, Chris, experiences tragedies beyond epic proportions, and fights to fend for his family. The director, Gabriele Muccino, takes you on a rollercoaster ride with the ups and downs that Chris faces. It is truly an inspirational movie that is a real life rags-to-riches story of a stockbroker who undergoes a preordained happy ending, full of tension and suspense. The Pursuit of Happyness can be streamed on Netflix. —Carla Tañada-Yam



Mr. & Mrs. Smith


One-part comedy, one-part action, and just a lot of romance! Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt star in this action-romcom filled with scenes leaving you at the edge of your seats! John and Jane Smith are a semi-happily married couple facing a drought in their relationship, for they are living their lives as top secret agents who must keep their identity a secret from each other. They suddenly find themselves to be each other’s targets and as their secret worlds collide, their marriage becomes a whole lot spicier! Their steamy chemistry is enough for you to stay home in your jammies and enjoy the weekend. Mr. & Mrs. Smith can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY




The Internship


It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks! The internship, starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn is proof of that. Nick Campbell (Owen Wilson) and Billy McMahon (Vince Vaughn) are suddenly unemployed because their jobs have become obsolete in this digital age. They find themselves at a prestigious internship in Google, where they must compete with tech nerds who are 10 years their junior. A feel good comedy for anyone who is in need of laughs from a tiring work week! The Internship can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY




Mary Queen of Scots


Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie star in this retelling of the rivalry between Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I. Mary, Queen of Scots is not your average royal. She became the Queen of Scotland at 6 days old, the Queen of France at the age of 16 and was soon widowed at the age of 18. After being away from her native land, Scotland, she finally returns home to reclaim her throne. With her strong claim to the English throne, she soon becomes rivals with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. Only one queen can rule in this patriarchal society and only one can survive. These two monarchs must fight for their throne, their country and what is rightfully theirs. Mary, Queen of Scots can be streamed on HBO GO. —CTY




Instant Family


Inspired by a true family, Instant Family, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne in this moving family comedy movie that touches your heart in more ways than one. Pete and Elle Wagner never really planned on having kids, but a sudden epiphany to become foster parents turns their whole world upside down. They find themselves to be the foster parents of Lizzy, Juan and Lita and they must learn how to raise these kids, even with their complicated pasts. Pete and Elle need to learn the ropes of parenthood and raising children in the hope of providing them a safe and stable home, as well as becoming a happy family. Instant Family can be streamed on HBO GO. —CTY




Crazy Beautiful You


Starring the iconic love team, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo. Jackie Serrano (Kathryn Bernardo) is rebellious and angsty, which forces her mother to send her to Tarlac for a medical mission, in hopes of her change in attitude. While in Tarlac, she meets Kiko (Daniel Padilla) who keeps her on the right path and makes sure she accomplishes all her tasks. Jackie and Kiko soon discover that feelings are beginning to blossom for one another, which in fact is crazy and beautiful. Crazy Beautiful you can be streamed on iWant. —CTY



Isa Pa with Feelings


Starring Maine Mendoza and Carlo Aquino, this romance movie is the first Filipino film to translate to sign language. Marra Navarro (Maine Mendoza) learns sign language to help her communicate with her niece who is deaf. Due to an unfortunate career setback, Marra became depressed and quickly became friends with her deaf sign language tutor Gali Pastrano (Carlo Aquino). Their unlikely friendship soon blossomed into love, but this causes Marra anxiety, because she questions whether she can have a serious long-term relationship with someone who is deaf. Isa Pa With Feelings can be streamed on iWant. —CTY




The Crown


Loosely based on a true story about England’s longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II. This Netflix original series focuses on Queen Elizabeth and her reign over England. Journey with her as she experiences the trials and tribulations of being a queen while balancing the needs of her family, her monarchy and her own personal wants. Claire Foy manages to capture the essence of the queen, perfectly and her acting was just brilliant. This drama follows her life and the events that shaped the latter of the 20th century. The events that transpired keeps you on the edge of your seats. The Crown can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY




Gilmore Girls 


In a small town in Connecticut, Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory are fiercely independent and are the perfect mother daughter duo. These Gilmore girls are witty with their banter and have an unbreakable bond that is tested throughout the series. Gilmore girls is good for any mood and time of the day and your addiction for this show will be as bad as Lorelai’s addiction to coffee! This wholesome TV show brings you back to the early 2000s and leaves you wanting more. Gilmore girls can be streamed on Netflix. —CTY




Parenthood


Get ready to cry your eyes out and reach for the tissues all weekend because of this big, dysfunctional, and loving family. Following the lives of the Braverman family, Sarah Braverman uproots the lives of her children and decides to move back home with her parents. The Bravermans are not your average family, they face many struggles and still manage to support each other through thick and thin. There will never be another show like this one, so go on a grab your computer and start binging this show ASAP! Parenthood can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY




This Is Us


This dramedy follows the lives of the Pearson family: Jack, Rebecca, Kate, Kevin and Randall Peason. Their parents, Jack and Rebecca must learn the ropes of raising three children, while getting over their loss of their child. The Pearson siblings are going through their own personal struggles, as well as trying to get over traumatic events that happened in their past and changed their family forever. Every character in this show has their own unique personality that blends well with the other characters. What makes this show so unique is that one can really relate to the situations of the characters and what they are going through in each stage of their life. This Is Us can be streamed on Amazon Prime. —CTY




Sex And The City


New York, four best friends and a city full of single men. What could possibly go wrong? Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take on the city as independent women trying to find their place, as well as the perfect guy. Throughout the series, we see the girls forging their paths, falling in love and getting their hearts broken, one too many times and yet they still show each other the importance of friendship and loyalty. Sex and The City can be streamed on HBO GO. —CTY




The Handmaid’s Tale


Based on the book written by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is about a dystopian and totalitarian society where women are second rate citizens and are treated as property of the state. In this world, birth rates are plummeting and women’s rights are non-existent. In an attempt to repopulate the earth, fertile women are forced into sexual servitude to wealthier individuals who cannot bear their own children. The Handmaid’s tale can be streamed on HBO GO. —CTY





Make It With You


Starring Liza Soberano and Enrique GilMake It With You is currently running on ABS-CBN Channel 2, but if you want to catch up on viewing, watching on iWant (and at your own pace) is perfect for the weekend.  In this romantic drama series, Billy (Liza Soberano) is an OFW living in Croatia. She stasys in a mobile home with some Pinoy friends and other foreigners, and is juggling different gigs so she can send money home back to her family. She regularly goes on dates so she can get free meals and with the gifts she receives, she resells. Billy stumbles upon another Filipino, Gabo (Enrique Gil), and though they have different priorities in life, they found love in each other. Will they make it? Make it With You can be streamed on iWant. —CTY




Meteor Garden


Only available to stream on iWant! This Meteor Garden remake of the original took the Philippines by storm and brought in a new definition of the word “kilig.” Dong Shan Cai is a smart and hardworking girl who is determined to excel in school and make her family proud. She encounters an elite clique of  privileged, dashing, popular boys and suddenly finds love. Meteor Garden can be streamed on iWant.





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