Thursday, January 31, 2008


With more than thirty (30) shows in various venues of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, this whole day event has activities for everyone. Featuring sneak previews of productions of the CCP Resident Companies like: Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, NAMCYA, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino, and the UST Symphony Orchestra, and many other guest artists. Definitely a great Sunday thing to do.

This year's highlights include an indoor fair, performing arts, market, and street parade.

Sunday, February 3, 2008 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
Roxas Boulevard

Best part is - it's free.

And here's an update on the "LIVING LA VIDA IMELDA" tour. In lieu of the now shuttered Coconut Palace, the second act of the tour will now be done in the Philippine International Convention Center (below). As I was developing this tour, the PICC was actually my first choice because of it's stunning lobby and dramatic layout, but I dropped it because they were closed for refurbishment. I am pleased to say that the refurbishment has been completed and the bar has been raised over at the PICC. It looks as perfect as it did back when it opened in 1977 as Asia's first convention center. Thank you Butch Garcia of PICC marketing for being so open to having tours at the PICC. And thank you Jed Yabut and edgarjlaw for the pictures.

Thanks a million to Floyd Whaley of Travel + Leisure for the wonderful feature on my CCP Imelda Tour (below). Thank you thank you thank you. So nice to see Manila finally featured in T+L (even if it was me). I hope you find more interesting and hip stuff to see around this underrated city that I love. And for all you out there, go grab Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia. It's a cool, hip, travel magazine that focuses on SEA regional tourism for the amazingly reasonable price of Php250.00

And a shout out to Tessa Prieto Valdez for the great article in the Inquirer as well. Thank you. Thank you. Read that article here.

And thank you to Mike Aquino for the cool recommendation in Check that one out here.