10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 4 to 6

Enjoy izakaya at Wafu, go wet and wild at Unleashed 2, watch touching stories about families at Eiga Sai 2014, discover a world without strangers with Rico Blanco, and more.

(SPOT.ph) What’s happening in Manila this weekend? SPOT.ph zeroes in on the events you shouldn’t miss.


Check out SPOT.ph’s gig guide: 10 Gigs and Parties to Go to This Week: July 3 to 7



Kick off July at Unleashed 2: The Biggest Free Wet Party, happening on July 5 at Megatent in Libis. Expect performances from Ace Ramos, Cherry Summer, Katsy Lee, Marc Marasigan, Mars Miranda, Motherbass, Nix Damn P, MC Paulo, Travis Monsod, and many more.


For tickets and more information, click here.




Watch Wafu Greenhills transform into an izakaya on July 5 just on the restaurant patio. Enjoy Japanese pub food and drinks with your friends for the first ever Izakaya Festival in the city. Party starts at at 7 p.m.



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Giordano Philippines celebrates its 25th anniversary with the World Without Strangers Music Festival on July 4, 1 p.m., at the Glorietta Activity Center.


The event will be hosted by Boys Night Out and will feature 15 local bands, including Callalily, Sponge Cola, Urbandub, Franco, Up Dharma Down, Gracenote, Techy Romantics, Taken By Cars, Kala, Autotelic, Join The Club, Cygnet, Maude, Hidden Nikki, and Yolanda Moon. Rico Blanco will also be at the event to perform his latest single, "World Without Strangers."


Aside from the music, Giordano will recognize 12 people from various walks of life who have inspired others and contributed to creating a World Without Strangers.


For more information, click here.



Don’t miss CCP’s Orchestra and Band Festival 2014 from July 1 to 6. This is a continuing project that features the various orchestras and symphonic bands in the country. Leading the orchestra groups are the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Manila Symphony Orchestra, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and the UP Symphony Orchestra. They will be joined by selected bands from around the country. The Orchestra and Band Festival seeks to provide opportunities for the many performing groups that are deserving of the proper exposure. At the same time, the local audiences will be treated to a rich variety of symphonic sounds emanating from the various groups around the country.


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • July 1 and 6: P515, P412, P309, and P206
  • July 2, 3, 4, and 5: P412 and P309


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.




Eiga Sai 2014: The Japanese Film Festival touches the theme of family this year, running from July 3 to 13 at the Shangri-La Cineplex.


This film festival celebrates the friendship between Japan and the Philippines. There will be 16 feature films that tell the story of families. Read SPOT.ph’s Guide to Eiga Sai 2014.


For screening schedules and more information, click here.



The hit musical Ang Nawalang Kapatid returns to the stage for a limited run. Catch it from July 4 to 6, and July 11 to 13 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in Palma Hall, UP Diliman. On July 4 and 11, the show will start at 7 p.m.On July 5, 6, 12, and 13, the show will start at 8 p.m.


Critics laud the production as "an astonishing theatrical experience," "an elegant and regal Filipino adaptation," and Dexter Santos's direction as "breathless and daring." The story revolves around the battling royal families of the Pandavas and Kauravas, and the moral dilemma Karna, the lost brother, finds himself in.



For tickets, call 926-1349, 433-7840, or 981-8500 local 2449.


Get your tickets now to Carmen, happening on July 5, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the CCP Main Theater.


Against the backdrop of Bizet's passionate score, this scorching story is set in Seville, Spain. Carmen follows the story of a young, naïve soldier, Jose, who is bewitched by the beautiful and fiery gypsy, Carmen. Obsessed and reckless, Jose turns his back on respectable life to be with her. But, Carmen, like love, is a bird that cannot be tamed and Jose's desire to possess her eventually destroys them both.


Tickets are priced P721 and P515 (matinee, 3 p.m., performance), and P1,030, P772, and P618 (8 p.m. performance).


For ticket inquiries or reservations, call 891-9999.




Support The Demo, Vol. 3, a fundraising concert for the 2014 World Hip-Hop Championship, happening on July 5, 7 p.m., at the SM Skydome.


A distinct selection of this generation's finest dancers, A-TEAM, is one of the Philippines' official representatives in both the Varsity and Megacrew divisions of the dance competition in Nevada, USA. Formed by two of the most sought-after coaches in the Philippine hip hop community, Angelica Arda and MJ Arda, the team takes pride in its over 50 multifaceted members and their styles that include power LA, swag, waacking, popping, locking, krumping, breaking, and even contemporary.


Tickets are priced P300.


For more information, call (0916) 408-3754.



Don’t miss the Manila stop of the Stephanie Perkins Book Signing Tour on July 6, 2 p.m., at the National Book Store Glorietta 1.


Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books-first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. On weekdays, she can be found at her desk, typing away, downing cups of coffee and tea. On the weekend, she is at the movies, waiting for the actors to kiss. She has written Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Registration starts at 10 a.m.



For more information, click here.



Lopez Museum invites everyone to join visual artist Leslie de Chavez as he talks about his featured works in the current exhibit Complicated on July 5, 2 p.m.

Known for his acerbic cultural commentary, de Chavez presented reactions to the museum's Per Pacem et Libertatem studies by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo that focus on colonization as an ongoing process. He will discuss his processes, choice of materials, subject matter, and challenges and possibilities of art as engagement.


Leslie de Chavez earned his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (major in painting), cum laude, at the University of the Philippines. He was the prize winner of the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010 and has been awarded residencies by International Art Programme in Leipzig, Germany, Neo-Emerging Artists Residency in Seoul, Korea, and Asian Artists Fellowship Program in Korea. De Chavez has also had solo exhibition in the Philippines, Singapore, China, Korea, Switzerland, and Germany. He has participated in art fairs in Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong, Miami, Zurich, and New York. He is currently represented by the Arario Gallery in Seoul, Korea.



Registration fee is priced P120 (P100 for students and Lopez Museum members).


For registration and more information, call 631-2417.

Sign up for the 7th Robinsons Supermarket Fit and Fun Wellness Buddy Run, happening on July 6, 5 a.m., at the Bonifacio Global City.


Registration is priced P1,200 per pair (5K) and P1,500 per pair (10K). You may register at the Robinsons Supermarket in the following branches:

  • Robinsons Forum
  • Robinsons Galleria
  • Robinsons Magnolia
  • Robinsons Place Manila
  • Robinsons BF Paranaque
  • Robinsons Eastwood


For more information, click here.

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