Concert focused on the music of Troy Laureta
AWARD-winnerning Filipino-American musical director and record producer, Troy Laureta, presents a multi-singer concert that features artists from the United States and the Philippines. Loren Allred performs alongside Regine Velasquez in the concert, East Meets West: A Troy Laureta Experience, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on September 30 and October 1 at 8 p.m. Matt Bloyd and Cheesa, Ogie Alcasid, Jona, Jed Madela and Adah Leosala will also perform at the concert. Tickets are available at Ticket World.
Tony Hadley takes 40e Manila anniversary tour
TONY Hadley, former singer of Spandau Ballet, revisits his greatest numbers and hits live on stage at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on September 28, 8 p.m. M. Hadley celebrates four decades of success performing his most memorable tracks including “True”, “Gold” and “Through the Barricades”. Tickets are available at Ticket World.
The Phil-Korean festival returns to the scene
THE 31st The Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival returns to the venue on September 30 at Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City. Presented by the United Korean Community Association (UKCA), the Korean Embassy and the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), the festival returns to the stage after two years of online celebration. Audiences can experience the best of Korean and Filipino culture and collaborations through special performances and booths showcasing Korean cuisine, beauty and different industries. Performers include Korean band Jinmyung, a traditional Korean percussion quartet, Filipino musician Celso Espejo, P-Pop girl group KAIA and Filipino singer MONA. The winner of the 2021 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival will also perform on stage for the first time since winning the title. Nine finalists comprised of Filipinos and Koreans will also showcase their talents on stage in vocal and dance performances. Doors open at 1 p.m., performances start at 6 p.m.
EastSide performs in Newport
MINDANAO’s EastSide band will perform a two-night concert at the Grand Bar and Lounge and Bar 360 at Newport World Resorts. The six-piece band will take the stage at the Grand Bar and Lounge on September 30 at 10:15 p.m. and at Bar 360 on October 1, 11:15 p.m. for a minimum cover charge of P1,000 consumables on food and drink. Since uploading their first cover video in 2018, the EastSide Band has steadily grown their online following, earning them a stint on ABS-CBN. As soon as possible Natin’ Toand a consecutive concert with the group Music Travel Love in Cagayan De Oro City.
Launch of an independent film platform for accessible films
INSPIRED by watching independent films in class at De La Salle-College in Saint Benilde and then at the University of the Philippines Film Institute, Karen Jane Salutan was motivated to create EdukSine, an independent Filipino film platform and social enterprise , recently launched at Cine Adarna at UP. With a grant from the Department of Science and Technology, it serves as a way for independent filmmakers to showcase local films that reinforce cultural roots and narratives. Co-founded with Romae Marquez, the project is an alternative to the sad fate of independent films that are abruptly pulled from mall theaters after low turnouts. EdukSine offers a different way to promote these films to the right audience: through pre-arranged physical screenings in schools and universities, government offices and private companies, to include barangays and villages in the provinces. This is in addition to an online website and even hybrid setups. The team wants EdukSine to be a sustainable avenue for independent film producers and directors. Today, EdukSine offers more than 40 films accessible via their website eduksine.com, while others are available as physical projections. For more information, visit EdukSine at https://eduksine.com.
CCP Met Opera in HD returns to Greenbelt
AFTER two years of silence due to the pandemic, operatic arias will reverberate through the theater again in September as the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) relaunches the Met Opera series in HD in cooperation with the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Philippines Opera Society Foundation, Inc. and Ayala Cinemas. CCP Met Opera In HD Season 7 Season 7 will launch on September 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 1 with a private screening by Georges Bizet Carmen. The series will feature a Met Opera in HD production each month through February at Greenbelt 3 in Makati. Coming soon are Carmen October 4, with mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine and tenor Roberto Alagna; La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi on November 15, with soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego Flórez; Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc on December 6, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and Karita Mattila; Daughter of the Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti on January 10, with bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena; and, Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns on February 7, with mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna. All screenings are at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the CCP website (www.culturalcenter.gov.ph) and follow the CCP’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
5 Seconds of Summer spell 5e studio album
POP rock band 5 Seconds of Summer has released their fifth studio album, 5SOS5. The 19-track album features their pop-punk sound paired with thoughtful and intimate lyrics, with the majority of the new album being written by the band and Michael Clifford leading production. Came out alongside 5SOS5 is the new single “Bad Omens”. Previously released tracks from the album are “Blender”, “Take My Hand”, and “Me, Myself & I”. This is the band’s first album to be released independently via BMG. The CD and digital deluxe versions of the album include 19 tracks, with cassette and vinyl formats also available.
Lil Nas X Releases League of Legends world anthem
FRESH from sold-out shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, multi-platinum recording artist Lil Nas X has teamed up with League of Legends Esports to unveil his new single and this year’s World Championship Anthem, “Star Walkin’ (League of Legends World Anthem).” The song is accompanied by an animated official video that highlights landmarks in San Francisco, the destination city of the World Finals, and past and present League of Legends pros. Lil Nas X will take the stage at the Worlds Opening Ceremony leading up to the World Finals at the Chase Center in San Francisco on November 5.
Drag Playhouse PH Celebrates Beyonce’s Music
DRAG Playhouse Philippines recently celebrated Beyoncé’s music through a themed show that highlighted the star’s contribution to queer pop culture. Maison 628 live: the Renaissance ball featured the queens of Drag Playhouse Philippines sashaying on Beyoncé’s 2022 album, Renaissance, and classic hits. Along with drag performances by OV Cunt, Marina Summers, Prince and Eva Le Queen – three of them are current Drag Race Philippines contestants – the drag show also held contests in several categories. Watch the Facebook video for the roundup of House 628 Live: The Renaissance Ball, Category: A Night of a Thousand Beyoncé.
OPPO collaborates with Spotify
Technology company GLOBAL OPPO recently announced its partnership with audio streaming platform Spotify. Through this collaboration, they have created a whole new simple and customizable listening experience on OPPO smartphones with its latest ColorOS 13 operating system. Spotify users can now enjoy music, podcasts and audiobooks with easier access and convenient controls on the home screen of their OPPO device. Spotify users can now know what Spotify content is playing, without having to unlock their device. Smart Always-On-Display supports Spotify controls and information display.
DJ Alesso performing in Manila
OVATION Productions invites DJ Alesso for a performance on December 17 at the SMDC Festival Grounds. Hailing from Stockholm, his second single as a lead artist, 2012’s “Calling (Losing My Mind)” featuring Swedish House Mafia’s Sebastian Ingrosso and Grammy-winning OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, has been certified Platinum twice in Sweden while also reaching No. 1 on Billboard’s US Hot Dance Club Songs. Alesso was featured on Go Anitta, a Netflix original docu-series that highlighted his work on the “Is That For Me” record and video shoot. He also released “Tilted Towers,” an ambitious crossover that blends the world of dance music with the gaming community. He debuted his song on a Twitch livestream with gaming world’s biggest star Ninja, premiering it in front of nearly 50,000 fans at once. Alesso at SMDC Festival Grounds is presented by Ovation Productions in partnership with Spade Empire Events and TAPGO TV. Tickets will soon be available via ovationtickets.com and smtickets.com.