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Jul 1, 2011
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Just like that, June is over, and here we are welcoming the first weekend of July.[firstpara] And this weekend is not short on happenings that should please the culture vulture in you.

Turning Japanese
A Japanese film festival will be happening over at the Shang Cineplex starting today until July 10, called Eiga Sai.

The screenings will be free, but that's not the best thing about it. It's this: these are some of the best movies that have come out of Japan in recent years.

The festival kicks off tonight with an invitational screening of Departures. Completing this year's roster of exciting films to be featured are The Summit: Chronicle of Stones; The Chef of South Polar; One Million Yen Girl; Your Friend; Yunagi City, Sakura Country; Summer Days with Coo; Climber's High; Feel the Wind; and Villon's Wife.

Check out our own list here for a rundown of the festival’s best flicks, or head on over to the Japan Foundation Manila website for detail screening schedules.

Catch a fresh batch of plays
From Japanese films we now move on to a festival of new local plays that are “untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged.” A joint venture of CCP, Tanghalang Pilipino and the Writers’ Bloc, Inc. and in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Virgin Labfest as the event is called is now on its seventh year, and will feature plays by emerging and well-known playwrights, directors and actors.

The plays that will be part of the show this year are Kinaumagahan by Rachelle Rodriguez and Wennielyn Fajilan, Requiem by Juan Ekis, Kafatiran by Dingdong Novenario, Isang Gabi Bago Magbukas Ang Portrait of an Artist as a Filipino ni Nick Joaquin by Carlo Pacolor Garcia, Streetlight Manifesto by Mixkaela Villalon, Kawala by Rae Red, Evening at the Opera by Floy Quintos, Mga Lobo Tulad ng Buwan by Pat Valera; Bawal Tumawid, Nakamamatay by Joey Paras, and The Valley Mission Care by Russell Legaspi.

For further inquiries, please call the CCP Dramatic Arts Division at (63 2) 832-1125 locals 1606 to 1607, or visit the website at www.culturalcenter.gov.ph. Virgin Labfest 7 will be happening at CCP Complex, from June 29 to July 10.

Treat your ears to the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
If you haven’t already, this weekend gives you your last chance to catch masterful renditions of the compositions of one of the most commercially successful composers in theatre, Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Greatest Works of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the concert is called, which you can catch on July 2 and July 3, 3 PM at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Performing the revered composer’s music is an eight-member cast. The performers are of course more than talented enough to pull off songs from internationally-known musicals like Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Sunset Boulevard.

For inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891-9999, or visit www.ticket world.com.ph.

Thai food delights!
This whole July,  you can treat your taste buds to some of the most enticing Thai dishes as Thai Kingdom Come happens over at Marriott Manila. It’s definitely something that foodies and those longing for unique culinary delights shouldn’t miss. At 1,750 pesos,  you get to dine on a wide selection of salad, curry dishes, pad thai, spring rolls, prawns, tom yam goong, foytong for dessert, and more as created by JW Marriott chefs Thanatorn Krobsuay and Sutthipong Sirikanchittawon.

If you’re really curious, and you want to try how to learn to cook Thai food, then you can attend JW Marriott sous chef Thanatorn Krobsuay’s basic three-course Thai food workshop on July 12 and 19. Fee is 1,000 pesos. Lastly, for just 1,650 pesos, you can also get to enjoy holistic Thai foot massage at the Quan Sp.
For inquiries or reservations, call Marriott Café at 988-9999.
Get off that couch!

Rexona Adventure 2011
The Rexona Run happens on July 24 at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds in Pasay City, but this weekend is the last chance for you to register. The Rexona Run, the fourth leg in the Runrio Series, includes 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K race divisions where all finishers will qualify for a chance to win one of three adventures at the Great Wall of China.

Register until July 3 at RUNNR and R.OX. stores in Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia, Planet Sports Glorietta and TriNoma, The Athlete’s Foot Alabang Town Center and Robinsons Galleria and Stoked in Greenhills, Rockwell and Gateway. You may also register at www.runrio.com or at the Rexona Philippines Facebook page. Late registrants may proceed to R.O.X. in Bonifacio High Street, Toby’s SM Mall of Asia and The Athlete’s Foot Robinson’s Galleria from July 4 to 10.  Race fee is P750 for the 21K leg, P600 for the 10K and 5K leg and P500 for the 3K division.

For more details, see posters and flyers, call 703-1736 or visit the Rexona Philippines Facebook page


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WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES
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