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Jul 8, 2011
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No weekend is really ordinary, as long as you know where to be.[firstpara] And where you need to be, we’ve listed five of them here, starting with…

The Grand Makati Sale 2011
Check out the Grand Makati Sale 2011 this weekend, which runs from July 7 to July 31.

It’s the best time to splurge and buy, buy, buy as malls, department stores and major shops in Makati participate in this first annual shopping extravaganza.

Now is the time to buy to your heart’s content as the huge sale event will be offering discounts of up to 70% off at participating stores across the city including Greenbelt, Glorietta, Rustan’s Department Store, Store Specialist Stores, Inc., Powerplant, SM Department Store, Waltermart and Cash & Carry.

The Makati Medical Center is also participating, offering discounts on its Executive Check-up packages.

Branded items, accessories, jewelry, electronic goods, home and office wares, all of these are up for grabs with huge discounts. Poised to be an annual event that will equal other international shopping destinations, the Grand Makati Sale 2011 shouldn’t be missed!

Manila Art 2011
The country's largest art fair happens this Saturday, July 9 at the Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City. Bringing together the premier art galleries and institutions in the country, the showcase will feature nothing but the most astounding works today in Philippine visual art.

Along with the galleries, there will also be a live sketching session where you’ll witness how each artist really is unique when it comes to interpreting their subject. The session is also meant to serve as an interactive experience between the artists, the subjects, and the spectators, and to allow the audience to see the entire experience of reality becoming art.

Among the artists participating in the live sketching session this Saturday are Angel Cacnio, Edgar Doctor, Caloy Gabuco, Nemiranda, Al Perez, Ephraim Samson, Jun Martinez, Cee Cadid, Fil Dela Cruz and Raul Isidro.

For more details and inquiries, please call (63 2) 531-6231, (63 917) 851-1333 or visit: www.manilart.com. Mercato Centrale is located at Corner 34th St. and 8th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Japan: Kingdom of Characters
Join the Japan Foundation, Manila, together with the Embassy of Japan, as they celebrate the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month this July with the traveling exhibition, “Japan: Kingdom of Characters.” Japan, among other things, is known for their anime and manga, and those two things will be the exhibit’s highlight.

The exhibit which opened on July 7 and will be running until August 20, will be hosted at the Tall Galleries in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. Its stars: influential anime and manga characters. The exhibit will look into how these characters have gone on to influence societies, not just in Japan, but the whole world as well.  

The exhibit is divided into three sections. The first part looks at the changes in Japanese society from the 1950’s to the present along with the characters that became popular in those decades. Some of these are Ultraman, Masked Rider and Mobile Suit Gundam, Pokemon and Tamagotchi

The second section, is a bit more girly as it features a faithful reproduction of a high-school girl’s room filled to the brim with Hello Kitty toys and other collectibles. The final section is called the “The Future of Characters,” which takes a peek at how characters will evolve in the future.

For more details, please call JFM at (63 2) 811-6155 to 58.

Myth of the Human Body
Got the need for something less pop culture and more macabre this weekend? Check out the exhibit, Myth of the Human Body. This amazing exhibit will feature real preserved human body and body parts that has been exhibited to over 20 million people worldwide, and is now in the Philippines for the very first time.

In the exhibit, you’ll see full whole body and body parts specimens, both healthy and those that have cancers or tumors, along with the actual placements of each body organ.

For ticket inquiries, please call Ticketworld at (63 2) 891-9999. The exhibit will be held at the Neobabylon Bldg. located at 9 Bayani Road, AFPOVAI, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines. Tickets are priced at P360.50. The exhibit opened this week, July 6 and will be running until December 4, 2011. 

AIDA: The Timeless Love Story
Why catch a musical? Well, why not? We’ve had our fill of summer blockbuster movies, so now, how about a musical play that’s really worth your time. Check out Atlantis Productions' adaptation of the award-winning musical AIDA: The Timeless Love Story at the RCBC Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium.

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The play’s run started last June 24, and will be running until July 10. This is the last weekend you can check out this local rendition of Elton John and Tim Rice’s "Aida," which is about a Nubian princess who finds unlikely love and friendship when captured by her people's Egyptian enemies.

The production is helmed by Chari Arespacochaga and stars Ima Castro, Myke Salomon, Rachel Alejandro, Hajji Alejandro, Josh Santana and Alys Serdenia.

For inquiries, call Atlantis Productions at 8927078 or visit atlantisproductionsinc.com.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES
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