Things to do this weekend: September 5-7

Posted at 09/05/2014 6:34 PM

MANILA - Get ready to throw your diet out the window as this list of activities for this weekend will feature two food festivals and a buffet, among others.

1. BellySima Food Festival

When: September 6-7, 11am to 8pm
Where: Glorietta Activity Center, Palm Drive, Makati
Cost: Entrance fee of P100 (Free for grandparents on September 7)

Get ready to indulge yourself in the country's "biggest" gourmet and organic food festival in the country.

The BellySima Food Festival is a great opportunity for foodies of all ages to discover artisan and gourmet food from professional chefs, culinary students, home bakers or simply anybody who loves to bake and cook; and natural, healthy and organic food products from passionate healthy food advocates and local farm producers.

2. Eastwood's Chocolate Festival

When: September 1-7
Where: Eastwood Mall Atrium

Are you a chocolate lover? Spoil yourself this weekend at Eastwood City's Chocolate Festival, which gathers an array of chocolates and chocolate-infused treats and pastries in one place.

The bazaar features over 10 stores that will surely satisfy one's sweet tooth.

3. Taal Vista Hotel’s Diamond Anniversary

When: September 6-7 and 13-14
Where: Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City
Cost: For inquiries and reservations, call Tall Vista Hotel

In celebration of Taal Vista Hotel’s Diamond Anniversary, celebrity guest chefs will be taking over the Café Veranda kitchen to present their unique interpretations of Filipino Cuisine.

For this weekend, Pinoy Master Chef judge Chef Fernando Aracama will showcase local delicacies that pay tribute to his Ilonggo roots. The menu includes Pancit Molo, Chicken Inasal, and Beef Adobo sa Tuba – twice cooked beef adobo in aromatic tuba (palm vinegar) among others.

Aracama will also be preparing his famous Chocnut ice cream, a tribute to the classic Filipino chocolate and peanut candy.

4. MUSIKAL! celebrates CCP's 45th anniversary

When: September 5-6, 8pm
Where: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP

The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together well-liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers.

A gala event billed as MUSIKAL! A Musical Theater Celebration of CCP's 45th takes place on September 5 and September 6, at 8:00 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).

The musical revue features excerpts from "Rak of Aegis", "Rama Hari", "Maxie the Musical", "Katy!", "Caredivas", "Noli Me Tangere", "Magsimula Ka", "ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal", "Bluebird of Happiness", "Rock Supremo", "Rivalry", “Lorenzo”, among others.

"This is going to be a landmark convergence of Philippine musical theater talent. A rare night where one can experience the melodies of the composers, the spectacle put together by the directors, the passion of the ensemble and the splendid musicality that Filipino musical theater performers are known for worldwide," CCP’s artistic director Chris Millado enthuses.

Millado also directs the show in collaboration with the original directors and producing companies like Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Trumpets, Spotlight Artists Centre, Bit by Bit Company, 4th Wall Theater Company, Green Wings, and Ateneo Blue Rep.

Audiences will also hear the scores of the musicals orchestrated for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga. Special medleys will be rearranged for the vocal style of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Jed Balsamo arranges for orchestra from the original compositions of Ryan Cayabyab, Vincent de Jesus, Rony Fortich, Ed Gatchalian, Aegis, Ebe Dancel, and Gines Tan, among others.

This landmark gala celebrates original Philippine musical theater artistry and the Cultural Center of the Philippines 45th Anniversary.

5. The 25th Philippine Travel Mart

When: September 5-7, 8:30 am
Where: SMX, Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Cost: For ticket and other inquiries, call 0917 523 4624

Planning a vacation? Looking for the best deals? Why not head over to the 25th Philippine Travel Mart -- the annual gathering of tour operators, hotels, resorts, transportation companies, and other tourism-oriented establishments -- this weekend?

The expo showcases the country's luxury destinations, city twinning promos that will pair local areas with international destinations, and more efforts that are geared toward strengthening the Philippines' tourism industry.