One of my favorite things to do in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is to attend the BGC Arts Center Festival, a festival promoting the works of different artists in the performing and visual arts. The Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) is certainly on a roll as it’s holding its third edition this year, following its first one in January and the second in June.
This time, the BGC Arts Center Festival is themed Champions of Passion: Soulful Feats of Art, reflecting the foundation’s enthusiasm in using art to elevate our lives. This is obvious when you consider the countless murals dotting the city and the success of the Mind Museum and the newly-built BGC Arts Center.
The third BGC Arts Center Festival will be held from November 24 to 26 at the BGC Arts Center. BAFI has curated an excellent lineup of shows, featuring improv, plays, orchestras, dance performances, and more.
Here’s what you can expect:
Papercut Exhibit by Mary Joy Roxas
November 24 / Whole day / Exhibit Hall / Free
The exhibit will feature the works of Mary Joy Roxas, an artist who creates beautiful works by cutting paper. Her oeuvre is a mix of portraits, florals, geometric patterns, and maps.
BGC Art Mart
November 24-26 / 4PM onwards on November 24, whole day on November 25 and 26 / Alveo Central Plaza / Free
A project of BAFI to support local artists reach a wider market for their products and services, particularly in BGC.
Young Choreographers’ Showcase by STEPS Dance Studio
November 24 / 7PM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
The show is a showcase of choreography developed by young dancers.
Pasyon by SPIT Manila
November 24 / 8PM / Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
SPIT Manila, or Silly People’s Improv Theater, is Manila’s premiere improv comedy group, with over 500 performances in 12 years. I watched both improv shows last June and was on the verge of tears laughing. This is a must not miss!
Making Spirits Bright by the Ateneo Chamber Singers
November 24 / 8PM / Sun Life Ampitheater / Free
Making Spirits Bright is a holiday concert featuring the immensely talented Ateneo Chamber Singers,
Maria, ang Binibini ng Bibingka by Make Believe Productions
November 25 / 9AM / Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
This mini-musical follows Maria, a young girl who comes from a long line of bibingka vendors. Her parents don’t want her to join the business, but she is secretly mentored by her Tita Paz. When their family business is threatened by an automated bibingka maker, Maria sets out to save her family.
Building Blocks by Mary Joy Roxas
November 25 / 10AM / Exhibit Hall / Free
Roxas will lead a papercutting workshop where attendees will learn how to make beautiful pieces of art using paper and a craft knife. Guests must bring their own cutting mat and knife.
I Got Stung by STEPS Dance Studio
November 25 / 2PM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
I Got Stung is a dance performance featuring the music of Sting. Sam Milby will be there!
Waiting Area by the Antrosininglaya Theatre Company
November 25 / 3PM / Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
Waiting Area is set in the afterlife, where the recently departed are gathered with no clue as to where they are and what happens next. An old man will give them tasks that may determine the next path to open.
Art BGC Mural Hunt
November 24 (4PM and 4:30PM) and November 25 (4PM) / Bonifacio Global City / Free
The Art BGC Mural Hunt is a tour of the six new murals that BAFI has installed around the city. I was able to see the murals the other day and they were so beautiful! Will be posting more about it in the coming days!
There’s a Search and Snap contest where you hunt for the murals using an art map and a pack of stickers. Once you find a mural, you have to mark it on the map with the matching sticker. Snap a creative photo and upload it on social, with the title of the mural and the artists, the hashtags #ArtBGC2017 and #Bonifacio Global City. Don’t forget to tag @ArtsatBGC! The first 50 people to finish the task will win a special art token.
The Glitter Trap by Upstart Productions
November 25 / 5PM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
The Glitter Trap is a new musical based on the best-selling Disney book by Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson, following the adventures of young Lacey, who accidentally injures a fairy godmother. Lacey must learn magic in order to continue the wish-granting duties of the fairy godmother.
Never Say “Pass Yon” by Third World Improv
November 25 / 5PM / Exhibit Hall / Free
Never Say “Pass Yon” features Third World Improv’s latest graduates: 6PM and Vitamin C, doing short and mid-form improv games and sketches.
Theatrical Figure Drawing Session by Pens N Brushes Philippines
November 25 / 5PM / Sun Life Ampitheater / Register on https://www.pensnbrushes.com
Pens N Brushes will take attendees on a journey through theatre drawing session inspired by one of the famous Ilocano folktales, the legend of Lam-ang.
Two is Bitter Than One by the Ampalaya Monologues x Una Productions
November 25 / 7PM / Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
The show is written by my college friend Mark Ghosn, and is a collection of six one-act plays about love, heartache, and bitterness.
Disgraced by Twin Bill Theater
November 25 / 8PM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
This stage reading tells the story of Amir Kapoor, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. When he and his wife host a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. A portion of the proceeds will help rebuild Marawi City.
#MMPowerWithin and #MMCuriouserandCuriouser by Masterpiece Movement
November 26 / 8:30AM and 11AM / Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
Both shows are artful retellings of classic tales using immersive storytelling, live and participative music and movement, and transformative art and performances. The Power Within is a sand art performance of The Wizard of Oz while Curiouser and Curiouser is a shadowplay performance of Alice in Wonderland. Both will feature workshops.
Watercolor Workshop by LifeAfterBreakfast.ph
November 26 / 9AM / Exhibit Hall / Register for the class on LifeAfterBreakfast.ph
Artist Alessa Lanot will teach a class on watercoloring. All attendees will get a Peony Stamp Set in their workshop kit!
Tao Po by Juana Change
November 26 / 10AM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
Tao Po is a series of monologues that tackles extrajudicial killings. The stories are gleaned from several days of immersion trips and interviews of families and people involved.
Watercolor Pop-Up Sale and Painting Sessions by LifeAfterBreakfast.ph
November 26 / 12NN / Exhibit Hall / Free
Lanot will continue the fun with a pop-up sale and free watercolor painting sessions.
Lupa ng Araw by the Silangan Chamber Guitar Ensemble
November 26 / 3PM / Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
The show is a guitar suite featuring the works of Anthony Holborne, Johann Sebastian Bach, Laurindo Almeida, Andrew York, Roland Dyens, and Manuel Soto y Solares.
Gugmang Giatay by 2TinCans Philippines
November 26 / 4PM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
Gugmang Giatay is a new Bisrock jukebox musical with the music of Missing Filemon, Rommel Tuico, The Ambassadors, Vispop, and many more.
My Suite Princess by the BGC Passion Collective
November 26 / 6PM /Zobel de Ayala Recital Hall / Tickets available on Ticketworld
My Suite Princess is an old-style musical starring people pretending to be someone else. The show is filled with mistaken identities, silly situations, shenanigans, and true love.
Ricky Lee’s Para Kay B by Tabsing Kolektib
November 26 / 8PM / Globe Auditorium / Tickets available on Ticketworld
Originally written as a novel, the story depicts the many faces of love from the perspectives and experiences of different ordinary people. The author proposes a theory that only one out of five persons will be enthralled by the love that he or she will find.
This story is in partnership with BAFI. The third BGC Arts Center Festival will be from November 24 to 26, 2017 at the BGC Arts Center. The BGC Arts Center is located on the corner of 26th Street and 9th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit the website at www.bgcartscenter.org or its social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.