FRESH from its successful concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra embarks on its 34th Concert Season 2016-2017 billed as “Timeless Classics, New Beginnings” under the baton of its new Music Director, Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Every year on January 9, millions of Filipinos — newspaper reports say as many as 10 million — gather in Manila for a procession of the Black Nazarene, or Poong itim na Nazareno, a life-sized statue of a suffering Jesus fallen under the weight of the cross, along a 6.5 km route from Rizal (Luneta) Park to the minor basilica in Quiapo. Few religious celebrations anywhere in the world can match this feast in terms of the number and fervor of devotees surrounding the procession. Attendance has grown remarkably in the last 20 years, and the route has been stretched to accommodate growing crowds. If newspaper accounts are correct, the number of Catholics attending the Nazarene feast equals, or perhaps even doubles that attending recent papal Masses in the same locale. Most Filipino Catholics consider the Nazarene statue to be miraculous, able to heal terminal cancers and other sicknesses, to grant petitions, and to help those in need.
Source: Catholics and Cultures
ESCOLTA CHRISTMAS PARTY WEEKEND!
TWO DAY HOLIDAY FUTURE MARKET at HUB: Make Lab
• DECEMBER 17 & 18, 11AM-9PM
Unique and creative finds! Perfect for last minute Christmas shopping! Check out the holiday gift sets by our makers at the HUB.
ESCOLTA STREET PARTY with Fred’s Revolución
•DECEMBER 17 5PM-12MN
We’re closing the front of the First United Building for a night of dancing and partying!
DJ sets by
Shah Rukh Khan
CHRISTMAS PIÑATA GAMES + ACTIVITIES
• DECEMBER 18 12NN-5PM
Games and activities at the HUB plus cross out your Christmas shopping gift list with the special holiday sale with items up to 70% off!!
COME COME! LOTS OF SURPRISES AND FUN ACTIVITIES!!
Catch Mr. Basil Valdez in his Christmas Concert with the Orchestra of the Filipino Youth, the Adeodatus Children’s Choir and Shanne Dandan from The Voice Kids edition! This is a fundraiser to benefit the San Agustin Apostolate for the Homeless People of Manila. They’ll be performing inside the 400 year old UNESCO Heritage site of San Agustin.
Call San Agustin at 5272746 for tickets or buy them at the gate!
CHRISTMAS DAY CONCERT
A Special Concert at the Park Edition
Featuring the STUDENTS and FRIENDS of Mezzo Soprano KRISSAN MANIKAN
Farley Asuncion, pianist
In partnership with Himig ng Silangan and FILSCAP
Featuring Grupong Samusika @Azpalto Band
Bandang Pinoy, guest band