The Quirkiest Things You Can Do This Christmas

Break away from your Christmas traditions with these other yuletide specials

It's Christmas again, and with it comes the usual sights and sounds that happen every season. You already know of these annual festivities: Ayala Triangle lights and sounds show, Greenhills diorama, or the Christmas concert at the Peninsula. While some look forward to these traditions, attending these events get old for other people—the way most traditions are eventually received. So here’s a list of a few events happening in the city this December for those of you who want another way of celebrating the holidays.

1. Watch the musical A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is back hating the world in the new musical based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Director Robbie Guevara has turned the brand new Globe Iconic Store Amphitheater at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig into an Industrial London, which means the set has an austere and chilly atmosphere. A Christmas Carol is a ghost story after all; and this experimental production stays true to that while belting catchy songs written by the prolific composer Alan Menken. Produced by 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Live, A Christmas Carol stars revered actor and director Miguel Faustmann as Scrooge. It will be running on December 9-11, 16-18, 21-22 and 25.

For more details, contact 9 Works Theatrical at (917) 554 5560.

2. A Very Broadway Christmas in Manila

Don't let the title fool you. This is not theater but a Christmas concert. The show is produced and directed by three-time Tony Award-winning producer Jhett Dizon Tolentino. It features acclaimed Broadway star Andrew Keenan-Bolger, whose Broadway performances include Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting and Crutchie in Newsies; he’s also had roles in Marry Poppins, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, and A Christmas Carol. Keenan-Bolger, with Tanya Manalang (Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary), will be singing your favorite Broadway classics as well as timeless Christmas tunes. Catch the concert on December 11 at the BGC Arts Center in Taguig.

For more details, visit Jhett Tolentino Productions’s Facebook page.

3. Mabining Mandirigma: A Steampunk Musical

"How can pure reason stand up against brute power?" asks director Chris Millado as he explores how the life of Filipino revolutionary hero Apolinario Mabini can still engage with modern political and social issues. Mabini was a different kind of warrior, whose name fittingly describes his reserved approach to fighting. Tanghalang Pilipino, one of the country's leading theater companies and the force behind this production, is the first to cast a woman for the role of Apolinario Mabini. With a steampunk theme, the production is sure to appeal to an audience of any age. The show will run until December 18 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino Theater at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay.

For more details, visit Tanghalang Pilipino’s Facebook page.

4. Art Market: Christmas Edition

What is Christmas without going to a bazaar? This season, you will impress all your family and friends with unique and original gifts from Art Market. Local artists and craftsmen head over to Art in Island at Cubao to proudly show their talents and passions. You might be able to pick up a masterpiece that you'll fall in love with or perhaps an adorable handmade teddy bear that'll make your inner child melt. Whether or not you're in the mood to spend, you will surely be in the mood to delve into the hundreds of unique crafts offered.

Pro-tip: Make sure your phone never runs out of juice while painting the town red with this baby. It also makes a good gift for friendsa and family always on-the-go.

For more details, visit Art in Island’s Facebook page

Words Rafael Mirafuente

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