This month, celebrate an LGBT superheroine, write the next great historical romance, catch a Tony Award-winning play, and more.

Zweet Sixteen: 16 Years of Carlo Vergara’s Zsazsa Zaturnnah


To celebrate the 16th anniversary of the first appearance of Zsazsa Zaturnnah, created by graphic designer and illustrator Carlo Vergara, furniture brand Space Encounters will release a limited-edition furniture collection that captures the vibrant, larger-than-life image of the LGBT superhero. The collection will be showcased alongside a group art exhibition at Space Encounters Gallery, featuring works by Norlie Meimban, Rene Cuvos, Merlito Gepte, Buen Abrigo, Burn Aquino, Fitz Herrera, JC Peñaflorida, Irish Galon, Amos Malayao, and Teofilo Alagao Jr.

“Zweet Sixteen” runs through October 16 at Space Encounters Gallery, located at Unit B Mezzanine Level, Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr Rd, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.


Ballet Philippines’ Carmina Burana


Ballet Philippines opens its 49th season with the classical work Carmina Burana. Described as National Artist Alice Reyes’ masterwork, Carmina Burana was first staged by the company in 1975. Four decades later, they have gathered icons of the performing arts for what they are calling a “feast for the senses,” with music performed by the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and sung by the Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Carmina Burana will be staged from September 7 to September 9, with select shows set to a live orchestra, at the CCP Main Theater. For tickets, call 551-1003, or email


Coffee and Conversations: Historicals


Romance Writers of the Philippines invites aspiring writers and enthusiasts to a day of celebrating and discussing the historical romance genre, exchanging tips and experiences on writing, plotting, self-editing, and battling creative blocks. Among other writers and historians, attendees will be welcomed by Seb de Jesus, head of the art collective at 1372 Designs, and Lorraine Sy-Lianteng, property manager of the First United Building at Escolta, who will give a tour of the building as part of a historical field trip.

Coffee and Conversations: Historicals will be held on September 8, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the First United Building, located at 413 Escolta St, Binondo, Manila.


M Butterfly


Based on Giaccomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, David Henry Hwang’s M Butterfly won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1988, and tells of a Chinese opera singer who, in the guise of a woman, becomes the object of a French diplomat’s affections. Actor Raymond “RS” Francisco plays the opera singer, having been cast in the same role at 18 years old for the Dulaang UP staging. Produced by Tony winner Jhett Tolentino and directed by Kanakan Balintagos, M Butterfly Manila also features the talents of Olivier Borten, Norm McLeod, Lee O’Brian, Rebecca Chuaunsu, Pinky Amador, and Maya Encila.

M Butterfly Manila opens on September 13 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater in the BGC Arts Center, located on 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Proceeds will go to a number of beneficiaries, including Dulaang UP. Tickets are available via TicketWorld.


The 39th Manila International Book Fair


This year, the Manila International Book Fair promises to be better than ever with two floors’ worth of fun activities and the best deals that will ensure wonderful new book stacks to show off on your Instagram. Local independent publishers and favorite bookstores alike will entertain and excite attendees with signings, contests, workshops and talks, meet-and-greets, exclusive items and book launches that make up the best of local and international comics, pop culture, and literature.

The Manila International Book Fair will be held from September 12 to 16 at the SMX Convention Center, located on Seashell Lane, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

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