Last weekend was highlighted by experiences that were a delight to the senses. On Saturday, the hubby and I checked out the newest food park in town — Islas Pinas at Double Dragon Plaza in Pasay City. Then we, along with my brother Dan, watched the Set D (composed of three independent plays) of the Virgin Lab Fest XIV held at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) before driving home in Bacoor. We would meet up with my in-laws to dine at Islas Pinas again on Sunday night before going back to Manila.
Below are photos from our weekend:
Islas Pinas is a food and heritage village that offers a fresh dining concept and pays tribute to Pinoy food. The place itself is spacious and tastefully-designed. Seven food stations namely: Sinag, Alamat, Bilao, Panaderya, Tusok-tusok, Pampang (this one’s opening soon!), and Panulak serve Pinoy dishes and beverages that are priced reasonably. You are given an access pass upon entry and you are to use it in ordering your food. Then you pay for your purchases before leaving the place. Islas Pinas looks promising and hopefully on our third visit, there’ll be more food choices and diners already. Kudos to Double Dragon and 2016 Asia’s Best Female Chef Margarita Fores for coming up with this exciting venture!
Per its Facebook Page, the Virgin Labfest, now on its 14th year, is an annual project of the Manila-based playwrights group Writer’s Bloc, Inc., acclaimed theater company Tanghalang Pilipino, and the CCP, in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). It is a laboratory festival of new plays by emerging and established Filipino playwrights and held annually at the CCP.
The three plays we watched that night (Marawi Musicale, Amoy Pulbos ang mga Alikabok sa Ilalim ng Riles ng Tren, and River Lethe) were provocative and fun at the same time. I seriously didn’t notice the passing of time because they got my eyes glued to the stage. I teared up and laughed a lot. The stories were compelling, thought-provoking, and relevant to the present times. I hope I get to watch again next year!
To know more about this year’s Virgin Labfest including the synopses of the exciting play line up that runs until July 15, 2018, click here.
Have a peaceful and fruitful week ahead, friends! 🙂
May you choose happiness always,