Balancing act on canes in Varekai

Varekai is on its last week of performance. The curtain closes this Saturday, July 24. Better catch a show, the experience is worth every centavo you pay for. 

The most anticipated show of the year has finally arrived! Presented by Manila Hotel, Varekai by Cirque du Soleil will run from June 22 to July 24, 2011 at the Grand Chapiteau, Luneta Park, Manila.

To present what is described as the most exciting and the greatest show on Earth is Manila Hotel’s way of bringing the world and its talents closer to the Filipinos. This grand event is Manila Hotel’s opening salvo for its centennial celebration that will culminate on October 2012.

To intensify your entertainment experience when you come to watch Varekai by Cirque du Soleil, head to the Manila Hotel booth at the concessions tent of the Grand Chapiteau to get your Manila Hotel Varekai limited edition notepad and Magique Gold Card. Bearers of the Magique Gold Card are entitled to thrilling privileges at the Manila Hotel, from lucrative special room rates to a 20% discount in all of the Hotel’s restaurants.

The Magique Gold Card can do wonders.

In addition, spectators of Varekai with Tapis Rouge tickets of the Grand Chapiteau will not only marvel at the amazing performances with premier seats but will also have access to the Tapis Rouge, the VIP hospitality tent, where they can savor exquisite hors d’oeuvres, wines, refreshments, and desserts specially prepared by Manila Hotel. Parallel to the world class service of Manila Hotel, the Tapis Rouge offers unique executive class hospitality in a creative space with a distinct magical atmosphere.

“Presenting Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai in Manila is another significant milestone for Manila Hotel as an icon in the Philippine hotel industry. But more importantly, this is another way of showing our continuous commitment to luxury, excellence, and world-class service, qualities that have always been synonymous to Manila Hotel,” says Assistant Vice-President for PR and Corporate Communications Nian Liwanag-Rigor.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 20, 2011.

Cirque du Soleil's Grand Chapiteau. It's a few steps  across Manila Hotel.
and this is where you should stay.....

The Sunrise Suite. My home for the Varekai weekend.

A magnificent sunrise greeting me every morning.
(as well as the other guests of Manila Hotel's Sunrise Suites)

The stage of the Grand Chapiteau.

Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world—a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai.
From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins an inspired incantation to life rediscovered.
Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies, the universal wanderers. 
This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai.