Varekai in Manila

It was an invite that was very hard to turn down. Nevermind that there was a typhoon, nevermind that it would make me late for work, I will not pass up the chance to watch Varekai. Of course, getting to watch it for free, bring along two friends and get to take pictures of the performers (a big no-no in any Cirque du Soleil show), sealed the deal.

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Fall of Icarus

Varekai is just one of 19 Cirque du Soleil shows in 2011. Premiered in 2002, it has since toured around the world to more than 15 different countries and 60 cities to an audience of over 6 million. The show is currently touring Asia, with Manila as one of its stop.

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Icarian Games

With Varekai comes the Cirque du Soleil’s mobile village comprising of the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) where performances are held, the ticket tent where the refreshments and souvenir shops are, the Tapis Rouge where VIP ticket holders can enjoy cocktails and lounge before and in between performances and the artistic tent where the dressing rooms, wardrobe, training area and physiotherapy rooms are. Seeing the yellow and blue tent rising up in the field across the Quirino Grandstand is enough to make one giddy with excitement for the spectacular show.

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Triple Trapeze

The show focuses on the story of Icarus, who falls from the sky into the mysterious forest of Varekai. It takes us through 13 different acts, with the creatures of the forest teaching Icarus to live, love, walk and fly again. I’m not going to tell you what happens in the show, because it’s best to experience it for yourself. If you haven’t seen a Cirque du Soleil show yet, get ready to pick your jaw up from the floor. If you have, then you know you won’t be disappointed.

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Handbalancing on canes

Let’s just say it was a night filled with awe (at the entire production – costumes, set, original music, performances), wonder (at how the artists are able to do all those things with their bodies) and laughter (at the not-so-typical clowns).

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View more photos of Varekai in Manila in the Just Wandering Facebook Page.

Manila performances will have a limited run until July 24. For tickets, visit the on-site box office at the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau across the Quirino Grandstand or check out For more information, contact 775-0939, 881-0947, 0919-4508125 and 0917-4436463.

Article by Nina Fuentes

Nina doesn't aim to travel to every country in the world -- she just wants to travel to the places that means the most to her. She started traveling in 2006, and hopes to travel for as long as she can. Her travel blog, Just Wandering won the Best Travel Blog in the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards and in the 2011 Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards.

This Article Has 29 Comments
  1. Wow. Kaya pala Awesome ng Awesome si Yagit the other day! :D

  2. Ria Jose says:


    Although I watched a different Cirque du Soleil show, I can totally relate with the awe and fascination. :)

  3. suki says:

    great photos! :) i went to my first Cirque show a year and a half ago, and i just love everything about them.

  4. Hello Nina. I saw it in the TV Patrol last night, just a bit of the show.:-). The balance, mind focus and the discipline does matter.

  5. chyng says:

    teh, since ikaw lang powerful magpicture sa loob, spare mo some for my blog! pls ^_^

  6. Kate says:

    wow! so jelas! :D sana makanood din kami :)

  7. rochelle says:

    hnngghhhh inggit parang gusto ko nang patulan yung MANILA HOTEL weekend + VAREKAI tickets package kemerlu~

  8. strawhatjp says:

    Wow!Ma’am kayo na po yata ang reyna ng mga travel bloggers.
    I’m subscribing! :)

  9. Char says:

    I love cirque. I saw Varekai at the Royal Albert here in Ldn. One of my faves!

  10. Tripper10 says:

    Ms.Nina Galing po ng mga kuha nyo…
    at inggit ako… sobra.. :)

  11. Rica says:

    Hi Nina! Same with everyone else, inggit na inggit din ako sa pics! Pagrab please for my Cirque post. =)

  12. Curie says:

    How did you get the permit to take photos?
    They look awesome!

    • nina says:

      I attended the dress rehearsal, which was the media preview. So there were a lot of media people that were authorized to take photos and videos that night.

  13. Dylan says:

    I didn’t know there was a Cirque du Soleil show in Manila. :(

  14. Keith says:

    Wah.. kainggit ka naman.. You can take pictures! Ako nilalabas ko palang camera ko pinagsabihan na agad ako..:( Isang picture lang sana ng stage ok na ako e..:P hehe Pwede ba pagamit ng isang pic while there performing? Puro tent pictures lang meron ko kasi..:)

  15. arlene says:

    Amazing! Hope I can watch all the CDS shows!

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