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ACCOMPLISHED musicians who have proven their brilliance nationally and internationally are set to perform in a concert on July 16, 2016 at 7:30pm, to showcase works by Filipino and foreign composers and raise funds for the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA).


To be held at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the concert, titled #galingNAMCYA, features past winners of NAMCYA, the country’s most prestigious music competition for the youth for more than 40 years.


The performers include Carlo Antonio Juan (Guitar), Sara Maria Gonzales (Violin),  Christian Tan (Violin), Kim Carl Mirandilla Ng (Viola), Arnold Josue  (Cello), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano), Luci Magalit (Piano), Myramae Tapia Meneses (Soprano), Antonio Maigue (Flute), Gabriel Allan Paguirigan (Piano), Reynato Resurreccion, Jr., (Oboe), Ariel Sta. Ana (Clarinet), Adolfo Mendoza (Bassoon), Naomi Sison (Piano), and Jay-ar Mesa (French Horn, guest horn player).


“We are very excited to have these NAMCYA winners perform and show that many of our world-class musicians were shaped by their experiences in NAMCYA,” said Renato Lucas, Secretary-General of NAMCYA, and who is also a past winner of the competition.


We titled the concert #galingNAMCYA because we want people to know that these performers came from NAMCYA and that they represent the wealth of talent that NAMCYA attracts every year,” added Lucas.


Before all these talent contests that we see today on TV, there was NAMCYA. It was where excellent musicians were discovered and nurtured to become world-class performers. NAMCYA continues to do that, and we want everyone to know that NAMCYA’s advocacy is to help our youth develop musical excellence and promote Philippine music.”


#galingNAMCYA aims to raise funds to help NAMCYA in its advocacy. Activities include the competitions and special performances in November, as well as outreach performances, workshops on Philippine music, and commissioning of new Filipino works.


#galingNAMCYA’s virtuosi will perform masterpieces of Filipino composers such as Nicanor Abelardo, Bayani M. De Leon, Manuel Velez, and Felipe P. De Leon, Sr., as well as works of foreign composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Paul Dukas, and Francis Poulenc.




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RESIDENTS of Pila in Laguna were enthralled by the various renditions of kundimans by soprano Myramae Meneses, tenor Arman Ferrer, pianist Agot Espino and the Kabataang Gitarista in a concert billed as Lakbay Harana held last May 18 at the historic Church of Pila. The said event, the first of a series of outreach concerts from May to November 2016, was made possible by the Cultural Center of the Philippines through its Cultural Exchange Department and the Tribung Pilipino Foundation.

The concert was staged through the partnership with the Shrine of San Antonio de Padua community. The Pila concert kicks off the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of San Pablo this year.

Lakbay Harana is an offshoot of a series of well attended concerts held in 2015 at the CCP’s Bulwagang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater Lobby) entitled Harana sa Dapit Hapon, also a joint undertaking of the CCP and the Tribung Pilipino Foundation (TPF). Lakbay Harana aims to promote and reawaken the public’s interest and appreciation (especially the young generation) for immortal kundimans, harana, balitaw, danza and unforgettable love songs by great Filipino composers. Noted classical singers and performers are featured in the outreach tour.

Succeeding concerts of the event will be held in Lipa City, Batangas on July 22, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur in September and Baler, Aurora in November. (Photo by Raul E. Asis)

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call for entries to the International Children’s Film Festival

“Call for entries to the International Children’s Film Festival”

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Filipino filmmakers are being invited to participate in the 16th International Children’s Film Festival to be held from July 1 to September 30, 2016 in Calcutta and other districts of West Bengal state.

Interested filmmakers may submit short stories or animated films not exceeding 100 minutes with contents appropriate for children ages 6 to 15.

Entries may be in DVD or Blu-ray format containing the film title, synopsis, production credits, and running time.

All works should be mailed not later than June 10, 2016, addressed to Parimal Mukherjee, General Secretary of Cine Central, Calcutta 2, Chowringhee Road, Calcutta – 700 013.

The International Children’s Film Festival is an annual program of Cine Central Calcutta (CCC), in collaboration with UNICEF, Nandan (West Bengal Film Centre), and various NGOs, created to help the children of India be familiarized with the various cultures around the globe.

CCC is the largest film society in India, conducting film festivals, film sessions, seminars, and exhibitions on a non-commercial basis for over 50 years.

For more information about the Festival, visit 




 Tanghalang Pilipino’s WALANG KUKURAP theatrical play will be presented for government workers under the outreach program of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on May 18, May 30 and June 01, 2016.

 Billed as “Art in the Workplace” (Sining sa Tanggapan), the project is aimed at encouraging public workers in local and national levels to support and promote Philippine art and culture and moreimportantly, advocate the vital role that art plays in national and community development.

 The one hour program will showcase the artistic excellence of the Filipino artists, along with the in-housetalents (from the offices that will be visited) will be presented as a living proof that art exists andflourishes in various workplaces and contributes to the enhancement of the work environment. The performance will be complemented with a forum-interaction between the artists and the audience to discuss the insights about the performance and its social relevance.

 Walang Kukurap is an original play that combines traditional theater with live interviews and unscripted performances to blur the line between reality and fiction, as it attempts to shed light on the politics and practices that define public governance in the Philippines today.  It is a suspense-thriller that offers a penetrating analysis of corruption and graft.  Its text takes off from the findings of artist-researchers aswell as first-hand testimony from government whistle-blowers and anonymous syndicate insiders, ultimately leading to questions about the coopting and destruction of national character.

 From 2012 – 2015, “Art in the Workplace” has been mounted at the Department of Budget andManagement, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Commission on Audit, Department of Finance, Department ofScience and Technology, Metro Manila Development Authority, the Office of the Ombudsman, the Bureau of Customs, National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Career Executive Service Board, reaching an estimate audience of over 3,000 government workers and leaders.

 For 2016, TP’s Walang Kukurap will be presented in support of the government’s campaign against graft and corruption on May 18 (11:00am) for the National Parks & Development Committee, May 30 (3:00pm) for the Philippine Coast Guard and June 01 (3:00pm) for the main branch of the Landbank of the Philippines.


For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at tel. no. 832-1125 locals 1708-1709.




A double bill of rarely performed one-act operas—Tchaikovsky’s romantic fairy tale Iolanta and Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle will be the featured presentation of the CCP Met Opera in HD on February 9, 2016 at Greenbelt 3 Cinema 5.

Tchaikovsky’s lyrical fairy tale Iolanta is about the psychological awakening of a blind princess, while Bartók’s harrowing Bluebeard’s Castle is about the newlywed Judith who must open seven locked doors to discover the full depths of her husband’s dark secrets.

Anna Netrebko stars as the title character in Iolanta, with Piotr Beczala and Aleksei Markov as Vaudémont and Robert, two rivals for her love. Nadja Michael sings the central role of Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, with Mikhail Petrenko as her mysterious and menacing new husband.

Valery Gergiev conducted the double bill, which was a co-production with Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera.  Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s.

Of the production, the New York Times said: “Tchaikovsky’s music for Iolanta is wistful, tremulous and full of yearning, qualities Ms. Netrebko communicates through her bittersweet singing. Yet flashes of vocal intensity, a Netrebko hallmark, come through whenIolanta tells of her increasing confusion. Ms. Michael brings a strong, bright voice and visceral intensity to Judith. There were overwhelming passages in Mr. Gergiev’s account of this astonishing Bartok score, with its Expressionist angst and Debussy-like lushness.  He brought out rustic, folkloric elements in the music that seemed fresh.”

The CCP’s Met Opera in HD series features screenings of the latest operatic productions of the Metropolitan Opera in New York through High-Definition digital technology.

Other productions scheduled for screening at Greenbelt 3 cinemas for 2016 are: Carmen (Georges Bizet) on March 8, 2016; The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár) on April 12, 2016; and Macbeth (Giuseppe Verdi) on May 10, 2016.

For more information, please call Greenbelt 3 cinemas Customer Service Hotline: 757-7883 or CCP Sales and Promotions at 832-3706; e-mail address: or visit ###

Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo concert at CCP

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“Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo concert at CCP”


THE Cultural Center of the Philippines presents duo pianists Evan Hirsch and Sally Pinkas in a concert on December 9, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). Program includes W. A. Mozart’s Andante mit Variationen in G major, KV 501 (1786), Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Six Pieces, Op. 11 (1894), Franz Schubert’s Rondo in A Major, Op. 107 D. 951 (1828), and Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs, Op. 28 (1954).

Sally Pinkas is Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College (NH). She holds degrees from Indiana University and the New England Conservatory, and a PhD in Composition from Brandeis University. Pinkas has recorded solo works by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Christian Wolff for the MSR, Musica Omnia, Centaur, and Mode labels. Chamber music releases include works by Gaubert and Martinu (Naxos) and Piano Quartets by Fauré (MSR). She frequently appears with the Adaskin String Trio, and is a member of Trio Tremonti and Ensemble Schumann.

An active recitalist and chamber player, Evan Hirsch holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music from New England Conservatory. In addition to teaching piano and chamber music at Brandeis University (MA), he has taught at Dartmouth College, and has been on the Adult Education faculty at the New England Conservatory. Hirsch has performed with many contemporary ensembles throughout New England, and has recorded for New Albion, MSR and Arsis. His most recent release of Selections from Vingt Regards by Olivier Messiaen (MSR) has garnered critical acclaim.

The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo had its unintended debut at a Valentine’s Day Concert at Dartmouth College. Their audience’s enthusiasm convinced the two, already married though pursuing separate careers, to continue their collaboration. Pinkas and Hirsch made their European debut at the Officina Musicale Scotese in Abruzzo, Italy, and have since toured Nigeria, China, Southeast Asia, Russia, Italy, Bulgaria and Israel. Other credits include performances for Monadnock Music, Music Ninety Eight at the Cincinnati Conservatory (USA), Kfar Blum (Israel), Pontlevoy (France), and PpIANISSIMO (Bulgaria).

For ticket inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.


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A multitude of lanterns, each measuring 8-feet in diameter as well as a 50-foot tall Christmas Tree bearing 2,000 environment-friendly LED light bulbs brought sparkle and yuletide cheer to spectators at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Liwasang ASEAN and CCP Main Ramp through a special lighting ceremony to herald the Yuletide Season. The event was a partnership of the CCP with OMNI Electrical and Lighting-Yatai International Corporation, and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.


Emceed by celebrity host Sam Oh, the event’s program featured performances by the Philippine Madrigal Singers, an excerpt of “Peter Pan” by Ballet Philippines, rendition of “Christmas Recollections” by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra Wind Ensemble under the baton of Herminigildo Ranera and an excerpt from the well-loved Christmas ballet “The Nutcracker” by Philippine Ballet Theater dancers. Manila mayor Joseph Estrada and City of San Fernando Pampanga vice mayor Jaime T. Lazatin joined other guests in the countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree and lanterns.


The CCP has pioneered in the display of Christmas decor along the Roxas Boulevard stretch of Manila and Pasay. Every Christmas season, for the past four (4) years, the CCP has spotlighted the beauty, craftsmanship and tradition of San Fernando parols. The Center has begun to adopt LED technology and advancements in its environmental impact mitigation advocacy minimizing its carbon footprint and electrical consumption in production and exhibitions programming.


The displays will run until January 03, 2016. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)