cultural center of the philippines’ upcoming events!

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Multi-awarded composer Rony Fortich is the third and final featured artist in Triple Threats: The Composers on October 22, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) at 8:00pm.

Billed as Best Seat In The House 2, Rony Fortich brings his musical perspective to the CCP Little Theater for another celebration of music and friendship. It is an evening of stories and songs, all told from the piano bench – the best seat in the house.

Repertoire for the concert consists of excerpts from the Trumpets musicals “Mr. Noah’s Big Boat” and “Bluebird of Happiness”, Upstart Productions “Breakups and Breakdowns” as well as a number of songs Fortich has written for different artists and productions.

Joining Fortich onstage are Ring Antonio, Cathy Azanza-Dy, Caisa Borromeo, Mayen Cadd, Steve Cadd, The CompanY, Red Concepcion, Bituin Escalante, Topper Fabregas, Sheila Francisco, Audie Gemora, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, Lana Jalosjos-de Leon, Cole Laparan, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Franco Laurel, Fred Lo, OJ Mariano, Pinky Marquez, Lorenz Martinez, Simone Martinez, Gab Medina, Giannina Ocampo, Timmy Pavino, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Kyla Rivera, Kakki Teodoro, Gabo Tiongson, Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Mikki Villa, Morissette, Cris Villonco, and The Philippine Madrigal Singers.

Triple Threats: The Composers is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Individual concert tickets are Php1200, Php1000 and Php800.

For details, contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.



THE 2015 Festival-Conference of The Asian Composers’ League (ACL) will present concerts, lectures, conference, and workshops linking new music and nature under the theme of Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth on November 6-11, 2015.

The Asian Composers’ League is an international organization of composers, music practitioners, and music enthusiasts. Member nations include the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pacific islands like New Zealand, Australia and Western Asian nations like Turkey and Israel. Various independent composers not affiliated with a national chapter also hold ACL memberships. 18 years have passed since the Philippines hosted the International Festival and Conference of the Asian Composers’ League (ACL).

The 33rd Festival coincides with the integration of ASEAN, music from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam will enjoy greater visibility than in previous festivals.

This international event is made possible through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), the Japan Foundation Asia Center, The University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Office of International Linkages, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, University of Santo Tomas and its Rector Office, the College of St. Benilde and its Department of Sound Design and Arts, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).

The schedule is as follows:

 Saturday, November 7, 2015:

           ·          9:00 AM: Workshop-Demo by renowned composer Chinary Ung;   Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

           ·          1:00 PM: Concerts of Art Songs, Ethno-Pop & Electronic Music;  Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

           ·          3:30 PM: Workshop by  Taiwanese electronic music  composer Yu Chung Tseng; Black Box Theater, School of Design & Arts, College of St. Benilde

           ·          7:30 PM: Young Composers Prize (Competition); Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, Cultural Center of the Philippines

 *Workshops on the music of Thailand and Cambodia will be held at Centro Escolar University led by Koji Nakano, Maria Christine Muyco & Sophy Keo. Featured Cambodian group: “The Tray So”.

  Sunday, November 8, 2015

            ·          1:00 PM: Young Composers Forum;  CCP Main Theater Lobby

            ·          2:30 PM: Composition Workshop led by Dr. Jonas Baes;  CCP Main Theater Lobby

            ·          4:30 PM: Traditional Music Concert featuring music from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand; Main Theater Lobby, Cultural Center of the Philippines

            ·          8:00 PM: Concert of Orchestral Works by Asian Composers, Josefino Chino Toledo, conductor. CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo

*The Opening Ceremonies is invitational. Other events will also be held at the Abelardo Hall Auditorium, UP College of Music.

This international event is made possible through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Cultural Center of the Philippines,  the Asian Cultural Council (ACC), the Japan Foundation Asia Center, The University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology, UP Office of International Linkages, UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, University of Santo Tomas and its Rector Office, the College of St. Benilde and its Department of Sound Design and Arts, and Centro Escolar University (CEU).

For more information, please email

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“Tricks and Musical Treats, A PPO Family Concert”

WATCH Flowanda the explorer of the land of Volcano Milava as she leads the children to learn more about volcanoes in “Tricks and Musical Treats, A PPO Family Concert” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Sunday, October 25, 2015  at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 4:00 PM. The concert, subtitled “Flowanda and the Guardians of Volcano Milava” will feature the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) with Olivier Ochanine, conductor, in a concert for children of all ages. The concert introduces the symphony orchestra and its music to children and families in a fun way. The concert will be directed by award-winning actor Liesl Batucan.

Pre-concert activities starting at 2:30 PM will include a musical instruments petting zoo wherein children can experience playing different orchestral instruments assisted by the members of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. There will also be trick or treat and lobby activities. The children are encouraged to come in their costumes.

For more information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-3704 or Ticketworld at 891-9999.

ms. nora aunor, among others, receives the highest award given by the cultural center of the philippines!

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THE Gawad CCP Para sa Sining awarded eleven individuals and two organizations for their outstanding achievements and contributions to Philippine arts and culture recently at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).


The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining is the highest award given by the CCP. The award was conferred on Denisa G. Reyes for Dance; Fides Cuyugan-Asensio for Music; Antonio O. Mabesa for Theater; Roberto Chabet for Visual Arts; Ricardo A. Lee for Literature; Nora C. Villamayor a.k.a. Nora Aunor for Film and Broadcast Arts; Paulo G. Alcazaren for Architecture; Ben S. Farrales for Fashion Design; Leoncio P. Deriada for Literature, Talaandig School of Living Tradition for Cultural Work, Armida Siguion-Reyna for Cultural Advocacy, and Basilio Esteban Villaruz for Cultural Research. The Missionary Society of St. Columban received the Tanging Parangal for Heritage Preservation.


Denisa Reyes holds an impressive line of choreographic works that won critical recognition in the international dance scene. Her works focus on Philippine and Asian Contemporary dance and the possibilities of presenting current local issues through dance expressions.


Fides Cuyugan-Asensio is an icon in the development of opera and musical theater in the Philippines. She has also realized her nurtured gifts to conceptualize and stage the art and craft of theater in the country. She continues to promote young classical singers through the Music Theater Foundation of the Philippines, the non-profit organization she has established.


Antonio Mabesa is a theater artist and mentor who has involved himself in nearly every field of theater arts. While he is known as one of the country’s premier directors, directing over 130 stage productions, he is also an actor who has worked with the top theater companies and film directors.


Roberto Chabet, the first curator of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, is credited with having introduced conceptual art into the Philippine art scene. He spearheaded the acquisition of notable works of Filipino masters and contemporary artists. He also founded the 13 Artists Exhibit.


Ricardo Lee championed the use of Filipino in fiction since the 1960s and screenplay writing since the 1980s. His numerous books are the embodiment of his creative and imaginative power enriching Philippine Literature and Cinema.


Nora Aunor is a multi-awarded Filipina actress, singer, and producer. She has also topbilled several stage plays, television shows, and concerts, and has received numerous national and international awards and nominations. She is regarded as the “Superstar in Philippine Entertainment Industry”.



Paulo Alcazaren has been contributing works to the field of architecture that are not only aesthetically pleasing but environmentally sensitive as well. Owing to his education of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of the Philippines, his works and that of his company, Paulo G. Alcazaren and Associates (PGAA), have adeptly integrated verdure in the urban setting.


Ben Farrales took his imagination to the next level and brought indigenous designs and materials into dazzling creations we see today, worn by prominent personalities in elegant balls, society affairs, and fashion shows. His patterns are based on the Muslim culture, taking the malong fashion in other parts of the world like Canada, Los Angeles, and New York through an exhibit called “Maranaw.”


Leoncio Deriada has won all the prestigious literary awards including the Palanca Hall of Fame for his works in English, Filipino and Hiligaynon. His most important contribution is his having encouraged and trained young writers in West Visayas and produced prize winners for writing in Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a and Aklanon besides English and Filipino.


The Talaandig School of Living Tradition is a haven for pre-school children who learn reading, writing and arithmetic alongside traditional Talaandig values and mythologies, dance techniques, and music. The knowledge on the Talaandig people including their roots and identity are disseminated in the form of entertainment such as storytelling, chanting, music and instrument playing.


Armida Siguion-Reyna’s contribution to both the musical theater and the film industry is far reaching. In the field of musical theater, the television program “Aawitan Kita” for which she has produced, hosted and sang was aired for three decades. Her outstanding contribution to the arts is underscored by the awards she has received from different award-giving bodies.


Basilio Esteban Villaruz holds the distinction of establishing and sustaining the 34-year old program at the University of the Philippines College of Music and the UP Dance Company. He is nationally and internationally recognized and respected in the field of dance.


Since their arrival in the Philippines in 1929, the Missionary Society of St. Columban has been housed in the Malate Church (also known as the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), and has continued to cater to the Malate area’s ecclesiastical needs. They have gone beyond their spiritual service to the congregation by also taking care of the church that they have called home.


The Gawad CCP Para sa Sining, which is given every three years, is awarded to artists or groups of artists who have consistently produced outstanding works, enriched the development of their art form. The award is also given to cultural workers, who through their works in research, curatorship and administration, have helped to develop and enrich Philippine art. The Tanging Parangal is given to individuals or organizations to honor their outstanding contributions to the development of the arts in the country. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena)

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is proud to present the exhibition HANDMADE featuring the craft-based works of artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba. The exhibit is on view at the CCP’s Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) until October 18, 2015. The artists will have their exhibit closing event on October 15, 2015 which will begin with an artist talk at 4pm and cocktails at 6pm. 

The use of craft in contemporary art means a dedication to materials and processes, though not entirely as a path to perfection and polish. On the contrary, the craft approach to art production shuns aesthetic perfection. Art that comes out of craftwork is a celebration of individuality amidst the spirit of globalism. It provides a concreteness and tactility that cyberspace can only offer virtually. It is in contrast to certain tendencies in globalism that promote a sense of cultural uniformity. 

In their exhibit, artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba create diverse art highlighting the Handmade. They express personal experience rather than give voice to a collective social message. Consider Turalba’s leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory, or Palallos’ sewing fabric to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or Lim-Torres’ installation composed of paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril. HANDMADE is curated by Leo Abaya.

(HANDMADE is open to all and can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm at the CCP. For more information about the exhibit, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email )

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GERMAN conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra on October 9, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm. The second concert is part of the PPO’s 2015-2016 concert season.

Program includes the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op.46, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Schumann’s Symphony No.3.

Henrik Schaefer’s conducting career began with a ballet production of the Rite of Spring with the Leipzig Ballet and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Since then, he has become a sought-after Wagner conductor, and his repertoire includes all the great Mozart operas as well as the romantic Italian and French operas. He has appeared as guest conductor at the operas in Leipzig, Rouen, Chemnitz, Seoul, the Opera Hedeland, the Norrlands Opera, the Hongkong Opera and the Opera of Gothenburg.

Henrik Schaefer’s opera repertoire includes The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Eugen Onegin, Faust, La Traviata, La Boheme, Falstaff, Les dialogues des Carmelites, Hänsel and Gretel, The Flying Dutchman, Rheingold, Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung, Tristan, and Parsifal.

As a concert conductor he is a worldwide acclaimed guest with the Tokyo Symphony, Gävle Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Helsingborg Symphony, Holland Symfonia, Norrköping Symphonie Orchester, Sapporo Symphony, Brabants Orkest, Sendai Philharmonic, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Tokyo Metropolitan, the Swedish and Dutch Radio Orchestras, New Japan Philharmonic, Nederlands Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Hongkong Philharmonic and the orchestras in Nürnberg, Aalborg, Antwerpen, Enschede, Aarhus, Tromsö and Madrid.

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“A Joyful Noise! The UST Singers’ Thanksgiving Concert”

THE University of Santo Tomas Singers, under the baton of its conductor Prof. Fidel Gener Calalang Jr., will stage “A Joyful Noise! A Thanksgiving Concert” on October 10, Saturday, 8PM at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The UST Singers recently arrived from their very successful 28th International Concert Tour of Europe, where they performed in key cities in Germany and Italy. Highlighting this trip was their monumental win at the 4th Florence International Choir Festival in Florence, Italy where they were proclaimed the Grand Prize Winner, bagging a total of 8 awards, including 4 First Prizes, the Best Male Soloist Award, and 2 special awards for Prof. Calalang.

Consequently, this will also serve as a send-off concert for the 32-member ensemble as they embark on another concert tour of South Korea, where they will be concertizing in the cities of Changwon, Jinju, Daegu, Busan, and Seoul. The choir will be featured as guest artists at the Busan International Choir Festival and Competition and the Daegu International Choir Festival.

The UST Singers is the premier mixed choir of Asia’s oldest Catholic university, the University of Santo Tomas. It has earned distinction as one of the world’s best choirs, having won 80 top prizes internationally, including the Choir of the World Grand Prize twice (in 1995 and 2010) at the oldest international choir competition, the Llangollen International Music Eistedfodd in Wales, the United Kingdom.




The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will hold Performatura 2015, Performing Literatures on November 6, 7 and 8 in various venues of the CCP to celebrate its 46th year. The three-day event is free or open to the public.

“Performatura 2015 forms part of the literary programs of the CCP spearheaded by the Intertextual Division,” CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado said. “We have opened the event to the general public specifically for the young people to realize our vision of ‘Art matters to the life of every Filipino’,” he added.

Herminio S. Beltran, CCP Intertextual Division Chief, said that the primary goal of the three-day event is to define “intertextuality” through the pocket events. “One of the many definitions of intertextuality is the relationship of the literary text to other texts, and the relationship of writers and readers where the readers or the audience members in this case take primacy,” Beltran explained.

The event name “Performatura,” coined by Vim Nadera, multi-awarded writer, performer, and educator and Festival Director of Performatura 2015, is intertextuality at work where the terms “performance” and “oratura” had been combined. “Oratura” was derived from another coined term “orature” by Pio Zirimu, a linguist from the Republic of Uganda, who wanted to put oral literature at par with the written word and not treated as something inferior to the latter.

Like Uganda, the Philippines has a rich oral tradition that predates the Spanish colonization. The Hudhud of the Ifugao and the Darangen of the Maranao have been proclaimed as “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001.

Highlights of Performatura 2015 include the Epic Center, Coffee & Conversations with National Artists hosted by the likes of Lourd de Veyra and Gloc-9, Chromatext Rebooted curated by Krip Yuson, the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s “Inquirer Read-Along”, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets.

These young writers are members of the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL), the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), Romancing Venus, Words Anonymous, Baguio Writers Guild, and the University of the Philippines Writers Club. Other participating young poets are students of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), the De La Salle University (DLSU), the Far Eastern University (FEU), the Philippine High School for the Arts (PHSA), to name a few.

The three-day event will feature daily workshops on the Balagtasan, speech choir, and ventriloquism. There will also be daily Park Poetry performances in the early evenings that will feature poems on love, gender, and protest by Gemino Abad, Jose “Pete” Lacaba, and Joey Ayala, respectively, among many other performances.

In addition to the Hudhud and the Darangen epics, Performatura 2015 will also feature the animation and other works of art of Liby Limoso on the Sugidanun epic from the Panay Island. The UP Press will also launch the sequels to Dr. Alicia Magos’ study on “Tikum Kadlum and Amburukay” which will be performed by Mr. Federico “Tuohan” Caballero and Teresita “Abyaran” Caballero-Castor. The epics will also be the focal point of the Oral Literatures Art Exhibit.

Performatura 2015, Millado said, carries a unique feature that underscores the involvement of the CCP employees as Performatura ambassadors. Last August 28 at the CCP, employees participated in the first of a series of Performatura workshops where they performed literary works. The second leg of the workshop series will be held sometime in September for public school educators. Performatura Festival Director Nadera is facilitating the workshops.

“We are harnessing the Center’s 300 workforce by further developing their appreciation of Philippine letters and honing their performance skills, and in the process become cultural ambassadors. We know that our people are the main agents in fulfilling the CCP vision,” Millado explained. A commitment to human resource development is etched as one of the cultural objectives of the institution.

Performatura 2015 updates are available on the CCP website ( Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs, culturalcenterofthephilippines), Tumblr (, Twitter (ccpintertextual, ccp_gov), and Instagram (ccp_gov).

For more information on Performatura 2015, please contact the CCP Intertextual Division at 832-1125 local 1706.

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MULTI-AWARDED lyricist-composer-musical director Vincent De Jesus is the second featured artist in Triple Threats: The Composers on September 24, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) at 8:00pm.

Billed as “Demented. Delightful. Deranged. De Jesus.”, the event is an intimate concert featuring the dark, melancholic and whimsical music of Vincent De Jesus. Highlights of the show are songs from his 32-year career in theater, television and film to be performed by some of today’s finest theater actors/singers.

Critics rave Vincent De Jesus for his music and lyrics which “paint the poetry of passion and the prose of persistence, carve the pangs of unreciprocated pining, engrave the dangers of desire for power, and sanctify ordinary lives,” for “churning out world-class material” wherein “a long-running original Pilipino musical would no longer be the stuff of fantasy.” Others praise his every lyric which has an emotional resonance that affects, moves, making the heart remember personal experiences, and his music which “is something that music majors would want to write a thesis someday.”

Joining Vincent onstage are Kalila Aguilos, Jed Balsamo, May Bayot, Raflesia Bravo, Nar Cabico, Joshua Cabiladas, Natasha Cabrera, Buddy Caramat, Ricci Chan, Red Concepcion, Erick Dizon, KL Dizon, Frenchie Dy, Bituin Escalante, Hans Eckstein, Topper Fabregas, Neomi Gonzales, Reuben Laurente, Melvin Lee, Kim Molina, Mikoy Morales, Red Nuestro, Giannina Ocampo, PJ Rebullida, Victor Robinson, Nino Royeca, Myke Salomon, Ali Santos, Markki Stroem, Kakki Teodoro, Sweet Plantado-Tiongson, Dudz Terana, Eula Valdes, Cris Villonco, Ejay Yatco, Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo and The CompanY. The concert is directed by Rem Zamora.

Triple Threats: The Composers is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Individual concert tickets are Php1200, Php1000 and Php800.

For details, contact the CCP Box Office at 832-3704.

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines announces the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2015-2016 Concert Season billed as Reveries under the baton of its Music Director, Olivier Ochanine.

Maestro Ochanine opened the season last September 11 with Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang as guest artist, who is recognized and esteemed by the world renowned Chinese magazine, “China Voice” of New York, as “The Global Chinese of the Year 1999. The concert also features Piano Concerto No. 1 by Chopin and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

German conductor Henrik Schaefer leads the Orchestra on October 9, performing the music of Emilie Mayer’s Ouverture to Faust Op.46, Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Schumann’s Symphony No.3.

On November 3, the PPO features a prominent French Hornist in collaboration with Maestro Olivier Ochanine. The work and soloist will be announced shortly. Program also includes Poulenc’s Les Biches and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.3 `Scottish’.

The Orchestra performs with Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura on December 8 featuring Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Faure’s Pelleas et Mélisande Suite, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.2 “Little Russian”.

On January 22, 2016, the PPO performs with Japanese conductor Tetsuji Honna. Program includes Haydn’s Symphony No.94 and Beethoven’s monumental and memorable Symphony No 3, “Eroica”.

Maestro Olivier Ochanine returns with guest artists soprano Denise Beck and baritone Thomas Sturm on February 19. The program is part of The Carl Nielsen Project and features Nielsen’s Maskarade Overture, some of Nielsen’s most beloved songs and Nielsen’s Symphony No.3 “Sinfonia Espansiva”.

Soprano Rachelle Gerodias and Korean baritone Byeong In Park perform with Maestro Ochanine and the PPO on March 18, also featuring the Philippine Madrigal Singers. The program showcases the winner of the 2015 Composition Competition (announced by December) and features the Philippine premiere of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem.


Maestro Olivier Ochanine leads the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in its concert season ending on April 22, 2016 with American violinist Odin Rathnam. The evening’s concert program features an eclectic and exciting programme with Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, Massenet’s Scenes de Feeries, Enesco’s Romanian Rhapsody No.1 and Ginastera’s Estancia Ballet Suite.

All concerts will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater) at 8:00 pm.

For inquires and subscription, please call the CCP Marketing Department (832-1125 loc. 1806), the CCP Box Office (832-3704) or Ticketworld at National Bookstore (891-9999)

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“CCP holds workshop series for Performatura 2015”

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) holds an institution-wide workshop on Philippine literature and performance for its employees and also for public school educators as part of Performatura 2015, a three-day event in November this year. Performatura 2015 will be held on November 6, 7 and 8 at various locations within and without the Center. The event is free or open to the public.

The first leg of the workshop series will be held on August 28, Friday, at the CCP Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining for the Center’s employees. Lilian C. Barco, Department Manager of the Human Resource Management of the institution, said that this initiative forms part of its overall program designed to achieve the fourth objective of the CCP, which is to “develop a loyal, competent and efficient workforce towards fulfilling a vital role in the cultural institution”.

“The continuing education on Philippine literature and performance for our cultural workers would greatly help them in gaining a deeper understanding of our rich culture, which, in turn, would enable them to work more effectively in promoting our arts and culture to the broad public,” Barco said. “Art matters to the life of every Filipino” is the vision of the CCP.  

Multi-awarded writer, performer, and educator Vim Nadera, Festival Director of Performatura 2015, will be conducting the workshop series for the CCP employees and the public school teachers. “Performatura 2015 has an education aspect for the ones who directly interface with a large group of people – the CCP employees who deal with the public aside from the artists, and the public school teachers who interact with the students. This aspect of Performatura could be likened to training the trainers,” Nadera explained.

The second leg of the workshop series will be held sometime in September for public school educators. The CCP Arts Education under Department Manager Eva Mari Salvador will handle this activity.

Highlights of Performatura 2015 include the Epic Center, Coffee & Conversations with National Artists hosted by the likes of Lourd de Veyra and Gloc-9, Chromatext Rebooted Art Exhibition curated by Krip Yuson, Park Poetry performances, daily workshops, and a day-long summit of performances from young poets.   

Performatura 2015 updates are available on the CCP website (, Facebook (CCP-Intertextual-Division-Programs, culturalcenterofthephilippines), Tumblr (, Twitter (ccpintertextual, ccp_gov), and on Instagram (ccp_gov).


The Bold, The Brash, and The Beautiful at CCP

“The Bold, The Brash, and The Beautiful at CCP”


THE Clarion Chamber Ensemble takes centerstage on Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6:00pm at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines to present its first concert in the 2015 season entitled The Bold, The Brash, and The Beautiful.

The program features the works of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and German composer Paul Hindemith whose present day reputations attest to their massive contribution to the bold and brash ideas of 20th century classical music. Clarion performs Shostakovich’s 1923 bold statement of youth, the “Trio No. 1 in C minor” for Piano, Violin and Cello op. 8. From the pen of Paul Hindemith comes the brash electricity of his 1948 “Septet” for Woodwind Quintet, Trumpet and Bass Clarinet.

The beguiling beauty of the evening can be found in German organist/composer Joseph Rheinberger’s “Nonet in E-flat Major” op. 139 for String Trio, Double bass and Woodwind Quintet, which surrenders its spirit to old world romantic charm in a vivid and imaginative Clarion performance. Clarion Chamber Ensemble performs the smoldering and lavish “Verano Porteno” of Argentine Tango Master Astor Piazzolla. Verano Porteno is also known as “Summer” from Piazzolla’s famous Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The Bold, The Brash, and The Beautiful is a production by Clarion Chamber Ensemble and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and co-presented by 98.7 DZFE The Masters Touch.

Tickets are Php.500 for all seats, Php.250 for Seniors and Students with a valid I.D.  All seating is on a first come first served basis. For more information, please call the CCP Box Office at 832-3704, Ticketworld (891-9999) or contact Clarion Chamber Ensemble at 890-8840 or through

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THE Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), with the support of the Embassy of France, Rustans, Store Specialists Inc, and Y2K Residence Hotel, proudly present a Francophil project entitled “Me, Myself and Us” by the company Tête d’Enfant, comprised of longtime friends Guillaume Biron, Naël Jammal and Florent Lestage, a circus trio from France on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.  

Performance is suitable for 8 years old and above.

Ticket prices are Php600 (center seats) and Php400 (side seats), with 50% for students and 20% for senior citizens / AFM members. They must present ID upon purchase. All tickets may be purchased online at

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines brings together the well liked original Filipino musicals in a single evening featuring the original cast and the best musical theater performers. A gala event billed as MUSIKAL! A Musical Theater Celebration of CCP’s 45th takes place on September 5 and September 6, at 8:00 pm at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater).  The musical revue features excerpts from “Rak of Aegis”, “Rama Hari”, “Maxie the Musical”, “Katy!”, “Caredivas”, “Noli Me Tangere”, “Magsimula Ka”, “ZsaZsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal”, “Bluebird of Happiness”, “Rock Supremo”, “Rivalry”, “Lorenzo”, among others. 


“This is going to be a landmark convergence of Philippine musical theater talent. A rare night where one can experience the melodies of the composers, the spectacle put together by the directors, the passion of the ensemble and the splendid musicality that Filipino musical theater performers are known for worldwide,” CCP’s artistic director Chris Millado enthuses. Millado also directs the show in collaboration with the original directors and producing companies like Tanghalang Pilipino, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Educational Theater Association, Trumpets, Spotlight Artists Centre, Bit by Bit Company, 4th Wall Theater Company, Green Wings, and Ateneo Blue Rep.


Audiences will also hear the scores of the musicals orchestrated for the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Salonga. Special medleys will be rearranged for the vocal style of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Jed Balsamo arranges for orchestra from the original compositions of Ryan Cayabyab, Vincent de Jesus, Rony Fortich, Ed Gatchalian, Aegis, Ebe Dancel, and Gines Tan, among others. 


This landmark gala celebrates original Philippine musical theater artistry and the Cultural Center of the Philippines 45th Anniversary. 


Thanks to Filipino talent coupled with the symphonic sound by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, this landmark gala provides a musical theater “pride” for the country.  

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To mark the 35th year of the CCP’s Outreach Program, a series of regional cultural exchanges and community tours billed as “Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining” will be organized by the CCP Cultural Exchange Department from September to November 2014 featuring the most prominent regional cultural groups.


The exchanges will focus on the flourishing of arts and culture in the regions, and how art has made an impact in the lives of the people and the creative industry in the local communities.  Through this program, the CCP CED endeavors to support and motivate local cultural performing groups to achieve artistic excellence and promote local art and cultural expressions in various venues and communities.  The program will certainly be a fitting celebration of the center’s regional cultural work in the last three and a half decades. 


To launch the exchanges,  three exceptional performing groups from Luzon will visit the Visayas region from September 18-27: Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc. (BKFI) of Malolos, Bulacan; Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe (LBDT) of the University of Lyceum Batangas City; and the Baao Children and Youth Choir (BCYC) of Baao, Camarines Sur.


The Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation, Inc. (BKFI) is a resident theater company of the Province of Bulacan.  Since its creation in 1980, the group has created an impressive body of original works and developed a program of sustainability thru LGU support and audience development.  Since 1987, BKFI consistently mounted two Theater Laboratory Workshops a year that runs for 4 months and produces two one-act-plays. It serves as the Theater School in Bulacan.  In September 2007, BKFI created the Bulacan Arts, Culture and History Institute or BACH Institute to develop the vast and rich heritage of the province through training, research and other educational programs. In 2004, BKFI was conferred the “GAWAD CCP PARA SA SINING” for its outstanding contributions in theater development in the region.  Through the years, the company has earned the respect of theater artists and critics all over the country.  Acknowledged too is the discipline of BKFI’s actors and their work in putting together a Filipino repertoire, in instituting and promoting community theater and in promoting the culture and tradition of the region thru its productions.


Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe, the official folk dance company of the Lyceum of the Philippines University (Batangas), marks more than 15 years of promoting the rich and colorful culture of the Philippines thru music, dance and songs.  Founded in 1995, the group is already a veteran of international performance tours as it showcased its cultural brilliance in folklore festivals in Italy, Malaysia and South Korea. The group had exceptionally made its mark in the national cultural map through the various CCP and NCCA projects.  Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe had already staged four major dance concerts showcasing full-length all-Filipino repertoire in their home ground and has represented the Philippines in five major international festivals: August 2008- International Folkdance Festival (Italy); April 2010- XIII Melaka Drum Festival (Malaysia); October 2011- Asian & Oceania Folklore Festival (South Korea); July 2012- 7th Sabah International Folklore Festival (Malaysia); October 2013- Anseong Baudeogi Folkdance Festival (South Korea)

The Baao Children and Youth Choir is a community and church based choir composed of students from Rosary School Inc. and Baao National High School Special Program in the Arts. It was organized in 2003 and became a national finalist in the NAMCYA Children’s Choir Competition in 2004 and 2007. In 2008, the choir bagged the 1st Place and the “Best Interpretation of the Contest Piece” in the National Finals of the NAMCYA.  In early 2011, the choir was invited to sing at “Festejos” and held concerts at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences and Faith Academy Theater together with Yaeneoul Children’s Choir from Korea.  The choir was the Philippine representative to the 1st International Children and Arts Festival in Kuala Lumpur last December 2011. The following year, the choir competed in the 18thCertamen Juvenil de Habaneras in Torrevieja, Spain and won the Grand Prize. The National Commission for Culture and The Arts conferred to the Choir the Ani ng Dangal Award for Music in March 2013.  Last October 2013, the choir competed in the 9th Busan Choral Festival and Competition and won 3rd Place in the Ethnic and Youth Choir Category. They also qualified in the Grand Prix and bagged the Audience Prize Award. From August 6-September 3, 2014, the Baao Children and Youth Choir will have its 4th International Tour to the United States and will represent the Philippines in the 15th Mundial de Coros in Puebla, Mexico.


The outreach performance tour in Visayas is being presented in partnership with the Silay City Government, the Negros Cultural Foundation in Bacolod, and the Central Philippines University in Iloilo.


Following the Luzon groups, the Visayas performing groups led by the Kabataang Silay Rondalla Ensemble of Silay City, Dagyaw Baile of Iloilo National High School and the Halad Singers of the University of Visayas of Cebu City will visit Mindanao in October.  The last leg of the regional exchanges will feature performing groups from Mindanao – MSU Kabpapagariya Ensemble of Gen. Santos City,  Helubong Dance Troupe of Lake Sebu; Mebuyan Peace Project of Davao City; RMMC Teatro Ambahanon of Gen. Santos; and Bayang Barrios will visit Luzon in November.



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Special events and new Festival features celebrate Cinemalaya’s 10th anniversary milestone


The Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition, billed as Cinemalaya X this year, marks its 10th anniversary as it opens on August 1-10, 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, its main venue, and at satellite venues in Greenbelt Makati, Alabang Town Center, TriNoma and Fairview Terraces, the newest Cinemalaya satellite venue this year, in Quezon City.

“The road to Cinemalaya X has not been smooth but definitely rewarding,” Cinemalaya Foundation president Nestor O. Jardin said.  “We can’t help but be proud of what our filmmakers have achieved – the outstanding films they produced, the unique subject matters and stories they revealed to us, and the awards and recognition they garnered.”

The achievements of Cinemalaya over the past ten years are summed up in the Festival’s theme: A Decade of Connecting Dimensions.  The theme highlights Cinemalaya as a flourishing network of individuals, groups and institutions with a common goal of developing and promoting Filipino independent filmmaking.

Special events and new Festival features will add to the excitement of Cinemalaya X.  These include the launching of the Cinemalaya X book, announcement of the Cinemalaya Logo Contest winner, the introduction of the Cinemalaya Achievement Award, special exhibitions that will document the story of Cinemalaya’s first decade, a Cinemalaya X Retrospective. 

The Cinemalaya X book is a commemorative publication chronicling the history of Cinemalaya and its contributions to Philippine cinema.  The book will be launched on August 3 at the CCP.

The book, Cinemalaya Foundation president Nestor O. Jardin said, is a tribute to the Filipino indie filmmaker. “The success of Cinemalaya is undoubtedly due to the 164 filmmakers who for the past ten editions of the competition and festival produced quality films that have broken the boundaries of filmmaking in the country,” Jardin said.

The Cinemalaya Achievement award will give recognition to a filmmaker or organization for outstanding and distinguished work in Philippine independent cinema. This is will be the first time the award will be given.

The Cinemalaya logo animation contest involved the production of a new Cinemalaya logo animation that will be used as the new opening billboard for all Cinemalaya competition films. At present, the opening billboard is a 2D animation of the Cinemalaya logo created in 2006.

Posters and archival materials will tell the story of Cinemalaya’s first decade in Cinemalaya @ 10: In Retrospect, an exhibition at the CCP Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). The venue will be converted into X-lounge, a cafe-cum-viewing room where interactive multimedia displays will allow visitors to access past Cinemalaya trailers. At the Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery) visitors will be able to view the posters of all of the Cinemalaya competition films from 2005-2014.

The Cinemalaya 2014 Exhibit at the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) will feature, as is the case of every year of the Festival since it began in 2005, posters and memorabilia from the films selected for the yearly competition.

The CCP Main Theater Lobby, on the other hand, will serve as an exhibition area for special portraits of the competing filmmakers. This year’s guest photographers are renowned Jun de Leon and Timothy de Leon.

The Cinemalaya Forum Series, which replaces the yearly Cinemalaya Congress, will be held on August 5-6 at the CCP Little Theater.  Speakers at the Forum will examine the state of digital filmmaking in the Philippines and the impact of Cinemalaya on the industry.  The Forum series offers seven sessions on the various aspects of digital filmmaking.

Cinemalaya X offers festival goers the unique opportunity to view all Cinemalaya films produced in the past ten years of the Festival in the special Cinemalaya Retrospective.

Cinemalaya X will premiere 25 new digital films in the three competition categories, namely, New Breed Full Length Feature, Directors Showcase and Short Feature.

“This year’s batch of filmmakers will undoubtedly rise up to the challenge of the previous years with new stories to tell us and new lessons to be learned from their films,” Cinemalaya Foundation president Jardin said.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Ayala Malls Cinemas.  Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.

To date, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 118 full feature independent films and 96 short films. Many of these films have won awards in local and international competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers including full feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

For more information about Cinemalaya X, visit, and the cinemalaya facebook page or CCP Film Office at telephone number 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and the CCP box office at 832-3704.