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Lights show marks CCP’s 50th year

THE façade and the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) were lit up on Sept. 26 with the official opening of the lights-and-sounds installation called Sinag: Festival of Radiance.

Watch a CCP Gala show for P50, P100

WHAT can P100 or P50 get you? How about tickets to Balcony 1 or Balcony II for the People’s Gala, Bulawan: CCP 50th Anniversary Concert, on Sept. 21, 8 p.m., at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo?

Good, Truth, Beauty: The CCP’s motto translated into light

ON a gloomy morning in mid-August at the Quiman Trading workshop in San Fernando, Pampanga, lantern-maker Chris was concentrating on making a frame with some thin steel before his fellow lantern-maker and mentor Bong welded it. Afterwards, the frame would be wiring and papered over to become a multi-colored lantern. Chris and Bong were among 20 craftsmen who have been working on three designs commissioned by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) — a sundial, a line of baybayin script, and star-shaped lantern — since May this year.

Cultural Center to host the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix

SIX choral groups — one from the Philippines and five from Indonesia — will compete at the first Asia Choral Grand Prix hosted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on July 21.

Virgin Lab Fest turns 15

HAVING staged 257 new works by young playwrights and directors since its beginning in 2005, the Virgin Labfest, an annual theater festival which focuses on unpublished, untried, and unstaged one-act plays, returns for its 15th year in June.

NCCA and CCP pay tribute to the 2018 National Artists

FOR 2003 National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario, the role a National Artist is a challenging task.

Cultural Center to pay tribute to National Artists today

THE SEVEN individuals who were conferred the National Artist Awards in 2018 will be given a tribute today at 6 p.m. at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Hip Hop Dance tilt at the CCP

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), together with Hip Hop International Philippines presents the 2019 Philippine Hip Hop Dance Championship, with the eliminations happening on April 13, noon and 6 p.m., and the finals on April 14 at 1 p.m Around 70 crews and over 800 dancers are expected to participate this year. The dance championship will also be followed by the World Battles Philippines 2019 and After-party at the Cove Manila on April 14, 9 p.m.

Broadening literature’s definition for everyone

WATCH spoken word poetry performances, interact with renowned Filipino writers, witness the first slam poetry championship, and learn about folklore from the Dumagats — all these activities can be experienced with a donation of a book.

Women have their say at a small press festival

IN KEEPING with International Women’s Month, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Intertextual Division held Gandang-Ganda Sa Sariling Gawa (GGSG) 2, a one-day Women’s Small Press Festival. Small is literally the size of many of the works: zines just 1/8 of a bond paper, colorful postcards and original laminated digital art stickers barely bigger than postage stamps. Postcards and stickers as the cheapest way to reproduce and to sell art are a mainstay of such events.

The CCP’s history in posters

BEFORE the advent of Photoshop, the initial design for a poster was drafted by hand. A stencil would be made and the design would then be transferred onto a screen. A sheet of poster paper would be set under the screen, ink would be applied and pushed through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee. The paper would then be set aside to dry. Then the process would be repeated for the next poster, and the next, and the next.

Of poetry and the National Anthem

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Performatura: Performance Literature Festival is back for its third installment as it once again “highlights the rich tapestry of Philippine artistic traditions that leap beyond the written word.”

Ray Albano: Homo ludens, a playful man

RAYMUNDO “RAY” ALBANO is described by those who knew him as a “homunculus,” a “deformed clubfoot who walked with a limp.” The words aren’t meant to be cruel. They are said with affection, fond memory. Even Mr. Albano poked fun at his scoliosis, calling himself the “Quasimodo of CCP” — that is, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where he succeeded Roberto Chabet as museum director in 1970. It was a post that Mr. Albano held until he died in 1985 at the age of 38.

CCP’s Pasinaya festival to be upsized this year

THE largest multi-arts festival in the country is back, but this year, the CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival will be held for a longer period — from Feb. 1 to 3.

Alternative movie, video entries solicited

THOSE who think that the annual Metro Manila Film Fest is rubbish, full of recycled formulaic films, here is their chance to create their own better and smarter movies: they can join a contest for alternative films and videos.

High and low art the same CCP’s Encyclopedia

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 12-volume Encyclopedia of Philippine Art is encompassing, with the inclusion of discourses on popular culture, digital media, and LGBTQ-themed essays in broadcast art, among others.

Imelda will be invited to the CCP’s 50th anniversary

IF IMELDA MARCOS is still not behind bars next year, she will probably be attending the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), a project she initiated.

13 Artists Award exhibit: mirror of society’s illnesses

THE WINNERS of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists awards this year demonstrated that they’re not only concerned with their aesthetics, but also with what is happening in reality. The recipients have responded to the problems of our times: extrajudicial killings, social injustices, the oppressed’s endless plight, and fake news.

Bench and CCP join forces to create the terno for the...

IF THE spirit of the Filipina could be contained in one item, perhaps it’s in the terno. The popular adage goes that the Filipina spent 300 years in a convent, and 40 years in Hollywood, and it’s evident in the manner by which the terno falls on the body. The length and the sleeves suggest a certain demureness, but the flamboyant butterfly sleeves achieve a certain sense of pride and action, while the flattering, form-fitting cut and silhouette suggests a confident woman with an ability to stand tall.

Renowned pianist returns to the CCP

INTERNATIONAL pianist Monique Duphil returns to Manila to open the 36th season of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) tonight, 8 p.m., at the Main Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

‘Will You Still Love Me?,’

THE CULTURAL CENTER of the Philippines (CCP) in cooperation with the Julia Buencamino Project presents “Will You Still Love Me?” for its second edition of the Festival of Arts and Ideas, which runs from Sept. 14–16 at various CCP venues.

Film on T’boli tops CCP’s Gawad Alternatibo

A FILM about a T’boli dancer who experiences a sudden turn of events in her pursuit of a good life for her family, bagged first prize in the Short Feature category and Best Regional Entry at the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video awards night held on Aug. 6 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Exhibit explores what binds ASEAN art together

DESPITE OUR differences in religion, culture, and lifestyle, the Philippines and its neighboring countries are held together by the language of art. To demonstrate both the contrasts and the resemblances, the Philippines is hosting a contemporary art exhibition called Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia.

Virgin Labfest presents a Marawi-inspired musical alongside an EJK play and...

BESIDES the usual stories of friendship and romance, the Virgin Labfest’s entries this year include stories on social issues like extrajudicial killings and the effects of the seige of Marawi.

Long Live Print: Tirada exhibit shows 50 years of printmaking

LIKE BOOKS, newspapers, and magazines that struggle to survive the digital and paperless world, print, as a form of art, is also confronted by the same dilemma — and more.

Ballet Philippines | Young Choreographers Showcase

Ballet Philippines' Young Choreographers Showcase will be held from June 9-10 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Seven pieces will be presented for the first time.

Traffic is the problem says CCP’s new chairperson Margie Moran

TRAFFIC, and not the misconception that art is elitist, is the reason why many find the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to be,...

The Monkey King wreaks havoc in the CCP

WHO WOULD pass up a free show? In celebration of the 43rd year of the formal establishment of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and China,...

Bringing back the terno

Fashion is like language. While words and clothes are made to say or show just a certain amount, a world of meaning can be...

The Saturday Group at 50

ONE SATURDAY afternoon in 1968, artists Alfred Roces, H.R. Ocampo, Tony Quintos, and Enrique Velasco ate at the now defunct Taza de Oro restaurant...

13 Artists Awards includes photographer and dancer

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) announced this year’s winners of the prestigious Thirteen Artists Awards. They are: dancer Eisa Jocson, performance artist...

Cinema Rehiyon X and the future of PHL cinema

WHAT STARTED as a small film festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) with 28 delegates, 46 short features, and six full-length...

CCP, UP honor National Artist Napoleon Abueva

By Susan Claire Agbayani ADA LEDESMA-MABILANGAN remembers when she was five years old and growing up in the family home where she was surrounded by...

Met’s The Pearl Fishers screened

GEORGES Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, the second offering for the CCP Met Opera in HD Season 5, will be screened on Jan. 9,...

Nominations for 13 Artists Awards open

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) has announced that 2018 Thirteen Artists Awards is open for nominations until Jan. 31, 2018. The Thirteen Artists...

Holiday hot spots

WAKING UP to the warm weather, struggling through heavy traffic for three hours (or more) daily, finishing pending tasks at work, stressing over ≈≈...

The ABCs of human rights

FROM “activism” to “zero,” the ongoing exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines called The Weight of Words: An Alphabet of Human Rights...

Holiday light installation to rise at CCP

THE CULTURAL CENTER of the Philippines (CCP) and Yatai International Corporation, manufacturer of Omni electrical and lighting products, announced the winning design of the...

Making fun at and of the CCP

THEY REFUSE to share their real identities as artists, so we will call them Peter and Pilar, but collectively, they are called koloWn. The...

Olazo Large-Scale: homecoming and homage

TWO YEARS after his death, painter and printmaker Romulo Olazo returns to his first home, the Cultural Center of the Philippines -- his first...

The next stage

Under a new musical director, a stronger PPO emerges. WORDS  JOHANNA POBLETE | PHOTOGRAPHY  JOJO MAMANGUN You could hear a pin drop, there was such a hushed...

Favorite Things | Dancing Queen

A girl who dreamed of working in a bank and ended up becoming Miss Universe.