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CULTURE defines and enriches us as Filipinos. And now more than ever, must we try harder to understand appreciate our culture.
There is one place to be, an institution in and a beacon of Filipino culture. This is no less than the Culutral Center of the Philippines, which has prepared another outstanding performance season this 2018.
Be awed, be inspired and be there.
From productions from its resident companies (the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Tanghalang Pilipino, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, UST Symphony Orchestra, National Music Competitions for Young Artists, and the Philippine Madrigal Singers) to film festivals, art exhibits, collaborations and celebrations, here are 18 things you should not miss!
Marking its 49th anniversary, the CCP will have a year of celebrations.
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the center's resident orchestra company, will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a concert featuring classical masterpieces under the baton of its music director Yoshikazu Fukumura, as well as outreach concerts and performances all over the Philippines.
Both the Saturday Group and Philippine Arts Educators will celebrate their 50th anniversary with respective exhibits this coming March. In May, the Association of Pinoy printmakers will hold an exhibition for their 50th anniversary.
2. Russian ballet
Russian Classical Ballet will perform "Swan Lake," featuring two of the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Theatre dancers Alexander Volchkov and Nina Kaptsova, from February 27 to March 11 at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo.
3. The return of Earth Hour
Earth Hour is returning to CCP after 10 years! Organized by the Wold Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Earth Hour is the world's largest environmental movement urging people to switch off non-essential lights for 60 minutes, as a way to protect and save our planet. Come on March 24 at the CCP grounds to #Connect2Earth in a festive night.
4. A charity show for Marawi
“Marawing Salamat: The Best of Opera and Fashion for Marawi” will happen on April 6. Staged by Lyric Opera, it features Pagliacci, a two-act Italian opera with music and libretto by Ruggero Leoncavallo, and a fashion show themed Carnivale.
5. Awards for performing arts
On April 12, the 2017 Gawad Buhay Philstage Award will take place. It is the first-ever industry awards exclusively for performing arts touted to be the local Tony’s! The two-hour, highly entertaining show will honor individual and group achieves in various artistic and technical aspects of play, musical and dance of 2017, as well as will showcase numbers from nominated productions.
Proud of its art education and outreach programs, the CCP will hold various training and workshops such as National Rondalla Workshop 2018, National Folk Dance Workshop for Teachers, CCP Hands-on Choral Workshop, CCP Summer Dance Workshop, among others.
Must-see exhibitions include "Walking Still: Rene Aquitania Exhibit" in January; "Stretched Banners" by MJ Flaminiano; and, solo exhibits by Marlon Contreras, Froilan Calayag, Lesley Ann Cao, among others.
8. New National Artists
Come July, the CCP and NCCA will jointly hold the conferment ceremony and tribute to the awardees of the Order of National Artists, the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of Philippine arts.
9. Virgin Labfest
Now on its 14th year is Virgin Labfest, CCP’s annual festival of raw, untested and un-staged one-act plays by emerging and established playwrights.
10. Cinemalaya 14
Also on its 14th edition, Cinemalaya remains to be the largest independent film festival in the country with the aim to support cinematic works by upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers. This year’s Cinemalaya runs from August 3 to 12.
11. Longest running indie film fest
The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, which is considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN region, will have its 30th run this year, alongside Cinemalaya. The competition harvests the best films in various categories such as Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary and Animation.
12. Spoken word festival
Performatura: Spoken Work Festival, celebrating literature by engaging it with music, theater, dance, film and visual arts.
13. Series of concerts
Triple Threats, a series of concept concerts featuring real life couples Julienne Mendoza and Stella Cañete, Robert Seña and Isay Alvarez, Franco Laurel and Ayen Munji Laurel, also takes place in August, September and October.
14. Tribute to a National Artist
Then in September, the CCP also celebrates the life and works of National Artist Lucresia R. Kasilag with a concert dubbed "CCP Gala: The Concert for the King." Tita King, as she was fondly called, spent her life developing the Filipino audience's appreciation of music. She worked to discover the Filipino roots through ethnic music and fuse it with Western influences, an approach that current Filipino composers emulate. She became the CCP president from 1976 to 1986.
15. Arts encyclopedia
Still in September, the CCP will launch the Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts.
16. 13 artists
In October, the CCP will recognize outstanding Filipino visual artists through the Thirteen Artists Awards.
17. Akapella competition
Akapella Open International 2018, a competition for contemporary a capella groups which aims to promote the love for contemporary a capella and appreciation for vocal harmony performance, will happen in October.
18. Met Opera in HD
Catch CCP’s pioneering Met Opera in HD that is shown in various Ayala Cinemas all throughout the year.
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