Pasinaya, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ annual open house festival, celebrated the integration of ASEAN countries with the theme PASINAYA GROWS ASEAN WINGS last February 15.
The event also included the ASEAN Performance Arts Market held from Feb. 13 to 15. It offered opportunities for networking, showcasing of performance samplers and business matching of ASEAN performances within the ASEAN region and with the world. Contemporary, traditional, as well as innovative works by emerging and seasoned ASEAN artists in music, dance and theatre were featured.
Pasinaya opened at the CCP with an early morning pre-show at 7:30 a.m. featuring the Marcelo H. Del Pilar Performing Arts Group, Marikina Dance Guild and the La Salle Dance Company-Street, followed by the official opening ceremonies and street parade featuring the Citizens’ Brigade Band of Dasmariñas, Cavite and the Sindaw Philippines Performing Arts Guild.
Different areas and venues of the CCP were zoned and dedicated to the various art forms such as dance, music, theater, film and the visual arts as well as zones devoted to workshops and children.
More than 3,000 artists from community-based and school-based artistic groups participated in the 2015 CCP Pasinaya. In addition to the performances, there were workshops, film screenings, lecture-demonstrations, exhibits and storytelling activities.
Partner institutions, namely, Metropolitan Museum of Manila and Museo Pambata on Roxas Boulevard, National Museum on P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Casa Manila and Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros and 1335 Mabini Gallery in Ermita, Manila opened their doors to the public for Pasinaya on Feb. 15. New to Pasinaya this year were the Museo Marino and College of St. Benilde Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.
Pasinaya was presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and headlined by the CCP’s own resident companies, namely, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, NAMCYA, Philippine Madrigal Singers and Tanghalang Pilipino.
Pasinaya is the biggest multi arts festival in the Philippines featuring the participation of thousands of artists and hundreds of artistic and cultural groups. It offers to the public on a unique “Pay what you can, See all you can” donation scheme the opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP Performance season. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena)