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Sunday, April 10, 2022

CCP Tribute to National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera set on April 23

Press Anouncement:

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts lead the nations to pay homage to the late National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera in a necrological tribute slated on April 23, 2022.

The necrological tributes will start with Arrival of Honors at 8:30am at the CCP Front Lawn, followed by the program at 9am at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). State funeral follows at 12nn, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

National Artist for Literature Lumbera passed away on September 28, 2021, at the age of 89. 

He was conferred the Order of the National Artists, the highest national recognition given to Filipino individuals, for his significant contributions and achievements in Philippine literature, in 2006. 

Acknowledged as one of the pillars in contemporary literature in the Philippines, Lumbera introduced to Tagalog literature the Bagay poetry, a landmark aesthetic tendency that changed the vernacular poetic tradition.

Most of CCP’s landmark productions are those touched by National Artist Lumbera’s genius, working as librettist in various theatrical works which premiered in the center’s theaters and became the standards of excellence in performing arts. Some notable works were Tales of Manuvu, Rama Hari, and Noli Me Tangere, which were performed by CCP resident companies Ballet Manila and Tanghalang Pilipino, as well as Hibik at Himagsik nina Victoria Laktaw.

His greatest literary works included: Likhang Dila, Likhang Diwa (1993); Balaybay, Mga Tulang Lunot at Manibalang (2002); Sa Sariling Bayan, Apat na Dulang May Musika (2004), Agunyas sa Hacienda Luisita, and Pakikiramay (2004).


A poet, librettist and academician, he founded and was part of different literary organizations such as Pambansang Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (Panulat), Philippine Comparative Literature Association, Pamana ng Panitikan ng Pilipinas, Panulat para sa Kaunlaran ng Sambayanan (PAKSA), Kalipunan para sa Literatura ng Pilipinas, Philippine Studies Association, Cultural Research Association of the Philippines, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, and the Concerned Artists of the Philippines. 

He received several accolades, most notably the Carlos Palanca Award for Literature in 1975, the Magsaysay Award in 1993, the Philippine Centennial Literary Prize for Drama in 1998, and the CCP Centennial Honors for the Arts in 1999. He also won several from Manila Critics Circle and National Book Awards. 

The public is invited to pay tribute to the great literary master, following health and safety guidelines. For those attending the necrological tribute, kindly read the CCP protocols for Alert Level 1: 

Friday, August 2, 2019

CCP International Choral Competition Winners Announced

THE 4th edition of the Andrea O. Veneracion (AOV) International Choral Festival on July 18-21, 2019 and the 1stAsia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) on July 21, 2019 held its joint Closing and Awarding Ceremonies with the announcement of the winners at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo on July 21, 2019 at 9:30 PM.

The competition winners were announced by Mark Anthony Carpio, the Asian member of the jury.  The Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival winners are as follows:  Mixed Choir Category – 1stPrize: FEU Chorale, Karl Angelo Tangco,conductor; 2nd Prize: TIP Choral Society, Cyro Bon Cloui Moral, conductor; 3rd Prize: Chorus Vocales Philippines, Renier Aguilar, conductor.  Equal Voices Category – 1stPrize: Don Bosco Makati-Boscorale, Alvin B. Paulin, conductor; 2ndPrize: Miriam College High School Glee Club, Anthony Go Villanueva,conductor; 3rd Prize: St. Paul College Pasig High School Chorale, Shiela Marie B. Fetalvero,conductor.  Folk Song Category – 1st Prize: TIP Choral Society, Cyro Bon Cloui Moral, conductor;2nd PrizeFEU Chorale, Karl Angelo Tangco,conductor; 3rd Prize: Chor Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocences (Poland), Anna Bramska,conductor

Besides certificates and cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winning choirs, the first prize winners of each category were awarded a trophy - a CCP commissioned sculpture inspired by the sound of a conch shell and a bird song  made of stoneware clay by CCP by 13 Artists Awardee for the year 2000, Katti Sta. Ana.

The University of the Philippines Los Baños Choral Ensemble (UPLBCE) was proclaimed winner of the 1st Asia Choral Grand Prix.  The only Filipino choir among six competing choirs, the UPLBCE represented the 2017 winner of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.  The UPLBCE bested five other choirs from Indonesia: the St. Louis High School Choir from Surabaya and the Vocalista Harmonic Choir ISI from Yogyakarta representing the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Singapore International Choral Festival, respectively; the E Deum Voice from  Medan and the Paduan Suara Mahasiswa Universitas Padjadjaran from Bandung representing the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Bali International Choir Festival, respectively; and the Brawijaya University Student Choir from Malang representing the other 2017 winner of the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival.

The UPLBCE was awarded a cash prize of US$6,000, a certificate and a trophy - a CCP newly commissioned   sculpture by multimedia artist Toym Imao made of pounded brass and carved wood entitled “Kilapsaw”, representing a vessel in which sound is produced.

The jury, representing five continents were composed of Jason Max Ferdinand from the USA, Digna Guerra from Cuba, Werner Pfaff from Germany, David Squire from New Zealand and Mark Anthony Carpio from the Philippines. 

The Asia Choral Grand Prix (ACGP) is a competition of the two top 2017 and 2018 winners of the Andrea O. Veneracion Festival, the Bali International Choir Festival and the Singapore International Choral Festival.  The ACGP is the fruition of two years of preparation which started with meetings initiated by the Cultural Center of the Philippines with the organizers of the two Festivals as early as July 2017.  Present during the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies were the Directors of the said Festivals, including the Artistic Director of the new ACGP festival member the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod who was introduced to the audience.

The FEU Chorale and the Don Bosco Makati – Boscorale were the two choir winners chosen by the jury to represent the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral in the 2nd Asia Choral Grand Prix to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2021.  The biennial Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival held in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, was organized in 2013.  The AOV International Choral Festival and the Asia Choral Grand Prix were supported by the Tourism Promotions Board.                               


Friday, October 13, 2017

Colors of Weaving and A Hidden Christmas Star Highlight CCP Christmas Light Decor

Young, talented architects Rochelle Ong and Louie Suico of WTA Architecture & Design Studio wins CCP’s HOLIDAY LIGHT INSTALLATION COMPETITION 2017 with their simplified Christmas tree design structure that reveals levels of symbolisms of a what Christmas in the Philippines is all about.

This year’s focus of the annual competition between The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and OMNI (Yatai International Corporation) is on Philippine lantern-making technology.

The winning proposal, entitled “Habi ng Pagkakaisa: Weaving the Multi-Cultural Filipino Together”  is inspired by the geometrical patterns of various weaving traditions in the Philippines.  It was particularly inspired  by the Kalinga in Luzon, the Bagtason of the Visayas, and the Bagobo, the Mandaya, and T’Boli of Mindanao. Their proposed design “aims to empower the weaving industry of our nation, which is deeply rooted in our rich culture as it is the same for all ASEAN countries.”

The panel of jurors, which was made confidential until the deliberations on September 20, was composed of the ASEAN-National Organizing Council Consultant Nestor Jardin, CCP Associate Artistic Director Ariel Yonzon, Henry Yang of Yatai International Corporation, and artist Jose Tence Ruiz. Proposals were evaluated based on originality and innovativeness, feasibility of the implementation, ties to the theme and to both the CCP and Omni’s institutional mandates, appropriateness to the surroundings and eco-friendliness.

“Habi ng Pagkakaisa” will be unveiled on 3 November 2017, Friday, 6pm at the CCP Liwasang Asean Park, along with the launch of the regularly anticipated multi-faceted and custom-designed lanterns on display at the façade of the CCP Main Theater Building.

A collaboration between the CCP and the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, the lanterns continue to be a beautiful showcase of the craftsmanship and ingenuity innate in the traditional Philippine Christmas. The two projects combined express the CCP’s mandate of showcasing artistic excellence through Filipino creativity, as well as the institution’s ongoing partnerships with like-minded corporations and other government institutions.

FOR INQUIRIES, please call CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 8321125 local 1504/1505, or (632) 8323702, or contact Phillip at mobile (0906) 4803330, email For more information visit

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ballet Ph's "The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances" Takes the Stage on October 20 to 21

Press Announcement:
Ballet Philippines, reintroduces internationally acclaimed classics of the company’s vast repertoire to a newer audience.  

"The Exemplars" will showcase the company’s classic works such as Alice Reyes’ “Amada.” As one of the first pieces ever performed by the company, Amada is based on “Summer Solstice” by National Artist for Literature, Nick Joaquin. Set in Catholic, Hispanic, 19th century Manila, traditional male-dominance is shaken by the Tadtarin, a native festival in which women suddenly reign supreme shattering the established Hispanic molds and patterns. Amada premiered in Manila in 1970, with National Artist for Dance, Alice Reyes herself in the titular role, and music composed by National Artist for Music Lucrecia Kasilag. It has since won critical acclaim in the Philippines and abroad, and represents the company’s work in Philippine material at its best.

Another featured work is “Valse Fantasy.” A male dancer and three ballerinas dance in a ballet dotted with leaps, turns, beats, entrances and exits. Set to Glinka’s music, Valse Fantasy is pure dancing tailored by the music’s breezy patterns and delightful rhythms. A neo-classical piece inspired by George Balanchine, it was especially staged for Ballet Philippines by Muñeca Aponte in 1974. This year, premier danseur Nonoy Froilan is restaging the ballet, as he himself danced the male role in the 1970's.

Gener Caringal’s “Ang Sultan” is a heart-breaking story about star-crossed lovers, separated by the eternal clash between classes. Set in the pre-colonial Filipino caste system, it tells the story of the consequences when a man from a lower caste falls in love with a princess—where revolt and an uprising ensue due to inequity and social injustice. Using Maguindanao/Muslim instrumentation, the music was composed by Lucrecia Kasilag. Since it’s premiere in 1973, it has become one of the most performed pieces in the company’s repertoire.

Norman Walker’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” is the story of unrequited love. We follow our hero, who is in deep sadness as his love is being wed to another, and trying to escape with everything reminding him of his love. This is a story of ultimately finding one’s self in the loneliness of life, even though surrounded by friends, there is a feeling of trying to find a purpose that fulfills the empty void. Critical and popular acclaim has made this work a piece de resistance in the company’s repertoire.

Pauline Koner’s “Concertino” is considered a major landmark in modern dance. This classic tells the story about a lady of the court and her attendants who conduct themselves in various manners from the proper to the frolicsome. In the rigidity of the high life she feels caged and seeks liberation from the tedious life. This piece was choreographed in the earlier style of American Modern Dance that has become a challenge to all who attempt this stylistically difficult piece.

This production provides a rare opportunity to shed light on the long-unseen works that established the company’s signature style and identity as an internationally and locally renowned dance company, paving the way to 48 years of artistic excellence and cultural contribution. This was made possible by patrons of the arts San Miguel Corporation, Phoenix Petroleum  and Sanicare.

Catch us! Ballet Philippines' "The Exemplars: Amada and Other Dances" will be performed in on October 20-22, 2017 at the CCP Main Theater, and October 25, 2017 at the Globe Auditorium, Maybank Theater, BGC Arts Center. 

For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999 or 

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Instagram: @balletphilippines

YouTube: balletph

Monday, August 14, 2017

More Respect for Cinemalaya 2017 with "RESPETO" Win

Pinoy Hiphop film,  RESPETO, wins top honors with seven awards during the 13th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival Awards Night on August 13, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater.   The film won Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound, Best Editing, the 2017 NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema) Award and the Audience Choice Award.

"The movie was about martial law but I am sure no one will watch it if I said so," comments Alberto Monteras II, Director of Respeto.  

Respeto is an exploration of the Pinoy hiphop underground world where a young aspiring rapper and a Martial Law poet cross paths. The film was cited “for its infectious, propulsive energy, its highly convincing cast of characters and very effective ensemble acting, its breathtaking, nearly epic sweep of the underside of Manila, its expert application of the resources of cinema to depict a teenager’s drive to rise above poverty and violence, its cogent melding of contemporary rap and traditional oral literature, and its sheer humanity and coruscating poetry.”

The NETPAC jury praised the film “for tackling the complex issue of human rights violation across two generations, musically connected by the vibrant and socially-conscious use of language.”

Best supporting actor Dido de La Paz was lauded “for his powerful portrayal of an old man haunted by the demons of his past and compelled to adjust to the present.”

Corinne De San Jose garnered the Best Sound award “for the impressive evocation of the din and blare of the underside of Manila, and the effective conjuring of the roar and tumult of the hip-hop underworld” while the Best Editing Award went to Lawrence Ang.

Respeto's Ike Avellana and Baconaua's TM Malones shared the Best Cinematography award for their "powerful application of light and shadow and effective rendering of shots and images."

Respeto bested 8 other films in the Full Length Feature category.  As Best Film winner, Respeto garnered Php350,000 cash award and the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy.

Joseph Israel Laban’s film Baconaua,  garnered two major prizes---the Special Jury Prize and Best Direction award.

Baconaua, based on an actual story of how one morning after a particularly strong squall, a sleepy fishing village woke up to the astonishing sight of the sea that had turned red, was acclaimed for director Joseph Laban’s “effective summoning of the resources of cinema to depict a sleepy fishing village reeling from the auguries of superstition while confronting the ugly specter of crime and violence.” 

Angeli Bayani won Best Actress for her role in Bagahe by Zig Dulay while Noel Comia Jr.  and Yayo Aguila landed the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards respectively for their work in Kiko Boksingero by Thop Nazareno.

Bayani was hailed for her role as an OFW suspected of dumping a newborn child in the trash bin of an airplane toilet; Comia for his heartrending performance of a boy grieving for his mother while trying to win the love of his estranged father; and Aguila for her endearing portrayal of the nanny who tries to soothe her ward’s loneliness.

Bagahe also won the Best Screenplay award for Zig Dulay while Kiko Boksingero bagged Best Musical Score for Pepe Manikan.  Nabubulok won Best Production Design for Marxie Maolen Fadul.

In the short feature category, the Best Film award went to Hilom by P.R. Patindol while Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 by Carlo Francisco Manatad won the Special Jury Prize.  Aliens Ata by Karl Glenn Barit scooped up the 2017 NETPAC Award; Best Direction went to E Del Mundo for her Manong ng Pa-Aling and Duwi Monteagudo won Best Screenplay for Bawod.  The Audience Choice Award was given to Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar’s Nakauwi Na.  Best Short Film winner Hilom won Php150,000 cash award and the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy.

In this year’s Cinemalaya, nine films competed in the Full Length Feature category.  These were:  Ang Guro Kong Di Marunong Magbasa (My Teacher Who Doesn’t Know How To Read) by Perry Escaño; Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha (The Family That Doesn’t Weep) by Mes de Guzman; Baconaua by Joseph Israel Laban; Bagahe(The Baggage) by Zig Dulay; Nabubulok (The Decaying) by Sonny Calvento; Kiko Boksingero by Thop Nazareno;Requited by Nerissa Picadizo; Respeto by Alberto Monteras II; and, Sa Gabing Nanahimik ang mga Kuliglig(Clouds of Plague) by Iar Lionel Benjamin Arondaing.

For the first time in Cinemalaya history, there were 12 short films, instead of the usual 10, that competed. These were:  Aliens Ata (Maybe Aliens) by Karl Glenn Barit; Bawod (Bent) by TM Malones; Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25 by Carlo Francisco Manatad; Hilom (Still) by P.R. Patindol; Islabodan (Free Men) by Juan Carlo Tarobal; Juana and the Sacred Shores by Antonne Santiago; Lola Loleng (Grandma Loleng) by Jean Cheryl Tagyamon; Manong ng Pa-Aling (Man of Pa-Aling) by E del Mundo; Maria by JP Habac Jr.;Nakauwi Na by Marvin Cabangunay and Jaynus Olaivar; Nakaw by Arvin Belarmino and Noel Escondo; and Sorry For The Inconvenience by Carl Adrian Chavez.

Members of the Main Competition Jury were Padmashri Dr. Girish Kasaravalli, Freddie Wong, Sheron Dayoc, Lee Briones-Meily and Joselito “Lito” B. Zulueta. 

In the NETPAC Jury were Ismail Basbeth, Tsengel Davaasambuu and Ricardo Lee.

Now on its 13th year, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of 136 full feature independent films and 116 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. Cinemalaya this year was held at the CCP and Ayala Theaters in Greenbelt 3 and Glorietta, Makati, Fairview Terraces, TriNoma, and UP Town Center, Quezon City, and Marquee Mall in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines in partnership with 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.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Light Up CCP for Christmas

Press Announcement: 
THE Cultural Center of the Philippines and OMNI (Yatai International Corporation) is proud to announce the re-invention of the annual HOLIDAY LIGHT INSTALLATION COMPETITION for its second run in 2017. The competition marks another exciting partnership between the CCP and OMNI, as they strive to elevate Philippine lantern-making technology by giving artists and crafts people alike the chance to create an outdoor light installation in the CCP grounds.

The competition calls for all interested artists, crafts people, designers, and engineers, jointly or severally, to submit a proposal for an outdoor site-specific art installation at the CCP. The competition aims to find an attractive and inspiring lighting solution to illuminate the CCP Liwasang Asean Park for the 2017 holiday season, using traditional Filipino lantern-making technology. The installation must be innovative and unique, and must reflect the theme of “Paskong Pinoy”. The mechanics and criteria of the competition may be found at the CCP website (
The competition is open to everyone over 18 years of age. Applications must be submitted via email by 5pm of August 29, 2017. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following: originality and innovativeness, feasibility of the implementation, ties to the theme and to both the CCP and Omni’s institutional mandates, appropriateness to the surroundings and eco-friendliness. Omni, through the CCP, shall provide a grant of five hundred and fifty thousand pesos (Php550,000) to produce the winning proposal.
For inquiries, please call CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 832-1125 local 1504/1505, or (632) 832-3702, or contact Phillip at mobile (0906-4803330), email (

Thursday, August 3, 2017

PPO's 35th Concert Season Begins for 2017-2018

Press Announcement:
THE Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will hold its 35th Concert Season for 2017-2018 under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Main Theater at 8:00pm.  

Billed as “Romancing the Classics”, the season opens on September 15, 2017 with pianist Yury Shadrin as soloist. The programme includes G. Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims Overture, F. Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 in E-flat, and S. Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.2 in E minor. As a soloist with orchestras, as well as in solo recitals, Russian-born pianist Yury Shadrin is widely known through South America, Asia, and the United States as a formidable young talent.

Noted cellist Ray Wang is the next soloist in the PPO’s concert on October 13. Programme consists of W.A. Mozart’s Symphony No. 32 in G, E. Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor, and I. Stravinsky’s Petrushka (Complete Ballet). Ray Wang has performed throughout the musical centers and festivals in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau. He is a founding member of the Hong Kong Virtuosi, Canzone Trio and New Art String Quartet in Hong Kong

Filipino saxophonist Tots Tolentino performs on November 17 with the PPO under the baton of Filipino conductor Gerard Salonga. The program features G. Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, J. Williams’ Catch me if you can escapades and A. Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World”. Tots Tolentino is said to be the most distinct and influential sax sound in the Philippines today.  He currently heads the Jazz Studies program at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, spreading the gospel of jazz to today’s youth.

Come December 15, Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernández performs with the PPO. The program includes C. Debussy’s La Mer, J. Rodrigo’s Fantasia para un Gentilhombre, M. Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales and Bolero.  Recognized as one of today’s leading guitarists, Eduardo Fernández is active as a teacher, as well as being very much in demand for masterclasses and lectures all around the world. He has written a major book on guitar technique, a book on Bach’s lute music, and many articles in leading guitar publications.

Welcoming the New Year is Filipino trombone player Ricson Poonin as he performs with the PPO under the baton of Maestro Herminigildo Ranera on January 19, 2018.  Program is comprised of M.P.Maramba OSB’s Symphony Ode ''La Naval'', F. David’s Trombone Concertino in E-flat, and P. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 in B minor ''Pathetique''.  A member of the PPO, Ricson earned his Master of Music in trombone performance and received the James Winship Lewis Memorial Prize Performance Award at the Peabody Conservatory. He actively performs as the principal trombonist of the Peabody Concert Orchestra and the co-principal trombonist of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.

Greek conductor Stefanos Tsialis will lead the Orchestra on February 16 with an exciting program consisting of N. Skalkottas’ 5 Greek Dances, B. Smetana’s Sarka from ''My Country'' and D. Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5.  Stefanos Tsialis has been the chief conductor and artistic director of the Athens State Orchestra since 2014. He has worked with over 70 orchestras in many EU countries as well as in Canada, Cuba, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the USA.

Filipino pianists Raul Sunico and Ingrid Santamaria perform with PPO under the helm of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura on March 16. The program includes T. Takemitsu’s Requiem for String Orchestra, F. Mendelssohn’s Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra in A-flat and F. Schubert’s Symphony No.9 in C ''The Great''.  Sunico is one of the 1986 Outstanding Young Men Awardees for Arts and Music, and he has performed with many of the most prestigious Orchestras in the world. He has earned international recognition not only as a concert pianist, but also as a composer-arranger and promoter in the world of Philippine music.  Ingrid was a regular piano soloist in Concert at the Park, a nationally televised cultural program broadcast from Manila’s Rizal Park, since its initial concert in 1978 up to 1986. She received various honors, among them, the Hall of Fame award from the Performing Arts League in Crestwood, Florida, USA; "Who is Who" in Asia documentary feature by NHK Television, Japan; "One of the 100 Most Notable Cebuanos of the Century" award; and from the French government; Chevalier, Ordre des Palmas Academiques; and Chevalier, Ordre du Merite Nationale.

The PPO concert series closes on April 13, 2018 with Filipino trumpet player Raymund De Leon. The program consists of F. Delius’ A Walk to the Paradise Garden, J. Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, and M. de Falla’s El Sombrero de Tres Picos (Complete Ballet). Raymund De Leon has won three First Prize awards in the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) in Manila, Philippines. Raymond has performed and toured in Europe, U.S.A., and Asia with international orchestra players and competed in international music competitions.

For inquiries and reservations, call the CCP Box Office (832-3704), TicketWorld (891-9999) or visit

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Your Highness Presents Ballet in a Bold New Way

Catch a glimpse of what the world will see from our Philippine ballet dancers and Filipina International choreographer Eisa  Jocson.  Deconstructing ballet, and re-creating a new form of dancing with vocal expressions by the dancers.  Soft then hard movements, smooth flow climaxing to tension.  

Manila-based choreographer Eisa Jocson has created "YOUR HIGHNESS"--- a dance piece with five young dancers of the Ballet Philippines where the classically trained dancers masterly alternate between stylized Disney gestures and standards of ballet classics like Giselle,The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake –and explore the fine line between portrayals of happiness through ballet history and princess archetypes in a globalized entertainment industry.

The depiction of the story and message about the dancers, their dreams, and the exodus to another country is a combination of ballet grace, vocal sounds and unexpected dance disruptions.   This new fusion of dance and sound in ballet is art in a curious, exploratory, jolting form.   The silent storytelling of ballet is injected with vocal expressions that add to the mood and tension, a new way to watch a ballet.  Breaking boundaries and creating new art in dance seem to be the goal of Eisa as she disregards the rules of ballet and make her dancers speak out their feelings and frustration.  

Don't miss the world premiere of "Your Highness” on July 27 (8pm) and 28 (3pm, 8pm) at the CCP Little Theater, and will be performed at several major European performing arts festivals from August to September 2017.

Connect to Ballet Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Twitter: @balletph
Instagram: @balletphilippines
YouTube: balletph
For tickets, call Ballet Philippines at (+632) 551-1003, the CCP Box Office at (+632) 832-3704, or Ticketworld at (+632) 891-9999.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New CCP President, Actor-Director Nick Lizaso, Prioritize Employee Salary and Health Benefits

Meet the new president of CCP for 2017. The media had a chance to get to know him better last July 4, 2017 during a presscon with tour of the CCP premises for new media reps and updates. Itt was evident that he had a heart for the staff and the disadvantaged as he pointed out his priorities for the year. First on his list is to help raise the salary of the employees followed with providing them with better health benefits. The plight of the artists is nothing new to media and perhaps to most who belong to the same industry. They are motivated by passion regardless of compensation amount which oftentimes is not enough to provide for their daily needs.
By developing skills to world-class level and giving them proper exposure to the public, CCP has no doubt helped many artists despite limitations in providing higher wages. But this year CCP hopes to improve the compensation packages of these devoted and hard-working developing their facilities to entice the public to patronize their cultural performances more often.

Contrary to public perception, CCP is not for the rich alone. Several free entrance programs and lectures may not have been widely announced and circulated but they are available for students and the public in general, just visit their website. The only thing that they expect from their guests is to be considerate when it comes to noise, keep the surroundings clean, and avoid touching delicate displays or handle their property with care. Unfortunately this is something that not many students and some sectors of society are aware of, and they have to be told time and again. Sadly, theater audiences have to be told to turn off their noisy mobiles and stop talking and making noise during a performance. This is where education and breeding needs to be improved. I'm really hoping this reaches that particular, stubborn members of the audience. CCP is a haven for artists and the public to enjoy the arts, whether it be dancing, music, theater, exhibits or other forms of art.

Fortunately, CCP is developing their online presence to reach a wider crowd. Various Philippine regional cultures are now easier to share and learn more about with the development of CCP's digital presentations such as the CCP encyclopedia among other ongoing projects.

About the New CCP President:
THEATER actor, television and film director Arsenio “Nick” J. Lizaso was officially elected by the CCP Board of Trustees on June 13, 2017.  Lizaso has been with the CCP as member of the Board of Trustees since 2010.
Steeped in Western and Filipino literary classics, Nick Lizaso joined the Filipino film industry with a formidable background as a theater actor and director.  He was a recipient of the British Council Grant Attachment with the Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Shakespeare Company (London and Stratford-on Avon), as well as a Fullbright-Hayes Travel Grant to the U.S. on theater arts, film and television.  A leading figure in the Directors Guild of the Philippines, he was President of the Guild from 1983 to 1985.

Born in Santa Maria, Bulacan, hometown of the King of Balagtasan Jose Corazon de Jesus, his maternal grandfather, Nick has played and continues to “play many parts”, using Shakespearean language, not only as an actor on stage and TV, but as an active educator and advocate of community engagement in the arts. His expertise in theater has been honed at the Nottingham Playhouse and the Royal Shakespeare Company (London and Stratford-on Avon) and as a Fullbright-Hayes scholarship grantee in the U.S. He is a recipient of several awards including Dangal ng Lipi Award in the field of Theater Arts (1999) from the City of Manila, Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Arts (1995), Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (1995) from his hometown Sta. Maria, Bulacan.

In July 2011, Nick almost single-handedly organized the 1st Philippine International University Theater Association Festival / Conference / Workshops, a 5-day international event wherein 24 foreign theater experts and educators conducted workshops and gave lectures at Miriam College in Quezon City, attended by around 150 teachers and students.

In recent years, he has also represented the Philippines in international theater events as a member of the Executive Committee of the International University Theater Association or IUTA, a unique forum where teachers, practitioners, creators, scholars and theorists from over 1,000 universities and colleges based in 50 member countries share discoveries and discuss common concerns in the field of theater and performing arts. He is also a Vice-President of the Theater Education and Training Committee of the International Theater Institute-UNESCO.

Lizaso’s participation in international congresses and workshops affords him the opportunity “to share with others the unique perspective of the Asian, specifically Filipino creative artists involved in theater and the performing arts.” Like a silent unseen stage hand, Nick is doing his share of keeping Philippine theater alive by connecting it with other theaters of other countries, hoping to infuse it with fresh insights, new blood, new trends.

Nick’s other personal advocacy is teacher empowerment, organizing workshops focused on teacher development, infusing theater techniques to teaching to bring life to the classroom. He has conducted workshops in such places as Tagum City in Davao, Puerto Princesa City, Legaspi City. His most recent teacher development workshop was held for 5 days in November 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Colleges in Davao City.

In addition to the different outreach performances that the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra has done over the years, Lizaso has supported the performances of the PPO in a cross section of Philippine society from medical institutions to the Greenhills business area.

Aside from community engagement activities, Lizaso also organized a free seminar about Mabini, entitled “The Last Filipino” at Club Filipino in Greenhills.


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