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Monday, March 23, 2015

ASEAN Festival and Performing Arts Exchange launched at the CCP



Press Update:
THE first ASEAN Performing Arts Market was held recently in Manila, offering 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.

The three-day event was designed for ASEAN performing arts and cultural centers, festivals and performing arts professionals and groups to network, showcase, pitch performances and seasons, engage in business matching, and to enrich the ASEAN creative industry. As the region aims to establish an ASEAN Community in 2015, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) emphasizes on activities such as this program to promote ASEAN awareness and a sense of community, among other aspects.

The ASEAN Performing Arts Market was implemented initially in Manila, Philippines to coincide with the Annual Pasinaya: Open House Festival at the CCP, and with the implementation of the first Fringe Manila.

Succeeding ASEAN Performing Arts Markets are seen to follow this launch in different ASEAN countries performing arts festivals. (Photo by Orly Daquipil)

Friday, March 13, 2015

Clarion Chamber Ensemble Goes Bold, Brash and Beautiful at CCP on March 22

Press Announcement:
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 Facebook.com/clarionchamber.ensemble.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sunset Seranades at the CCP begin March 11


Listen to music of yesteryears in operatic vocals, or through the plucking of guitar strings.  Relax, de-stress, and reminisce as the sun sets and the day winds down.  What a wonderful experience as CCP takes us back in time, decades ago, to a world of youth, romance and tranquility .  Dress up, put on your barong and saya if you wish, the world is yours to re-create for at least 2 hours.  Invite your friends or special someone to join you in this special moment.  Share with the world what it was like in the Philippines during this period of harana or love songs.  This moment will be yours.  Occasional contemporary Filipino music will be played as well.  So young and old will be a part of this special sunset experience which is open to the public.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Tribung Pilipino Foundation headed by Danny Dolor, presents Harana sa Dapit Hapon on March 11, 2015 at the Bulwagang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater Lobby) at 4:30pm.

Featured artists are sopranos Gloria Coronel and Liza Cabahug, and tenor Lemuel dela Cruz for the first part of the program, and violinist Gilopez Kabayao and pianist Corazon Kabayao together with their daughters, violinists Sicilienne and Farida Kabayao for the second part. 

Harana sa Dapit Hapon is an afternoon musicale featuring immortal kundimans, harana, balitaw, danza and unforgettable love songs by great Filipino composers. Noted classical singers and performers have been invited.

Succeeding shows of said event will be held on April 8, 2015 featuring the Kabataang Gitarista, June 10 (performing artists Miguel Castro, Fame Flores and Los LipeƱos), as well as performances on July 8, September 9, October 7, and December 9 this year.

The event is free to the public. Senior citizens, students and the general public are cordially invited.

For details, contact the CCP Artist Training Division at 832-1125 local 1604.





Friday, February 20, 2015

Tree Top Adventure Extreme in Subic and Baguio

Press Update:
On February 21, 2015, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tree Top Adventure will hold its very 1st press conference and media tour in which over twenty participants from the TV, online, radio and print industries will attend.

The program will be graced by Tree Top Adventure’s CEO Ms. Ma. Camille O. Montejo. A short program will be presented with a question and answer portion will take place first before proceeding with the tour in which the participants will try all the rides. They would also be trying the only motorized team building facilities in the Philippines.

Tree Top Adventure features six activities: two slow paced and four fast paced activities. One slow paced activity is the Trekking adventure in which you’ll be toured within the area. The tour guide will be introducing local plants and trees and share interesting facts about them. If one wants to see the forest and appreciate nature from the top of the trees, they could try the Canopy ride. The entire ride has a hanging bridge and five stations which can carry three persons at a time in which you’ll be transferring from one tree to another. For heart pounding activities, one might want to try the Superman Ride, a horizontal motorized zipline in which you’ll be soaring back and forth in less than a minute. Another activity you could try is the parachute fall in which you’ll be going upwards, slowly, and when you’re 75 feet above the ground, you’ll suddenly fall. If you literally want to surf in the air, you could try the Silver Surfer, an inclined zipline that swings you back and forth between two trees. If you want to experience the extreme, we recommend you the Tree Drop in which you’ll be suspended 60 feet above the ground, mission impossible style and you’ll be dropped in a matter of seconds only.

Tree Top Adventure also offers the only motorized Team Building facilities in the Philippines in which participants would be challenged physically, mentally and even emotionally.

Tree Top Adventure’s another branch, located at the Camp John Hay Baguio City, will also hold its press conference and media tour on March 14, 2015.

For more information, you could contact 09166299381. You could also visit our website www.treetopadventureph.com. To be more updated, you could like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/treetopadventurecamp and follow us on Instagram @tree_top_adventure and Twitter @TreeTopPH.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pasinaya Festival of CCP Highlights ASEAN Diversity


Press Update:
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 DasmariƱas, 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)










Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Acclaimed Pianist Christopher McKiggan Performs Evocative "Three Minds" at CCP Feb 10

Press Announcement:
Acclaimed classical pianist Christopher Janwong McKiggan performs on February 10, 2015, 7:30pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Little Theater. The concert is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and KMP Artists and is part of a World Tour celebrating Christopher's debut solo CD released FEB 1st on Albany Records.

Program includes Brahms’ Piano Sonata No.2 in F sharp major, Op.2; Narong Prangcharoen’s Three Minds, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110;
Robert Beaser’s Pag Rag, Karim AI-Zand’s Paganini Reverie and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

Born in Christchurch, England, Christopher began his piano studies at age six with his father. He moved to Thailand at age seven, residing with his British father and mother, a Thai citizen of Chinese heritage. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a Bachelor of Music studying under Dr. Robert Weirich, a Master’s Degree from Rice University is currently there as a Doctoral of Musical Arts Piano Performance under Prof. Jon Kimura Parker.

Hailed as a pianist with “astounding technique… startling poise and control” (Kansas City Star) and “astonishing virtuosity and piano coloration” (The Citizen), Christopher won a top prize as a laureate and finalist at the prestigious 12th UNISA International Piano Competition (WFIMC) 2012. He has won numerous other awards including the Gold medal in the Seattle International Piano Competition, second prize in the solo division and third prize in the senior concerto division at the Kingsville International Music Competition, first prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Finalist in the World International Piano Competition, among many others. He is also the recipient of the Presser Award in which he was awarded a grant to create an upcoming international relations project titled “Resonance of Hope.” His upcoming solo CD titled “Paganimania” will be published by Albany Records and released in fall 2014.

Christopher’s playing of “Three Minds” by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen has been hailed as “Evocative” (The Daily Sound), and he recorded the piece for Albany records in the album “Phenomenon” and recorded “Between Heaven and Earth” in the album “Matras”.

Tickets are P800 (Center) and P600 (Sides).

For details, contact the CCP Performance and Exhibition Department at 832-1125 loc. 1606-1607.

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