CCP embraces the diversity of regional cultures in grand season opener
As the region moves towards one community for Asean integration at the end of the year, the Philippine arts and culture scene is very much part of the action.
Proof of this is the upcoming Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) “Pasinaya” on February 15, the biggest multi-arts festival in the country that features the participation of thousands of artists and hundreds of artistic and cultural groups, most of whom will grace the CCP’s stage throughout the year. Simply put, the annual gathering allows the public a sneak preview of the CPP Performance Season for 2015.
This year’s Pasinaya was launched on February 4 at Museo Marino, which is one of the CCP’s newest museum partners. Adopting an Asean theme, CCP vice president and artistic director Chris Millado explained, “Pasinaya is celebrating the diversity and variety of Asean cultures through the different performing arts. In fact, there will be a first Asean Performance Arts Markets [eventually held for the integration]that will bring together delegates from the different Asean member states.”
He added that the Asean Performing Arts Market is envisioned to provide opportunities for networking, the showcasing of performance samplers, and business matching of productions within the region and the rest of the world.
With the Pasinaya as a first significant step towards this direction in the local arts and culture scene, contemporary, traditional as well as innovative works by emerging and seasonal Asean artists in music, dance and theater will be featured on Sunday at the CCP open house and several partner institutions.
Meanwhile, the launch also highlighted Museo Marino as a must-visit arts and culture destination with cadets from the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) touring attendees through exhibits of historical maritime apparatus that charted the voyage of Japanese and Filipino seafarers. There are also “Port-Hole” exhibits that show the development of outrigger boats to the present sleek vessels.
According to Ariel SR Yonzon, Pasinaya’s deputy artistic director, “It was providential that CCP’s Pasinaya partnered with Museo Marino because it showcases the Filipino’s archipelagic thrust and maritime traditions.”
Besides Museo Marino, other partner institutions that will open their doors to the public for Pasinaya are the Metropolitan Museum and Museo Pambata on Roxas Boulevard; the National Museum on P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park; the NCCA, Casa Manila in Intramuros; the Bahay Tsinoy at 1335 Mabini Gallery in Ermita; and the College of St. Benilde Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Taft. Exhibits as well as live performances will be on view at these venues.
This year’s Pasinaya will open with a street parade at 8 a.m., which will feature 3,000 artists from community based and school based artistic groups.
In addition to exhibits and performances at the CCP and partner institutions, the activities also include workshops, film screenings, lecture-demonstrations, and storytelling activities until 6 p.m.
The public is encouraged to make a donation for this “pay what you can, see all you can” event as a way of supporting arts and culture groups in the country.
Pasinaya is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and is headlined by its 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.