• Pasinaya goes the extra mile


    In celebration of its 10th anniversary this year, the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Pasinaya Open House Festival on March 16 “goes the extra mile” and extends its reach and boundaries beyond the CCP Complex to include other cultural sites such as the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata and 1335 Mabini.

    According to CCP Artistic Director Chris Millado, the expansion of Pasinaya to include other cultural institutions in the areas surrounding the CCP makes Manila and Pasay the most creative places on earth, at least for a day during the Pasinaya celebration.  “We hope to infect the whole city with this spirit of creativity,” Millado said.

    A one-day open house festival held annually at the CCP, the 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 the public a unique “pay what you can, see all you can” donation scheme the opportunity to enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP performance season.

    More than 3,000 artists and 300 institution-based, community-based and school-based artistic groups will participate in the 2014 CCP Pasinaya. In addition to the performances, there will be workshops, and lecture-demonstrations.

    Pasinaya is presented by the CCP and is headlined by its resident companies, namely, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Philippine Madrigal Singers and Tanghalang Pilipino. For this year’s Pasinaya, CCP partners with Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata, 1335 Mabini and Jeepney Tours.

    On March 16, Pasinaya will begin with an early morning pre-show at 7:30 a.m. with the Marine and Bugle Team heralding the festivities. This will be followed by the official opening ceremonies and street parade.

    At the Pasinaya partner institutions, performances and various cultural activities will also be offered under the “pay what you can, see all you can” donation scheme, starting at 2 p.m. Art jeepneys will ferry audiences to partner museums for free.

    For more information about Pasinaya, please call CCP Performing Arts Division at 832-1125 local 1607.


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