Beginning this year, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is closed to make way for its much-needed three-year redevelopment. The goal is to transform the iconic structure into a state-of-the-art center for artistic excellence and cultural celebration.

The CCP is already over 50 years old and so retrofitting and refurbishment are necessary for it to continue to perform its roles as the premier national institution promoting Philippine arts and culture.

The planned redevelopment will retain the iconic architecture and focus on structural improvements including upgrading its fire, drainage, electrical and environmental protection systems as well other building codes.

Moreover, the project is a climate change adaptation measure that will integrate sustainable features to improve energy and water efficiency, to name a few. "The building has gone through leaks, corrosions, and flooding and other issues from various typhoons and earthquakes over the years. We are also looking at technological and aesthetic upgrades responsive to CCP's future programs and activities, particularly the comfort, safety and overall experience of performers, audiences, employees and other stakeholders," CCP president Margie Moran-Floirendo said in a statement.

CCP will also add facilities to make the building gender-responsive and inclusive for persons with disabilities, senior citizens and more, fulfilling its vision of being a globally competitive, self-sustaining and future-ready destination.

The initial budget of P900 million was allocated for the rehabilitation of the CCP Main Building, initially coming from the proposed budget for an Artist Center. The Pasay City Government is set to give the greenlight to kick off the first phase of the project, concentrating on the improvement of the center's main performance venues — Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino and Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo — as well as the relocation of offices and theaters. This will take up about 40 percent of the budget, while the rest will be appropriated for the second phase, which will cover the repair of facilities such as the hydraulic lift, Freight elevator, LED lights, Rigging system, acoustics. But given the scale and ambitions for the project, more funds may be needed.
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Throughout the project, CCP reaffirmed that it will continue its operations and will take it as an opportunity to work with artistic communities and bring its programs closer to the people in different parts of the country. On top of continued live performances and training, CCP will also strengthen its online presence.

"We hope that through our increased geographical presence and more outreach activities, the public will know that we are relentless in offering arts and cultural experiences for people from all walks of life. While we are temporarily closing our home, our commitment to fulfill our duties will even be intensified," said Moran-Floirendo added.

The redevelopment of CCP supports the national priority to accelerate the reopening of travel and the economy and the creation of jobs. It also aligns with the CCP's mission as the premier arts and culture institution of the Philippines to strengthen the Philippine brand.

"We are rebuilding a center for culture and arts that will push the country forward. We request everyone's support and trust that the endeavor will set the stage for further creative and cultural development as well as international collaborations, showcasing the unique talent and spirit of the Filipino," Moran-Floirendo ended.

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