Talks on culture and the arts are boring if you are not an art aficionado. The Cultural Center of the Philippines, however, attempts to prove that wrong.
More commonly referred to as simply CCP, the Cultural Center comes up with creative and fun ways to promote culture and the arts among Filipinos. Since it was established on September 8, 1969, it has drawn the best Filipino artists and a number of world-famous international stars to grace its events and exhibits. Thousands of emerging Filipino artists have experienced the kind of fun and learning that is only available at CCP. Here is how CCSP does it.
- CCP sends talented and artistic Filipinos around the world.
CCP connects with international organizations and engages in a number of exchange programs. Through its Cultural Exchange Program, CCP partners with the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Center, World Dance Alliance, Conseil International des Organisations de Festivals de Folklore et d’Arts Traditionnels (CIOFF), and International Theater Institute. Young Filipino talents who have been fortunate to join the exchange programs get to participate in international conventions, trainings and exhibitions. Those who are not sent abroad go through equally exciting cultural activities, workshops and seminars all over the country.
- CCP hosts the best arts performances and workshops that can be offered in the country.
The Cultural Center regularly offers both free and paid live performances, seminars and workshops from top national artists such as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, “Tanghalang Pilipino” (Philippine Theater), and Philippine Madrigal Singers, all of which are multi-awarded and highly acclaimed ensembles in Asia and other parts of the world.
The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra is well-known and respected in Europe and Asia. It has gone on a number of international tours upon invitation of the host countries, including a tour of the United States. It has performed with a number of local and international artists such as Charice Pempengco, Leah Salonga and David Benoit.
The orchestra was originally established simply to play musical scores for theatrical plays to be presented at CCP. With the help and nurturing of CCP, however, the group turned out to be much more than that. This is what CCP wishes to be known for: nurturing and promoting the artistic excellence of Filipinos.
Activities, theatrical plays, programs, galleries and exhibits at CCP are all designed to creatively help the Filipino youth discover their artistic inclinations. There are continuing shows at the CCP, and tickets are available at TicketWorld. Special discounts are given to students, so as to encourage the youth to participate more in the arts scene. CCP also hosts a number of conferences, seminars, and workshops for little children, as well as outreach programs all over the country featuring well-known Filipino artists.
- Lastly, the CCP Complex itself is a place of fun and entertainment.
Located along Roxas Boulevard on a reclaimed land over Manila Bay, the CCP Complex is home to many exciting venues of national significance, such as the Folk Arts Theater, Coconut Palace and Star City. The complex is also a popular place for jogging, strolling, biking, badminton, volleyball and basketball. It is surrounded by important landmarks, which include the Manila Baywalk, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and SM Mall of Asia. Truly an exciting place to visit, the Cultural Center of the Philippines is a proud testament to the Filipino’s world-class talent and artistry.