If fans think Pasinaya, the country’s largest multi-arts festival, cannot get any bigger, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will prove them wrong. To begin with, this year’s Pasinaya Open House Festival will take place for three whole days from February 1 to 3 instead of its usual weekend run.
Following the theme “Karapatan, Kalayaan, Kultura,” CCP decided to add an extra day as the open house festival has grown, making it a much longer art journey than just a weekend affair.
The country’s leading art institution will once again open its doors and offer unique artistic experiences with a see-all-you-can-and-pay-what-you-can scheme. On its 15th year, the open house festival continues its two-part program, dubbed “Palihan at Palabas.”
The festival opens on February 1, Friday, with Palihan, the “Experience-All-You-Can, Pay-What-You-Can” part of the festival. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., at the CCP Ramp and Little Theater lobby.
For a suggested donation price of P50, participants may go in and out of the different CCP venues to attend the 30-minute workshops in various art disciplines conducted by leading artists, resource persons and teachers.
They can also have a dance-all-you-can day with workshops in hip hop, ballroom, folk dance, ballet for kids and adults, modern ballet and creative movement for teachers.
Meanwhile, participants can realize their acting dream with workshops on musical theatre, children’s, teens and adult theater, playwriting, improv, storytelling, collaborative theater, and directing space.
Perhaps, they’d be more inclined towards music and learn to play instruments with music workshops on classical guitar, rondalla, ukulele, percussion and Philippine musical instruments or maybe belt their hearts out in workshops on chamber music, solo singing, children and youth choir singing.
Moreover, there will be two days of Palabas, with more than 3,000 artists from different art fields such as music, theater, dance, spoken word, and visual arts expected to participate.
On February 2, performing groups and artists from Bulacan, Quezon, Boracay, Laguna, Cavite, Tarlac, Batangas, Bicol, Rizal, Pangasinan and other provinces in the Philippines will take center stage.
The center’s resident companies — namely the Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Ballet Theater, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Tanghalang Pilipino, the UST Symphony Orchestra, and the National Music Competitions for Young Artists — will highlight their season’s offerings on February 3.
But that’s not all. Another highlight of the festival is the museum-hopping, featuring the various partner museums around the metro. This year, CCP has new museum partners: CSB Center for Campus Art and Calle Wright.
In partnership with the Museum Foundation, shuttle vans are provided to enable audiences to visit participating museums and galleries in Pasay and Manila such as Met Museum, Museo Marino, Museo Pambata, National Museum’s National Art Gallery, Museum of the Filipino People and Museum of Natural History, Intramuros Administration’s Casa Manila and Fort Santiago, Mono 8, Bahay Tsino, Destilleria Limtuaco, FDCP Cinematheque, Galleria Duemilla, UP Manila’s The Museum of A History of Ideas, Avellana Gallery, 98B Collaboratory and NCCA Gallery.
As with other editions, there will be film screenings, visual arts exhibitions in the various CCP galleries, Arts Market at the Little Theater Lobby and tiangge in the South Parking area, among others.
The festival will culminate with a parade, featuring the best of the art community and presenting performances of the CCP resident companies and other guest artists.
All performances will be held in every possible venue at the CCP – theaters, lobbies, hallways, promenade areas, the alley beside the Production Design Center. All venues are “zoned” according to the art forms and genres such as music, theater, dance, film, literature, visual arts, children and family, variety and the artists market.
Through the Pasinaya, the CCP aims to provide a platform for the artists to showcase their talents, nurture the public and create new audiences through interactions and performances.
For the past years, the Pasinaya has become bigger, attracting more than 10,000 people, with approximately 52,000-audience viewership. Through the festival, CCP makes art matters in the life of every Filipino.