It is that time of the year once again! The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) recently opened its doors to everyone, especially those who are passionate about Philippine arts, for this year’s open-house arts festival at the CCP known as Pasinaya.
What makes Pasinaya a must-see event is the various performances, screenings, and other activities across the different areas of the CCP itself. There are film screenings, plays, concerts, presentations, exhibits, even workshops and storytelling activities courtesy of the different artists’ groups in the country. For a minimum donation of PhP 50, one already gets an all-access pass where can see as many of these events as one can manage throughout the whole day. (you have to factor in the long queues to get in some of these performances so time management is the key)
What is not to miss to see in this event is the opportunity to see the resident companies of the CCP in performance such as the Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayanihan Dance Company, and Ballet Philippines, all in one day and without having to fork out much money that is usually spent to see them.
Pasinaya this year is also an event not limited to the CCP grounds alone. One can take a free ride at one of the colorful jeeps to visit other venues like the National Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Manila, or a tranvia to visit the Casa Manila and Bahay Tsinoy in Intramuros.
If anything, Pasinaya is one of those events that makes one aware not only of the presence of a vibrant arts scene in the country, but also of the great talent of Filipinos in the arts. Such an event is an opportunity for the general public to show their support for our artists, and encourage the growth and development of the arts that will capture the imagination and the senses not only here but also in other parts of the world.
The Urban Roamer had an enjoyable time at Pasinaya 2014 and will be looking forward to next year’s event!
Til then, here’s a gallery of some photos taken from the event. Enjoy!