Saturday, February 05, 2011

'Pay what you can, see all you can' at CCP Pasinaya 2011 tomorrow, Feb. 6

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is once again opening its doors this Sunday for Pasinaya 2011, the institution’s Open House Festival.

More than 120 preview shows in dance, music, theater, visual arts, literature, and cinema will be presented by around 3,000 artists led by CCP’s resident companies-- the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO), the University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra, the Philippine Madrigal Singers (Madz), Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater and the winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists.

All possible venues in CCP will be used as performance spaces. Theaters, lobbies, hallways, promenade areas, and the alley beside the Production Design Center will be “zoned” according to artistic genres.

Under a “See all you can, Pay what you can” scheme (the CCP suggests a donation of P20), the public can watch previews of shows such as TP’s “Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Ze Muzikal: Vack with a Vengeance,” which opens later this month, or participate in crash workshops (“Learning How to Sing in 15 Minutes” with the Madrigal Singers, for example).

More than 6,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which has activities geared towards all types of audiences. There are child-friendly activities, multimedia exhibits and stalls selling “artistic knickknacks.”

The CCP will also offer 50-percent discounts to selected shows, among them the Monodrama Manila Festival, PPO Series, “Don Quixote” and “Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah.”

Pasinaya 2011’s highlights include a People’s Gala celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal, National Hero and author of “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo.” A 1,000-voice choir that includes the Madz will be accompanied by the UST Symphony and the PPO during a performance of Ryan Cayabyab’s choral arrangement of Rizal’s poem “Mi Ultimo Adios” (My Last Farewell).

Actors Tommy Abuel, Joel Torre and Pen Medina (who have all played the National Hero) will lead the reading of the said poem in Filipino.

The Paspass or Fast Pass, available for P100, ensures that a guest skips to the front of the line and gets the best seats in the house.

For more information, call the Performing Arts Department 8321125 loc. 1600-1607 and 1611. A complete schedule is available at


Oscar Pantaleon Jr. said...

Hi, Gibbs!

May I point out something regarding the Pasinaya announcement? Rizal's "Mi Ultimo Adios" was set to music by Mr. C. He did not just arrange it as indicated in the initial CCP release.



gibbs cadiz said...

you're right, oscar. thanks for the correction! :)

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