September 24, 2019

September 22, 2019

DON'T know where to go for your tambay session with berks or for some bonding time with your family?

Why not head to the Cultural Center of the Philippines and enjoy the light and sound spectacle, which happens every night, at 7pm and 8:30pm intervals?

If you thought the Center is a visual feast on its own, hang around for Sinag: Festival of Radiance.  The iconic building becomes a colorful canvas with beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lanternmakers, now led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa.

The lights dance gracefully to the music of “Pagdiwang sa Ginintuang Pagsilang,” with lyrics by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera and music and orchestration by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab.  The music for Sinag was specially commissioned by the CCP.

Art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr. complements the light and sound show.  Located at the CCP Front Lawn, the installation showcases a 20-feet lantern-type sundial, representing the role of arts and culture in society over time.

Combining traditional arts and modern technology, it reiterates CCP’s pursuit of “truth, goodness and beauty” in stylized Baybayin over the clouds on the facade.

While the official launch for Sinag will be on September 26, you can watch the open previews as early as September 24 and 25.

The show lasts for about 10 minutes, but stay for an hour or so to see the three programs that the Center prepares to delight passersby, tourists and visitors of the CCP Complex. Or better yet, become part of the light extravaganza and try your hand in manually lighting the outdoor audiovisual feast.

And this is absolutely free.  The stage is the entire CCP Facade, which makes this show unique.  You can watch the show from just anywhere from the Front Lawn, but be sure to come early and stake your spot.

Try your luck and grab one of the seats on viewing bleachers, which are set up during the launch week for the best view.  Make sure to come ahead of time because seats can be occupied within half an hour prior to show begin.

You can also bring your picnic mat and enjoy the al fresco setting as flashes of lights and dramatic music set the CCP Facade ablaze.

The annual lighting of the CCP facade, which started several years back, has become a beloved tradition which the community looks forward to each year.

This year, the light and sound show, which runs until January 5, 2020, is part of the CCP's 50th anniversary celebration.

Sinag: Festival of Radiance showcases the CCP’s fifty years of excellence in the field of performing, literary, visual and multi media arts and its continuing partnership with its regional network.

For more information, please call the CCP and look for Ms. Renee Manay at 832-1125 local 1424.