January 19, 2017

January 19, 2017

NEW operas, arts festivals, concerts, exciting collaborations in theater, dance and music, the new encyclopedia of Philippine arts will be the highlights of the 2017 performance season of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This was announced by CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris B. Millado in a press conference held recently at the CCP Little Theater. 

Noli Me Tangere, The Opera takes place in January. Jose Rizal’s classic novel makes it way to the stage as an opera featuring the original music and libretto by National Artists Felipe de Leon and Guillermo Tolentino, respectively. Jerry Sibal directs, designs the scenery and costumes.

Manila Fringe features an open access, artist-driven community celebration showcasing fresh, daring, and groundbreaking work in theater, literature, music, dance, visual art, film, cabaret, performance art, spoken word and every other artistic genre in between.

Symphonic  Aegis – Aegis In Symphony:  The Repeat (Hugot Pa More!) presents the much-awaited concert collaboration between the pop rock balladeers of the Aegis Band and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra as they return to delight audiences due to insistent public demand.

The Pasinaya Festival, considered the largest multi-arts festival in the country, introduces an additional day of workshops in various performing arts forms and popular arts, as well as an Arts Market where audiences can pre-register for the Summer Arts workshops. The Pasinaya Open House Festival extends its reach beyond the CCP Complex to include cultural venues. Art enthusiasts can look forward to see the Indak Filipinas: Festival of Philippine Folkloric Dance and MusicPerformatura Festival II: Performed Literatures, and the Andrea O. Veneracion International Choral Festival Manila 2017.

CCP’s other most popular festivals slated in 2017 include the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition and the Virgin Labfest (a festival of untried, untested and unstaged plays).

The opera season features some of the leading companies including the production of opera events. Lovers of the Metropolitan Opera productions can look forward to seeing the screenings of Cavalleria Rusticana/PagliacciCosì fan tutteMadama ButterflyTurandot and Tristan und Isolde in High Definition at the Ayala Greenbelt Cinema.

The visual arts scene at CCP will feature the Maceda 100: National Artist Jose Maceda Centennial exhibit opening with a special re-enactment of Maceda’s performance piece, Cassettes 100.

Digital and print versions of the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts, the most authoritative and comprehensive source of information on Philippine art covering the peoples of the Philippines, architecture, visual arts, dance, music, theater, film, broadcast arts and literature will be launched.

There are many reasons for audiences to come to the CCP.   Millado pointed out that the CCP remains to be the only cultural facility in the country that embraces all art forms.

He said:  “When one watches ballet at the CCP for example, one could also catch an exhibit, visit the museum, or catch a matinee of a indie film screening or an original Filipino musical. Moreover, CCP hosts the largest and most influential festivals in the country namely the Pasinaya Open House Festival in February, the Performatura Spoken Word Festival in March, the Virgin Labfest in June, the Andrea Veneracion International Choral Competition and Festival in July and the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in August. The CCP holds at least six (6) festivals in a year making it the epicenter of creative expression and audience engagement.”

For more information, please call CCP at 832-1125 and visit