January 30, 2019

January 29, 2019

THERE is no better venue to use the power of arts to raise awareness on gender equality and advocate empowering the community than Pasinaya, the largest multi-arts festival in the country spearheaded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines, happening on February 1 to 3, 2019. 

More than just an art institution, the CCP has been creating and facilitating platforms that pursue gender and development (GAD). Through its CCP Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Point, the center follows the implementation of gender mainstreaming advocated by the Philippine government. It is concerned with women as well as with the social construction of gender and the assignment of specific roles, responsibilities and expectations to women and men.

Following the theme "Karapatan, Kalayaan, Kultura," the Pasinaya will hold gender mainstreaming activities and workshops on February 1 including: Writing About Women conducted by Katrina Stuart Santiago, 12 to 12:30nn, at CCP Library, and Intro to Women's Dress in the Philippines conducted by Renee Angela Manay,  4 to 4:30 pm, at Bulwagang Amado Hernandez. 
There are also activities that promote inclusivity and equality such as: "Senyas: A Deaf Awareness and Filipino Sign Language Workshop" with the Philippine Federation of the Deaf, Inc., 9 to 9:30am and 10 to 10:30am, at Bulwagang Pambansang Alagad ng Sining; Writing for Senior Citizens conducted by Imelda Morales, at 9 to 9:30am, at the CCP Library; and, All Rights, Kids! Exploring Rights through Theater facilitated by Abner Delina Jr., 10 to 10:30am, at Silangan Hall. 

For February 2, performance promoting gender and development include: Ligao National High School Kawa-Kawa Cultural Guild's "Pikit na Mata sa Bahagharing Maskara," 9am, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez; Student Artiste Society Alumni Association's "Maring," 12 nn, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez; Dulaang Caviteno's "Mga Iyak ni Mariya," 2pm, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez; Sining Sakbibi Ensemble's "Ina ng  Biak-na-Bato: Si Trinidad Tecson at ang Krus na Pula," 4pm, Bulwagang Amado Hernandez; and, Tadhana, 4pm, CCP Library. 

February 3 showcases: Kid's Act Philippines's "Sleeping Beauty," 9am, Tanghalang Huseng Batute; Marimba Duet, with Aimee Mina de la Cruz and Seve Reyes, 11am, Little Theater; Center for Youth Advocacy and Network, 9am, CCP Library; Dulaang UP's "Nana Rosa," 11:40am, Tanghalang Huseng Batute; and Center for Youth Advocacy and Network, 1pm, Bulwagang Alagad ng Sining. 

Interested people who have small kids can participate without worries. There is a Kids Zone, a designated area where parents can leave their young children while they enjoy and participate in the Palabas and Palihan. At the Kids Zone, children can enjoy fun and interactive art activities. 

This year, the Pasinaya has been upsized, with longer festival period. The CCP decided to add an extra day to accommodate more and more Philippines performing group and individuals, as well as the growing number of participants and audiences. 

On its 15th year, the CCP will once welcome everyone and offer unique artistic experiences with a see-all-you-can-and-pay-what-you-can scheme. Starting February 1 (Friday), the open house festival continues with its two-part program, dubbed to "Palihan at Palabas." 

For Palihan, 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 for a suggested donation price of P50. Registration for Palihan - the “Experience-All-You-Can, Pay-What-You-Can” part of the festival - starts at 6:30am, at the CCP Ramp and Little Theater lobby.  

"Palabas" will be on February 2 and 3, with more than 3,000 artists from different art fields such as music, theater, dance, spoken word, and visual arts expected to participate. Performing groups and artists from the different regions in the Philippines will take center stage on February 2; while the CCP 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 perform on February 3. 

For inquiry, please call the CCP Marketing Department at tel. nos. 832-3704 or 832-3706. Visit for more details.