To further its initiatives of promoting regional arts and culture, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Cultural Exchange Department (CED) brings on outreach tour a collaborative production featuring some of the country’s most prominent regional performing groups under its UGNAYAN SA SINING program – community performances and exchange tours.


From September 19 to October 04, the students, teachers, local artists and community audiences in San Francisco-Agusan del Sur, Iligan City, Bacolod City, Angeles City and Marikina City will experience the Philippine story in music, dance and images in the collaborative production entitled “Gintong Alab sa Silangan” (Pearl of the Orient). With concept, music and direction by Dr. Steven Patrick C. Fernandez, this performance captures the centuries of history of the Filipino people encapsulating the spirits of the significant eras that shaped the Filipino and his nation. The production images the glitter of a storied history of the “Pearl of the Orient.” The pearl — revered and desired, and through time aged in an oyster’s shell — glows in iridescent splendour when struck by the sun.


Gintong Alab features the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU-IIT Iligan City; Sinukwan Kapampangan Performing Arts & the Holy Angel University Dance Theater from Angeles-Pampanga; Maskara Theater Ensemble of the University of St. La Salle Bacolod; and the Philippine Barangay Folk Dance Troupe Rondalla from Manila.


Catch any of the outreach performances on Sept. 22-3:00 & 6:00pm at the San Francisco Gymnasium-Agusan del Sur; Sept. 25-3:00 & 6:00pm at the MSU-IIT Gym Iligan City; Sept. 27-10:30am & 4:00pm at the SMX Bacolod City; Sept. 29-3:00 & 6:00pm at the Holy Angel University Theater, Angeles City; and October 3 – 3:00 &6:00pm at the Teatro Marikina.


For more information, contact the CCP Cultural Exchange Department at telefax no. 832-3674 and 832-1125 locals 1708-1709 and email address