PUSO NG PASKO
Alice Reyes Dance Philippines,
Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the
CCP Professional Artists Support Program,
with the generous support of Birch Tree Adult Boost
December 1, 2023 | 7:30 PM
December 2, 2023 | 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
CCP @ the Metropolitan Theater
Puso ng Pasko is another epic collaboration between Rama, Hari creators, and National Artists Alice Reyes and Ryan Cayabyab. It features Cayabyab’s musical arrangements of timeless Filipino Christmas carols and choreography by a talented group of rising Filipino choreographers under the mentorship of Alice Reyes.
Directed and choreographed by ARDP Artistic Director, Ronelson Yadao, teaming up with co-choreographers Erl Sorilla, Lester Reguindin, AL Abraham, John Ababon, Danilo Dayo, and Bonnie Guerrero, they create unique and dynamic movements of contemporary dance fused with influences from traditional Filipino festivals. Along with librettist Eljay Castro Deldoc, who worked with Yadao on the script and story with inputs from Film Director Carlos Siguion-Reyna, who directed the filmed sequences, together with Ricardo Eric Cruz for production design, and Barbara Tan-Tiongco for lighting design, they made this new Filipino Christmas ballet classic come to life.
Puso ng Pasko tells the story of Lolo Val, now living abroad in New Jersey, as he recalls to his young granddaughter Angelita, the magical Christmases of his youth in Tres Reyes with his barkada. It features beloved scenes of the Simbang Gabi, eating bibingka and puto bumbong, plazas decorated with big parols, and beautiful Christmas decorations. It also pays homage to the different fiestas across the Philippine islands, including The Belenisimo of Tarlac, The Pahiyas Festival of Lucban, The Higantes Festival of Rizal, Sayaw sa Bangko of Pangasinan, and the Pandang Gitab of Oriental Mindoro, as well as homages to traditions such as the Rigodon de Honor.
Having premiered at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2022, Puso ng Pasko, opened to rave reviews with audiences citing it as, “The quintessential Filipino Christmas ballet” and “The Filipino Nutcracker to be restaged and reinterpreted every year.”
P2,000 – Orchestra Center
P1,500 – Orchestra Sides/Back
P500 – Balcony