September 27, 2019
SPECTATORS flocked to the front lawn of the Cultural Center of the Philippines recently to witness the launching of the evening light and sound spectacle billed as Sinag: Festival of Radiance. The 10-minute sound and light show, which combined traditional arts and modern technology, showed the iconic building becoming a colorful canvas with beautiful lanterns created by the Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned family of lanternmakers, led by 5th generation artisan, Arvin Quiwa.
The lights danced 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.
An art installation by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr., featuring a 20-feet lantern-type sundial at the CCP Front Lawn also complemented the light and sound show.
The launching featured one hundred dancers, choreographed by Novy Bereber and Marciano Viri. The light show was designed by John Batalla, and the opening spectacle directed by Chris Millado and Ariel Yonzon.
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.
The light and sound show will run from Tuesday to Sunday every hour on the hour from 6pm to 9pm.
When there is an event at the Main Theater, Sinag showtimes are at 6pm and 7pm. There will be no Sinag on Mondays and during inclement weather.
Sinag will run until January 5, 2020, except Mondays and during inclement weather.
Sinag: Festival of Radiance is part of the CCP’s 50th anniversary celebration. (Photos by Kiko Cabuena and Orly Daquipil)