Festivals & Competitions
Performing Arts Season
CCP Productions & Co-Productions
Office of the President
MALA (Movies Adapted from Literary Arts)
A special series of educational, fun and visually designed film production using puppets, animation, live action and shadow play that aim to educate, inculcate good values, and make the young appreciate further the arts, the 2nd and 3rd installment are Florante at Laura written by Francisco Balagtas and Abadeha: Ang Ating Sinderella written by National Artist for theatre, Amelia Lapena-Bonifacio. This will be in collaboration with NCCA and DEP ED.
Kung Hindi Man
This series aims to revive the well-loved Philippine Kundiman music to be sung by various artists of today’s generation.
These series are specially dedicated to our beloved senior citizens, who unfortunately have been sidelined at home because of the pandemic. This will be their alternative entertainment at home. Not only these Kundiman Series be enjoyed our Lolo and Lola, the young will also get to hear our very own Filipino love songs. This will be in collaboration with OWWA and NCCA.
Awit at Wika (Pagbabalik Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagatasan)
A combination of Music or “Kanta” and Spoken Words or “Balagtasan”. Ang Pagbabalik Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan features the songs and poems of Jose Corazon de Jesus. By honoring the past, the show shines a light in the beginnings of the popular love songs and rap battles – the Kundiman and the Balagtasan. Bringing back our audience during in the past and as it narrates, sings and dances the many works of Jose Corazon de Jesus, “AngUnang Hari ng Balagtasan.” A very educational and informative show that will educate not only students but professional and mature audiences as well. This will feature some TV/Theater personalities.
Office of the Artistic Director
53rd Anniversary Concert
Gala thanksgiving for frontliners
Venue Stimulus Grant
Cooperating with different productions of 2019 that were postponed due to COVID19 pandemic and inviting them to continue the production in CCP
Out of the Box
A series of three productions staged on the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (Black Box Theater)
Museum & Collections
CCP Visual Arts Collection
The CCP Visual Arts Collection consists of significant Philippine contemporary artworks with an emphasis on the 1970s and 80s. It’s composed of over 2000 pieces including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media works. The pieces in the collection were acquired through donations from artists and patrons or through acquisition. The CCP was also entrusted with the collection of the Museum of Philippine Art (MOPA) when it closed in 1986.
Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino and Asian Traditional Musical Instruments Collection
The Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino Collection showcases significant Filipino artistic traditions and explores the development of Philippine art and aesthetics in the socio-cultural context. The Collection of Asian Traditional Musical Instruments, on the other hand, includes various traditional musical instruments that were acquired from 1969 to 1986 through donations to the CCP by the countries represented: Indonesia, Japan, China, and Korea. The Philippine musical instruments were donated by National Artist for Music Dr. Lucrecia R. Kasilag (1918-2008), a former president of the CCP.
Cultural Cache Online
Cultural Cache Online is a monthly video series that introduces artworks from the CCP Visual Arts Collection to the digital audience with the help of specially selected resource persons. A first for the CCP, it aims to supplement existing research on Philippine art history by featuring artworks and the artists who made them, supported by archival materials such as photos and documents related to the artworks, artists and their contexts.
Watch Cultural Cache Online here: bit.ly/CulturalCacheOnlinePlaylist
Attractions & Celebrations
An annual CCP Façade Light-up, projection and sound showcase in September during CCP’s anniversary month
A light, projection, and sound spectacle, set in the iconic building’s facade. The projected images represent CCP’s excellence in the field of the performing, literary, visual and multi-media arts, along with its continuing partnership with its regional network.
A seasonal light up, projection and sound showcase during the Christmas season running until the first Sunday after the New Year or after the celebration of the Three Magi.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines heralds the holiday season and joins the worldwide celebration with a splendid display of Parul Sampernandu, with projection mapping that complements the glimmering lanterns. Completing the whole magical experience will be a light and sound spectacle and a selection of short animation films for everyone to enjoy.
The annual Filipino tradition that begins with a series dawn masses and culminates with the Misa de Aguinaldo (Christmas Eve Mass) which includes performances by the CCP Resident Companies.
Earth Day Public Art Installation
The Earth Day outdoor installation marks CCP’s participation in the international celebration of Earth Day every 22 April. For the installation, the CCP commissions an artist or artist-group to create a large-scale public installation in the CCP front lawn, with both subject matter and materials bringing light issues about the current state of the environment.
Lakbayin Ang Sining
LAKBAYIN ANG SINING: Readings in Creative and Cultural Work in the Philippines The 40th Year Commemorative Book of the CCP Outreach Program. A compilation of stories that recount the unique and inspiring experiences of Filipino artists, cultural workers, and arts organizations across the country, this publication seeks to inspire the present and future generations of artists and community organizers and to instill in them the value, importance, and wisdom of cultural work. It will brings readers to an exciting journey through the narratives, testimonies, and heartwarming tales about arts and cultural work in the Philippines.
CCP Arthouse Cinema
CCP Arthouse Cinema is a monthly film program run by the Film, Broadcast and New Media Division (FBNMD). It offers free screenings of indie films, award-winning Filipino animation, documentaries and themed sections. The screenings are accompanied by talkbacks with directors, actors and critics to promote film appreciation among “newbies” and cineastes. Arthouse Cinema also offers foreign films together with its consular partners from the European Union, Japan, and Iran just to name a few. This is an avenue for the diverse cultural exchanges among Filipinos and other nationalities.
CCP Cinema Under The Stars
CCP-Cinema Under The Stars (CCP-CUTS) is an outdoor, hybrid (drive-in, walk-in, bike-in) cinema project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines that features the best of Philippine independent films from Cinemalaya, Gawad Alternatibo, and films from its collection. With the imperative to adapt and re-imagine a better normal for the film, art and live-events industries, the project is designed to be inclusive, productive, and resourcefully planned to overcome the current limitations brought about by the past year’s quarantine protocol amidst the pandemic.
“Discover Opera” is a free one hour lecture-performance on opera appreciation.
Sining Alamin Arts Appreciation Tour
Sining Alamin is an audience development program that allows students, teachers and corporate partners to discover, experience and explore
the arts. It is a curated multi-disciplinary art experience that enables the participants to learn who makes art, how art is made, and why strive for excellence.
CCP’s Batang Sining is a creative expression workshop that involves elementary school teachers and students to discover, explore, and experience the wealth of creativity in the arts. Batang Sining Creative Expression Workshop involves storytelling, puppetry, theater skills, art-making and book-making, poetry writing, stories, stories, music and dance.
Sining sa Eskwela
The Sining sa Eskwela (SSE) is an arts education training program primarily for public school teachers under the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s (CCP) Arts in the Teacher Training Program. This program provides arts experience to the teachers, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, exhibitions and performances, film/video showings as well as cliniquing, mentoring, arts management, professional development and teacher wellness.
The CCP Arts Academy is especially designed to provide Special Program in the Arts (SPA), K to 12 Arts and Design Track teachers with extensive professional and specialized training on their respective art forms putting emphasis on advancing the level of art literacy, techniques, processes and art making. Teacher-applicants must be ready to commit to a process of mentoring and critiquing by a pool of esteemed practitioners from the CCP Resident Companies and partners.
A Touring Program that features high quality artistic productions of various art forms aimed at developing and increasing public awareness, understanding and appreciation for arts and culture. It also serves as a vehicle for promotion and exchange of artists and their works.
Art in the Workplace
A project under Lakbay Sinig which brings the CCP resident companies and other prominent groups to present a cultural performance in various national government institutions, industrial work places, local government units & communities. For 2021, a series of virtual performances will be shown as the featured regional groups pay tribute to frontliners.
Local Tour Grants
A financial assistance awarded to deserving regional arts & cultural groups to enable them to implement a short tour of their original creative works within or outside their region.
Ugnayan ng Sining
A program that facilitates collaboration, exchanges and performances by prominent regional artists and arts organizations aimed at propagating and promoting local culture, traditions and artistic expressions.
Sing Philippines Youth Choir (SPYC)
Music Camp and Performances
A biennial project under the Ugnayan sa Sining which was first organized in 2014 in partnership with the Philippine Madrigal Singers and the Andrea O. Veneracion Sing Philippines Foundation. The week-long camp gathers the country’s foremost choristers to further their choral music skills under Madz choirmaster and camp director Mark Anthony Carpio.
Digital Assets Development
CCP Digital Time Capsule
The CCP Digital Time Capsule is a web-based interactive timeline that tells the history of the Cultural Center of the Philippines from its inception in 1965 to the present. It contains curated features on insights, perspectives, and stories about the CCP’s history, leaders, achievements, and work for Philippine culture and the arts. The Time Capsule is divided into two timelines: the CCP Timeline, which is the overarching narrative of this time capsule, and the Art in the Time of COVID-19, a sub-timeline born out of the current pandemic situation.
The Art in the Time of COVID-19: A Timeline project is a web-based interactive timeline that chronicles the artistic and creative responses that occurred during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed upon by the national government to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
It chronicles a crucial period in Philippine and world history, reflects how the pandemic has abruptly affected the art scene in the Philippines, and showcases how artists, art communities, and ordinary citizens cope with the current situation using any modes of art available.
Arts for Transformation
Kalinga ng Sining: Art for Healing and Transformation
One of CCP’s COVID-19 response program implemented by the CED to provide financial assistance to qualified region based arts/culture/educational organizations, local govt. units, and non-govt. organizations to enable them to implement contingency strategies that will support displaced local artists and cultural workers.
For 2022, the focus of the projects are in the following areas: documentation & propagation of local history, heritage, art forms, cultural expressions, and traditions utilizing various new technology and media platforms; presentation of new and/or “hybrid” artistic productions and cultural activities; advancing capacities of artists and cultural workers; and advocacy for arts and culture as “essential” elements for human existence, survival and progress.
For the guidelines and application form, you may download it via this link.
Kutitap: Isang Piging ng Kabataang MakaSining
A multi-arts camp that gathers indigenous Filipino children and youth from various cultural communities all over the country for a week-long interactive and hands-on arts activities and learning experiences. The annual camp is aimed at enhancing awareness and appreciation for indigenous arts, culture and traditions, in line with the celebration of the annual National Indigenous People’s Month and National Children’s Month.
Kabataang Gitarista Program
The Kabataang Gitarista (KG) is a group of talented public high school students currently being trained in classical guitar. The students who come from high schools in Manila, Pasay and Paranaque receive free classical guitar training under Dr. Ivar-Nicholas Fojas, Fernando Sy-Changco III, David Tiongson, Edel Mark Bitao through the support of sponsors.
The program was organized by the CCP Artist Training Division in August 2012 to promote appreciation for, and interest in classical guitar performance among public high school students; to provide the highest level of guitar training free of charge; and to develop a performing classical guitar ensemble.
The KG has given performances in selected public and private schools, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, besides other venues. The group has also participated in lecture demonstrations and workshops to promote classical guitar among the youth. Some of its members have given solo performances in their respective schools and have won in inter-school solo instrument competitions. In November 2019, the KG Trio won third prize in the Ensemble Category, and Edel Mark Bitao won third prize in the Solo Junior Category of the Saigon International Guitar Festival and Competition held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
Later in the month Edel Mark Bitao won first prize at the National Music Competition for Young Artists (NAMCYA) Junior Category. Currently, around 30 guitarists are being trained under the program.
An 88-hectare property of reclaimed land along Roxas Boulevard fronting Manila Bay. This ideal location, plus the more than two kilometers of waterfront areas make the CCP a prime land for cultural and commercial development.
The reclamation of this property began in 1960 until it’s completion in the late 1970’s. The CCP Complex is part of the entire Boulevard 2000 property which covers approximately 1,500 hectares of reclaimed land along the southern coast of Manila Bay. The Boulevard 2000 plan designates the CCP Complex as the Arts and Entertainment section.
Services and Rentals
Ushering Service – External Venue Events
The CCP Ushering Service is the pioneer professional ushering service in the land. For the best frontline service ensuring
the safety, welfare and convenience of your audience, we provide Ushering Services especially designed/suited to your event’s needs. Our pool of Usher/ettes are well trained and experienced not just
in the field of crowd control and audience relations but are also skilled in rendering on-stage assignments (i.e. escorting, award/flower giving, protocol, etc).
The CCP Building and Theater Tours
Come visit us and explore the CCP theaters and backstage areas, galleries, museum and other exhibit and performance spaces. Choose among a variety of our tour packages suited to your interest. The virtual/online version of the CCP Building and Theater Tours will also be launched soon.
We offer select Filipiniana and western costumes for lease to theater companies, corporate events, and other activities.
Awards and Citations
13 Artists Awards
Now 50 years since it was first presented, THE THIRTEEN ARTISTS AWARDS (TAA) started as a curatorial project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Museum under the directorship of its first curator Roberto Chabet. The TAA was created in order to showcase the works of artists who grasped to “restructure, restrengthen and renew artmaking and art thinking…that lend viability to Philippine art”. It was Raymundo Albano, the next Director of the CCP Museum and Non-theater Operations who transformed the 13 Artists into the awards program that it is today. The 13 Artists exhibition was mounted every two years from 1970 to 1980, and again in 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1994. It was revived in 2000, and changed to a triennial format, which it follows until today.
Visit the Thirteen Artists Awards website here.
Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video
The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, Gawad Alternatibo for short, is the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in Asia.
Since 1987, Gawad Alternatibo annually cites the best works of Pinoy filmmakers in four categories–Animation, Experimental, Documentary, and Short Feature. Winners each receive a cash prize, as well as certificate. Aside from the main awards, special citations may be given out to the best work from the regions, as well as works on/for/by children.
Many of today’s outstanding filmmakers and media practitioners are alumni of Gawad Alternatibo.
The program provides assistance and support to Filipino artists and companies to promote their creative works and products. It also initiates creative industry activities to introduce connections, networking, and linkages. The activities specifically focus on the integration and building a community of performing arts sectors and stakeholders.
A business gathering participated by the performing artists/companies with arts programmers, art impresarios, festival organizers, and event management companies to exchange and transact potential project collaborations and partnerships. The activities include performances, exhibits, and business meetings.
The CCP Arts Market was initiated in 2014 and took advantage of presenting and showcasing the Filipino creativity and their creative works in the various CCP Festivals. The Manila International Performing Arts Market (MIPAM) was launch in September 2019.
Performing Arts Directory (Online)
The CCP Online Performing Arts Directory lists the profiles of the Philippine performing arts groups/companies, comprises up-to-date information, and offers a survey of the vibrant performing arts scene in the Philippines.
The directory is a continuing effort of CCP since 2017 to promote the Philippine performing arts, Filipino creativity, and creative works. It has been used as a platform for the Manila international Philippine Performing Arts Market (MIPAM) in 2019.
Arts Management Workshop
The workshop is designed to provide capacity building and equip cultural workers, artists, arts companies, and arts stakeholders with arts management skills. The modules are developed and prepared based on the assessed needs of the creative sectors and stakeholders.
The CCP partnered with the DFA-Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in 2013 to conduct an Arts Management Training as part of their regular cadetship course. It has been a commitment of CCP to annually implement the training with the FSI up to the present.
Kaisa sa Sining Regional Arts Centers (KSS-RACs)
A partnership program initiated by the CED since 2014 that establishes CCP’s network of regional-satellite partners through a three year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that formalizes the areas of its cooperation. The program aims to establish and/or further strengthen CCP’s linkages with regional educational institutions, non-government organizations, and local government units to broaden public participation in the arts, promote and showcase artistic excellence and facilitate a dynamic collaboration between and among the RACs.
To date, the KSS network has already grown to 55 member organizations from all over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
KSS Apprenticeship Program
A four-week apprenticeship with CCP’s strategic work areas specifically for arts and culture practitioners from the CCP KSS regional art centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the program has shifted to a virtual format since 2020.
A biennial recognition conferred by the CCP-KSS Mindanao regional arts centers to outstanding artists, cultural workers and arts organizations in Mindanao.
KSSLAP Award (Kaisa ini sa Sining – Lunsay na Artistang Pilipino)
A biennial recognition conferred by the CCP-KSS Mindanao regional arts centers to outstanding artists, cultural workers and arts organizations in Mindanao.
Association of Philippine Performing Arts Spaces (APPAS)
The APPAS, an association of performing arts spaces in the Philippines, erstwhile informally established in February 2018 as the Philippine Performing Arts Centers Consortium (PhilPACC) was spearheaded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. APPAS envisions a diverse arts infrastructure ecosystem that engenders the best environment to create and experience the performing arts.
The idea of forming a regional association first came up in the Conference Workshop on ASEAN Audio/Video and Film Retrieval, Restoration and Archiving held in Manila in 1993. In this conference, the participants drew up a framework for a comprehensive program for film/video archiving including a recommendation to form an ASEAN confederation of film archivists to promote the development of film/video archiving in the region.
It was legally constituted and launched in Manila, Philippines in February 1996, when the association also held its First General Assembly to ratify its Constitution, elect its officers and plan its first year programs and activities.