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CCP Opens MET OPERA in HD Season 6 with Die Zauberflӧte

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Opera of New York, and the Filipinas Opera Society Foundation, Inc., in cooperation with the Ayala Mall Cinemas, opens the sixth season of the Met Opera in HD with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte (The Magic Flute) on January 8, 2019. Featuring the German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, The Magic Flute tells the story of a handsome prince who has been persuaded by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter Pamina from captivity. Accompanied by Papageno, the prince and the princess undergo severe trials, which end in triumph. Soprano Golda Schultz stars as Pamina, tenor Charles Castronovo as Tamino, baritone Markus Werba as Papageno, and soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night. Julie Taymor’s spectacular production is a classic of the Met repertoire. The CCP partners with the Met Opera of New York to feature screenings of its operatic productions through the high-definition digital video technology and Dolby sound, recreating the experience of watching an opera production at the Met “live.” Other productions …

CCP Brings in the Christmas Spirit with Lights and Shadow Play

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines spreads the message of Christmas and brings holiday cheers to every Filipino through its amazing Christmas display, featuring the interplay between lights and shadow, which will be shown every night until January 6, 2019. A series of illuminated images, using stencils that are painstakingly made by creative hands from the Production and Exhibition Department, relives the biblical story of how the Messiah was born. The “Christmas Story” begins with the Annunciation, or Mary’s journey of obedience that marks her role in giving birth to the Messiah. The light and shadow play continues with the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem after Emperor Augustus ordered people to return to the town where their families originally came from. It has been a Filipino Christmas tradition to re-enact the difficult search of Joseph and Mary for shelter in Bethlehem; this is locally known as Panunuluyan. Accompanied by beautiful carols, the Christmas Story continues to unfold with projected images of the Three Wise Men, with the shepherds, who were guided by the …

PPO Outreach Concerts for December and January

FRESH from its jam-packed outreach concerts in Davao City and the province of Antique, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) will share the gift of music this holiday season with free concerts, featuring classic pieces, popular songs, and all-time favorite Christmas carols. The Philippine premiere orchestra will bring holiday cheer to the students, faculty members and visitors of the University of the Philippines-Diliman on December 8, at the Quezon Hall Amphitheater at 7pm. The concert is in cooperation with the University of the Philippines, led by its president Danilo Concepcion. Dubbed “Pamaskong Handog ng UP,” the live orchestra concert will be conducted by PPO resident conductor Maestro Herminigildo Ranera. The concert will also feature guest performers such as mezzo soprano Jai S. Aracama, UP Cherubim and Seraphim, UP Concert Chorus, UP Singing Ambassadors, UP Staff Chorale and UP Chorus Classes. On December 18, at 6pm, the PPO will bring the excitement of live orchestra music to the men in uniforms at the Lapu-Lapu Grand Hall in Camp Aguinaldo. The free concert is in partnership with the …

Will You Still Love Me: Festival of Arts and Ideas 2018

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with the Julia Buencamino Project, brings attention to mental health through the Festival of Arts and Ideas, billed WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME?, slated on November 28 to December 9, 2018, at various CCP venues. For its second year, the Festival of Arts and Ideas engages artistic expression to create awareness and hold conversations on issues concerning mental health conditions. The festival offers interactive arts activities designed to help participants express the struggles they are going through, and hopefully cope with them by learning new skill, finding new interests while gaining a support group in the art community. Festival director Shamaine Centenera Buencamino believes in the power of arts to bring healing and help overcome the stigma of mental illness. “Art heals. Arts help focus the mind. Art even changes the way the brain functions,” enthused Shamaine, who – together with her husband Nonie – founded the Julia Buencamino Project to honor the memory of their daughter Julia, who died from suicide on July 7, 2015. It …

Ballet Manila Presents ‘Cinderella’ in Comeback Run

Ballet Manila brings back Lisa Macuja-Elizalde’s Cinderella, with the beloved fairy tale’s trademark romance, magic and happy ending told in dance by the country’s acclaimed “storytellers on toes.” Cinderella goes onstage on November 24 and December 1, 6 p.m., and on November 25 and December 2, 3 p.m. at Aliw Theater, CCP Complex, Pasay City. Ballet Manila artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde is excited over the return of Cinderella, her first full-length choreography which premiered in 2016. “It’s a Cinderella that is modern but familiar, witty and comedic, a bit sentimental yet absolutely delightful! It is a really light and happy ballet where kids and grownups alike will laugh out loud,” says Macuja-Elizalde. The ballet version of Cinderella also showcases the romance and enchantment of the popular fairy tale. “It will make everyone in the audience swoon to the mesmerizing power of love!” Macuja-Elizalde assures. Principal artists Abigail Oliveiro and Joan Emery Sia share the role of Cinderella, the kind-hearted country lass who endures the wicked ways of her stepmother (John Balagot) and stepsisters (alternately played …