All posts tagged: Arts

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 …

CCP and BENCH Join in Preserving The Filipino Terno

THE successful turnout of Fashioning the Terno mentoring program for regional designers in 2017 inspired both the Cultural Center of the Philippines through the CCP Cultural Exchange Department (CED) and Bench to team up anew in undertaking a second phase for 2018 entitled TERNOCON, a terno making convention and contest for regional designers. TERNOCON was presented in a press conference held at the Bench Café in Taguig City recently, graced by Filipino professional designers Inno Sotto, JC Buendia, Cary Santiago and Len Cabili. The contest proper will be held at the CCP Main Theater stage on November 11, 2018, where 28 finalists from 17 provinces nationwide will vie for the Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for two categories – Balintawak Cocktail Terno and Formal Evening Terno. The program will also include performances by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, MEN Vocal Ensemble and the Sinala Manunubli from Batangas and an exhibition of dolls in ternos by Pampango artist Cholo Ayuyao at the Main Theater Lobby. It will also showcase new couture ternos by …