10 Things You Can Do for P50 at Pasinaya 2017

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(SPOT.ph) Since 2004, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has welcomed 50,000 viewers to witness more than 300 shows for the Pasinaya Open House Festival every February. It just gets better and better as more dance, music, and theater performances; film screenings; and exhibits are added to the lineup.


For this year, the multi-arts festival adds one more day, making it a whole art-filled weekend. Pasinaya Open House Festival 2017: Palabas at Palihan features an all-day workshop for various art forms on February 4 and an all-day show on February 5. Considering that the courses and productions all come from the best artists in the country, it would be a shame to miss it. There also other pocket venues scattered all over the Metro in case the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is too far from where you live.


We round up 10 things we thought you'd enjoy this year. Happy National Arts Month!


Purchase Pasinaya ballers and get the best seats in the house.

Though Pasinaya operates an "Experience All You Can, See All You Can, Pay What You Can" donation scheme, you can get yourself a Pasinaya Baller for P300. This lets you avoid the long lines and score front-row seats.


Be a legit film critic.

Always have something to say about films that everyone's raving about? Articulate it better through Rica Arevalo's "Paano Manood ng Pelikula" on February 4 at the Tanghalang Manuel Conde. Time slots are at one-hour intervals from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and from 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.



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Learn the basics of classic guitar.

Kabataang Gitarista holds a class for 30 at the Silangan Hall on workshop day from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.


Watch films for free.

Filipino movies will be shown at the Dream Theater from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on February 5.




Practice for a musical.

Love Sa Wakas, Care Divas, or Wicked? Philippine Educational Theater Association's Upeng Galang-Fernandez gives a musical theater class for 20 people on February 4, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute.


Write in Baybayin.

Try your hand at our own ancient writing! Classes are facilitated by Shaw Pancoro on February 4 at 11:45 a.m. in the CCP Library.


"Komedya sa Pakil" by Danilo Dalena


Look at Danilo Dalena's portrait of Nick Joaquin.

Danilo Dalena's huge body of work is on exhibit all over CCP: Bulwagang Juan Luna, Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino at the third floor, Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo, Pasilyo Victorio Edades at the fourth floor, and the atrium. The exhibit spaces are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Watch four Filipino classics in one seating.

Gantimpala Theater Foundation presents Four Classics: Noli, Fili, Florante at Laura, and Ibong Adarna on February 5, 11:40 a.m. at the Tanghalang Huseng Batute.




Cheer with the UP Pep Squad.

Watch the well-loved squad do their stunts along Pedro Bukaneg Street of the CCP Complex at 10:40 a.m. on February 5.


Shop till you drop.

Filipino craftsmen will sell their own merchandise at trade booths or tiangge set up outside the CCP building. Support local!


Pasinaya 2017: Palabas at Palihan is on February 4 and 5 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit the CCP website.

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