5 Exciting Things About the CCP’s Pasinaya 2014

The CCP’s annual arts festival promises to transform Manila and Pasay into "the most creative places on earth."


(SPOT.ph) Officials of the Cultural Center of the Philippines recently played tour guide for the press as they launched this year's edition of the Pasinaya Festival, now on its 10th year.


The press tour stopped at several museums and other cultural institutions that are among CCP's partners in this day-long festival, to be held on Sunday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the CCP and its partner venues.


For acclaimed stage director-playwright Chris Millado, the CCP's artistic director, this event is not your typical ho-hum, classroom affirmation of the arts. After all, what began in 2004 with hundreds trickling into the festival's presentations has since swelled to 50,000 as of last year's count. Millado promises an event that will be as vibrant and diverse as any arts festival.


"The expansion of Pasinaya, to include other cultural institutions in the area surrounding the CCP, makes Manila and Pasay the most creative places on earth, at least for a day during the Pasinaya celebration," he said. "We hope to infect the whole city with this spirit of creativity."


Here are five reasons to check out this year's Pasinaya festivities:


1. The festival promises to transform the city of Manila and neighboring Pasay into a dynamic art scene.

The following are opening their sites and venues for cultural performances: Metropolitan Museum of Manila, National Museum, Bahay Tsinoy, Casa Manila, Museo Pambata, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery, and 1335 Mabini Gallery. This will be a rare occasion for these museums and galleries host music and dance shows amid the backdrop of their art works.




2. Colorful "art jeepneys" offer free rides.

This is another first in Pasinaya. The jeepneys, provided by The Jeepney Company, are also "performance venues," with musicians serenading passengers on their way to their destinations. Learn more about the evolution of jeepneys and how they have become a significant facet of Filipino culture.



3. It's the biggest multi-arts festival in the Philippines.

With its unique "Pay what you can, See all you can" offer, the festival is a must-experience gig to enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP Performance Season for the rest of 2014 and early 2015. It's an affordable opportunity to encounter world-class Filipino talents. Usually, tickets to their performances cost from several hundreds of pesos to more than P1,000.

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4. 3,000-plus artists and 300 artistic groups performing in this festival.

On their own, these artists and companies have their crowd drawers and much-anticipated calendar of events. They join forces on this rare occasion to present an all-day affair of creative energy.



5. Food aplenty.

What is a Philippine fiesta without glorious food? Scores of specially designed food carts featuring various local delicacies will be strategically placed around the CCP complex to serve festival participants. Enjoy your time as the CCP transforms itself into a friendly, art-filled "village," full of fun and food, music and madness, excitement and enchantment.

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