CCP's Christmas Display Is a Cool Show of Lights and Shadows

See it every night until January 6, 2019.

( Since the Cultural Center of the Philippines was built in 1966, it has been heralding all forms of Philippine art and preserving our rich arts history. This is true even during the Christmas season, the perfect time to showcase our own traditions. The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) brings holiday cheer to Manila through a lights-and-shadow show happening every night until January 6, 2019. You'll see these illuminated images projected on the façade of the complex’s main building.

PHOTO BY Kiko Cabuena

Titled the "Christmas Story," it features the well-known tale of the birth of the Child Jesus, starting from the journey of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, through the Three Wise Men's visit. It has been a Christmas tradition to reenact this scene in what we call the "Panunuluyan," and CCP is rendering it through stencils painstakingly made by the Production and Exhibition Department. The lights-and-sounds show also alternately portrays other story boards, including the "Paskong Pinoy Traditions" and "The Promise of a New Year." The latter is accompanied by the booming sounds of the bumbong (bamboo canon), which was the early Filipinos' innovative way of creating noise at the start of each year. Better watch for all three when you pass through the area!

“My team brainstormed on what could differently adorn the CCP façade; this time, reflecting on the meaningfulness of the season against the backdrop of sheer fanfare or auspicious display of lights and decorations. It was going back to basics and displaying our expertise in theater; the manipulation of light and a play on shadows, in particular,” said CCP Production and Exhibition Department manager Ariel Yonzon about this year's Christmas display.

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Cultural Center of the Philippines' lights-and-sounds show runs daily until January 6, 2019, every one hour and 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Cultural Center of the Philippines is along Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City.

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