THIS year’s “Pasinaya,” the annual open-house festival of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), drew a record audience count of 62,000 to watch more than 200 performances in various CCP venues and its 14 partner-venues outside of the CCP complex.
The Pasinaya 2017 edition, billed as “Palihan at Palabas” (Workshops and Shows), carried the theme “Arts for Peace” to highlight the government’s campaign to reach out to various rebel forces to forge lasting peace in the country.
This year’s Pasinaya was participated in by 4,000 performers representing 150 groups, 20 of which came from regions outside of Metro Manila. The Feb. 4-5 Pasinaya showcased an array of performances and workshops.
In a speech during the closing ceremonies of the Pasinaya 2017, Chris B. Millado, CPP vice president and artistic director, said all cultural workers must join hands with all Filipinos in the long quest for peace in the country.
“The CCP wishes to contribute to the government’s peace effort by amplifying the artists’ voice throughout the festival such as the Pasinaya,” Millado said.
“The peace talks may lead to lasting peace, which will benefit the entire country and its people,” Millado said in his address.
“The CCP and its artists have long been engaged in the process of building bridgeways to peace through various multi-cultural collaborations, expression of art forms from various cultures around the country and world, and through telling stories about people and communities who strive for peace,” Millado said.
“Pasinaya is for the whole family. It is for audiences of all ages and persuasions,” Millado said.
One landmark of this year’s Pasinaya was the participation of cultural workers in Manila’s Pandacan district, which Millado said, is “a step toward bringing the Pasinaya to the grassroots level, to the community level.”
Millado also paid homage to the 500 production staff members and 200 student-volunteers who worked behind-the-scene to ensure the success of Pasinaya.
On Feb. 5, the “Palabas” portion of Pasinaya provided the audience a peek on the 2017-2018 CCP season.
CCP resident companies such as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Santo Tomas Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theater, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA), Philippine Madrigal Singers, and Tanghalang Pilipino performed excerpts from their line-up for the 2017-2018 season.
Performance groups from the regions also showed their talents in various CCP venues.
The CCP Pasinaya Open House Festival is now on its 13th year of presenting dance, music, and theater performances, film screenings, activities in visual arts, and literature, in all CCP venues.
In the past two years, the Festival has expanded its performances to partner-museums in the vicinity of the CCP.
New venues of the Pasinaya this year included the Avellana Gallery, Galleria Duemila, The Museum at De La Salle University-Manila, GSIS Museum, 98B Collaboratory in Binondo, and Liwasang Balagtas, Pandacan.
Pasinaya is the biggest multi-arts festival in the Philippine offering the public a unique “Experience all you can, Pay what you can” donation scheme to enjoy the enjoy a sneak preview of the CCP performance season.
In an unprecedented move, the CCP launched on Feb. 4 the “Palihan” (Workshop) as an activity to introduce the Pasinaya proper. About 8,000 participated in numerous workshops held at the CCP.
The Palihan was one-day series of workshops discussing the performing arts, popular arts, visual arts, and literature, with leading artists and teachers as resource persons.
Millado said short workshops are designed as “samplers or patikim of the long and more intensive workshops offered yearly by the resident companies and other groups.”
In the field of dance, Palihan included hiphop, ballroom, and folk dance workshops, ballet for babies and adults, modern ballet, and creative movement for teachers.
Theater workshops included musical theatre, children’s, teens, and adult theater workshops.
Music workshops ranged from classical guitar, rondalla, Philippine musical instruments, percussion, chamber music, solo singing, children, and youth choir singing, to handbell ringing, and ukulele.
Meanwhile, to boost and increase public participation in the arts, promote artistic excellence, and facilitate a dynamic collaboration between and among communities, the CCP broadened its network of Regional Art Centers (RACs) thru its partnership program called “Kaisa sa Sining” (KSS).
Since it was launched in January 2014, the KSS network has already grown to a total of 18 partner-organizations.
In the past three years, the cooperation and exchanges between and among CCP and the KSS network have become more dynamic.
“It is a continuing partnership and collaboration to further enrich, develop and promote arts and culture in the regions and the whole country,” the CCP said.
The CCP Cultural Exchange Department renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the first batch of regional partners which had sealed their cooperation with the CCP in 2014. These were the St. Louis University-Baguio, Barasoain Kalinangan Foundation Inc.-Bulacan, City of Batangas, Central Philippine University-Iloilo, Silliman University-Dumaguete, Negros Cutlural Foundation, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology, and Musikahan sa Tagum Foundation Inc.
On Feb. 3, at the CCP Little Theater Lobby, the CCP signed MOUs with a new batch of partners to include the City of Angeles-Pampanga, Sorsogon Community Based Theater Guild, Municipality of Sampaloc-Quezon, Science City of Muñoz-Nueva Ecija, Casa San Miguel Foundation in Zambales, Leyte Normal University in Tacloban, University of Eastern Philippines in Catarman-Samar, Consortium of Private Universities in Cagayan de Oro, Ateneo de Davao University High School, and the Dumendingan Arts Guild in Pagadian City-Zamboanga del Sur.
The key areas of the partnership include training and apprenticeship, touring and move-over productions, sharing of relevant cultural resource materials, access to arts and cultural information, venues and facilities; and participation in major cultural events.
Even with the establishment of regional art centers, the CCP will continue to collaborate with other organizations in the regions, either on a per-program or project-basis.
“The CCP is confident that the regional partnership will result in the further flourishing of arts and culture in the whole country,” it said in a media statement.