CCP’s 50th Anniversary Promises a Year Long Festive Celebration

From free films and plays to interactive light shows, there’s so much to look forward to on CCP’s 50th anniversary celebration!

The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is looking fresh with the upcoming year long celebration of their 50th anniversary starting September this year until 2020 the same month.

For five decades, the institution has proven its excellence in showcasing the different forms of art and now renews their commitment to provide more recognition to the next generation of Filipino artists and audiences.

At a press conference, CCP Vice President and Artistic Director Chris Millado unveils the highlights of the anniversary celebration, starting off with its logo and the BayBayan Font that has now become the official font of the institution.

To give you a detailed account, here is a list of the most anticipated events plus a calendar of the CCP's year long celebration:

1. Ginintuang Sining Light Installation and Live Performance Event


Fine Arts meets Folk Arts with the upcoming light and sound show by installation artist Toym Leon Imao. Owing from Pampanga's lantern technology, the installation aims to depict the diverse Filipino artistry and contribute to the national pride and identity. It will be open Tuesdays to Sundays starting September 2019 for four to eight weeks, and is completely free for the public.

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Artist Toym Imao explains the upcoming light and sound attractions of the CCP.

2. New CCP Blackbox Theater to Showcase the Experimental

The inaugural season for the newly-built Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez or Blackbox Theater is also just in time for the anniversary. Focusing on the contemporary and experimental embedded in art forms like theater, dance, music, and multimedia; the flexible space is to be dedicated to adventurous ideas, collaborations, and audiences.

3. Digital Time Capsule

From the traditional burial of time capsules that contain precious work of art and information, CCP gives the custom an upgrade by putting such works on the Cloud. The Digital Time Capsule will be an online archive with an interactive interface that anyone could contribute to.

4. Anniversary Publications

New publications are also to be released including the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Genesis Magazine and a photographic almanac that accounts the institution's history and contributions in the local art scene.

5. Online Launch of the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts

The digital version of the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts has been enhanced to become more interactive to the newer generation of audiences.

Image: Cultural Center of the Philippines website

6. Free and Discounted Shows

CCP will also be making their plays, films, and concerts more accessible to the general public with the CCP Libre which will feature 50 shows that are absolutely free; and the Siningkwenta that will make selected shows available for only P50.

Image: ML and Liway Facebook pages.

Besides these big events, the CCP will also hold more events and numerous conferences that are meant to further engage artists and audiences alike. Here is a complete calendar of events:


8   Installation of Historical Marker declaring the CCP MainBuilding as Heritage 
      Launch of CCP Historical Timeline
17-18 ACOPEI Conference
19-22 Ginintuang Sining: Katotohanan, Kabutihan, Kagandahan – Sound and Light
       Installation and Live Concert at the CCP front facade and ramp.
19-20 Convention of the Federation of Asia Cultural Promoters
19-21 Manila International Performing Arts Market (MIPAM) x CREATEPH
20-22 Conference of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centers (AAPPAC)
20 CCP Anniversary Fundraising Dinner and Formal Gala
21 People’s Gala
25 Launch of DIY CCP Tour
25 Imagine Nation: Summit on Arts Education


15 Soft launch of 21AM: The 21st Century Arts Museum


TBD Launch of the Tanghalang Ignacio Jimenez (New Blackbox Theater)
9-10 Singing the Cinema: Mga Awit ng Pinilakang Tabing (Concert to celebrate the
         Centennial of the Philippine Cinema)
18-22 Kutitap Children’s Workshop turns 10 in General Santos City
20-23 Extra-VLF launches in Cagayan De Oro City


TBD CCP Homecoming Christmas Party
16-24 Simbang Gabi (Dawn Masses) at the front ramp


26 Ternocon II
30-Feb 1 Opera: Donizetti’s Lucia di Lamermoor


7-9 Pasinaya 16: The Festival Street Dance Edition
9     Launch of CCP commemorative stamp


5      Gawad CCP Para sa Sining
        Launch of the Encyclopedia of Philippine Arts Digital Table
17-22 “Ang Huling Filipino: Mabini”


TBD Kaisa Sa Sining Conference
TBD Musikal! A Celebration of Original Philippine Musicals


TBD Grand Launch of 21AM, Twenty-First Century Museum
TBD Social Media and Arts Festival
2, 9, 16 Symphonic Sunsets at Makiling featuring three weekends of orchestra 


TBD Virgin Labfest 16
TBD Launch of the CCP Outreach Commemorative Book


TBD “If These Walls Could Speak: Oral History of the CCP”
17-19 “Bayan-bayanan, the Musical” directed by Anton Juan


7-16 Cinemalaya 16
25-30 International University Theater Festival and Conference


8    Arts and Technology Festival at the CCP
     Block Party to cap CCP’s 50th Anniversary celebration launch of the Digital Time
     Launch of Genesis Anniversary Edition
10-11 CCP Gala
TBD CCP Grand Homecoming of Artists and Managers

*Schedules subject to change without prior notice. For more information, you can check out the CCP website.

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