CCP turns 40 by September 2009


During the recent press con for the culmination of its 40th anniversary, the Cultural Center of the Philippines regaled audiences with a mini-fashion show, stirring performances from singers such as Isay Alvarez (lower left frame) and the unveiling of a time capsule that will remain buried for the next 20 years.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) will culminate the nine-month long celebration of its ruby anniversary with an event unlike any other.

A dazzling musical extravaganza marking the 40th birthday of the CCP is scheduled for September 8, 2009, 8:00 p.m. at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).

This one-night only event commemorates four decades of the fulfillment of CCP's purpose of servicing not just Filipino artists, but the whole country as well. Prepare to be astounded by the CCP resident companies, together with a roster of outstanding talents.

Directing the concert is CCP Gawad Awardee Monino Duque. He is joined by fellow awardee Ryan Cayabyab as musical director and composer Danny Tan. Participating artists include Ervin Lumauag, Jai Sabas-Aracama, the Novo Concertante and the UE Chorale.

In the recently conducted press launch of CCP's 40th anniversary, a mini-fashion show was conducted at the Main Lobby, showcasing various ternos. This preludes a tribute that will be given to the former First Lady Imelda Marcos who is well known for her beautifully crafted and elegant ternos. While the models paraded their gowns dramatically, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra played "Dahil Sa 'Yo," a song that is distinctively Imeldific.

Isay Alvarez then delivered her powerful rendition of "Magsimula Ka" while Mayumi Morales (fresh from her triumph in the 2009 World Championships of Performing Arts) gave her rendition of "Lumipad Ka." Nonie Buencamino also performed an inspiring excerpt taken from a play.

On September 8, a time capsule will be buried and will be unearthed after 20 years. It will contain pictures of all the present employees of CCP and the list of events of 2009.

The golden cylinder, which will also contain tokens from the arts of our country as well as from the international community, will be planted within the foundations of the CCP building.

The other activities include the following:


The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) opens its 27th concert season on September 3 with renowned American conductor Anthony Quartuccio.

On September 8, not to be missed is the CCP 40th anniversary gala show featuring the CCP resident companies, together with a roster of outstanding talents.

On September 11, the special tribute dubbed as "Seven Arts, One Imelda" pays homage to the former First Lady Imelda Marcos (credited to be founder of the CCP).

Internationally acclaimed artist Filipina pianist Cecile Licad and German cellist Alban Gerhardt will perform in two special concerts: Duo performance slated on September 15, and with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Oscar Yatco on September 16. Both concerts will be held at CCP's Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo at 8:00 pm.

On September 18, all CCP incumbent and former officers and employees will gather in a night of Tipanan at Gabi ng Parangal ng CCP Gawad Sinag at the CCP Main Theater.


On that same day, a multi-media and multi-sensory exhibit dubbed Daloy: 40 Years will open at the CCP Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery). The exhibit that chronicles the development of CCP as a cultural institution will be open to public viewing until November 8, 2009.

On September 24, a commemorative magazine titled Genesis, will be launched at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.

Finally, the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division celebrates its 30th anniversary with the release of its commomerative CD titled Lakbay Himig. This compilation of the best musical creations and performances by 30 of the country's most prominent musical artists will be launched on September 30 at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.

For more information, please call the CCP Marketing Department at 832-1125 loc.1800-1808; CCP Box Office at 832-3704, 832-1125 loc. 1409; or Ticketworld at 891-9999; or visit the CCP website at www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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