Jan 18, 2018

Bright and flashy decorations will once again adorn the streets around Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on the first weekend of February. You know what it is; it’s been an annual tradition since 2004—Pasinaya Open House Festival.

For the unacquainted ones, Pasinaya is the country’s largest multi-arts festival where people get to see shows in various art forms for two days. For only P50 (which they consider a donation), attendees could indulge in music, theater, dance, visual arts, film, and literature. This year, it will be on Feb. 3 and 4.

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Here’s what you should look forward to at Pasinaya:


The first half of Pasinaya is called Palihan a.k.a. Workshop-All-You-Can on Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s where attendees of all ages with varied interests could sit in more than 40 short workshops conducted by leading artists and companies.

To those who are into dancing, Ferdinand “Bong” Jose of the Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company will teach folk dance staging. The Music Zone has a singing workshop with the Philippine Madrigal Singers. Learn how to write Baybayin with cultural researcher Leo Emmanuel Castro.


Palabas is the second half of Pasinaya, which will be on Feb. 4. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., attendees will get a preview of what the CCP and its resident companies have for us this year. Expect performances from Ballet Philippines, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tanghalang Pilipino among others. Art exhibits and film showings will also grace the halls and theatres of the complex.

Shows outside the CCP

The CCP’s partner museums and galleries will be open for Pasinaya visitors, too. Thirty hop-on-hop-off vans will be provided so they can conveniently go to:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Manila
  • Museo Marino
  • National Museum: National Museum of Fine Arts and National Museum of Anthropology
  • Bahay Tsinoy
  • Casa Manila
  • NCCA Gallery
  • Museo Pambata
  • UP Manila Museum of a History of Ideas
  • Cinematheque Manila – Film Development Council of the Philippines
  • Museum of Contemporary Art and Design
  • 1335 Mabini

For ticket information, visit their site.

Header image courtesy of Cultural Center of the Philippines

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