(From the Cultural Center of the Philippines)
ON September 10, the Cultural Center of the Philippines will unveil markers to commemorate the important role played by the premiere institution in promoting, preserving and developing the Philippine arts and culture in the past 50 years. The markers will be installed at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.
“The Cultural Center of the Philippines is a fulfillment of the decades-long quest of countless Filipino artists and government officials for a National Theater,” the marker partially reads.
CCP president Arsenio Lizaso will welcome the guests, while CCP chairperson Margie Moran Floirendo and Board of Trustees member Baltazar Endriga will read the full text of the markers in English and Filipino, respectively.
Kabataang Gitarista will wow the crowd with National Artist Lucresia Kasilag’s Prelude Etnika (arranged by Jose Valdez). Philippine Madrigal Singers, one of the Center’s resident companies, will serenade with Tanghalan Naming Mahal.
The CCP Board of Trustees, executives and employees will attend the milestone. Former chairmen and presidents, and the family of National Artist Leandro V. Locsin, who designed the 50-year-old Brutalist structure, have been invited.
Guests from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Museum and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, as well as other art industry stakeholders, will grace the event.
On September 8, 1969, CCP welcomed its first audience to the premiere of “The Golden Salakot: Isang Dularawan.” Since then, the Center became the premiere arts venue in the country.
For the past 50 years, CCP has been producing and presenting music, dance, theater, visual arts, literary, film and other allied arts from the Philippines and all over the world. It aims to become the leading institution for arts and culture, not just in the Philippines, but in the Southeast Asia, by promoting artistic excellence and nurturing the broadest audiences.