The holidays are just around the corner! A time for love, belonging, and celebration, this season is a call for us to step back from our busy lives and spend meaningful moments with our loved ones. It is also a great time for remembering lifelong traditions––and introducing new ones.
This is what the Cultural Center of the Philippines hopes to promote in its ongoing festival titled, “Sinag: Festival of Radiance.” The celebration, which runs every weekend until December 15, promises a new and creative approach to welcoming the holidays.
Here’s a sneak peek at the main events:
November 23: Live Band In Action
Hailed as one of the best performers during the 2018 CCP Band Festival, the General Trias Youth Symphonic Band will serenade you with pop classics and medleys under the musical direction of Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s very own Frenvee Clarito Andra on November 23.
December 8: For The Laugh of It
If you want to laugh your heart out and at the same time appreciate the tradition of komedya in the Philippines, witness Komedya ng Don Galo’s performance on December 8. With its aim to promote, preserve, and support Filipino komedya, this theater group will surely give you belly laughs and guffaws!
December 14: The Sound Of Music
Brush up on your folk songs knowledge and jam with vocal group TRIBU as they perform a folk song medley on December 14. Reminisce the good old days––or discover new ones––with Penpen de Sarapen, Bahay Kubo, Leron Leron Sinta, Ili Ili, and Sa Ugoy ng Duyan.
December 14 & 15: For The Season
Meanwhile, well-loved Christmas carols will fill the air as the Philippine Women’s University’s Indayog Gongs performs using, guess what? Gongs of course! And bamboo instruments on December 15.
To cap off all the performances, beautiful lanterns by none other than Kapampangan craftsmen from the renowned families of lantern makers in Pampanga will adorn the festival’s venue. A 20-feet sundial art installation––a representation of the role of arts and culture in society––by multimedia artist Abdulmari “Toym” Imao Jr., will also be on display.
Catch all these performances at 6pm and 7pm every weekend. And if you can still stick around after the performance, we suggest you do so because there will also be a light and sound show at 8pm and 9pm!
Now how’s that for welcoming the holidays? Celebrate truth, goodness, and beauty at the Sinag: Festival of Radiance! Reserve your tickets now at the CCP’s website. Admission is free!