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May 20, 2011

CCP Calendar of Events - June 2011


In commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, various activities will be presented at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) from June 14-17, 2011.

The thirteen (13) episodes of CCP’s telemovie “Noli Me Tangere” by National Artist Eddie Romero will be shown at the CCP Dream Theater from June 14-17, complemented with lecture-discussions for teachers by prominent resource speakers. "Mga Kwentong Rizal", a storytelling session for children/youth will be held at the CCP Multi-Purpose Hall, while Rizal’s books and videos will be mounted at the CCP Library.

An exhibition of paintings on Rizal by J. Pasena will be on view at the Main Gallery (June 17-August 21) and a mural exhibit by Pilipinas Street Plan to be shown at the 2nd floor hallway (June 17-July 31). Malou Jacob’s documentary “Si Jose at Si Andres” will be made available on line for public viewing thru the CCP website beginning May 27 to June 30.

A special program entitled “J.P., ang gig ni Rizal” will be presented on June 17, 4:00 p.m. at the CCP Main Theater, featuring prominent artists and performing groups led by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Olivier Ochanine, Ballet Philippines’ Candice Adea and JM Cordero, Tanghalang Pilipino, Philippine High School for the Arts, and a 150-voice choir conducted by Jai Sabas Aracama. To be directed by Chris Millado, the performance will also include Rachelle Ann Go, Erik Santos, John Arcilla, Philippine All Stars, soprano Myra Mae Meneses, and Juana Change. Thirty (35) Filipino youth achievers who will be honored as “Mga Makabagong Rizal: Pag-Asa ng Bayan” will be introduced during the program.

The project is presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), Philippine Center for Gifted Education (PCGE), Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Phils. (AMRSP) and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation

For more information, call the CCP Outreach and Exchange Division at 832-1125 loc. 1708 to 1710.

May 11, 2011


Filipino-American pianist Aileen Chanco will be the special feature of the CCP radio program "Culture Carousel" aired on 98.7 DZFE-FM The Master's Touch on May 7, 2011 at 12 noon to 1:00 PM. The show will feature Chanco's recordings of Kreisleriana Op. 16 by Robert Schumann and Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 in F Minor by Frederic Chopin. Chanco performed at the CCP in 2003 with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Her performance was hailed as a tremendous success and critics described her as an astonishing pianist.

On May 14, the show will play the music of the Tel Aviv Trio as they perform Variations on a Hebrew Melody by Paul Ben-Haim and Trio in C Major for piano, violin and cello by Joseph Haydn. The Tel Aviv trio is an award winning ensemble that has performed at the CCP.

On May 21, Culture Carousel offers the music of the Mandaluyong Children's Chorus as they sing spiritual and folk songs and the Zurich Boys Choir in a program of traditional Swiss songs.

Culture Carousel is hosted by Irene Obligacion-Rada, director of the CCP's Public Relations and Linkages Division. It is a production of the CCP in cooperation with 98.7 DZFE-FM The Master's Touch. Aired from 12:00NN-1:00PM on Saturdays, it features music of various Filipino artists and foreign artists who have performed or are scheduled to perform at the CCP; past CCP musical performances; and interviews with artists.

May 10, 2011



Celso Ad. Castillo's Return of the Dragon will be shown on May 14, 2011 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde. The screening is part of the new season of "Overlooked Films, Underrated Directors' series presented by the CCP in cooperation with the Society of Filipino Archivists for Film (SOFIA). The series represents SOFIA's effort to assess certain films and filmmakers by taking a second look at their unjustly neglected bodies of work.

The film series, which will be held every second Saturday of the month, unless otherwise indicated, began on April with a Tribute to Hammy Sotto, SOFIA’s founding president, April is Sotto’s birth and death anniversary month. The tribute featured Sotto’s Documentary on Philippine Cinema.

Screening schedule of the series proper is: May 14- Return of the Dragon by Celso Ad. Castillo; June 11-Taong Paniki by Richard Abelardo; July 15-24-Tribute to Ronwaldo Reyes (Retrospective Section of Cinemalaya 2011); and August 13-Pusaka Pontiana by Ramon Estella. The film showings are at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

For more information, please call CCP Media Arts Division at tel. no. 832-1125 locals 1702 and 1705.

May 5, 2011


The 1ST SCBWI-CCP CHILDREN'S BOOK CONFERENCE will be held on Saturday June 4, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Silangan Hall, Cultural Center of the Philippines. It will be conducted by Steve Mooser, co-founder and President of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), and members of SCBWI Philippines.

Founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children's writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels, making it the largest children's writing organization in the world.

Steve Mooser is the author of nearly sixty books for children. When he began writing books for children he did it with a bang: in the space of five years he wrote 250 books, K-4, for the SWRL Reading Program published by Ginn. He has since written a number of major reading programs for several companies including Ginn, American Book Company, and Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich. Most readers know Mooser for his trade books, which began with the publication of 101 Black Cats (Scholastic) in 1975, and continued through 1999's release, Maid Marian's Adventures in Sherwood Forest: A Girls to the Rescue Novel (Meadowbrook). He has written in every genre: picture books (The Ghost with the Halloween Hiccups), to series books (The Creepy Creature Club; It's a Weird, Weird School), to nonfiction (Lights! Camera! Scream!), to novels (Elvis Is Back and He’s in the Sixth Grade). His most recent easy reader series is Goofball Malone, Ace Detective.

For the SCBWI-CCP Children’s Book Conference, Mooser will give the Keynote Address: Looking for Treasure—And Finding It in Writing. He will also conduct a workshop on Humor and Character, and give a short talk on The Future of Children's Books.

The other speakers are Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Karina Africa Bolasco, Jomike Tejido, and Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo. Cruz is a children’s book author, book reviewer, journalist, and educator. She has conducted numerous writing workshops here and abroad, has nine published books, and essays in over twenty anthologies. Bolasco is a children’s author and Publishing Manager of Anvil Publishing Inc., the country’s biggest publisher. She is an eight-time recipient of the Manila Critics Circle’s Publisher of the Year Award. Tejido is the author-illustrator of Tagu-Taguan, and the illustrator of Lub-Dub, Lub-Dub, both NCBA award winners. Also an architect, his latest book as a paper engineer is Foldabots Toy Book Vol. 3, published by Summit Media. Taguiwalo is a book designer and children’s illustrator. Her work is in more than 55 books. She designed and produced 15 mother tongue children’s books in 2009, and 10 seafarer children’s books in 2010.

Registration for the conference is still going on. It will close when all slots are filled up. The fee is P600 until 5 p.m. May 18, P700 until 5 p.m. May 23, with a discount of P100 for SCBWI members. It is nonrefundable, transferrable and includes lunch. To register or get more information, text 0905-347-1668 / 0917-526-4368 / 0917-787-495 or email or visit

May 4, 2011


Trumpets and bugles heralded the sunrise at the CCP Complex signaling the beginning of the CCP Earth Day celebration on April 17, 2011. Hundreds of people came for the whole-day event which featured fun activities for children, families and people of all ages. Billed Luntiang Lungsod, Luntiang Sining (Green City , Green Arts), CCP Earth Day carried the theme “The Earth is Our Home, Love Mother Earth” and stressed respect for a green environment and advocates the reduction of pollution and stalling climate change.
Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group performed "Alay sa Kalikasan", an offering to Mother Earth, at the CCP Grounds. (Photo by Kiko Cabuena)

May 3, 2011


The Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Philippine Folk Dance Society (PFDS) in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA),Civil Service Commission (CSC), and the Local Government of Bago City will conduct the 31st National Folk Dance Workshop for Teachers on May 16-20, 2011 at the Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Complex, Bago City, Negros Occidental.

The activity aims to address the needs and concerns of teachers in folk dance education and production as well as to help develop a deeper appreciation for Filipino dance and music traditions. The Workshop also pays tribute to pioneering Filipino folk dance researchers by teaching and promoting their outstanding works.

Teachers, dancers, choreographers and members of dance groups will be participating in this Workshop. The Workshop will consist of practicum works, lecture-demonstrations, group dynamics, street dance, cultural shows, regional presentations and the culminating showcase.

A registration fee of P3,000.00, not inclusive of meals, board and lodging, will be charged. For more information, please call the CCP Dance Division at tel. no. (02) 832-1125 local 1602/1603 or the PNU PE-DETAME Office at tel. no. (02) 302-7770 or email, and

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