Dance performances

CCP reopens live dance performances, launches outdoor theater

MANILA, Philippines — Since March 2020, when the global pandemic closed theater productions to the public, Filipino dance artists have not returned to the main stage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), until now — making the one of the very first live shows after quarantine protocols were lifted with “A Christmas Celebration.”

The holiday dance presentation will feature classical and traditional pieces.

Entertainment from “La Belle au Bois Dormant” will be performed with choreography by Victor Ursabia and Eugène Odille. Presented in collaboration with the Ballet Philippines Alumni Association, it is the final production of the Professional Dance Support Program (PDSP), launched by PCC to support dance artists, as a lifelong learning program and subsistence, thus discouraging them from turning to other careers. paths.

The Classic Holiday Dance Presentation Suite includes:

  • “Garland Waltz” will be performed by Monina Gana and Earl John Arisola, Jessa Tangalin, Bonifacio Guerrero, Christianne Uy, Danilo Dayo Jr., Rissa Camaclang, Renzen Arboleda, Joanne Tangalin, Justine Orande, Karla Santos, Ace Polias, Gianna Hervas, and Alexis Piel;
  • “Little Red Riding Hood with the Wolf” by Sarah Alejandro and Kevin Cascaño;
  • “Black Cat with Puss in Boots” by Nicole Barroso and John Abadon;
  • “Princess Florine and the Blue Bird” with Regine Magbitang and Al Abraham;
  • “Grand Pas de Deux with Princess Aurore and Prince Desiré” by Katrene San Miguel and Victor Maguad;
  • “The Jewel Fairies” with Rissa Camaclang, Lester Reguindin, Stephanie Santiago and Erl Sorilla; and
  • “The Lilac Fairy”, performed by Veronica Atienza.

On the other hand, “Tuloy ang Pasko”, a fully original Filipino dance production famous Paskong Pinoy with Christmas lights, Christmas carols, simbang gabi, puto bumbong and bibingka, takes us back to 1970s Manila This is the story of five friends – Nonoy Froilan, Liliane Manahan, Imelda Tatad-Pagdanganan, Gener Caringal and Mario Esperanza – who reminisce, in a virtual meeting, the Christmas time of their youth. The choreography is in collaboration with Erl Sorilla, John Abadon, Lester Reguindin, Bonifacio Guerrero, Al Abraham and Ronelson Yadao.

Dancing the five friends’ young selves are Earl John Arisola, Monica Gana, Jessa Tangalin, John Abadon and Erl Sorilla.

The festive suite will feature music from National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, National Artist Levi Celerio, Felipe de Leon, Juan Silos Jr., Sergio Ramos, Andre Dionisio and Jose Javier Reyes.

“A Christmas Celebration” will have two shows on Sunday, December 12 at 2 p.m. (matinee) and 7 p.m. (gala). Tickets for both shows are available through TicketWorld or the CCP box office. To ensure everyone will have a safe theater experience, please read the CCP New Normal Health Protocol at

Finally, the long wait is over. After a series of postponements due to lockdowns and quarantine restrictions, Cinema Under the Stars (CUTS) will finally take place on December 16 and 17, at Liwasang Ullalim.

A project of CCP’s Film, New Media and Broadcast Division, CUTS is an outdoor hybrid drive-in theater where moviegoers can watch from the comfort of their vehicle or lay out their picnic blankets under the stars. The outdoor cinema is open to riders, bikers, joggers and walkers.

Select Cinemalaya 2020 and 2021 films will screen Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. Check out the winning shorts from the 16th edition of the country’s biggest independent film festival – Carla Pulido-Ocampo’s ‘Tokwifi’ (Best Short Film and Netpac Jury Prize), Martika Ramirez Escobar’s ‘Living Things’ (Best Direction) , “Pabasa Kan Pasyon” by Hubert Tibi (best screenplay), “Ang Pagpakalma sa Unos” by Joanna Vasquez Arong (special jury prize) and “Quing Lalam Ning Aldo” by Reeden Fajardo (Audience Prize).

These will be screened back-to-back with the winners of Cinemalaya 2021 – Myra Aquino’s “Beauty Queen” (Best Short Film), Kyle Nieva’s “Kids on Fire” (Best Direction and Best Screenplay) and “An Sadit na Planeta” from Arjanmar Rebeta (Netpac Jury Prize, Special Jury Prize and Audience Prize).

“Pan de Salawal” by Che Espiritu, a film about a wandering girl who violently hurts the sick to heal them works miracles in a stricken neighborhood, will touch hearts with its poignant story on December 16, 7 p.m.

The feature was part of the 14th Cinemalaya and won Best Director for its impressive use of cinematic resources to very convincingly evoke a world of absolute enchantment.

The Open Air Cinema Day on December 17 opens with the winners of Gawad Alternatibo 2020 and 2021 – “Sarung Banggi” by Dominic Barrios, “Meowbot vs Fishzilla” by Mio Dagsaan, “My Mamily” by Cha Roque, “Home by Bryant Kent Abias, “Haraya” by Kem Jasper Abayon, and “Langit sa Lupa” by Cha Roque. The screening will take place at 4 p.m.

With full circle, “Tao Po” returns to the CCP through the outdoor cinema on December 17 at 7 p.m. “Tao Po” originated from the CCP’s celebration of Human Rights Month in 2017 as a monologue, and was later turned into a full-fledged stage play. – feature film. The film follows a photojournalist’s social awakening as he covers the rhythm of tokhang. From several immersion trips and in-depth interviews conducted by artist-activist Mae Paner and playwright Maynard Manansala emerge four monologues that give faces to the issue of extrajudicial executions.

This will be dubbed with “Kabaligtaran ng Gunaw” by Jerrold Tarog, a short film based on a poem of the same title by Eljay Castro Deldoc. Choreographed by Ronelson Yadao, the eight-minute film brings together different art forms. The eight-minute short brings together the various art forms to remind all artists and audiences of the importance of artistic expression and fearless creativity in times of a pandemic.

There will be a discussion with director-actress Mae Paner and other guests who will be on hand for the panel discussion. The first three screenings are free to the public, but everyone is invited to purchase their tickets on Ticket2Me. Tickets for “Tao Po” are priced at P250. To purchase tickets, visit For full instructions, check out the CCP and Cinemalaya Facebook pages.

Those watching CUTS screenings are advised to bring their own headphones and download a radio app in advance. Additionally, the CCP encourages viewers who do not have a vehicle to bring their own mats for a comfortable movie experience.